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Allergy

Food Allergy (also known as ‘classical allergy’):

The body’s immune system  will have a rapid response to a
offending  food. In this type of reaction, the immune system mistakes a food for an ‘invader’
often resulting in a rapid allergic reaction within minutes or even seconds of consuming it. A food allergy causes the presence of
IgE antibodies by the immune system to attack the allergen which is thought to be harmful to the body.  Symptoms are typically dramatic
and visible such as vomiting, diarrhea,
migraines, swelling tissue,
watering eyes. In some extreme cases it can be life threatening and can cause a sudden reaction even
if only a trace of the specific food has been eaten.

Intolerance

Food Intolerance (also known
as ‘delayed onset food allergy’):

Produces chronic symptoms which can be delayed to hours or even
days of eating the offending food. When somebody is intolerant to certain foods they will have a absence of specific enzymes or chemicals needed for digestion of those food substances. Food intolerance can bring about a
whole host of various symptoms which you may not even see the
link between. This will inevitably make them
difficult to recognize and diagnose. Often sufferers will go many years without knowing what action to
take.

Symptoms may include

Abdominal pains
Aches and pains
Acne
Bloating
Constipation
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E
Depression
Diarrhea
Dizziness
Eczema
Fatigue
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Itching
Fluid retention
Headaches
Hyperactivity
Loss of Appetite
Migraine
Nausea
Rashes
Respiratory Symptoms
Restless Leg Syndrome
Rhinitis
Sinusitis
Stomach cramps
Tension
Urticaria
Weight loss
Wheezing

Superfoods

Experts believe that superfoods
have health boosting qualities. Therefore, by including them into
your regular diet they could keep
you free from disease.

Superfoods consist of:

      Avocados
      Beans
      Blueberries
      Broccoli
      Cinnamon
      Cocao Bean (Cocoa)
      Garlic
      Goji Berries
      Oats
      Oranges
      Pears
      Pumpkin
      Salmon
      Soy
      Spinach
      Tea (green or black)
      Tomatoes
      Turkey
      Walnuts

Candida

Candida is a type of yeast known
as Candida albicans responsible
for breaking down complex sugars. Candida is found within the gut alongside other organisms and is
at risk of being disturbed by certain factors which can upset the
balance and cause it to dominate. Factors include the use of the contraceptive pill, antibiotics, steroids, pregnancy, smoking and excessive sugar consumption. An overgrowth of Candida within the gut can cause symptoms such as:

Abdominal bloating
Dry and itchy skin
Depression
Fatigue and low energy
Increased flatulence
Muscle and joint problems
Fungal infections such as athletes foot and thrush
White coating on the tongue.

Deficiencies

There are two classifications of vitamin and mineral deficiencies – Primary and Secondary. When a person is not getting all of the nutrients they need from their food
this is known as primary deficiency. Therefore it is essential that we all
try to eat a well rounded, varied diet to ensure that the body gets all of
the nutrients it needs to ensure proper functioning of all body processes. Eating the same foods over and over could not only cause food intolerances but will result in a lack of vitamins and minerals.  A secondary deficiency can occur
due to a underlying disorder which could have been caused through certain lifestyle factors. Smoking, excessive alcohol, and use of medications can interfere with the absorption of vitamins and minerals.

Supplements

Many years ago, the soils which grew our crops naturally contained all of the nutrients  we needed to keep our body’s functioning at full capacity. However, due to soil depletion over the years leading authorities state that 99% of people in the world are mineral deficient. To ensure we all gain substantial vitamins and minerals to keep our bodies healthy it is important to eat a well rounded diet including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. For those of us who are deficient in certain vitamins/minerals here at Cleanse by Clare I advice supplements produced by Cytoplan. Cytoplan is a wholefood supplement company which work perfectly alongside a well balanced diet to support the body to heal itself and allow each person to reach their optimum health.

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Also known as M.E is a long term disabling illness causing extreme fatigue and other symptoms such
as  disturbed sleep patterns, muscle and joint  pains/aches, trouble with concentration and headaches to which the cause is actually unknown.

Graded exercise, cognitive behaviour therapy, and pacing are amongst the list of conventional treatments offered.  The condition can also be very effectively treated through dietary changes  and a high quality supplement program. There is considerable variation in the severity of the illness and the onset can be gradual or pretty sudden within a few days. Most people with the illness suffer from post-exertion malaise which is extreme fatigue following a period of extra exertion such as a gym workout. Whereas most would feel ok if they had a full nights sleep following the workout, sufferers of CFS/ME may feel persistent fatigue for a few days or more.

In addition to extreme tiredness , symptoms such as the following
are common in sufferers:

• Mental ('cognitive') difficulties such as  attention span, poor memory for recent events, difficulty to plan or organise thoughts, feeling disorientated and finding the right words to say difficult at times.
• Sleeping difficulties by not being able to get to sleep, waking very early, too much sleep and disrupted sleep patterns. Most suffers feel
un-refreshed after even a full nights sleep.
• Aches and pains – this can be linked to muscular pains (myalgia), joint pains, and  recurring headaches.
• Persistent or recurring sore throat often with swollen and tender lymph glands.
• Intolerances and sensitivities to foods, alcohol, fumes such as petrol and perfume, noise and bright light.
• Symptom in the gut region which are similar to 'irritable bowel syndrome'. These might include excessive wind, bloating, alternating diarrhoea and constipation, abdominal pains and cramps and nausea.
• Other symptoms which have been highlighted include dizziness, excessive sweating, disordered temperature control within the body and issues with balance.