Allergy and Food Intolerance Testing.
Allergy and Food Intolerance Testing is used to address long standing health issues which may have been left undiagnosed for many years. Food intolerance can manifest itself by producing a variety of symptoms which can affect most organs in the body, here is a list of common symptoms that can be caused by food intolerance:-
· Respiratory - Rhinitis, Sinusitis and Asthma
· Musculoskeletal - Arthritis, Joint pains, Aching muscles and Weakness
· Gastrointestinal - Vomiting, Abdominal bloating, Cramping, Excessive wind, Water retention, Nausea, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Weight control problems and Colic.
· Central Nervous System - Migraine, Headache, Impaired concentration, Mood and behavioural changes, Depression, Anxiety, Fatigue and Hyperactivity
· Dermatological - Hives, Atopic dermatitis, Eczema, Itchy skin and other rashes.
What is an allergy?
An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a substance that's harmless to most people. But in someone with an allergy, the body's immune system treats the substance (called an allergen) as an invader and reacts in appropriately, resulting in symptoms that can be anywhere from annoying to possibly harmful.
In an attempt to protect the body, the immune system of the allergic person produces antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE). Those antibodies then cause mast cells and basophiles (allergy cells in the body) to release chemicals, including histamine, into the bloodstream to defend against the allergen "invader."
It's the release of these chemicals that causes allergic reactions, affecting a person's eyes, nose, throat, lungs, skin, or gastrointestinal tract as the body attempts to rid itself of the invading allergen. Future exposure to that same allergen (things like nuts or pollen that you can be allergic to) will trigger this allergic response again. This means every time the person eats that particular food or is exposed to that particular allergen, he or she will have an allergic reaction.
Do you suspect that some food and drink you consume may be causing you a problem?
Do you suffer from any of the following problems?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
M.E. or M.S.
Over production of mucus
Weight Gain (unexplained)
DO YOU SUFFER WITH ANY OF THESE PROBLEMS? IF SO ALLERGY TESTING CAN HELP YOU!
If you are a parent and your child suffers from:
Poor performance at school
Asthma or chronic coughing
It could be because you child is sensitive to certain foods.
When was the last time you woke up feeling energised, positive and completely well? Suffering from headaches, indigestion, anxiety, bloated, constipation, IBS, fatigue or any other common ailments is NOT NORMAL and you should feel better after a meal, not worse. If you suffer from any of these symptoms it is time to fight back, test for allergies and reclaim your wellness.
Typical causes of allergies and sensitivities are:
Airborne Allergy Symptoms
Airborne allergens can cause something known as allergic rhinitis.
Symptoms can include:
These symptoms are often accompanied by itchy, watery, and/or red eyes, which are called allergic conjunctivitis. (When dark circles are present around the eyes, they're called allergic "shiners.") Those who react to airborne allergens usually have allergic rhinitis and/or allergic conjunctivitis. If a person has wheezing and shortness of breath, the allergy may have progressed to become asthma.
Here are some things that can help you avoid airborne allergens:
· Keep family pets out of certain rooms and bathe them if necessary.
· Remove carpets or rugs from room (hard floor surfaces don't collect dust as much as carpets do).
· Don't hang heavy drapes and get rid of other items that allow dust to accumulate.
· Clean frequently.
· Use special covers to seal pillows and mattresses if you are allergic to dust mites.
· If you are allergic to pollen, keep the windows closed when the pollen season is at its peak, change their clothing after they've been outdoors, and don't let them mow the lawn.
· If you are allergic to mould, keep away from damp areas, such as basements, and keep bathrooms and other mould-prone areas clean and dry.
Common Airborne Allergens
Some of the most common things that people are allergic to are airborne (carried through the air):
· Dust mites are one of the most common causes of allergies. These microscopic insects live all around us and feed on the millions of dead skin cells that fall off our bodies every day. Dust mites are the main allergic component of house dust, which is made up of many particles and can contain things such as fabric fibers and bacteria, as well as microscopic animal allergens. Dust mites are present year-round and live in bedding, upholstery, and carpets.
