Food Intolerance Testing Service
Over 45% of the population react adversely to foods that they eat, which whilst not life threatening, can have a massive impact on someone’s quality of work and home life.
The way that food can affect our everyday life is often difficult to explain and it is common for people to try and eliminate foods from their diet to help themselves feel better. Often they don’t know which foods to try and eliminate and have to guess. Many people don’t know that identifying food intolerances† can be an important element of optimising health and wellbeing.
Lorisian, has over 30 years’ experience, specialising in laboratory tests that measure food triggers (food-specific IgG antibodies). Our results offer a fast track or starting point for an elimination diet. The tests are aimed at those that may have food intolerances, and those who want to optimise their diets by avoiding any foods that they are reacting to. Our aim is to promote wellbeing within the pressures of a modern lifestyle.
Food intolerance is a condition with a range of symptoms including gut symptoms, bloating, headaches, migraines, low mood, fatigue, weight gain and skin problems.
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Symptoms of food intolerance can take up to 72 hours to appear after eating the trigger food or group of foods. On average people who suffer from food intolerances usually have between 4 and 8 trigger foods.
Many people suffer for years, having formed a coping mechanism to deal with the symptoms but being unable to enjoy a normal work and home life. Many people don’t realise that there are easy steps to take that could resolve their condition.
Lorisian can help you provide a fast track or starting point for an elimination diet to help your clients’ optimise their health and wellbeing.
The Lorisian Testing products comply with strict EC directives and meet the highest industry guidelines:
- Certification ISO9001:2008
European Medical Device directive 93/42/EEC
European In Vitro Diagnostic Directive 98/79/EC
Food Intolerance Explained
What is the difference between allergy and intolerance
The term ‘food intolerance’ and ‘food allergy’ are often confused and are two very different things.
Genuine food allergy is relatively rare. Only about 2% of the adult population are affected. A food allergy is a swift response by the body’s immune system to a specific food. In this type of reaction, the body’s immune system mistakes a food for an ‘invader’ which often results in a rapid allergic reaction often within minutes, but generally within a maximum of two hours. This type of allergic reaction is commonly associated reactions to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs and seafood.
Food intolerance is quite different to food allergy and whilst the symptoms can impact the person’s quality of life they are not life threatening. Food intolerances are much more common than food allergies.
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 recent study* has shown those who eliminated trigger foods based on food-specific IgG test results had reductions in weight, body mass index, waist and hip circumference and improvements in all indicators of quality of life that were measured. The quality of life indicators included physical and emotional wellbeing, mental health, social life, pain levels and vitality.
*Lewis J et al, 2012: Eliminating Immunologically-Reactive Foods from the Diet and its Effect on Body Composition and Quality of Life in Overweight Persons. Journal Obesity & Weight loss Therapy 2:1
At the laboratory Lorisian specialise in rigorous analytical testing. They test for food-specific IgG antibodies in blood samples. The presence of food-specific IgG antibodies indicates that a reaction has occurred to that particular food and the results from the test are used to formulate an elimination diet.
Blood samples are handled and tested only by their own trained, qualified laboratory scientists at Lorisian Laboratories.
Lorisian was set up in 1982 and has designed, developed and manufactured their food-specific IgG enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test since 1998.
Their food-specific IgG method has had more papers published about its performance than other food food-specific IgG tests on the market.
The studies include two independent randomised controlled trials; including a unique trial in IBS. In addition the largest survey of its kind, commissioned by the UK medical charity Allergy UK, with over 5,000 participants, 76% of which reported moderate to high benefit after using the service.
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If you are interested in finding out more about our Food Intolerance Service then phone the clinic on 085-2157479 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
†Food intolerance symptoms must always be checked out by a Medical Professional. If you have clients that have been to see a Medical Professional but have not been given a diagnosis for their symptoms then they may be suffering from food intolerance.