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Undiagnosed food intolerances are a lot more common than you think. If you find yourself suffering from regular migraines, brain fogs, skin rashes, aches, and pains, amongst other chronic ailments, you may well be part of the 9 million UK adults who are suffering from the detrimental reaction.

Food intolerances can be particularly difficult to diagnose, namely because symptoms are only registered hours after the food is ingested, so it can be a challenge to figure out what food, in particular, is causing your reaction, or whether the reaction is even directly linked to food.

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There are numerous ways to self-diagnose food intolerance, that tend to produce clearer results than simply committing to a process of food elimination. Popular tests that can be conducted with your doctor include oral tests, skin tests, and other physical examinations, however, there is one test that you can conduct yourself, that has been heralded as the gold standard food intolerance test, and that is a blood test.

A finger prick blood test can provide you with exact results concerning exactly what it is your body is reacting to, whether it be food or drink that you are regularly consuming and that you don’t realise is causing harm to your body.

An accurate food intolerance test can improve your lifestyle tenfold, as it provides insight into how your body reacts to different food groups, as well as allowing you to identify the nutrients that your body is particularly fond of.

 

You receive your results within 24 Hour

Within 24 Hours of receiving your test, you will be emailed your full blood profile with all of the results of your home food intolerance test.

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We send the test to you directly. You take a simple finger prick blood test and return it back to us with the return label provided. 

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Order your food intolerance test online today. This will include a full profile of all available food allergies. 

Food Intolerance Test UK

What Does it Mean to Have a Food Intolerance?

Harley Medic is now offering a food intolerance test that you can carry out at home. A food intolerance – sometimes referred to as a food sensitivity – can be either the difficulty your body experiences in trying to digest a certain food group, or, an uncomfortable reaction your digestive system has to a certain food.

Most commonly, a food intolerance will reveal itself as a chronic ache or pain felt somewhere between a few hours and, potentially, a few days after ingesting the food. This may appear in the form of excessive wind, a bloated feeling, brain fog, stomach pains, or diarrhoea. Symptoms of more severe food intolerance will take the form of skin rashes or itchy blotches on the skin.

It’s difficult to determine whether or not you have a food intolerance as the aforementioned ailments could very well be symptoms of another condition and, unless these symptoms persist or get increasingly more painful, they can easily be overcome and forgotten about. You may be experiencing intolerance to a food or food group you do not have often enough to notice the pattern of symptoms.

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If your diet consisted of a lot of dairy products, it is easy to spot a milk sensitivity early; however, if you’re suffering from an aspartame intolerance, which is found mostly in diet foods and drinks, it may take a while for you to identify that your body cannot digest such substances easily.

Plus, it sometimes takes a generous helping of the food to feel the effects of an intolerance – if the person has only eaten a small quantity of the substance, it may not be substantial enough to cause a reaction.

Food intolerance should not be mistaken for a food allergy, which is an immune system reaction to food, and not a digestive one.

Uncomfortable digestive reactions can also be the result of I.B.S., coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or anxiety and stress.

Common food intolerances include:

  • Gluten
  • Lactose
  • Sulphites
  • Fructose
  • Caffeine
  • Amines
  • Aspartame

The Types of Intolerances a Blood Test Can Identify

As we’ve already mentioned, there are several food groups that you can have a food intolerance against, from common foods to more peculiar ones, the latter you might not realise you have a sensitivity towards until later life.

The Harley Medic blood test will be able to help you identify what specific food groups you are intolerant to, and, potentially, what specific foods you have a sensitivity for. Using the Harley Medic blood test, while examining the signs to look out for related to specific intolerances, should guarantee that you find what food sensitivity it is that you are suffering from specifically.

Here, you’ll find a more in-depth look at the different food intolerances that the Harley Medic blood test can help you identify.

 

Gluten

Gluten is one of the biggest intolerances throughout the world, and, due to environmental changes, has been on the rise in recent years. Gluten intolerance is unusual because it can be genetic and experienced from birth or can develop in an individual in later life. This is where taking a blood test comes in handy, as you can one day suddenly find yourself feeling ill after consuming gluten and not know the cause of it.

Gluten is a protein commonly found in barley, wheat, triticale, and rye. Those who identify a gluten intolerance will have to adhere to a diet devoid of pasta, cereals, some alcoholic drinks, crackers baked goods, amongst other common foods.

If you take the blood test and find that you have a food intolerance, you could have a sensitivity to gluten if you eat gluten regularly and experience such symptoms as constipation, diarrhoea, headaches, abdominal pain, lethargy, bloating, anaemia, joint aches, and rashes.

However, a reaction to gluten may not necessarily suggest that you are gluten intolerant, as there several dietary problems related to gluten, including having a wheat allergy or suffering from celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

 

Lactose

Lactose intolerance most commonly develops during childhood after the age of 5 but can also come about later in life. It is, therefore, less common for your intolerance to be towards lactose; however, it is not impossible. 65% of the worldwide population are somewhat lactose intolerant, whether it be minorly or severely.

An individual with lactose intolerance needs to stick to a strict dairy-free diet, which means avoiding anything made with cow’s milk, buffalo’s milk, and goat’s milk. You may find aged dairy products easier to digest, but you should still eat these in moderation.

If you find out that you have a food intolerance, it could be towards lactose if you regularly suffer from gas, nausea, stomach cramp, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, or sickness.

 

Sulphites

Sulphites are a compound that roughly 1 in 10 adults has a sensitivity to. Sulphite intolerance is often mild and can be treated easily, but for some, it can be life-threatening.

Sulphites are commonly in the form of preservatives, which are used in a wide variety of food, drinks, and even medicines. More specifically, you’ll likely find sulphites in dried fruits, pickled foods, baked goods, canned vegetables, jams, wines, and aged cheeses. Anything that has a preserved freshness will most likely contain sulphites.

You may be suffering from a sulphite intolerance if you find yourself coughing, wheezing, flushing, or if you regularly suffer from diarrhoea, hypotension, skin swelling, or a blocked nose.

 

 

 

Fructose

Fructose intolerance is less common than other intolerances listed in this article but is still worth considering. You can identify a fructose intolerance easily as it is mainly found in fruits and the by-products of fruits, such as juices and jams.

You can identify a fructose intolerance by incessant gas, diarrhoea, nausea, reflux, vomiting, and bloating.

 

 

Caffeine

Caffeine is another less common intolerance, but one that is far easier to identify early. Caffeine is, as you’re probably aware, is found in coffee, tea, energy drinks, and soft drinks.

Individuals who do not suffer from a caffeine intolerance can consume several cups of coffee a day without feeling any unpleasant side effects.

Those who suffer from a caffeine intolerance will instead be unable to consume even the smallest amount of caffeine without feeling an intense rush from the stimulant.

 

Amines

An extremely rare intolerance, but one that can still occur in adults, is an amines intolerance. Amines can be found in ripe fruits, such as strawberries and bananas; or in aged proteins, including meats and cheeses.

An amine intolerance causes low blood pressure, cramps, headaches, skin flushing, anxiety, and itching.

 

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