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Day: November 15, 2018

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Can a food intolerance cause migraines?

It is estimated that 1 in every 7 people around the globe suffer from migraines†, making it the third most common disease in the world.

Research has also revealed that migraines affect twice as many women as men and they affect adults and children of all ages.

The World Health Organisation classifies headache as a major health disorder and has rated migraine amongst the top 20 most disabling lifetime conditions. A migraine attack can last for between 4 and 72 hours and sufferers experience an average of 13 attacks each year.†

So what is the link between migraine and food intolerance and how could this link lead to answers and a resolution for your clients?

Known causes of a migraine include disturbed sleep patterns, stress, and reactions to certain foods and it is the latter that is regarded as one of the easiest to control.

There are many foods which may act as a trigger and could cause migraines.

The case for a food intolerance causing migraines

A survey of a 1,000 people suffering with migraine by the charity Migraine Action revealed that over two thirds of Migraine Action members affected by frequent migraine attacks believe that certain foods could be the cause.

The gold standard method for confirming food reactions is the elimination diet and challenge. This involves eating a restricted diet over a period of time. If there is no improvement in the frequency or severity of your migraines during this time, it is assumed that the food type that has been restricted is not contributing to the symptoms (migraines), and the process is repeated with another food type.

This method can be very time consuming, and it is very difficult to test all the different combinations of food types that may be contributing to the problem. A food intolerance* test can highlight a person’s trigger foods without the need for eliminating individual foods one by one and can form the basis of a fast-track elimination diet. The potential that food intolerance* testing offers migraine sufferers has been demonstrated in several studies (see references below).

The most recent of these, published in the Headache Journal, concluded that the number and severity of migraine attacks was significantly reduced when the subject followed an IgG guided elimination diet.4

The Migraine Action survey 2011 meanwhile found that 85 percent of people affected by debilitating migraines had their symptoms reduced, and quality of life improved, once their food triggers were discovered and avoided.

Additional research from the University of York, the largest clinical trial of its kind in migraine-like headaches, published in the Nutrition Journal, has further supported the Migraine Action findings. It uncovered that the frequency of migraine attacks was slashed by almost a quarter (23%) over 4 weeks when the Lorisian food-specific antibodies test was carried out to identify a sufferer’s food triggers. For additional references please see below.

How can I test my clients for food intolerances*?

Do you have a question about food intolerance? Are you interested in offering tests to your clients? To find out more about Lorisian and our food intolerance* testing, please contact our friendly team.


1. Further analysis of data published originally as Hardman G and Hart G (2007) Dietary advice based on food-specific IgG results. Nutrition and Food Science 37: 16-23.

2. Mitchell N et al (2011) Randomised controlled trial of food elimination diet based on IgG antibodies for the prevention of migraine like headaches. Nutrition Journal 10: 85.

3. Alpay K et al (2010) Diet restriction in migraine, based on IgG against foods: a clinical double-blind, randomised, cross-over trial. Cephalagia 30:829-37. Link.

4. Aydinlar E et al (2013) IgG-based elimination diet in migraine plus IBS. Headache 53:514-25. Link.

5. Rees T et al (2005) A prospective audit of food intolerance among migraine consumers in primary care clinical practice. Headache Care 2, 11-14. Link.

*Lorisian define food intolerance as a food-specific IgG antibody reaction. Our information is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. Lorisian do not claim to treat or cure your client’s symptoms and recommend that they discuss any medical concerns they may have with a GP before taking one of our tests.
The Migraine Trust

Can your diet and nutrition affect psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin complaint that can cause a red rash, mainly around the elbows, knees, hands, the lower back and the scalp. It can be very difficult to treat clients with the condition as the cause can be complex.

As with any autoimmune condition, the body’s normal defence mechanism gets confused and this leads to immune cells beginning to behave differently. With psoriasis, this causes inflammation, which then alters skin cell reproduction and differentiation. Thicker patches of skin then form where new cells build up faster than old skin cells are shed. In some cases, psoriasis can be so severe that these itchy patches cover a large percentage of the skin.

What to do next

If your client suffers from psoriasis, they may ask you whether dairy causes inflammation, or if eliminating gluten from their diet would help them manage psoriasis symptoms.

The truth is that diet appears to have a substantial role in causing the inflammation that triggers psoriasis, and food intolerances may play a part. However, it’s important to remember that each person is unique, so there may be many other foods that are causing your client’s food sensitivity; for example, wheat, eggs or nuts.

A simple IgG food intolerance test may help to determine whether a food intolerance* is the root cause of your client’s psoriasis.

Psoriasis and gut health

If your client has a food intolerance, then eating certain foods may be aggravating their gut. This could cause inflammation and encourage psoriasis.

Identifying food intolerances and then allowing the gut time to heal can be very relevant for those with an autoimmune condition. What a person chooses to eat is very important. As individuals, our reactions to foods and drinks that we consume varies a great deal. An ingredient which may cause problems for one person could be completely acceptable for another.

For clients with persistently itchy skin, discovering and understanding their food and drink intolerances* and the effects they have on their health and wellbeing can be a very important step. Once individual food triggers are identified, informed choices can be made to optimise diet and quality of life.

Contact the Lorisian team today to learn more about food intolerance* and find out about our IgG testing services.

*Lorisian define food intolerance as a food-specific IgG antibody reaction.  Our information is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. Lorisian do not claim to treat or cure symptoms and recommend that your client discusses any medical concerns they have with a GP before undertaking one of our programmes.

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One of the fastest ways to grow your business is to partner with other practitioners. Not only can it introduce you to their customers (and vice versa), but your partnership could deliver more value to your joint clients, helping you improve their satisfaction and increase your revenue.

Partner with expert, relevant practitioners

Grab a drink, find a quiet place and have a think about what supporting services would strengthen your offering. Talk it through with your colleagues and especially your clients! You can also give us a call, we’d be happy to help shape your business model.

A great example of two complementary practitioners is a personal trainer (PT) and physio therapist. As a PT you could build in regular physio to help your client recover from your sessions. And as a physio you could refer your clients to a PT for strength and rehab work. Win win.

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