Common symptoms of Food Intolerances include :
I suffered with at least 9 of these symptoms myself. Often the meaning of a Food Intolerance and a Food allergy are confused. It is important to note that a Food Allergy can potentially be life threatening and I do not work with Food Allergies. A classical food allergy is usually characterised by an immediate and often severe reaction of the immune system to exposure to a specific food which can include sneezing, rashes, skin irritation, swelling, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea and vomiting. Normally symptoms occur within a few minutes of eating or coming in to contact with the offending food, although they can be delayed by up to two hours.
When exposed to the source of food allergy the body makes specific antibodies (IgE) to ‘fight off’ the allergens found in these foods. When the food is next eaten it triggers an immune system response which results in the release of histamine and other naturally occurring chemicals in the body. Allergic reactions to food can vary considerably in their severity and some can be fatal.
IMPORTANT NOTE : When reducing or eliminating any food or food group from the diet it is vital that it is done with care to ensure that you are still getting the optimum level of nutrients. I therefore always offer testing with a consultation to discuss the results and help you create a tailor made dietary plan.
Allergy UK estimates that up to 45% of people in the UK suffer from food intolerance, and they can encourage weight gain. . Food Intolerances are not an allergy however can cause much discomfort and distress. Symptoms of food intolerance are often delayed for many hours or even days. Ingesting substances your body rejects can lead to cravings (often to the foods we are allergic/intolerant to), bloating and lethargy, and many more symptoms. Following the results of your pin-prick blood test, we can create amazing free-from meals.
What is a Food Intolerance or Food Sensitivity?
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’. 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 a 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.
Many people with food intolerance experience more than one symptom and symptoms can be vague. Sufferers often complain of seeming to be in a ‘fog’, feeling bloated and being tired all the time, or people report multiple symptoms such as gut pain with headaches and skin rash. Some food intolerances are caused by an enzyme deficiency (lactase) or chemical sensitivity (histamine).
Symptoms of this type of food intolerance are often delayed for many hours or even days and for this reason it is often hard to identify the problem foods. In fact, following the elimination of problem foods, many sufferers have realised that they had been experiencing minor symptoms because of intolerance for their entire lives.
A blood sample (taken in your own home using finger prick method) is sent to a laboratory that has state of the art immunoassay based on microarray technology to detect food-specific IgG antibodies. Results are available in approximately 10 working days and then a consultation is held with me to discuss the results and work together to create a food plan considering the foods to be eliminated/reduced. This option includes a tailor-made report of the test results which clearly tells you the degree of reaction to each food. This report is then used to decide whether a food is to be completely avoided and if so for how long or if it is adequate to just reduce intake.
Within this option I work with a few different tests to choose from and vegetarian and vegan tests are also available, and advice will be given as to which test to choose. Your post-test consultations will be held via Zoom or Skype or the phone.
All consultations include the price of blood test and are paid for in advance.