It a two hour consultation for couples, friends or family members who would like to identify any possible food intolerances. At the beginning of the consultation a small blood sample is taken from a finger prick and is then diluted and added to a reaction tray spotted with food protein extracts. These include common culprits such as wheat, gluten, eggs, corn, nuts, shellfish yeast and dairy.
In subsequent steps the use of detector and developer solutions identifies the presence of food antibodies through the appearance of one or more blue spots on the tray. Results are established within the consultation room. The test can flag up trigger foods requiring elimination from the diet as well as those needing a watchful eye and reduced consumption.
The consultation also includes a full nutritional analysis and health history. Guests leave with a folder of practical tips and information on how to integrate test results into their daily lives.
Research has shown that food intolerances can be linked to IgG antibodies raised by the immune system when certain foods are eaten. Unpleasant symptoms can arise in a number of ways. One person may experience a severe headache whilst another gets irritable bowel syndrome, migraines and skin or respiratory conditions.
Unlike the immediate reactive symptoms of a true food allergy (IgE), food intolerance symptoms often appear hours or even days later. In fact, following the elimination of problem foods, many sufferers have realised that they have been experiencing minor symptoms as a result of intolerance for their entire lives.
Food intolerance is extremely widespread and it is estimated that 45% of the population could be affected. Stressful lifestyles, food engineering and additives are just some of the root causes behind this increasing problem. A clear indicator is the expanding supermarket shelf space now being dedicated to lucrative ‘free-from’ ranges. A couple of shelves have now become whole aisles.
Often the foods we eat all the time or crave may be the ones causing the problems. When you consider the typical Western diet features toast or cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and pasta for dinner it is not surprising that wheat features highly as one of the most common foods to cause an intolerance.
The test detects IgG antibody reactions to 59 food proteins. It takes the guess work out of trying to figure out which foods may be causing adverse reactions in the body. The test measures antibodies which may be linked to a range of unpleasant symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, headaches, sinusitis, tiredness, asthma, eczema, depression, arthritis and weight control problems.
Once the results have been established I provide guests with common sense advice on how to remove any suspect foods from their daily diet. I also give them information on replacement foods and advice on ways to improve the health of their digestive system. Stress management techniques are often included. I may prescribe certain herbs and supplements if appropriate.
In advance of the consultation guests are advised to freely eat any suspected foods for at least a week prior to testing to enable an accurate result to be obtained.
Once we have the test results guests will need to eliminate strongly reacting foods for at least three months to allow antibodies to subside and the digestive tract to heal. Foods can then be gradually reintroduced providing there are no recurring symptoms. Less reactive foods can be consumed every four days.
People with food intolerances often end up with much healthier and varied diets because they include a wider range of foods and nutrients into their daily lives.
It is useful for a couple to do a food intolerance test together so that they can learn ways in which to adapt their daily diets together. It is not uncommon for couples to have similar food intolerances as they invariably eat the same type of meals so this way they both receive the advice and can support one another.
Anyone suffering from IBS or inflammatory diseases such as arthritis would benefit greatly as well as those who are struggling with elimination or rotation diets.
This test is not suitable for people with true food allergies (IgE reactions). Food allergies can be life threatening whereas food intolerances, although unpleasant, are not considered a risk to life.
This test is also not suitable for those with a suspected lactose intolerance as the test focuses on food protein reactions only and lactose is a sugar in milk.
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