Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Testing
Dealing with food allergies, food intolerance and food sensitivity can cause a minefield of problems for sufferers. Not knowing what to eat or being afraid of eating certain foods because of allergy symptoms can be very confusing.
Our Naturopthic allergy care service will provide you with food sensitivity testing to identify your intolerance, allergy, or sensitivities issues. It’s very important to first differentiate between sensitivities and allergies that you may experience.
An allergy is an immune response of the blood to a foreign body. A substance that is in the bloodstream that should not be will have immunoglobulin’s produced against it, called IgE. These immunoglobulin’s, more commonly known as antibodies, attach themselves to the foreign invader so that it can be recognized by the white blood cells which can then destroy it.
A sensitivity or intolerance on the other hand is considered by Naturopathy to be a substance to which the body responds badly in any number of ways, such as nausea and vomiting, skin rash, diarrhoea, sneezing, hayfever and any other eliminative process. Food sensitivities will often result from poor digestion due to insufficient enzyme production by the body, intestinal infections, gut permeability, compromised immune status, stress, poor diet etc. These ‘allergy like reactions’ will continue to affect the individual until such time as these digestive related problems are corrected. The cure is NOT removing the foods, but rather correcting the digestive disturbances. However, omitting the food intolerances can provide relief but NOT cure.
At Shine Health Wellbeing Centre we use 2 types of tests to assess your sensitivity profile. You will receive a unique profile of which foods or environmental substances you are sensitive to and your naturopath will assist you in modifying your diet and lifestyle so you feel terrific again.
The usual offenders Wheat, Corn and Gluten
Nuts and Seeds
Bio Resonance Test
Our sophisticated EAV equipment for intolerance and sensitivity screening can identify substances (stressors) to which a person has developed an abnormal sensitivity, and which may have an aggravating or weakening effect on the body. Our test identifies the substances that send your body’s meridian system out of balance and create physical symptomology.
As mentioned previously, an allergy is a condition in which the body mounts an immune defence to normally innocuous or harmless substances. A sensitivity is very similar, however may not create as intense a reaction and is generally cumulative in nature as a response to overconsumption. You may have sensitivities to foods or other substances that you are not aware of that may be affecting your health. Sensitivities are generally more difficult to identify as they tend to produce delayed reactions, however with our sensitivity screening tests we can easily identify them.
We test over 100 different substances so you will be very clear about what you are intolerant to.
With a 98% accuracy in comparison to the RAST test (a blood test used to determine to what substances a person is allergic) and the Prick test or Scratch test (pricking the skin with a needle or pin containing a small amount of the allergen), this test is safe, accurate and non invasive and can be easily used with children.
Food Detective Blood Test
Our second test is the Food Detective Blood test. Using a small amount for blood from the finger we can identify an immunological reaction (food antibodies IgG) to 30 different foods.
Corn, Durum Wheat, Gluten, Oats, Rice, Rye, Wheat.
Nuts & Beans
Almond, Brazil Nut, Cashew, Cocoa Bean, Peanut, Legume Mix (pea, lentil, haricot), Soya Bean, Walnut.
Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork.
Freshwater Fish Mix (salmon, trout), Shellfish Mix (shrimp, prawn, crab, lobster, mussel), Tuna, White Fish Mix (haddock, cod, plaice)
Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Leek, Peppers (red, green, yellow), Potato.
Apple, Blackcurrant, Grapefruit, Melon Mix (cantaloupe, water melon), Olive, Orange & Lemon, Strawberry, Tomato
Egg (whole), Cow’s Milk, Garlic, Ginger, Mushroom, Tea, Yeast.
Delayed sensitivity and intolerance reactions may include:
- joint and muscle pain
- behavioural abnormalities
- post nasal drip
- increased mucous secretion
- recurrent infections
- lack of energy
- lowered libido
- eczema and skin rashes
- recurrent respiratory infections
- digestive disturbances
- stomach aches
- diarrhoea or constipation