Food Intolerance Test

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So What Exactly Is Food Intolerance?

The complex way food affects our everyday lives is an emerging area and diagnosing the cause of symptoms which seem to be ‘unexplained’ is often difficult. People who experience some of the symptoms of food intolerance are often led by the medical profession and the media to believe that their condition is ‘all in the mind’ and are treated for the physical manifestation of the condition rather than the cause. However there are now answers to your questions and ways to identify the cause of your symptoms leading to long term relief.
Although not life threatening like food allergy, food intolerance should never be underestimated as its impact on sufferers can be significant, severely impacting on their ability to live normal healthy lives.

Food Intolerance & Food Allergy In Brief

Food Intolerance

• Reactions are usually delayed and symptoms may take several days to appear.
• You can be intolerant to several different food groups at the same time.
• Sufferers can experience multiple symptoms, from migraine to bloating, diarrhoea, lethargy and a generally feeling unwell.

Food Allergy

• Reactions usually occur quickly, with a maximum of 2 hours after exposure to the ‘reactive’ food.
• T he body’s IgE immune system is activated by the immediate ingestion of the reactive food.
• Symptoms include: difficulty breathing, rashes, swelling, runny nose and anaphylactic shock These can potentially be life threatening.

 

The test we offer at Brown’s is an Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) that detects antibodies to foods. The test consists of a reaction tray that has been spotted with specially prepared extracts from different foods. We would need to take a blood sample through a prick; dilute it and add to the tray to allow any antibodies that recognize the foods to bind to them. In this way, the foods causing antibody production in the client can be identified.

Foods Tested

Grains: Wheat, Rye, Barley, Oat, Buckwheat, Amaranth, Goosefoot, Corn, Rice, Gluten.

Nuts & Seeds: Peanut, Hazelnut, Almond, Cacao, Mustard.

Egg: Egg white, Egg yolk

Milk: Cow’s milk, Goat’s milk, Sheep milk, Casein

Vegetables: Carrot, Celery, Cabbage, Broccoli, Garlic, Onion, Leek, Potato,

Fruits: Banana, Lemon, Orange, Strawberry, Grape, Peach, Apple, Pineapple, Kiwi fruit, Tomato

Legumes: Soy, Pea, Green bean

Meats: Lamb/Mutton, Pork, Beef, Chicken, Turkey.

Fish & Seafood: Cod, Salmon, Trout, Tuna, Shrimp, Squid, Octopus

Others: Baker’s yeast, Brewer’s yeast, Coffee

If you are positive to any food groups in the test, the simple act of removing them from your diet for 3 months can completely change your life. A personalised dietary guide will be provided consisting of a detailed assessment of the result and professional advice to support the recommended lifestyle modifications.

Food intolerances and food allergies are different. Food intolerances involve the digestive system while food allergies involve the immune system. A different test to identify your allergies is also available.

 

For more information or to book your Food Intolerance Test please Contact Us.