• Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • LinkedIn Social Icon

Tel: 07545 287 816

I can offer a range of tests to enhance the nutritional consultation, including Food Intolerance, Allergy Testing, Homocysteine and LiverCheck  as well as a range of Tailored Health Tests that help people optimise their health and wellbeing from my clinics in Exeter, Devon

What is the difference between allergy and intolerance?

 

A food intolerance can occur when the body has difficulty digesting certain foods. When this occurs over time, large food particles (proteins) may enter the bloodstream and this can cause inflammation.

 

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 sometimes the body reacts by attacking them using antibodies called Immunoglobulin G’s (IgG).

 

A food-specific IgG reaction should not be confused with food allergies, nor other types of food intolerances.  These include:

  • Enzyme deficiencies e.g. lactose (milk sugar) intolerance

  • Coeliac disease; requiring lifelong avoidance of gluten

  • Chemical sensitivities e.g. histamine, tyramine, sulphites etc

 

Food intolerance can cause a wide range of disruptive symptoms such as digestive problems, eczema, migraines and headaches, fatigue, depression and low mood, joint pains and sinusitis.

 

It is always recommended that any concerns are discussed with a doctor first, before taking a food intolerance test. This is to fully investigate the potential causes which may include investigations for coeliac disease and/or lactose intolerance and provide the medical follow up required. It is a fact of life, however, that in many cases there is no medical explanation for symptoms such as these.

 

For example, medically unexplained symptoms or ‘functional symptoms’ where doctors can’t find a problem with the body that might be the cause, account for up to a fifth of all GP consultations in the UK¹.  These include symptoms such as tiredness, chronic fatigue (ME), depression, anxiety, IBS, fibromyalgia, headaches and migraines, skin rashes and joint pains, runny nose and sinusitis.

 

Many people with these problems will be given the all clear by their doctor and strongly suspect that food is the root cause of their problems.  

 

Working with me, a nutritional therapist, we can get the results from a food intolerance test to identify food triggers and work together to produce a dietary plan to balance existing problems along with an elimination diet.  

 

I can offer a range of tests to suit the individual.  These tests can be performed in my clinic with a simple finger-prick blood test.  The company I use, Lorisian, has a fantastic reputation and has just been awarded Food Intolerance Testing Company of the Year 2019, and also received an award for Recognised Experts in Dietary Research & Solutions.  

 

If you would like  to know more, you can Contact Me, or if you would like to book a consultation, Book Online

 

 

Allergy Testing

I can offer a range of blood tests to test for allergies, including coeliac screening.  These allergy and nutrition tests are designed to help you check for any allergies or dietary deficiencies that could be affecting your health. Find out whether you have optimal levels of important nutrients or whether an allergy could be causing your symptoms.

  • Food & Environmental Allergy Testing - this includes testing for the top 10 UK Food Allergens as well as the top 15 Environmental Allergens (including mixes).  The food includes egg white, cows milk, cod, wheat, peanut, soy, celery, almond, walnut and hazelnut.  The environmental allergens include common ragweed, mugwort, timothy grass, grass mix, rye, silver birch, ficus/latex mix, cat dander, dog dander, house dust mites.  You can also combine this test with the comprehensive Gold Food Intolerance Test for a discounted price.  

  • Allergy Screen (Inhalants and Foods) 

    This blood test includes a comprehensive list of common allergens which are inhaled or eaten in foods.

  • Allergy Mini Check 

    The Allergy Mini Check blood test measures the level of Immunoglobulin E (IgE) in your blood - an antigen which if raised indicates an allergic response.

  • Allergy Screen (Cereals)

    If you are having chronic digestive symptoms then this blood test looks for the common cereal allergens, including wheat.

  • Allergy Screen (Mediterranean)

    This blood test includes the common allergens found in the Mediterranean.

  • Allergy Screen (Antibiotics)

  • Allergy Screen (Shellfish)

    This shellfish allergy blood test includes Clam, Crab, Crawfish/Crayfish, Lobster, Octopus, Prawns/Shrimp, Scallop and Squid.

  • Allergy Screen (Inhalants)

    If your allergy is more related to nasal symptoms than digestive problems, then these are the common airborne allergens.

  • Allergy Screen (UK)

    This blood test checks for the most common allergens in the UK including peanuts, soya and wheat.

  • Allergy Screen (Nuts and Seeds)

    This blood test includes a comprehensive list of nuts and seeds that may cause an allergic response.​

  • IgE (total)

    The Allergy Mini Check blood test measures the level of Immunoglobulin E (IgE) in your blood - an antigen which if raised indicates an allergic response.

  • Immunoglobulin E (total)

  • Individual Allergen Test