Did you know that it is important to get re-tested with Test Your Intolerance every 6-12 months? Food and non-food intolerances are not always permanent and can change over time. There are many factors to which an intolerance/sensitivity can change including diet and lifestyle. Therefore, to stay on track with your health we would highly recommend that you get re-tested regularly.
So, what is a food intolerance and how can it affect you?
A food intolerance is a hostile reaction to a food and the symptoms can be unpleasant and identify an underlying health problem. Symptoms can include:
- Stomach and bowel upsets
- Headaches and migraines
- Wheezing and a runny nose
- Skin issues
There are many different types of food that people can be intolerant to but the most common include milk and lactose (the sugar in milk), gluten, wheat, food preservatives, and naturally occurring compounds in food such as caffeine, salicylates, amines and glutamate.
The number of people suffering from intolerances is increasing. Reports indicate that up to half the population could be affected with one or more food / non-food intolerance. As well as causing physical discomfort and misery, symptoms may impact on a person’s mental health and in many cases, prevent them from living a normal life. Obtaining an accurate diagnosis of the root cause can be a struggle. Most tests are currently limited to food items only but more often than not the actual intolerance is related to the chemicals used to process our daily food.
Test Your Intolerance one-step tests are based on a wide range of approximately 600 items including food and non-food items. Identifying the items to which you are intolerant is vital. You can then take steps to alter your diet or avoid situations where certain chemicals are commonly found. Many people believe they may be gluten intolerant or lactose intolerant, but after testing, find it is another substance causing the problems.