[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Anna Skrine, naturopath and food intolerance tester, recently conducted some lengthy research into food intolerance in young people and we look forward to seeing the full results of that work. In the meantime here’s one case study that came out of it. As is often the case it shows just how beneficial it can be to remove the most basic allergens from the diet of someone suffering with life destroying digestive issues.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
OLIVIA* Age 16
Olivia was age 16, but in a dire state when she came to Only Natural, and so we fitted her in as part of our Research Project.
Every time Olivia ate she suffered with reflux; she felt bloated all the time, and was not hungry, and often had cramps and pain in her tummy area. She also suffered with constipation, which sometimes caused bleeding, though a bowel scope had showed her large intestine as being all clear. Her periods were so difficult that for the last 4 years she has had to miss 4 or 5 days of school each month.
A Wexford hospital consultant had recently suggested she see a nutritionist, start from scratch with her diet, and come off all her medication.
Olivia was eating just 2 slices of white toast in the day, a few cream crackers, and sometimes some white pasta with cheese and broccoli. She said white bread was the only thing that didn’t hurt, and her energy was, unsurprisingly, very low. She ate a chocolate bar a few days a week, some Pringles occasionally, and drank one cup of coffee daily. She said she used to live at the vending machines, eating 7 or 8 packs of crisps a week, and her staple food used to be pasta and tomato sauce, or bought pasta bakes.
Olivia had had tonsillitis for years, and many antibiotics. She had had her tonsils and adenoids out the previous year.
After an allergy test Olivia was taken off all white wheat flour, the main cause of her tummy pains, bloating and constipation, and put onto a very simple diet while her digestive system healed itself. This included brown rice daily (brown rice noodles being a quick and easy way to eat this), home-made vegetable soup and a daily main meal of fish or chicken with cooked carrots and other vegetables and potatoes. Quinoa and other gluten-free grains were also recommended, with plenty of olive oil in her diet. She was also asked to try brown spelt bread, as this was very low in gluten, and might be something her bowels could tolerate with ease, either now or when her intestines were healed.
Olivia was also asked to take the daily supplement of Aloe Vera Colon Cleanse for about 6 weeks until her colon fully healed.
Just one week later Olivia was doing very well. She had had ‘no medication, no reflux, no pain, no ups-and-downs and no bloating’, as her mother said, ‘and she was definitely coming to!’
After 2 weeks her mother said she was doing very well. She had suffered once with diarrhoea after an ice cream, and once with cramps after cake at a party, but now knew for sure what her body felt about those two foods. She was eating well, was still on the Aloe Vera Colon Cleanse, and her bowels were now regular daily – and she loved the spelt bread!
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Anna carries out allergy tests here in Only Natural every second Friday and appointments can be made by ringing the shop on 053 912 3236.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]*clients name changed to protect their privacy[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]