What is a food intolerance?
What normally happens in the body when eating is that the food particles get broken down in your system into fatty acids, amino acids and glucose. When you eat food that you are intolerant to, however, your body produces increased levels of specific IgG antibodies in order to attack what it believes are antigens in your system. In reality, these antigens are food proteins that have passed through the digestive tract and into your bloodstream, but your body is unable to tell the difference. The reaction of these antigens and antibodies results in the formation of complexes which, if the food is eaten infrequently, would normally be combatted by the body’s immune system. However, if the same food that your body is intolerant to continues to be eaten, over time the lining of the stomach becomes damaged allowing the body to overload with complexes. These complexes then accumulate in different parts of the body which can lead to many different symptoms such as water retention, muscle pain, chronic inflammation and weight gain.
How is a food intolerance different from an allergy?
An allergy triggers an immune system reaction whereby Immunoglobulin E (IgE), an antibody, is tagged to the protein in the allergy inducing food, causing your body to believe the food is an invader. This is different from the immune response to food intolerances where IgG is produced. Allergies can also be life-threatening as opposed to food intolerances where often small amounts of the food can be eaten and reactions are less severe. The reactions to a food intolerance can also take as long as an hour to several days to appear because of the different antibody being produced by the body.
Why should I be tested for food intolerances?
In today’s society, many people are diagnosed with problems and conditions that could have been managed or cured completely through a change in diet. Everybody tolerates different foods in different ways, as we are all unique individuals, and it is important to recognise how your health may be affected by what you put in your stomach. If you are searching for answers about any health concerns, then food intolerance testing should be the first step you take as it is harmless and could change your life.
Can I not just try the elimination diet instead?
You can but you risk nutritional deficiencies if this is not done over a long period of time and under the supervision of a medical professional. You may also end up missing intolerances that our tests easily pick up and if you don’t have months to spend taking out and adding foods back into your diet then our testing is a much faster, safer option.
How I know that Analiza offers the best food intolerance testing service?
We pride ourselves on having the most up-to-date technology, the most accurate testing that has been developed through scientific research methods and being able to detect a high number of different food intolerances. We guarantee that you will experience a world class testing service and be in contact with highly qualified staff members that can provide guidance and reassurance throughout the whole process.
As humans, when we feel we have a headache or sore stomach, we often want a quick fix that will treat the symptom and let us get on with life. However, when symptoms persist, constant medication is not the best option, and the cause of your pain and discomfort must be looked into. This is where food intolerances may often arise as the culprit for your suffering. Many people do not realise that the foods we put into our bodies can drastically affect our physical, mental and emotional well-being. Our simple tests can help you see the change in your health you’ve always wanted, and possibly cure symptoms you never thought to associate with your diet.
Do you feel like you lack energy when playing with your kids? Or maybe your bowel and stomach pains hold you back in social situations? Do you suffer from migraines for no apparent reason? Or maybe your eczema makes you feel self-conscious when you’re at the beach? All of these seemingly unrelated problems all have one major thing in common: they are often symptoms of food intolerance. Just because you do not feel violently ill after eating a certain food, doesn’t mean that it’s having a positive effect on your body. Many intolerances manifest themselves through unlikely symptoms such as anxiety or bronchitis and can be misdiagnosed by medical professionals. We want to help you gain a high quality of life that you never believed could be achievable.
Food intolerance testing can change the way you look at food. A common misconception is that if you aren’t intolerant to gluten or dairy, then you don’t have a food intolerance. This is incorrect, and our state-of-the-art testing is able to detect intolerances to hundreds of different foods, from a blueberry to a lentil. Our service is quick, professional and confidential which means the only thing you need to focus on is the positive change in your life you could see after finding out which food intolerances you have. Give yourself peace of mind knowing whether or not diet is the cause of your distress and let us help you. Take the first step towards a healthier you and contact us today.
One of the main concerns that many of our patients have is the weight gain that can result from unmanaged food intolerances. In some extreme situations we have seen cases where our patients lost 15 to 20 kg in a month, simply by having their food intolerances diagnosed and managed with the proper diet. This highlights the importance of not simply treating the symptoms, being overweight, but looking for the underlying cause of the problem, specific food intolerances that could explain your weight gain.
