Food Intolerance Testing

Food Intolerance Explained

What is the difference between allergy and intolerance

The term ‘food intolerance’ and ‘food allergy’ are often confused and are two very different things.

Genuine 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 often within minutes, but generally within a maximum of two hours. This type of allergic reaction is commonly associated reactions to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs and seafood.

Food intolerance is quite different to food allergy and whilst the symptoms can impact the person’s quality of life they are not life threatening. Food intolerances are much more common than food allergies.

When foods and drinks are digested the proteins within them are broken down into smaller fragments for easy absorption into the body. Larger fragments can pass through without breaking down, and sometimes the body reacts by attacking them using antibodies called Immunoglobulin G’s (IgG).

A recent study* has shown those who eliminated trigger foods based on food-specific IgG test results had reductions in weight, body mass index, waist and hip circumference and improvements in all indicators of quality of life that were measured. The quality of life indicators included physical and emotional wellbeing, mental health, social life, pain levels and vitality.

*Lewis J et al, 2012: Eliminating Immunologically-Reactive Foods from the Diet and its Effect on Body Composition and Quality of Life in Overweight Persons. Journal Obesity & Weight loss Therapy 2:1.

Dr Hilary Jones explains Food Intolerances – Click here to listen to the podcast.

Allergy vs Intolerance

Food Intolerance Food Allergy
Reactions up to 72 hours after eating Immediate reactions (2 hours or less)
Multiple foods can be involved Rarely more than 1 to 2 foods
Any organ system can be affected Primarily skin, airways and digestive system
Very common Trace amounts of foods can cause reactions
Difficult to self-diagnose Caused by raised IgE antibody
Symptoms can clear after avoidance (3-6 months) Lifelong

Taking The Food Intolerance Test

Lorisian food intolerance tests use a very simple finger prick blood collection wand system. Because the finger prick system is so easy to use, the sample can be taken in the clinic in 10-15minutes.

The sample is then posted back to the Lorisian Laboratory that same day, tested and analysed for IgG antibody reactions to a maximum of 150 food and drink ingredients.

Results are release within 10-14 days in email format. This will be followed by a hard copy along with a guide book.

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Symptoms of food intolerance

Food intolerance† is a condition with a wide range of symptoms including: including gut symptoms, bloating, migraines, low mood, weight gain, fatigue and skin problems.

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Aches and Pains
  • Acne
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Eczema
  • Fatigue
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Itching
  • Fluid Retention
  • Headaches
  • Hyperactivity
  • Migraine
  • Nausea
  • Rashes
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Tension
  • Tiredness
  • Urticaria
  • Weight loss/Weight Gain
  • Wheezing

Symptoms of food intolerance can take up to 72 hours to appear after eating the trigger food or group of foods.  On average people who suffer from food intolerances usually have between 4 and 8 trigger foods.

Many people suffer for years, having formed a coping mechanism to deal with the symptoms but being unable to enjoy a normal work and home life.  Many people don’t realise that there are easy steps to take that could resolve their condition.

Using the Lorisian range of tests is another way of extending the service that you provide your customers. Lorisian can help you provide a fast track or starting point for an elimination diet to help your clients’ optimise their health and wellbeing.

†Food intolerance symptoms must always be checked out by a Medical Professional. If you have clients that have been to see a Medical Professional but have not been given a diagnosis for their symptoms then they may be suffering from food intolerance.

Pricing

Lorisian 150 Food & Drink Intolerance Test’ €300-375

Analyses your IgG antibody reactions to over 150 food ingredients.

Foods Tested

Grains

  • Barley
  • Corn (Maize)
  • Gliadin (Gluten)
  • Millet
  • Oat
  • Rice
  • Rye
  • Wheat

Dairy

  • Cows’ milk
  • Goats’ milk
  • Sheep’s milk

Meats

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Turkey

Fish

  • Crustacean Mix (Crab, Lobster, Prawn/Shrimp)
  • Mollusc Mix (Mussel, Oyster & Scallop)
  • Oily Fish Mix (Herring & Mackerel)
  • Plaice & Sole
  • Salmon & Trout
  • Tuna
  • White Fish Mix (Cod & Haddock)

Vegetables

  • Asparagus
  • Aubergine
  • Avocado
  • Beetroot
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Haricot Bean
  • Kidney Bean
  • Lentils
  • Lettuce
  • Mushroom
  • Mustard Mix (Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage & Cauliflower)
  • Onion
  • Pea
  • Peppers (Capsicum) & Paprika
  • Potato
  • Soya Bean
  • Spinach
  • String Bean

Fruits

  • Acai
  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Banana
  • Bilberry
  • Blackberry
  • Blackcurrant
  • Blueberry
  • Boysenberry
  • Cherry
  • Cranberry
  • Elderberry & Elderflower
  • Grape (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Grape (Chardonnay)
  • Grape (Chenin Blanc)
  • Grape (Concord)
  • Grape (Malbec)
  • Grape (Merlot)
  • Grape (Pinot Grigio)
  • Grape (Pinot Noir)
  • Grape (Red & White Zinfandel)
  • Grape (Riesling)
  • Grape (Sauvignon Blanc)
  • Grape (Shiraz)
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Melon Mix (Watermelon, Honeydew & Cantaloupe)
  • Mulberry
  • Olive
  • Orange
  • Papaya
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Pineapple
  • Plum
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberry
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberry
  • Tomato

Nuts

  • Almond
  • Brazil Nut
  • Cashew Nut
  • Coconut
  • Hazelnut
  • Peanut
  • Walnut

Special Herbs

  • Anise Seed
  • Buckwheat
  • Chamomile
  • Chilli Pepper
  • Cinnamon & Clove
  • Dandelion & Burdock
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Guarana
  • Herb Mix (Coriander, Cumin & Dill)
  • Hibiscus
  • Juniper
  • Mint Mix (Mint, Sage, Basil & Thyme)
  • Mustard Seed
  • Nettle
  • Nutmeg & Peppercorn
  • Parsley
  • Rosehip
  • Sesame Seed
  • Vanilla

Others

  • Agave
  • Carob
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Coffee
  • Cola Nut
  • Egg White
  • Egg Yolk
  • Ginseng (Siberian)
  • Ginseng (Korean)
  • Green Tea
  • Hemp
  • Hops
  • Rooibos (Red Bush Tea)
  • Sugar Cane
  • Sunflower Seed
  • Tea
  • Yeast (Brewers & Bakers)

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