The sensational momentum that the vegan movement has garnered in recent years has transformed the diets of millions of people around the world.
A vegan diet comes packed with almost more nutrients than you can count, it’s better for the planet and it’s even been suggested that it could have a positive effect on our mental health.
Interestingly, the benefits of going vegan could be even further reaching than that – making the change could have a positive effect on your overall gut health if you are unfortunate enough to suffer from regular pain and discomfort after eating.
If you’re here because you think you might need to change your eating habits due to experiencing things like abdominal pains, bloating or itchiness, you may well find the answer in a vegan diet.
Symptoms like these are typical of food intolerances and many sufferers don’t even know that they have one. The effects an intolerance can have on your body can take up to three days to surface, so it’s difficult to pin it down to a particular trigger food.
That said, though, we do know that one of the most common culprits is dairy – a dairy intolerance can be triggered by anything from milk and cream to cheese and yoghurt, so it can be difficult for some people to avoid.
Some of our customers have been able to cut out dairy products after determining the presence of an intolerance with a FirstStep Test and then identifying dairy as the trigger food with one of our FoodScan Programmes.
On a programme such as this, you can not only pinpoint the food in question, but you can also find a solution with the help of our comprehensive nutritional support that focuses on working it out of your diet for the better.
We will recommend the replacement foodstuffs that will ensure you still get as many vitamins, minerals and nutrients as you need on a daily basis.
Should you go vegan after a food intolerance?
One of the directions you can take after discovering you’ve got a food intolerance is to adopt a vegan lifestyle.
Everyone’s body is different, of course, so it isn’t necessarily the ideal answer for everyone who suffers from an intolerance, but it could be a great way to maintain your gut health without having to go through any unpleasant symptoms.
There is a growing body of research that indicates the positive effects that a vegan diet rich in fibrous foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, seeds and cereals can have on our microbiota (the bacteria that lives in our guts).
The high levels of fibre and low levels of saturated fat and protein in vegan diets could help maintain a healthy balance of the microbiota in our guts, especially in the absence of a foodstuff that triggers adverse reactions in our digestive systems.
Veganism is widely considered to be one of the healthiest ways to live for this reason and, what’s more, it’s even been linked to reducing the risk factors of diseases like diabetes and heart disease and conditions like high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Factoring more vitamin-rich, fibrous foods into your diet and cutting out sources of unhealthy fat and salt like meat can bring great health benefits in life after food intolerance.
As long as you maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle by doing plenty of exercise and drinking plenty of water alongside your vegan diet, you could feel the longer-term benefits of having more energy, a better complexion and even a more positive frame of mind.
Dealing with a food intolerance
If you want to find out more about dealing with food intolerance symptoms and the benefits that a vegan diet can bring to your life, don’t hesitate to get in touch with YorkTest today. We might be able to help you adjust your diet and lifestyle without sacrificing the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need to stay healthy.