Food Intolerance Test London
The term ‘food intolerance’ and ‘food allergy’ are often confused and are two very different things.
Food allergy is relatively rare. Only about 2% of the adult population are affected. A food allergy is a swift response by the body’s immune system to a specific food. In this type of reaction, the body’s immune system mistakes a food for an ‘invader’ which often results in a rapid allergic reaction that can occur from within minutes, to up to two hours after ingestion. This type of allergic reaction is commonly associated with peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs and seafood.
Food intolerance† can occur when the body has difficulty digesting certain foods. When this happens over a period of time, large food particles (proteins) may enter the blood stream, which can cause inflammation. Over 45% of the population react adversely to foods that they eat, which whilst not life threatening, can have a massive impact on someone’s quality of work and home life.
Food intolerance can cause a wide range of symptoms including: digestive and gut symptoms, bloating, headaches and migraines, fatigue, depression and low mood, joint pain and sinusitis, weight gain and skin problems.
The correlation between food and the way it affects our everyday life can be difficult to pinpoint, and so it is common for people to try and eliminate foods from their diet to help themselves feel better. This is often a case of guesswork and trial and error, and as reactions can occur up to 72 hours after eating it is difficult to self-diagnose.
A more accurate way to arrive at a diagnosis is through food intolerance testing. Gemma is proud to partner with Lorisian, who have over 30 years’ experience, specialising in laboratory tests that measure food triggers (food-specific IgG antibodies). Lorisian food intolerance tests results offer a fast track or starting point for an elimination diet. The tests are aimed at those that may have food intolerances, and those who want to optimise their diets by avoiding any foods that they are reacting to.
†Food Intolerance symptoms must always be checked out by a Medical Professional. If you have seen a Medical Professional but have not been given a diagnosis, then the symptoms may be an indication of a food intolerance.