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Do you need an Allergy Test?

"What is food to most can be Poison to others"

Over the last decade I have found Allergy Testing can prove to be invaluable to anyone wishing to address that underlying health problem that you really can't pinpoint but has been troubling you for years because in today's fast-paced stressful environment, feeling good is more important than ever.

Some of the foods tested @ Flow Nutrition

Corn, Durum Wheat, Gluten, Oats, Rice, Rye, Wheat.
Nuts & Beans
Almond, Brazil Nut, Cashew, Cocoa Bean, Peanut, Legume Mix (pea, lentil, haricot), Soya Bean, Walnut.
Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork.
Freshwater Fish Mix (salmon, trout), Shellfish Mix (shrimp, prawn, crab, lobster, mussel), Tuna, White Fish Mix (haddock, cod, plaice)
Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Leek, Peppers (red, green, yellow), Potato.
Apple, Blackcurrant, Grapefruit, Melon Mix (cantaloupe, water melon), Olive, Orange & Lemon, Strawberry, Tomato
Egg (whole), Cow's Milk, Garlic, Ginger, Mushroom, Tea, Yeast.

So What Exactly is Food Intolerance?

The complex way food affects our everyday lives is an emerging area and diagnosing the cause of symptoms which seem to be ‘unexplained’ is often difficult. People who experience some of the symptoms of  IgG mediated food intolerance are often led by the medical profession and the media to believe that their condition is ‘all in the mind’ and are treated for the physical manifestation of the condition rather than the cause. However there are now answers to your questions and a food intolerance test can identify the cause of your symptoms leading to long term relief.
Although not life threatening like food allergy, food intolerance should never be underestimated as its impact on sufferers can be significant, severely impacting on their ability to live normal healthy lives.   Food intolerance is extremely widespread and it is estimated that 45% of the population could be affected.  Many people with food intolerance experience more than one symptom. Symptoms can often be vague and the root cause of the problem, food, is not always correctly diagnosed.  Sufferers often complain of seeming to be in a ‘fog’, feeling bloated and being tired all the time.
Essentially food intolerance is your body’s abnormal reaction to certain foods which can manifest itself in a number of ways. Some people will have one symptom such as a severe headache whilst others will be unfortunate to experience irritable bowel syndrome, migraine and skin or respiratory conditions. Realising that the food you eat is a catalyst for particular symptoms is not easy when, unlike the immediate reactive symptoms of food allergy, food intolerance symptoms often appear hours or even days later. In fact, following a food intolerance test which can detect food specific IgG antibodies and the subsequent elimination of problem foods, many sufferers have realised that they had been experiencing minor symptoms as a result of intolerance for their entire lives.

Food allergy is not the same as food intolerance.
But the two are frequently confused.

A classical food allergy (such as peanut or shellfish allergy) is usually characterised by an immediate and often severe reaction of the immune system to exposure to a specific food.
The symptoms of food allergy include sneezing, rashes, skin irritation, swelling, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea and vomiting. Normally symptoms occur within a few minutes of eating or coming in to contact with the offending food, although they can be delayed by up to two hours.
Food allergy is quite rare with only about 2.5% of the population being diagnosed with the condition.  The most common instances of food allergy are to peanuts, tree nuts (almonds and brazils), eggs, milk, fish and shellfish.
When exposed to the source of food allergy the body makes specific antibodies (IgE) to ‘fight off’ the allergens found in these foods.  When the food is next eaten it triggers an immune system response which results in the release of histamine and other naturally occurring chemicals in the body. Allergic reactions to food can vary considerably in their severity and some can be fatal.

Food intolerance and food allergy in brief

      Food Intolerance
  • Reactions are usually delayed and symptoms may take several days to appear
  • You can be intolerant to several different food groups at the same time
  • Sufferers can experience multiple symptoms, from migraine to bloating, diarrhoea, lethargy and a generally feeling un well
  • Raised IgG antibodies can be detected in the blood

  • Food Allergy
  • Reactions usually occur quickly, with a maximum of 2 hours after exposure to the 'reactive' food
  • The body's IgE immune system is activated by the immediate ingestion of the reactive food
  • Symptoms include: difficulty breathing, rashes, swelling, runny nose and anaphylactic shock These can potentially be life threatening

DID YOU KNOW . . . . . .
  • Over 25% of adults recognise they have allergies caused by foods.
  • Oranges and Orange Juice are high in Salicylates which the Liver has trouble neutralising. They are incredibly Mucus forming and therefore contrary to popular belief not the best thing you should have for a cold at all!
  • Milk Thistle encourages tissue regrowth of the liver and if taken before a heavy night out may help to reduce the effects of a hangover!
  • Lemon juice with warm water and a little cayenne pepper will aid the liver in detoxifying and help shift mucus when you have a cold.
  • The Flour Advisory Bureau estimates that 0.1% of the population (65,000 people) may have an adverse reaction to wheat. For 82% of sufferers the allergic symptoms affect their lifestyle.
  • 4 out of ten school children have at least one allergy.
  • One in five children have Asthma and an estimated 6 million people have eczema.

Please contact Jo.ford@flowfood4health.com 
or call 07807273358 to order your food Intollerance test

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