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April 28, 2011
What triggers food
intolerances and allergies
how can they be managed?
Natalie Alexander reports.
Some simple steps can help
you manage food-related health
If you think you may have a
condition, ensure you obtain
a correct diagnosis by a
If diagnosed, follow expert
advice and ensure a proper
diet is developed to include
an adequate intake of vita-
mins and minerals.
Don't be afraid to ask. When
you are eating out, make
sure you know what is in
everything you eat.
Inform your friends and
family so they can help you
avoid danger foods.
Maintain a balanced lifestyle
and look after other aspects
of your health --- work, fit-
ness, nutrition, hydration
"If you have not been properly
diagnosed then you may be avoiding
the wrong foods."
SGT Ben Angliss, who is a
PTI at the ADF Physical Training
School, said people should be wary
He advised anyone suspecting they
may have a food-related condition to
consult with a registered, qualified
expert such as an allergist.
"An allergist is a physician who
specialises in diagnosing and treat-
"They will be able to determine
if you have an allergy or an intoler-
ance to certain foods," SGT Angliss
He also said that if individuals
were aware of their dietary needs,
they would have no reason to be
concerned about their physical health
"If you avoid foods that cause
symptoms, you should be able to
participate in any physical fitness
program without any negative
effects," he said.
BREAD and milk are a familiar
part of our daily diet, yet these
common foods can also be a
cause of danger for those with
Dietary conditions such as lactose
intolerance and nut and wheat aller-
gies are now commonly recognised,
but what triggers them and how can
they be managed?
Clare Evangelista, a Darwin-based
dietician who consults regularly with
Defence personnel, said with more
people reporting food-related
conditions, it was vital to
distinguish between allergies and
Ms Evangelista said while
food allergies involved an
immune system reaction to a pro-
tein component in a food, intoler-
ances were caused by chemical reac-
tions in the body to certain foods.
"It is important to ensure a person
has been properly diagnosed because,
generally, allergic reactions can be
life-threatening, but food intolerance
reactions are more quality-of-life
threatening," she said.
Ms Evangelista said both condi-
tions could have a significant impact
on a person's health.
"Reactions such as diarrhoea, hay
fever or migraines can make it almost
impossible to leave the house, let
alone work or exercise.
"People who feel they may have
a condition should seek a profes-
Don't let food bite back
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