We are pleased to announce we can now offer our customers Food Intolerance Testing via our partner Lorisian Laboratories
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 food protein when the body’s immune system mistakes a food for an ‘invader’. This results in a rapid and intense allergic reaction, often within minutes but generally within a maximum of two hours. Allergic reaction is commonly associated to peanuts, eggs or seafood.
Food intolerance is characterised by a slow and non-life threatening immune re response. 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 can drive the immune system to produce antibodies called Immunoglobulin G’s (IgG).
Allergy vs Intolerance what are the specific responses?
Food Intolerance: Reactions up to 72 hours after eating; Multiple foods can be involved; Any organ system can be affected; Very common Trace amounts of foods can cause reactions; Caused by raised IgG antibody; Symptoms can clear after avoidance (3-6 months)
Food allergy: Immediate reactions (2 hours or less); Rarely more than 1 to 2 foods; Primarily skin, airways and digestive system; Difficult to self-diagnose; Caused by raised IgE antibody and therefore life-long Lifelong
On average people who suffer from food intolerances usually have between 4 and 8 trigger foods.
More information about prices and nutritional counselling available alongside food intolerance testing
It is possible to simply order a test. There is no charge for us to organise your food intolerance test. As part of the test you will receive a comprehensive report outlining which foods to avoid, which to reduce and which are perfectly safe
Symptoms of food intolerance include:
Many people suffer for years, having formed a coping mechanism to deal with the symptoms without necessarily getting to the bottom of it.
Food intolerance is a condition with a wide range of symptoms including: gut symptoms, bloating, migraines, low mood, weight gain, fatigue and skin problems.
More specifically the following symptoms can often improve and sometimes clear completely when avoiding the foods that trigger IgG immune response.
- Abdominal Pain
- Aches and Pains
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Fluid Retention
- Stomach Cramps
- Weight loss/Weight Gain
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.
The way that food can affect our everyday life is often difficult to explain and it is common for people to try and eliminate foods from their diet to help themselves feel better. Often they don’t know which foods to try and eliminate and have to guess. Many people don’t know that identifying food intolerances† can be an important element of optimising health and wellbeing.
Lorisian, has over 35 years’ experience, specialising in laboratory tests that measure food triggers (food-specific IgG antibodies).
The 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. Our aim is to promote wellbeing within the pressures of a modern lifestyle. There are 3 testing options available.
- Lorisian 100, Analyses your IgG antibody reactions to 100 food ingredients
- Lorisian 150plus, Analyses your IgG antibody reactions to over 150 food ingredients
- Lorisian Modern Living, Analyses your IgG antibody reactions to 160 food ingredients
The Lorisian Homocysteine test is a quick and easy home-to-laboratory test that delivers reliable laboratory test results – Raised blood homocysteine concentrations can both predict the development of heart disease and strokes.
Homocysteine measurement does not give a definitive diagnosis of increased risk of these conditions and any symptoms or concerns must be checked out by a Medical Professional before carrying out the test
Food intolerance is a condition with a range of symptoms including gut symptoms, bloating, headaches, migraines, low mood, fatigue, weight gain and skin problems. These symptoms must always be checked out by a Medical Professional. If you have clients that have seen a Medical Professional but have not been given a diagnosis for their symptoms then they may be suffering from food intolerance.