Have you ever thought that you may be reacting to some of the foods you eat?
Food intolerances and allergies are becoming more common with up to 45% of the population suffering some sort of food intolerance. This is due to factors such as changes in our food production and supply, altered gut species and environmental considerations such as poor diet, medications, stress, and toxins.
A food intolerance or allergy is your body’s abnormal reaction to certain foods. Our body’s immune system identifies perceives a food dangerous to us and produces immunoglobulins (antibodies) against them. A food intolerance or allergy is identified by testing for these specific antibodies present in the body.
These food reactions are mediated by the immune system, so they can affect any tissue or organ. Realising that your food is a catalyst for particular symptoms is not easy. Unlike the immediate reactive symptoms of food allergy, food intolerance symptoms often appear hours or even days later. No wonder it is hard to pinpoint a food intolerance and are often not diagnosed.
What is a food intolerance?
This is a delayed IgG antibody reaction. Symptoms can appear up to three days after eating the reactive food and can last for weeks. This delayed reaction is why they can be hard to identify, and why testing is a valuable tool.
How is an intolerance different to a food allergy?
Food allergies are more immediate. An allergy is an IgE antibody reaction which occurs at the same time or shortly (minutes to an hour ) after exposure to the food. Symptoms can be severe and include vomiting, swelling, and itching of the throat, eyelids, face, tongue or mouth, hives, wheezing or asthma, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and anaphylaxis.
What are food intolerance symptoms?
Respiratory: rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma
Musculoskeletal: arthritis, joint pains, aching muscles and weakness
Gastrointestinal: vomiting, bloating, cramping, excessive wind, water retention, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, weight control problems
Central Nervous System: migraine, headache, impaired concentration, mood and behaviour changes, depression, anxiety, fatigue, hyperactivity
Dermatological: urticaria, atopic dermatitis, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, other rashes
What is the food intolerance test?
It is a simple non-invasive test blood test for food antibodies (IgG) involving collecting just 1ml of blood from quick prick of the finger. The sample is used to check your immune response to close to 60 foods. It doesn’t have to be sent off to a lab where you usually wait a couple of weeks. It is done in-house with the results are immediate with them being emailed to you within the 24 hours.
What foods are tested?
Cereals: Corn, Durum Wheat, Gluten, Oats, Rice, Rye, Wheat.
Nuts & Beans: Almond, Brazil Nut, Cashew, Cocoa Bean, Peanut, Legume Mix (pea, lentil, haricot), Soya Bean, Walnut.
Meats: Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork.
Fish: Freshwater Fish Mix (salmon, trout), Shellfish Mix (shrimp, prawn, crab, lobster, mussel), Tuna, White Fish Mix (haddock, cod, plaice)
Vegetables: Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Leek, Peppers (red, green, yellow), Potato.
Fruits: Apple, Blackcurrant, Grapefruit, Melon Mix (cantaloupe, watermelon), Olive, Orange & Lemon, Strawberry, Tomato
Other: Egg (whole), Cow’s Milk, Garlic, Ginger, Mushroom, Tea, Yeast.
What are the costs and how to book?
The test performed in the clinic. You don’t need to book in a full consult, you can either book in just for the food intolerance test or you can add the test during your normal consultations. You’ll get your results emailed within 24 hours. The results you’ll receive will include all the foods which you reacted too with an indication of what is your highest priority, as well as the foods you had moderate or mild reactions to. You’ll receive a handout on how to avoid these foods as well as provided with alternatives to ensure you don’t miss out on important nutrients.
If you’d like to book please contact Elizabeth directly.