Food intolerance is estimated to affect up to 45% of the population. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, food intolerance could be the cause:
Food allergies are slightly different to food intolerance. An allergy is an allergic reaction that causes the body to form IgE antibodies, and the resulting symptoms are often quick to appear, maybe only seconds after eating an allergen (a substance that provokes an allergic reaction). The symptoms are often acute, and may be severe, and include urticaria (skin rash/hives) and problems breathing. Common culprits for this type of reaction include seafood and peanuts.
Food intolerance covers many different issues with the digestion and absorption of food, including a lack of gastric acid or enzymes needed to digest food properly, chemical sensitivities through not being able to break down or convert certain digestive by-products, such as histamine, or the creation of IgG antibodies.
When food is digested, the proteins within it are usually broken down into smaller fragments for easy absorption into the body. When the body has difficulty digesting certain foods and food intolerance develops, the lining of the small intestine can become inflamed and damaged, and as a result, large food particles (proteins) may enter the blood stream, causing inflammation. Sometimes the body reacts by attacking these food proteins using antibodies called Immunoglobulins (IgG antibodies).
Everyone has their own food ‘fingerprint’, and it can be very difficult to discover which foods or substances may be causing a reaction. Because food intolerances can create issues at any stage of digestion, and foods can remain in our gastro-intestinal tract for up to 48 hours in the average person eating a typical UK diet, you will have eaten several meals within this time frame, making it very difficult to figure out what is causing your symptoms. Linking symptoms to foods eaten and following an elimination diet can be helpful; sometimes the first suspected ‘allergen’ removed from the diet is successful, and sometimes several foods/substances have to be excluded before an improvement is seen.
One way to find out what your food ‘fingerprint’ is, or discover foods that may be causing food intolerance symptoms, is through a credible food intolerance finger-prick blood test. It’s easy to do, you get the results quickly and I can help you make changes to your diet based on your results.
The L100 test tests 100 different food/drink substances and costs £155.
The L150+ test tests 156 different food/drink substances and costs £200.
L200+ test tests 208 different food/drink substances and costs £250.