Food Sensitivity Testing

Accurately identify your food intolerances, avoid years of trial and error and start living a healthier life

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  Why test for food sensitivities?

The majority of reactions to food are due to food sensitivities rather than food allergies. Although rarely life-threatening, food sensitivities can be the source of many health issues that can affect an individual’s quality of life. Sensitivities to certain foods can develop at any stage in a persons’ life and may affect people differently. Many individuals live with symptoms for years, never suspecting their health issues are a result of sensitivities to the foods they are eating.

Potential food sensitivity reactions:
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Sinus issues
  • Congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Hives
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Abdominal ?ramping
  • High blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

  Improve your quality
of life

By testing for food sensitivities people are able to identify certain foods that may be causing their health issues. They then have the knowledge to make changes to their diet that can improve or eliminate their health issues and lead to an improved quality of life.

  How do food sensitivity
tests work?

Food sensitivity tests measure the antibody levels in your body (immune response) to particular foods. When you eat a food that you are sensitive to your body produces high levels of the antibody known as immunoglobulin G (IgG). These antibodies then combine with the protein in the food you have eaten and form antibody-antigen immune complexes. If your immune system is compromised these complexes will be deposited in organs like your skin, joints, lung-tissue and gastro-intestinal tract. This then results in inflammation and health issues including eczema, skin irritations, arthritis, headaches, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and digestive problems.

Intestinal Labs food sensitivity testing involve taking a sample of blood for analysis. You can visit any of the 900 conveniently located Australian Clinical Labs collection centres to have your blood taken by one of our friendly collectors.

Please ensure there is a Clinical Labs collection centre located close to you before ordering online at clinicallabs.com.au/location

  What will food sensitivity test tell me?

 

  • Eggs & Dairy

  • Fish & Seafood

  • Fruit & Vegetables

  • Grains & Legumes

  • Meat

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Once you have completed your selected food sensitivity test and the results have been analysed at our Australian based lab, you will be emailed a comprehensive food report which will highlight any foods you are sensitive to.

The report details the precise antibody level for every food item tested and the higher the level, the more sensitive you are to that specific food.

The report is easy to interpret, highlighting via colour code whether your sensitivity to each food item is ELEVATED, BORDERLINE or NORMAL, helping you identify problem foods that can be avoided. Further explanation is provided in the table below.

ELEVATED

Indicates that a high antibody level was detected

These foods are the most highly reactive and should be eliminated for at least 3 months. Care should be taken to maintain a balanced diet during the elimination period.

BORDERLINE

Indicates that a moderate antibody level was detected

These foods are moderately reactive. Intake of these foods should be limited and rotated so that these foods are only consumed every 3-4 days, for at least 3 months.

NORMAL

Indicates that no significant antibody level was detected

These foods can be eaten without restriction, unless they have previously caused an adverse reaction. If you have a known allergy to a specific food that triggers a rapid-onset of symptoms (type I allergy) this food should be avoided.

  What is the difference between food sensitivities and food allergies?

Food sensitivity testing analyses an individual’s immune response to certain foods (specifically immunoglobulin G). It is important to remember that food sensitivities and food allergies are significantly different.

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  Re-introducing sensitive foods

Here's the good news: having an elevated reaction to certain foods doesn’t mean you have to avoid them for life. Foods you have tested sensitive to can be re-introduced after a period of time. The level of antibodies gradually decline with time reducing the chance of a reaction upon re-introducing the particular food. Foods triggering ELEVATED antibody levels should be eliminated for at least 3 months to allow the body time to clear immune complexes from circulation. Only once symptoms have subsided ELEVATED foods may be re-introduced gradually into your diet.

Please Note: This is a sensitivity test NOT an allergy test.

  Select the test that's right for you

There are nine different Food tests available, catering to various dietary variations. This allows you to select a test that contains the foods that you suspect may be triggering your reactions. Utilise the interactive table below to view which foods and food groups are included in each test.

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