Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Fresh Chapter on PR Roblems with Diet; A Host of Everyday Health Niggles May Be Caused by Problems with Our Diet, According to a New Book by a Nutritional Therapist. LISA SALMON Investigates Whether It's Really That Simple

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Fresh Chapter on PR Roblems with Diet; A Host of Everyday Health Niggles May Be Caused by Problems with Our Diet, According to a New Book by a Nutritional Therapist. LISA SALMON Investigates Whether It's Really That Simple

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DO you suffer from persistent headaches, a lack of energy or stomach problems? If medical tests have ruled out anything serious, then the solution could be simple: take a close look at what you're putting in your mouth.

Some nutritional experts believe a host of common ailments may be linked to our diet, as a result of problems including food intolerances, blood-sugar level imbalances and fatty acid deficiencies.

And if that's the case, once you've identified the culprit food(s), they suggest some chronic health problems could disappear.

Nutritional therapist Maria Cross believes diet is responsible for many problems.

In her book I Wish I Hadn't Eaten That she identifies 20 common health niggles, together with the dietary problems that may be causing them, and what to do about it.

The 20 problems are: acne, lack of energy, weight gain, food cravings, constipation, poor circulation, diarrhoea, insomnia, bloating, poor memory and/or concentration, frequent colds, mood swings, aching joints, pre-menstrual syndrome, mild depression, period pain, dry skin and/or eyes, skin rashes, headaches and water retention.

"Diet is often associated with serious problems like heart disease and cancer, but what a lot of people don't realise is that it also affects you further down the scale with smaller symptoms, and even your mood," she says.

"People suffer with them for years, have often been to their GP and not found out what was causing their symptoms, and have just learned to live with them."

She says the most common symptom of a dietary problem is being tired.

This, she suggests, may be caused by a food intolerance, blood-sugar imbalance, adrenal fatigue, fatty acid deficiency, mild hypothyroidism, bacterial imbalance in the gut, or leaky gut syndrome where bacteria and toxins pass from the gut into the bloodstream.

The most common cause of many everyday health worries is food intolerance, she says, and suggests identifying a possible intolerance by keeping a diary of everything you eat and drink, then eliminating a suspect food and seeing whether it makes any difference to your symptoms.

The most common food intolerances tend to be lactose, as suffered by Victoria Beckham and Orlando Bloom, and wheat, suffered by Geri Halliwell and recently identified as a problem by tennis ace Novak Djokovic, who credits his recent winning streak to a new gluten-free diet.

"So many symptoms can be down to a food intolerance," says Maria.

"Anything from low energy to aching hips, headache and digestive problems. It's extraordinary the range of things that intolerance can be linked to."

There are also other dietary problems to watch out for, adds Maria.

One is an inability to maintain even bloodsugar levels, which can cause headaches, poor memory and concentration, and mood swings. …

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