WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FOOD ALLERGIES & FOOD INTOLERANCE?
Food intolerances are not the same as food allergies. The table below clearly outlines the difference;
|Food Intolerance||Food Allergy|
|Reactions can take place up to 72 hours after eating, making it difficult to pinpoint which foods are causing a problem||A reaction takes place within 2 hours|
|Multiple foods can be involved, and any system can be affected||Rarely more than one or two foods are involved. Primarily the airways, digestion and the skin are affected|
|Different amounts of trigger foods can be tolerated||Trace amounts of foods can cause a reaction|
|Food intolerance can be difficult to self-diagnose||Allergies are specifically caused by raised levels of IgE antibodies|
|Symptoms can clear after a period of avoidance||The condition is life-long|
Although not life threatening, food intolerances can have a huge impact on your ability to live life to the full. This is because symptoms are chronic and can have a profound effect on your work and social life. On the other hand, identifying which foods are causing problems can be challenging. This is because symptoms vary widely, and can appear anything up to 3 days after consuming a trigger food. Many common symptoms such as headaches, bloating, mood changes and fatigue can also be caused by other factors, making it hard to pinpoint where the real problem lies. Following an exclusion diet can be helpful, but as more than one food is often involved, the process can be lengthy and exasperating when all you want to do is gain relief from your symptoms. Food intolerance testing does away with this “trial and error” approach, and definitively identifies the foods that are causing you problems.
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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FOOD INTOLERANCE TESTING?
It’s currently estimated that around 45% of the population here in the UK have some form of food intolerance. Many experts believe that this surprising figure is linked to modern developments in food production and the changing nature of our nutritional landscape.
Food today is very different to the food consumed just 40 years ago. Intensively farmed crops, highly processed packaged meals, industrialised cooking methods, additives, pesticides… our digestive systems have a hard job keeping up with these rapid changes in our diets. Not only has what we eat changed, but what we know about food is also evolving. Never before have we had so much access to information about nutrition. Despite this, there’s increasing confusion around what to eat, and the number of people with food related complaints continues to rise.
Irritable bowel syndrome, metabolic disorders, skin complaints and many other “difficult to get to the bottom of” conditions can be significantly helped by testing for food intolerances. It takes all the guesswork out of knowing which foods to eat and which to avoid, and provides you with the knowledge you need to regain your vitality and start living life to the full.
HOW DOES A FOOD INTOLERANCE TEST WORK?
I currently offer a range of food intolerance tests which can be done here at the clinic. The test involves nothing more than a simple pinprick, and the sample, once collected, is sent to the lovely folk at Lorisian, a dedicated hospital standard laboratory with over 30 years experience in the field of diagnostic testing. All of the test results are overseen by a medical doctor and then forwarded to me. A bespoke nutritional program can then be devised.
Here’s how it works:
When foods and drinks are digested, the proteins within them are broken down into smaller fragments which are easier for the body to absorb. However, larger fragments can also pass through, and sometimes the body reacts by attacking them using antibodies called Immunoglobulin G’s (IgG). The food intolerance test analyses these IgG antibody reactions to give you a complete breakdown of all the foods which may be problematic for you. Below you’ll find details of the tests currently on offer at the clinic.
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Click on the images above to see a detailed breakdown of the foods analysed on each test.
The cost of the food intolerance testing service includes a 30-minute assessment to discuss your current issues, plus the laboratory test. Follow up consultations to discuss results are priced at £30. This includes take away resources to support you in making any necessary dietary changes and links to relevant books and websites to help you make these changes. It goes without saying that as with all my herbal clients, free email support is available during office hours and for the duration of your time working with me.
Prices for tests are available on request.
I’m also happy to send out information leaflets in the post (please remember to include details of your postal address when you inquire.)
If you’re unsure about food intolerance testing and would like to know more about how it can benefit you, why not book a free ten-minute consultation to discuss your questions and concerns? There’s no obligation to book the test, simply send me an email using the contact form to request a convenient time to chat.
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