· Pollen is another major cause of allergies (most people know pollen allergy as hay fever or rose fever). Trees, weeds, and grasses release these tiny particles into the air to fertilize other plants. Pollen allergies are seasonal, and the type of pollen a child is allergic to determines when symptoms will occur.
· Pollen counts measure how much pollen is in the air and can help people with allergies determine how bad their symptoms might be on any given day. Pollen counts are usually higher in the morning and on warm, dry, breezy days, whereas they're lowest when it's chilly and wet. Although not always exact, the local weather report's pollen count can be helpful when planning outside activities.
· Moulds, another common allergen, are fungi that thrive both indoors and out in warm, moist environments. Outdoors, moulds may be found in poor drainage areas, such as in piles of rotting leaves or compost piles. Indoors, moulds thrive in dark, poorly ventilated places such as bathrooms, damp basements, and in clothes hampers or under kitchen sinks. A musty odor suggests mould growth. Although moulds tend to be seasonal, many can grow year-round, especially those indoors.
· Pet allergens from warm-blooded animals can cause problems for kids and parents alike. When the animal — often a household pet — licks itself, the saliva gets on its fur or feathers. As the saliva dries, protein particles become airborne and work their way into fabrics in the home. Cats are the worst offenders because the protein from their saliva is extremely tiny and they tend to lick themselves more than other animals as part of grooming.
Food Allergy Symptoms
The severity of food allergy symptoms and when they develop depends on:
how much of the food is eaten
the person's sensitivity to the food
Symptoms of food allergies can include:
itchy mouth and throat when food is swallowed (some kids have only this symptom — called "oral allergy syndrome")
hives (raised, red, itchy bumps)
runny, itchy nose
abdominal cramps accompanied by nausea and vomiting or diarrhea (as the body attempts to flush out the food allergen)
Common Food Allergens
• Cow's milk (or cow's milk protein). Between 1% and 7.5% of infants are allergic to the proteins found in cow's milk and cow's milk-based formulas. About 80% of formulas on the market are cow's milk-based.
• Eggs. One of the most common food allergies in infants and young children, egg allergy can pose many challenges for parents. Because eggs are used in many of the foods kids eat — and in many cases they're "hidden" ingredients — an egg allergy is hard to diagnose. An egg allergy usually begins when kids are very young, but most outgrow the allergy by age 5. Most kids with an egg allergy are allergic to the proteins in egg whites, but some can't tolerate proteins in the yolk.
• Seafood and shellfish. The proteins in seafood can cause a number of different types of allergic reactions. Seafood allergy is one of the more common adult food allergies and one that you don't always know.
• Peanuts are one of the most severe food allergens, often causing life-threatening reactions. (Peanuts are not a true nut, but a legume — in the same family as peas and lentils, although people with peanut allergy don’t usually have cross-reactions to other legumes). Half of those allergic to peanuts are also allergic to tree nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, and often sunflower and sesame seeds. Like seafood allergy, peanut allergy is one you don't always grow out of.
• Soya like peanuts, soybeans are legumes. Soya allergy is more prevalent among babies than older children; about 30% to 40% of infants who are allergic to cow's milk are also allergic to the protein in soya formulas. Soya proteins, such as soya, are often a hidden ingredient in prepared foods.
• Wheat proteins are found in many of the foods we eat — some are more obvious than others. As with any allergy, an allergy to wheat can happen in different ways and to different degrees. Although wheat allergy is often confused with celiac disease, there is a difference. Celiac disease is caused by sensitivity to gluten, which is found in wheat, oat, rye, and barley.
Other Common Allergens
• Insect stings. For most kids, being stung by an insect means swelling, redness, and itching at the site of the bite. But for those with insect venom allergy, an insect bite can cause more severe symptoms. Although some doctors and parents have believed that most kids eventually outgrow insect venom allergy, a recent study found that insect venom allergies often persist into adulthood. An allergy evaluation is needed if wheezing and other signs of anaphylaxis are present after an insect sting or bite.
