Food Intolerance Testing

Did you know that bloating, gas, diarrhoea and constipation may also be linked to food intolerances?

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Testing for food Intolerances

If you are concerned that you may have a food intolerance you can easily test for offending foods using a blood test or a finger prick test. Many people are concerned that they may have a gluten intolerance and do not how to test for it. Gluten intolerance or non-coeliac gluten sensitivity is very common and can be tested via blood.

Checking sample for allergies

How can I get a food intolerance test?

We offer comprehensive food intolerance testing at our clinic and can also post tests all over the UK and Europe.

We will post you a finger prick test and, the results take approximately 2 and 1/2 weeks. The test can also be conducted at our clinic in London with the help of a phlebotomist.

If you would like to order one of our food intolerance tests, we will need you to contact us so we can get your particulars to either set-up an appointment at our London clinic or post you the relevant testing kit.

We can test for up to 200 foods. Please contact us for a full list of foods that we test for and price list.

Symptoms of Food Intolerances

Many of the symptoms are similar to those experienced by patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Food Intolerances may be linked to digestive symptoms such as:

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Bloating

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Diarrhoea

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Nausea

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Pain constipation

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Gas

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Fatigue

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Skin problems

Some of our clients with a food intolerance have had improvement in symptoms such as:

Fatigue/brain fog, cramps, bloating, diarrhoea, loose bowels, constipation, skin rashes, acne, gas, and flatulence

These symptoms may come on in a delayed manner. Sometimes they will occur 1-3 days after eating the offending foods.

Testing

Food Allergy Testing

Food Intolerances are not the same as Food Allergies. Thankfully, food intolerances are not life-threatening and do not cause anaphylactic reactions. Food Allergy tests look at different antibodies IgE.

Does the NHS offer food intolerance testing?

Food Intolerance tests are not available on the NHS.

Are food intolerances test accurate?

The results should be used as a guide. We recommend following an elimination diet when the results come in.

How did I develop a food intolerance?

The causes of a food intolerance are not clear. They can develop due to: infections/viruses/bacteria, medication (antibiotics, ibuprofen), stress, leaky gut (Intestinal Permeability), parasites.

All of the above have the potential to cause intestinal permeability.

Food intolerance test in the UK

We ran an audit and found that food intolerances proved to be a cause of people’s symptoms in 41% of the sufferers from IBS who have consulted us.