Prominent role models daily proclaim their latest diet slogans in social media. Good friends also advise, how fit and symptom-free they have become since they have deleted… from their meal plan. With easy access to the numerous special ‘free from’ products that lure you from the supermarket shelves, should you start the self-experiment?
No, because maybe the medical conditions are caused by entirely different things. Moreover, such self-caused self-tests can cause nutritional deficiencies.
For indigestion, many people think it is a food intolerance or food allergy, such as:
There may be different triggers responsible for similar symptoms as the ones stated above (partly linked to other, far-reaching mechanisms in the organism). Therefore, extensive medical experience, patience and professional diagnostic sense are needed as soon as it comes to making a diagnosis and to developing personal health and nutrition strategies.
Well-intended, radical renouncement decisions made on your own regarding your well-being can often do more harm than good. For example, if a one-sided food intake leads to an insufficient supply of vital nutrients. And even more so when it is not clarified that no other more serious intestinal disease is present (eg ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or even a tumor in the small intestine or colon).
At my practice the philosophy is to take into consideration the patient in his entirety. According to the diagnostic procedure (including personal lifestyle, eating habits and family history) I begin with a thorough, confidential conversation in which I ask my patient precise questions based on my professional knowledge and my work experience of many years.
Through this almost detective-like procedure, I usually manage to pinpoint the suspected area and to define the necessary and reasonable measures to further clarify the potential food intolerances or allergies. This can be for example:
We strongly advise against the often overpriced, self purchased food intolerance tests. Here the common rule applies: more class than the mass of such investigations. Apart from the fact that some of these tests have a rather low validity value.
The result of my consultation is a personally tailored diet plan that fits your needs and your bio / life rhythm. After about two weeks, we will have another extensive conversation to reflect first successes and discuss further action.
Essential for success: only intensive counselling with high investment of time leads to the success. I will devote this time to you.