The ‘Food Detective Test’ measures IgG antibody response to foods – a true test of Food Intolerance. The presence of IgG antibodies (part of your immune system) may be linked to inflammatory conditions in the body, manifesting in a range of health issues.
A finger-prick blood sample is diluted and added to a reaction tray spotted with food protein extracts of 59 different foods. 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. Once identified, the trigger foods can be eliminated from your diet.
Please note that the charge for a Food Intolerance Test must be paid in full at the time of booking your appointment, as kits are ordered in specially.
- Cereals – Corn, Durum Wheat, Gluten, Oats, Rice, Rye, Wheat.
- Nuts & Beans – Almond, Brazil Nut, Cashew, Cocoa Bean, Peanut, Legume Mix (pea, lentil, haricot), Soya Bean, Walnut.
- Meats – Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork.
- Fish – Freshwater Fish Mix (salmon, trout), Shellfish Mix (shrimp, prawn, crab, lobster, mussel), Tuna, White Fish Mix (haddock, cod, plaice)
- Vegetables – Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Leek, Peppers (red, green, yellow), Potato.
- Fruits – Apple, Blackcurrant, Grapefruit, Melon Mix (cantaloupe, water melon), Olive, Orange & Lemon, Strawberry, Tomato
- Other – Egg (whole), Cow’s Milk, Garlic, Ginger, Mushroom, Tea, Yeast.
Food Intolerance or Food Allergy?
Genuine food allergy is rare. About 2% of the population (and 8% of children under the age of three) are affected. A food allergy is a rapid and potentially serious response to a food by your immune system. It can trigger classic allergy symptoms such as a rash, wheezing and itching. The most common food allergies among adults are to fish and shellfish and nuts – including peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts and brazil nuts. Children often have allergies to milk and eggs as well as to peanuts, other nuts and fish.
Food intolerances are more common than food allergies. The symptoms of food intolerance tend to come on more slowly, often many hours after eating the problem food. It’s possible to be intolerant to several different foods. This can make it difficult to identify which foods are causing the problem
- Symptoms come on within seconds or minutes of eating the food
- In extreme cases it can be life-threatening
- Even a tiny trace of the food can cause a reaction
- It is easily diagnosed with tests
- Symptoms come on more slowly and are long-lasting. They often involve the digestive system
- It’s never life-threatening
- A reasonable portion of food is usually needed to cause a reaction, although some people can be sensitive to small amounts
- You may crave the problem food
Many of us have a food allergy or intolerance—recent studies suggest that about 40% of us have it so some degree—but it’s the extent of our sensitivity that determines whether or not it turns into a chronic health problem.
Unless you suffer an immediate reaction such as anaphylactic shock, most intolerances have a slow but accumulative effect that may eventually impair the immune system.
Suspect a food allergy or intolerance if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
- dark circles or puffiness under the eyes
- fluid retention
- sinus congestion, rhinitis
- insomnia, fatigue
- abdominal pain
- joint inflammation
- inability to lose weight
- indigestion, IBS
- chronic ear infections
- mood swings
- poor memory
- anxiety or depression