Why test for food sensitivities?
The majority of reactions to food are due to food sensitivities rather than food allergies. Although rarely life-threatening, food sensitivities can be the source of many health issues that can affect an individual’s quality of life. Sensitivities to certain foods can develop at any stage in a persons’ life and may affect people differently. Many individuals live with symptoms for years, never suspecting their health issues are a result of sensitivities to the foods they are eating.Potential food sensitivity reactions:
- Sinus issues
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Abdominal ?ramping
- High blood pressure
Improve your quality
By testing for food sensitivities people are able to identify certain foods that may be causing their health issues. They then have the knowledge to make changes to their diet that can improve or eliminate their health issues and lead to an improved quality of life.
How do food sensitivity
Food sensitivity tests measure the antibody levels in your body (immune response) to particular foods. When you eat a food that you are sensitive to your body produces high levels of the antibody known as immunoglobulin G (IgG). These antibodies then combine with the protein in the food you have eaten and form antibody-antigen immune complexes. If your immune system is compromised these complexes will be deposited in organs like your skin, joints, lung-tissue and gastro-intestinal tract. This then results in inflammation and health issues including eczema, skin irritations, arthritis, headaches, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and digestive problems.
Intestinal Labs food sensitivity testing involve taking a sample of blood for analysis. You can visit any of the 900 conveniently located Australian Clinical Labs collection centres to have your blood taken by one of our friendly collectors.
Please ensure there is a Clinical Labs collection centre located close to you before ordering online at clinicallabs.com.au/location
What will food sensitivity test tell me?
Eggs & Dairy
Fish & Seafood
Fruit & Vegetables
Grains & Legumes
Once you have completed your selected food sensitivity test and the results have been analysed at our Australian based lab, you will be emailed a comprehensive food report which will highlight any foods you are sensitive to.
The report details the precise antibody level for every food item tested and the higher the level, the more sensitive you are to that specific food.
The report is easy to interpret, highlighting via colour code whether your sensitivity to each food item is ELEVATED, BORDERLINE or NORMAL, helping you identify problem foods that can be avoided. Further explanation is provided in the table below.
Indicates that a high antibody level was detected
Indicates that a moderate antibody level was detected
Indicates that no significant antibody level was detected
Food sensitivities, commonly known as ‘intolerances’, have a delayed onset of symptoms with less severe reactions than allergies. These reactions can take place anywhere from a few hours to days after consuming the particular food. Although the reaction is less severe, it can cause discomfort and potentially evolve into more severe reactions.
Food allergies present with an immediate onset reaction such as anaphylaxis, swelling, rashes, vomiting and trouble breathing. These reactions can be extremely severe and can be fatal if left untreated. Allergic reactions only require a tiny amount of a specific allergen can trigger a response, however sensitivities or intolerance may not have a significant effect with smaller allergen amounts.
Re-introducing sensitive foods
Here's the good news: having an elevated reaction to certain foods doesn’t mean you have to avoid them for life. Foods you have tested sensitive to can be re-introduced after a period of time. The level of antibodies gradually decline with time reducing the chance of a reaction upon re-introducing the particular food. Foods triggering ELEVATED antibody levels should be eliminated for at least 3 months to allow the body time to clear immune complexes from circulation. Only once symptoms have subsided ELEVATED foods may be re-introduced gradually into your diet.
Please Note: This is a sensitivity test NOT an allergy test.
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