Food Intolerance Testing

Why would you have a food intolerance test?

If you are experiencing problems such as IBS, Bloating, Asthma, Breathing Difficulties, Rhinitis, Migraine, Headaches ,Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis, Arthritis, Rheumatism, Depression, ADHD or Panic Attacks and you have exhausted all other medical treatments and therapies. You may be on medication which is helping somewhat but are looking for other solutions.

What to expect during your consultation?

You will be asked all about your medical complaint and how it affects you in your everyday life. The therapist will then ask you to wash your hands and then will obtain a small sample of blood by pricking your finger with a sterile needle. Your sample will be sent off to the lab for testing and analysed for IgG antibody reactions to a maximum of 150 food and drink ingredients.

Then we will be in touch (usually within a week) with your results.

Can I get this on the NHS?

No, only allergy tests. Allergy tests do not look for the ‘food-specific IgG antibodies.

What happens if I get a positive result and what does it mean to me?

The blood sampling analysis will measure your levels of any ‘food-specific IgG antibodies’. Based on the volume of these within your blood, you will be classes as positive (red) , borderline(yellow) or negative (green) for the different ingredients contained in your typical diet.

We would then suggest that you completely avoid foods containing the ingredients for which you tested positive for a period of 3 months. You will be advised to log how you are feeling in a diary (noting any symptoms or generally how you are feeling) which we will give you. After this period, the ingredients can then be reintroduced one at a time (if you have been deemed intolerant to more than one ingredient).

Is there any help available to me if I struggle with the process of avoiding foods which contain the ingredients that I am intolerant to?

Yes, we have a qualified Nutritionist who can help you with any dietary changes that would benefit you.

Where is the evidence that this may be a solution to my medical condition?

In a 2007 study in which there were over 5,000 participants, 76% of them reported moderate to high benefit in their chronic ill health symptoms after using the service. There are many tests and
programmes that are offered that do not have any published data available to show how they perform.

Here is what our clients are saying…

I had been suffering from reflux/antacid problems & was frequently using Gaviscon to reduce the effects. I had also been prescribed statins & was slightly concerned about cholesterol level.

I’d never thought of blood test for intolerance so was a little sceptical. The cost seemed quite high as well. There are so many “fads” out there & I thought this may be just another one.

I thought I had a good diet already. The process was explained & the potential outcomes. The blood sample is easy & just a week or so wait for the results. The results were then explained & suggestions made on how to amend diet.

There have been many results! I’ve not used Gaviscon for a year now!

I feel better in myself. I am much more conscious of my diet & along with exercise have reduced my weight & maintained it. An additional & much more beneficial effect is that I haven’t used my inhalers for 12 months! Having suffered asthma for 40 years I hardly suffer any effects at all now. Cutting down dairy & gluten food products have improved my overall health.

And most of all this has saved me £200 in prescriptions & Gaviscon in 12 months so the cost of blood test has almost been recouped.

Dave W

Food Intolerance Tests

I took the food intolerance test as I had suffered with a few different symptoms – Sinusitis, IBS, headaches and joint pain. The sinusitis was investigated by the NHS but they found no cause.

I wasn’t given any help for my IBS either – just a diagnosis. After 3 months of taking the test (it found me to be intolerant of egg white and dairy) I have found that my abdominal pain has reduced to minimal and I don’t feel the need to rush to the toilet as much as I used too, which is good because I have taken up playing golf and this could of been a big problem for me. I do still have some symptoms of bloating and diarrhoea, but I know this is only when I have eaten something that has something in it that I shouldn’t have.

I do find it hard to avoid foods in certain situations like eating out in restaurants or friends’ houses, but I find they do accommodate as much as they can. I no longer have headaches and I have not had IBS symptoms for a while. As for joint pains they are in my legs mostly but I feel that is down to my weight and my nutrition in the past, I have lost 8lbs and hope to lose more, I feel this is a slow process but it’s going in the right direction.

I do have sinusitis, but I have found that it flares up when I have had dairy and egg whites and not realised, I have eaten it, or drank it. I am really surprised where dairy is used like in Smokey bacon crisps soups etc. Reading labels is essential and is something I do every time I go shopping now.

Having the intolerance test has been a big eye opener for me and it has made me realise how much I took for granted in what is being put into our everyday food. Being aware has helped me to eat healthier and have a bigger understanding of what I have been doing to my body.

I would recommend taking an Intolerance because it is a great way of knowing what your body needs as an individual, so having the knowledge can help with having a better healthy life.

Julie Fletcher

Food Intolerance