Most people like the odd drink now and again; perhaps a relaxing beer after work or a glass of wine with dinner. Here we look at whether you should cut out alcohol altogether while discovering your food intolerances.
Could alcohol be your trigger food?
The body can be intolerant to alcohol itself, though more commonly any such intolerance will be to the foods which are used to produce alcohol (such as grapes and grains), and other substances used in alcohol production (such as yeast, certain additives, and natural or artificial flavourings). A histamine intolerance can also be an explanation for flare-ups after consumption of alcohol. For these reasons alone it would be advised to eliminate alcohol from diet while discovering your exact food intolerances.
Having said this, eliminating alcohol from a food intolerance diet, irrespective of potential intolerance to its underlying ingredients, is likely to help food intolerance to be correctly identified and diet to be ‘normalised’ more easily. This is because of the way the body reacts to alcohol. It is generally recommended to avoid alcohol and caffeine when embarking on any kind of detox – simply because it will help you detox more easily.
Alcohol affects the gut by making it more permeable. This allows a greater number of food molecules to permeate the body, causing symptoms of food intolerance to worsen.
How food intolerance diets work
When on a food intolerance diet, potential foods to which the dieter is intolerant are cut from daily intake. This type of diet – also called an elimination diet – helps to stabilise and reduce bodily reactions to offending foods, aiding the identification of specific intolerances.
Once symptoms have been significantly reduced, or have disappeared altogether, foods are gradually reintroduced to the diet. When symptoms of intolerance are once again observed, the offending food will have been isolated.
By drinking alcohol throughout a food intolerance diet, this identification process is made more difficult.
Why Should I Avoid Alcohol During A Food Intolerance Diet? Alcoholic beverages are semi-luxuries and should be avoided at least during the first stage of a new diet, while the immune system is stabilising. The ImuPro300 Test does not analyse the beverages themselves, but the ingredients, such as grapes, cereals, yeast and malt. If you have increased quantities of IgG antibodies to one of these ingredients, you will have to completely do without the beverages during the avoidance period.
Alcohol abstinence aids the detection of food intolerances
The first step in detecting and dealing with food intolerance is to be tested. The ImuPro300 test is a simple blood test that you can order online and have done at your local pathology. From this analysis, you will receive a personalised report and recipe suggestion booklet to help you on your elimination diet.
Because of the way alcohol interacts with foods in the body, the only way of controlling alcohol’s effects is to eliminate alcohol while on an your food intolerance diet. By abstaining from alcohol consumption during your food intolerance diet, you will increase its effectiveness and identify your personal food intolerances more easily. However, if alcohol is still consumed, the dieter should note any symptoms – and their severity – brought on by alcohol, which alcohol, what amount, and which particular food combinations produce the worst reactions.