Did you know?

Food sensitivities and related diseases affect at least 100 million people worldwide. In general, the prevalence of food sensitivities has increased to more than 50% in adults and more than 70% in children in the past few years. Food-related reactions cause a wide variety of illnesses ranging from skin rashes and headaches to chronic intestinal diseases.

Although the symptoms of food sensitivities may differ, antigens from food, food additives, or environmental sources cause the production of antibodies
(IgM, IgA, IgG, IgE and IgD) or interact with the mucosa or epidermis and stimulate T-cells. The exact reason why the immune system is overstimulated and generates potentially harmful immune responses is not known but what is becoming clear is that intact intestinal microflora is important in preventing damage to the mucosa and the subsequent generation of
leaky gut which may cause food sensitivities.

So what is a Leaky Gut?

Leaky Gut Syndrome, or LGS, is often closely linked to food intolerances. It occurs when the intestinal lining becomes so permeable that it begins to allow large molecules, such as undigested food particles and toxins, into the bloodstream. This is due to the cells of the intestinal lining becoming inflamed and damaged. In response, the immune system retaliates by attacking these “invaders” much as we see in food allergies.

When LGS is left untreated, a continual cycle of damage occurs. This translates to further digestive distress, nutrient deficiencies, and more immune reactions. The
symptoms are very similar to food intolerances and are treated by thorough nutritional healing and repair of the gastrointestinal system.

All a bit too much?

In a nutshell, intolerances and sensitivities to foods are very different than allergies, but that does not mean they do not negatively affect your quality of life. In fact, some mild food allergies cause LESS distress than severe food intolerance.

Common symptoms of food intolerances can range from digestive distress (such as gas, bloating, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting) to seemingly unrelated issues (like headaches, mucus production, and brain fog). While these problems are often not regarded as very severe, they can advance to more serious problems if left unattended.

Who could benefit from a FIT 176 (Food Inflammation Test)?

Are you somebody who frequently suffers from any of the following?

Various Digestive Distress
Respiratory Issues
Water Retention
Unexplained Weight Gain
Thyroid Dysfunction
Increased Seasonal Allergies
Post-Nasal Drip
Joint Pain
Puffy Eyes
Food Cravings

If so, you could benefit from a FIT 176 test and you can do it from the comfort of your home!

What is the FIT 176 test?

The testing I offer is Food Sensitivity Testing that measure sensitivities to up to 176 different foods, colouring, and additives using the Food Inflammation Test, also known as the FIT Test. The test was created by Brent Dorval, Ph. D, who was involved in the creation of the first HIV/AIDS rapid diagnostic assay.

The FIT Test is the most sensitive food test available using patented technology. The multiple pathway approach allows us to look at not only food sensitivities but also inflammation and gut permeability all from one test.

How to order yours?

You can book your appointment via my website. The test will then get sent directly to you in the post. Once you complete the test, you place it back in the pre-paid envelope and send it back to us in the post. Our lab is based in NYC which means that results take around 14-16 days to return. I currently offer testing with a 1 Hour Consultation which includes a full easy-to-follow results report and 7 Day Meal Guide based on your results. This test works as a great foundational tool, to understand more about your Gut Health and foods that could be triggering that Inflammatory response.

Consultations can be held in the clinic in Essendon, Hertfordshire, or via Zoom.

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