What normally happens in the body when eating is that the food particles get broken down in your system into fatty acids, amino acids and glucose. When you eat food that you are intolerant to, however, your body produces increased levels of specific IgG antibodies in order to attack what it believes are antigens in your system. In reality, these antigens are food proteins that have passed through the digestive tract and into your bloodstream, but your body is unable to tell the difference. The reaction of these antigens and antibodies results in the formation of complexes which, if the food is eaten infrequently, would normally be combatted by the body’s immune system. However, if the same food that your body is intolerant to continues to be eaten, over time the lining of the stomach becomes damaged allowing the body to overload with complexes. These complexes then accumulate in different parts of the body which can lead to water retention, muscle pain, chronic inflammation and weight gain.
Multiple studies have shown that there is a definite correlation between food intolerances and weight gain in patients. There are many possible reasons for this, other than the previously mentioned complexes, such as the production of inflammatory substances named cytokines. These substances are vital for the regulation of both sugar and fat in our metabolisms as well as affecting our body’s ability to control hunger. Certain cytokines can also be a catalyst for diabetes by blocking insulin receptors. Research has also suggested there may be a link between Metabolic Syndrome and inflammatory foods caused by intolerance which can lead to cardiovascular disease. The chance of these conditions affecting you can be drastically reduced or stopped all together by removing foods you are intolerant to after IgG testing at Analiza.
For those of you with children, you may also be interested to know that a recent study which compared a sample of overweight children with children of a normal weight, it was discovered that the overweight children had considerably higher levels of insulin, triglycerides, leptin, cholesterol and plasma glucose in their blood. The overweight children also had more inflammatory markers and a notable increase in anti-food antibodies. These results in particular have led scientists to believe that food IgG antibodies may have a pivotal role in the development of obesity among children and arterial disease.
Through our simple blood sample test, we can find out which foods you and your family are intolerant to, help eliminate them from your diet and deal with your weight concerns once and for all. We understand that often eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are not enough so let us get to the bottom of your problem, one food intolerance at a time. Check out our testing page for more information about how we can help you, today.
How testing works
In order to request a food intolerance test, either your doctor/nutritionist can contact our clinic or you can simply request a test yourself if you have any symptoms you believe to be associated with a food related condition. These symptoms may or may not include:
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Irritable Bowel
- Weight Gain
The next stage of the process is to collect the sample. This simply involves going into one of our clinics to take the necessary tests, or, if you live further afield, just email us and we will give you the contact details of a local clinical laboratory or medical office closer to your location. Alternatively, you can also order a test kit that will be sent to you within three working days which will allow you to conduct your own finger prick blood test. This sample is then sent to a laboratory to be analysed, in the same manner as if you had physically come into a clinic for testing.
What makes Analiza’s service so revolutionary is that from one test we can determine the specific IgG antibodies for 221 different types of food. By using Microarray technology, we are able to get scientifically accurate results by utilising an innovative, colorimetric system which measures food-specific IgG antibodies in human serum, plasma or whole blood. We use only the best laboratory-based testing to deliver highly accurate results to you.
Once your sample has been received and tested, you will be sent a thorough report, within 2 weeks, detailing both the foods you are intolerant to as well as the severity of each intolerance. The results are both categorised and colour coded for ease of understanding and are followed by a patient guidebook to give you all the information you need to manage your diagnosed intolerances. The guidebook has a strong focus on managing the condition with the inclusion of a section for planning your new diet and how to avoid certain food products that people are most commonly intolerant to.
If there is any confusion or you have questions concerning your report, you also have the option of having a consultation with one of our specialists, a doctor or a nutritionist. Consultation can be done via a phone call, Skype session or even Viber messenger. Alternatively, if you are in Croatia, you can pop into our clinic and we will be more than happy to schedule an appointment with a medical professional.
Food intolerance 221 food panel 3185,00 HRK (424,60€)
Food intolerance 125 food panel 2350,00 HRK (313,30€)
Food intolerance 93 food panel 1940,00 HRK (258,60€)
Food intolerance 63 food panel (Vegetarian panel) 1450,00 HRK (193,30€)