Nutritional Therapy is available at this time but all appointments will be held online or over the phone.
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In recent times more and more people have questioned as to whether a food intolerance or allergy could be contributing to their poor health. Symptoms including headaches, depression, itchy skin or hives, sinus problems, joint pain, IBS and digestive symptoms can all be triggered by food intolerance. Testing can offer valuable information that can help to support health improvements when taken in context of the individual’s current health state. If you are thinking about food intolerance testing and wondering whether it could help you please read on.
Unlike many people who offer food intolerance testing, I only offer these test with a follow up consultation included. Food intolerances can be complex and a number of mechanisms may be playing a role. Having a food intolerance may not mean that you need to avoid the food forever but the initial management of the situation is crucial; it is important to establish a healthy balanced diet in order to maximise nutrient intake to support long-term success. Plus, I will look at your results in the context of your current health situation, as opposed to taking a snapshot (the results) and then offering dietary advice.
- Lorisian 75 – £199
- Lorisian 100 – £249
- Lorisian 150 Plus – £299
The number stated is the number of foods tested, each food is analysed for an IgG response. All tests include a health and diet analysis and 45 minute face to face or phone consultation.
All tests can be purchased directly from me or by popping in to Neal’s Yard Remedies in Beverley.
Elimination and challenge is seen as the “gold standard” in food intolerance testing. It is best used in cases where you suspect specific foods and there only a small number of foods (1-3 foods). Within this package you will receive a full diet and lifestyle analysis, support in removing and re-introducing (challenging) the foods, completed over 3 face to face or telephone consultations. I will support you in developing a food plan for the month which fits into your lifestyle but still avoids the suspect foods.
Food intolerance vs. allergies
Food allergies take place in the first instance in the immune system whereas food intolerances originate in (but not exclusive too) the digestive system. Genuine food allergies are quite rare only occurring in about 2% for the population. In the case of allergies the immune system specifically immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies react to proteins in foods and cause histamines to be released. Histamines cause the “seen” allergy symptoms such as hives, swelling, diarrhea, respiratory complications and potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis. Allergy symptoms are most often seen within 2 hours but sometimes within minutes of the coming into contact with the food.
Food intolerances are more common. Symptoms can take up to 72 hours to appear; making identifying the offending foods more complex. A number of mechanisms can contribute to food intolerance these include a lack of digestive enzymes, chemical sensitivities such as the sensitivity to caffeine and immunoglobulin G (IgG) response seen when large food particles are able to pass unchecked in the bloodstream.