Food Intolerance Testing
Many people are confused about the differences between food allergy and food intolerance, thinking they have one, when in fact, they have the other. Food intolerance is actually extremely common – with up to 45% of people suffering from it. Unlike a severe food allergy, a food intolerance is not life-threatening. It can, however, significantly affect the quality of your everyday life.
What Is Food Intolerance?
When we eat or drink, our body breaks down the proteins in what we’ve ingested as part of the digestive process. This makes them easier to absorb. Sometimes, however, larger particles pass through our digestive tract without breaking down, triggering an “attack” response from our body. Antibodies, called Immunoglobulin (IgG), are dispatched to deal with the intruders, and this war within can cause a wide range of unpleasant symptoms, including inflammation, weight gain, itching skin, headaches, IBS and other digestive problems, and low mood, among many others.
People with food intolerances usually have between four and six trigger foods, and the symptoms of eating these foods can take anywhere up to 72 hours to manifest. Many people are actually unaware that they have a food intolerance, and so suffer for years with low energy levels and ill health. If you suspect you may be intolerant of certain foods, getting tested is easy. You could be only a few short steps away from completely changing your life!
What Is Food Intolerance Testing?
At Edge Dietary Consulting, we use our tried and trusted finger prick method to collect a few drops of blood. This sample is then tested for IgG antibody reactions to over 150 food and drink ingredients. Once we have the results, we schedule an in-depth consultation with you to discuss your intolerances and how to deal with them. We recommend detailed nutrition and dietary changes and explain the process of embarking on an elimination diet to optimise your overall health and well-being.
Some of the foods we test for include:
- Animal milk – including cow, sheep and goat
- Eggs – white and yolk
- Wheat, gluten and yeast
- Herbal teas – including rooibos (redbush) and green
- 12 different varieties of grape
- A wide variety of fish and meat
To find out more about Food Intolerance Testing, or to book your test, please contact us today. We can help.