Insect Venom Allergy Symptoms
Being stung by an insect that you are allergic to may cause some of these symptoms:
hives over the entire body
• Medicines. Antibiotics — medications used to treat infections — are the most common types of medicines that cause allergic reactions. Many other medicines, including over-the-counter medications, can also cause allergic reactions. If you suspect a medicine allergy, talk to your doctor first before assuming a reaction is a sign of allergy.
• Chemicals. Some cosmetics or laundry detergents can cause people to break out in an itchy rash. Usually, this is because someone has a reaction to the chemicals in these products. Dyes, household cleaners, and pesticides used on lawns or plants can also cause allergic reactions in some people. Latex is another common allergen.
• Drink. Some people are allergic to alcohol like beer, wine, spirits etc. This may be due to yeast, fruit e.g. grapes etc.
• Environment. Wi-Fi, EMF’s, Microwaves, Geopathic Stress etc.
The type and severity of allergy symptoms vary from allergy to allergy and person to person. Allergies may show up as itchy eyes or an itchy nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, throat tightness, trouble breathing, and even shock (faintness or passing out).
Symptoms can range from minor or major seasonal annoyances (for example, from pollen or certain moulds) to year-round problems (from allergens like dust mites or food).
In rare instances, if the sensitivity to an allergen is extreme, a person may experience anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock) — a sudden, severe allergic reaction involving various systems in the body (such as the skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, and cardiovascular system).
Severe symptoms or reactions to any allergen, from certain foods to insect bites, require immediate medical attention and can include:
swelling (particularly of the face, throat, lips, and tongue in cases of food allergies)
rapid drop in blood pressure
tightness of the throat
Anaphylaxis can happen just seconds after being exposed to a triggering substance or can be delayed for up to 2 hours if the reaction is from a food. It can involve various areas of the body.
What is Food Intolerance?
Some food intolerances are caused by an enzyme deficiency or chemical sensitivity, while others are associated with an immune response related to food-specific antibodies called IgG antibodies.
If these antibodies persist, then over time they may react with specific food proteins to form immune complexes in the body, which can accumulate in joints and other organs, and produce symptoms of food intolerance.
A survey of 6,000 people in the UK, carried out in May 2003 by the medical charity Allergy UK, showed 69.8% either has or had a close relative suffering from some kind of food intolerance or allergy. Also 50% had children of whom 39.2% also suffered from allergic complaints.
Recent media and government research into the cause of obesity have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in the last 30 years in the consumption of junk and refined foods. This is leading to thousands of people developing food sensitivity and intolerance.
It has been reported in the national press, that the NHS cannot cope with the level of allergy patients currently requiring treatment, that allergic conditions have increased 4 fold over the last 20 years and that there is currently a 2 year waiting list for NHS allergy tests.
Breakfast and Intolerances:-
Statistics out today from the leading food intolerance expert show that nine out of the ten of the UK's most intolerable foods are commonly found on our breakfast table - proving it really is the most important meal of the day. If you wondered why you were going to work on a headache, to school with a stomach ache or to a lecture with lethargy, a breakfast of toast, egg or cereal could be the reason why.
1. Cow’s Milk: 64 per cent intolerant
2. Yeast: 58 per cent intolerant
3. Egg White: 53 per cent intolerant
4. Wheat: 34 per cent intolerant
5. Egg yolk: 32 per cent intolerant
6. Gluten: 26 per cent intolerant
7. Cashew Nuts: 22 per cent intolerant
8. Brazil Nuts: 17 per cent intolerant
9. Lentils: 13 per cent intolerant
10. Almond: 13 per cent intolerant
For those prone to food intolerance, fruit is best for breakfast. However, it is wise to test your food intolerance before embarking on a 'fruit fest' as surprisingly, more than one in ten people are intolerant to Kiwi and almost one in twenty-five intolerant to Cranberry.
Friendly fruits according to the food intolerant list are:
- Lemon - 0.6 per cent intolerant
- Banana - 0.5 per cent intolerant
- Grapefruit - 0.5 per cent intolerant
- Raspberry - 0.3 per cent intolerant
- Apple - 0.3 per cent intolerant
- Pear - 0.24 per cent intolerant
- Apricot - 0.3 per cent intolerant
- Mint Mix - 0.1 per cent intolerant
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