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What is a food allergy?

A Food Allergy is a rapid and potentially serious response to a food by your immune system caused by either IgG or IgE Anti bodies /immunoglobulins . This dis- function in Immunoglobulin response can trigger classic allergy symptoms such as an immediate swelling of the tongue,a severe skin reaction( swellings ,blotches or rash ( hives),respiratory problems ,like wheezing or acute bronchial restriction.

The most common food allergies among adults are to peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts and brazil nuts,shellfish,Eggs ,Milk and all its constituents and most commonly Yeast found in bread, wine,beer etc. Children often have allergies to milk, and to its components like Lactose/Casein,as well to wheat and Nuts.

Food Allergies

Typical symptoms include:

  • Bloating and stomach cramps
  • Constipation or Diahorrea
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Unexplainable skin rashes
  • Candida and yeast problems
  • Headches and Migraines
  • Sinus pain

It's possible to be intolerant to several different foods which can make it difficult to identify which foods are causing the problem. Food intolerances can also be difficult to tell apart from other digestive disorders that can produce similar symptoms, such as inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal obstructions or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Allergy Testing

What is an Allergy? Allergies are those things that your body reacts to immediatley; most people are aware of their allergies. Some common allergy culprits are:

  • Trees and pollens ( as in Hay Fever)
  • Fungals and Moulds
  • Dust Mites
  • Heavy Metals
  • Cosmetics
  • Medications
  • Environmental pollutants
  • Food preservatives & colourings
  • Nuts

IgE and IgG food Groups

Difference between classic IgE food allergies and delayed IgG food allergies
There are various reasons why a food can cause problems, among them a classic IgE food allergy (type I) and a delayed IgG food allergy (type III), the latter is also referred to as food intolerance. What both allergies have in common is that the immune system is involved. However, there are some differences in the way it responses.

Classic IgE food allergy
A classic type I allergy is when the immune system produces specific IgE antibodies (immune globulins of the subclass E). These antibodies lead to an immediate allergic reaction. The symptoms appear within seconds or minutes: severe swelling, breathing difficulty, rash, itching skin or even anaphylactic shock.

Someone who has a type I allergy will most probably know which food is causing problems, because the symptoms appear right away. Therefore, blood testing is not necessarily needed to identify this kind of allergy. IgE tests are mainly performed for confirmation. The Allergy Testing Group does not test for IgE Food Foods.

Delayed IgG food allergy
A type III food allergy is when the immune system produces specific IgG antibodies (immune globulins of the subclass G). These antibodies can lead to inflammatory processes. The symptoms appear up to three days after the consumption of a trigger foods.
It is very difficult to pinpoint which food causes you problems because of the delayed appearance.

An IgG test helps to localise and limit the suspects
With The Allergy Testing Group Test, you will only have to avoid foods with elevated IgG antibody values. This means that you can maintain a diverse and varied diet and don’t need to restrict yourself unnecessarily. You might need to avoid Wheat, for instance, but be able to eat all types of Grain. After a certain period of avoidance, you may reintroduce one food after the other into your diet and monitor your symptoms, you may wish to do this on your own or choose to be retested /or with the help of one of our Nutritionists.

IgG 50 Food Allergy Screen £85

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IgG 110 Food Allergy Screen £159

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Irritable Bowel Test Allergy Screening(IgG) £185

Testing for markers for IBS:

  • Yeast Overgrowth
  • Candida
  • Digestive Enzyme Dysfunction (Lipase, Lactase, Amylase, Maltase, Cellulase, Protease, Invertase, Pepsin)
  • Food Absorption Dysfunction (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12)
  • Gut flora (imbalanced Bacteria): Acidophilus Strains and some Streptococcus
  • Gluten
  • Lactose/Casein

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Gluten IgG Allergy Screen

Gluten is found in Wheat, Rye, Barley, Spelt, Oats.

Symptoms associated with Gluten Problems are:

  • Bloating and stomach cramps
  • Constipation /Irritable Bowel
  • Candida and Yeast Overgrowth
  • Tiredness and lethargy
  • Skin rashes /redness/dryness/spots.
  • Sinus pain and Sinus Congestion

Gluten IgG Allergy Screening £59

Testing for All Gluten items:

  • Wheat
  • Rye
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Spelt

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Lactose is involved involved in Dairy Digestion and if you are not digesting this enzyme correctly you will suffer from -

  • Bloating and stomach cramps
  • Constipation or Diahorrea
  • Unexplainable skin rashes
  • Candida and yeast problems
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Sinus pain and Sinus Congestion

Lactose Test £59

Testing for all Ingredients that contain Lactose:

  • Cow Milk
  • Goat Milk
  • Sheep Milk
  • Whey
  • Casein

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Seasonal Allergies

  • Pollens, Weeds, Grasses and Trees £59
  • Moulds/Fungus £49
  • Dust £39
  • Pet Hair £59

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Many people only know Histamine,by the name Anti Histamines,prescribed for Hay fever and Allergy reactions. Customers tell us even when they take Anti histamines they still have problems, well the reason behind this,is that they are still consuming Histamine Foods. Histamine is found in many foods, inlcuding Wine, Beer, Tomato, Egg, Mushroom and Fruit to name a few.

Histamine affects your whole body and symptoms cause:

  • Skin Rash and Swellings
  • Hay Fever and Sinus problems.
  • Digestive complaints, bloating,cramps and acid reflux.
  • Respiratory problems like Asthma, constant coughs.
  • Panic, Anxiety, Depression.
  • Tiredness and Fatigue.

Histamine Test £99

Testing for Histamine Intolerance

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The Difference between Hair & Blood Testing

Hair is a very important biomaterial within our bodies and primarily composed of protein, notably keratin. Cosmetically it gives many the perception of beauty. But hair in all its variability, also has the ability to mirror our metabolic system and give us incredible insight into our health.

On a healthy head, 80 to 90 percent of the hair follicles are in the anagen phase where the hair is actively growing, and materials are deposited in the hair shaft by cells found in the follicle. It is during this phase where hair can tell us a great deal about our body.

We test hair is because we find the results are also more accurate for Food intolerance Testing and Mineral Testing. When you take a blood sample, it starts to deteriorate immediately and only gives you a snap shot of intolerances at that one particular time. With a hair sample, it is in the same state at the end of your hair, as it was when it came out of your head. This means that we can see your food intolerances for a longer amount of time, meaning that you get better results.

Almost 21 mineral levels can be determined through a simple hair mineral analysis test. Your hair is made up of proteins, iron and minerals including the electrolytes, sodium, potassium and calcium. You can trace elements such as copper, manganese, iron, zinc and toxic metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum in the hair.

Deficiency or excess of any mineral are always noticed first in the hair and then in the body because minerals are shifted from other tissues or organs to hair in order to maintain optimum blood level. Toxic minerals rarely remain in the blood.

Blood tests give a minute-by-minute reading of body chemistry, and can change on what you have eaten, applied to your body, your medication, time of day etc. It is for this reason that the tests we carry out are sent to us up to 24 hours, after the blood has been taken. Blood is more widely used in Laboratory settings and the Medical Model of testing. We use Blood tests for Food IgG Allergies only, and specifically for IgG Immunoglobulins, this is seen as the Gold Medal Standard in Testing, and most of our customers prefer this over hair for getting a more accurate result in certain areas.

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