Food Intolerance Testing
In the search for optimal health and peak performance, the role of nutrition science can play a vital part. Life events, stress and food intolerances can make you feel drained, leading to weight gain, hormone imbalances, digestive issues and also skin problems. Sadly, the foods we eat can often contribute to these symptoms. Food intolerance testing is a simple way to identify your reactive foods, which are unique to you.
The difference between Food Intolerance and Food Allergy
Food allergies are rare, affecting only around 2% of the adult population. When we eat allergens, the body’s immune system believes it is being invaded. It therefore produces IgE (Immunoglobulin E) antibodies to fight the foods or drinks it believes are harmful.
- Allergic reactions can occur even after consuming only small quantities (or trace elements) of food.
- Onset of symptoms is very rapid.
- Symptoms range from mild (such as a rash, wheezing and itching) or severe (anaphylaxis, which is potentially fatal).
Food intolerances are more common. They do not involve your immune system, and although unpleasant and uncomfortable, are not life threatening. When we eat, our body digests proteins in our food and drink, breaking them down into small fragments. Larger fragments may pass through our body and are not broken down. Our body may react to these by attacking them using antibodies called Immunoglobulin G’s (IgG).
- Usually, we consume larger amounts of food before we notice symptoms
- Onset of symptoms is slower, sometimes occuring many hours after eating the problem food
- Symptoms range and may include headaches and migraines, stomach pain, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation. In addition, you may feel tired or notice skin problems such as acne or eczema.
Why have a Food Intolerance test?
Current advice for those with suspected food intolerances is simply to try an “elimination diet”. This trial-and-error approach can be time consuming and frustrating, and is unlikely to result in an accurate self-diagnosis. Many people with food intolerance experience more than one symptom, sometimes without even recognising the symptoms as an abnormality especially if they have been experiencing it for several years. We can be intolerant to several foods at one time. Elimination diets are restrictive and may mean you do not have a balanced diet required for optimum health.
Food Intolerance Testing at Acorn Health, Emsworth
The test requires a small blood sample, taken in clinic via a finger prick test. Your sample is then sent off to a laboratory for testing. You will receive a full hard copy report detailing your intolerances, in addition to a support pack, and an optional consultation with a BANT registered Nutritional Therapist. Dr Philippa Oakley, Doctor of Chiropractic arranges food intolerance testing at the clinic, and she will also receive an electronic copy of your results. You may then choose to then undertake Health Coaching with Rhiannon Oakley, qualified Personal Performance Coach or with Philippa. A highly individualised coaching approach can enable you to discuss your blood test results and successfully implement any changes in lifestyle or adaptations suggested by your results.
Our Food Intolerance Tests are run through Lorisian. Alongside parent company YorkTest Laboratories, they have over 35 years of excellence in laboratory diagnostic testing. Lorisian are Europe’s leading provider of food and drink specific IgG antibody testing programmes.
Lorisian 100: £199
Measures against 100 food ingredients.
Lorisian 150: £299
Measures against 150 food ingredients.
Lorisian 200: £349
Measures against 208 food ingredients.
Lorisian 150 Plus with Irritable Bowel Syndrome support: £325
Analyses your IgG antibody reactions to over 150 food ingredients, and also includes a personalised Low FODMAP plan for optimum nutrition.
Lorisian 150 Plus with Ideal Weight Support: £325
Analyses your IgG antibody reactions to over 150 food ingredients and also includes a list of low Glycemic Index foods and drinks and a 12 week low GI plan.
Lorisian Homocysteine Test: £149
Homocysteine is a naturally occuring amino acid involved in essential pathways in the body. High homocysteine levels may be implicated in conditions such as heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, dementia and infertility. The homocysteine test can assess your risk of raised homocysteine levels and allow you to reduce these levels accordingly.
Ordering your test:
Please note: You can order your test kit by contacting us or coming in to clinic. Please advise which test it is you would like.
Food intolerance testing clinics take place at Acorn Health on a Monday and Friday morning. You can choose to take the test at clinic (no additional charge) or collect the test to complete at home.