Could Food Intolerance be affecting your Fitness?

For many people, regular exercise and a healthy diet are enough to reach and maintain their fitness goals, but if you’re doing everything right and still not getting there, there could be an underlying cause.

A number of factors can impact on your health and performance, including accident or illness, lifestyle, genetic predisposition and diet. Of all of these, diet is the easiest to control so it makes sense to find out if you’re one of the 45% of the population who suffer from food intolerance so that you can avoid those foods that are holding you back and optimise your diet for peak health and wellbeing. In other words, stop sabotaging your efforts!

What are the Symptoms of Food Intolerance?

Food intolerance can be the root cause of a range of symptoms, including digestive, dermatological, neurological, musculoskeletal, and psychological conditions and unwanted weight gain or loss, and any one of these symptoms can have negative effects on fitness levels and sporting performance. So despite your healthy diet and exercise regime, something in your diet could be inadvertently preventing you from reaching your goals.

Who can be affected?

Food intolerance can affect anyone, even professional athletes. In a recent trial with top flight Rugby League club, Wigan Warriors, we found a reduction in symptoms for the players who took a YorkTest. And it’s not just Rugby League, we have worked with many world-class athletes over the years, including Olympic gold medallist, Paula Radcliffe, and other well-known sporting stars.

The importance of Gut Health

It’s a fact that when it comes to fitness your gut health is paramount. Optimal gut health enhances the way we absorb nutrients and vitamins, and ensures that we are converting the food we eat into valuable by-products to maximise energy and performance. If you have a food intolerance this will be putting a strain on your gut, the level of stress on the gut can cause the lining to be damaged which may allow larger food particles than usual through into the blood stream. These larger food particles can trigger an immune response, which isn’t an allergy, it’s a food intolerance. So all your efforts may count for nothing; if your body isn’t absorbing the nutrients you’re consuming, you won’t feel the benefit.

How do you Test for Food Intolerance?

So how do athletes, or anyone else wanting to maintain their fitness levels, find out if their body is reacting to something in their diet? If you are suffering from any symptoms mentioned that could be related to food intolerance, a test will help you to understand whether the foods you eat could be contributing. YorkTest’s food-specific IgG antibody test will identify the foods you are reacting to and allow you to make informed decisions, under the expert guidance of a YorkTest Nutritional Therapist, on which foods to eliminate and how to replace them with nutritional alternatives. This approach will help you to personalise your diet, helping to ensure that your micro-nutritional needs are being met for optimum performance.

At YorkTest, we believe that diet could be the key to unlocking your ultimate fitness goals. With 35 years’ experience in food-specific IgG testing, the simple finger prick blood test, coupled with our professional nutritional advice and support, could help you to reach your peak fitness levels while optimising your diet for better health.

Think something in your otherwise healthy diet might be causing unwanted side effects? Take a look at our Food&DrinkScan programme, and see if a food intolerance might be the trigger.

YorkTest advise that you consult with your GP first if you are experiencing the types of symptoms mentioned in this article.