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Food Intolerance Testing

What is involved?

finger prick blood testJust  a finger prick blood sample which is sent away to the Laboratory. Results are usually back within 10-14 days.

Full Consultations are usually advisable when considering testing for Food Intolerance.

Full support is always available once the test results have been returned.

What is a Food Intolerance?

milk intoleranceFor centuries we have known that consumption of certain ‘reactive’ foods can have profound effects on physical and mental health, and this is even more evident in today’s world with the huge variety of foods we now consume.

Food Intolerance is a reaction to food that may cause unpleasant symptoms and is associated with a host of chronic conditions. Food intolerance is unlikely to be life threatening unlike allergies, which in some individuals can cause anaphylaxis.

Typical allergy symptoms tend to be immediate and can take the form of swelling of lips or throat, skin rash or hives, vomiting or breathing problems. If you suspect you have an allergy then your must consult your health professional.

While less than 2% of the population suffer from food allergies, it is estimated that more than 20% of the population suffer from food intolerance. It can affect anyone at any age, but since symptoms often occur some time after the food has been eaten it can be difficult to find the problem food without the use of advanced laboratory testing.

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For example, the milk or bread eaten on one day could be the cause of joint pain three days later. Some food intolerances are caused by an enzyme deficiency or chemical sensitivity, while others are an immune response caused by food specific IgG antibodies.

The majority of food intolerances are a result of an immune response to foods and may have developed because of poor digestion, dysbiosis, Candidiasis, parasites, intestinal infections, a poorly balanced diet, alcohol consumption, or the effects of drugs and medications.

Each individual has their own unique reaction to food. Antibodies against the food may appear in the blood. Production of Antibodies is one of the ways in which the body’s immune system reacts to substances that adversely affect it. Antibodies are also known as “Immunoglobulins” or “Igs” for short.

Over time, the antibodies may form immune complexes, which can become deposited in joints and other organs and may be responsible for many of the symptoms that are seen in food intolerance.

Food intolerance is associated with a number of chronic conditions and symptoms including:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Bed wetting
  • Bloating
  • Bronchitis
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Depression
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastritis
  • Headaches
  • Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Itchy skin problems
  • Malabsorption
  • Migraine
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Water retention
  • Weight control problems

Pricing structure of the Food Intolerance Tests.

The Indicator Test: £20

This test determines whether or not there is an existing intolerance to food in general. A positive IgG result indicates that it is worth testing further. A negative result indicates that foods are probably not the cause of your symptoms.

The 40 Food Test: £111

This test checks the IgG reaction of your Blood Sample against 40 different foods

The 60 Food Test : £160

This test checks the IgG reaction of your Blood Sample against 60 different foods

The 120 Food Test: £211

This test checks the IgG reaction of your blood sample against 120 different foods