Food Intolerance Testing

29 Jul 2014

Did you know that 45% of people suffer symptoms of food intolerance?

There is a lot of confusion about the terms food intolerance and food allergy, and the differences between them. Many people speak about food allergy when their symptoms can sometimes indicate food intolerance instead.

Food allergy is different from food intolerance in that it is a quick response by the body's immune system to a certain food. In this type of reaction, the body's immune system mistakes a food for an 'invader' often resulting in a fast allergic reaction within minutes. This type of allergic reaction is commonly associated with nut and seafood allergies.

Some food intolerances are caused by an enzyme deficiency or chemical sensitivity, while others are associated with an immune response related to food-specific antibodies, known as IgG antibodies. These recognise and bind specific food proteins to form immune complexes in the body, which can accumulate in joints and other organs where they may cause inflammation and a wide range of symptoms including headaches, digestive problems, IBS, bloating, itchy skin, joint pain, weight gain, low mood to name just a few.

 Although intolerances to certain foods may not be life threatening, they can make you feel extremely unwell and may have an impact on your work and social life. Intolerance to a particular food will not always cause symptoms immediately, often taking from a few hours to a few days to show up.

 The Food Intolerance Tests that I carry out analyse your blood sample for food specific IgG antibody reactions. You will discover the foods you are reacting to, which should then be eliminated from your diet, and 3 out of 4 people tested see and feel the benefits within 3 to 4 weeks of a dietary change.

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