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Dear Jana, I suffer from bloating and occasional diarrhoea. I think it’s caused by what I’m eating but I’m not sure. Is it possible I have food intolerance?

While it is possible you have a food intolerance, there are many causes of bloating and diarrhoea that you may first want to investigate. Because of this, and to better understand what the underlying cause may be, you may be asked what medications you are taking, if you’ve recently travelled, taken courses of antibiotics. Additionally you may be asked if you’ve had a recent stressful life experience.

After this, your practitioner may require you undergo some testing to identify pathogens or imbalances in the gut. Taking a diet and symptom diary for 1 week prior to a consultation would be very helpful.