[vc_row el_class=”vc_col-md-8 vc_col-md-offset-2 text-justify”][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_section title=”The Difference Between Allergy and Intolerance” tab_id=”1506341001965-795ec7e6-93cc”][vc_column_text]It is important to note that allergy and intolerance are completely different. Antibodies trigger both allergy and intolerance reactions but it is very important to understand that food allergy and food intolerance reactions are controlled by totally different antibodies.
(a) “Food Allergy” – IgE Antibody
The term “food allergy” is used to describe those cases in which the food reaction occurs almost immediately, usually within one hour. The reaction is obvious and often quite violent, for example developing a swollen lip or tongue after eating peanuts, or becoming violently sick after eating shellfish. Food allergies are triggered by a specific antibody – IgE. These foods can never be eaten again.
(b) “Food Intolerance” IgG Antibody
The term “food intolerance”, on the other hand, affects a great number of people and can develop at any time of life. The symptoms of food intolerance rarely occur immediately after the food is eaten. In fact, the reaction is usually delayed by many hours or even many days. For example, the cheese eaten on Monday could be the cause of Wednesday’s asthma attack. Such food intolerance reactions are triggered by a specific antibody – IgG. It is these delayed reactions which make the detection of the culprit foods a very difficult task without the help of expert laboratory testing.
This test is for slow onset type, food intolerance reactions only.
If you suffer with rapid onset type, classic allergy reactions, these trigger foods
will not be detected by this test. Do not eat these foods. Such reactions should be
reported to your doctor.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Interpreting Your Test Results” tab_id=”1506341002039-c0ceca8e-099c”][vc_column_text]It is very important that you take some time to read this guidebook before starting on your new diet. The test result for each individual food is COLOUR HIGHLIGHTED in three categories pending upon the level of your antibody reaction:
FOODS COLOUR HIGHLIGHTED IN RED ARE – ELEVATED
These are your primary problem foods. Eliminate these foods from your diet completely. You will need to avoid these foods for three months minimum. After at least three months, and only when symptoms have subsided, these ELEVATED foods may be re-introduced slowly, back into your diet. See page 15 for more details about reintroducing foods back into your diet.
FOODS COLOUR HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW ARE – BORDERLINE
These are moderate to severe problem foods. Eliminate these for a period of eight weeks. After that you should be much improved and can begin to reintroduce these foods as described above.
FOODS COLOUR HIGHLIGHTED IN GREEN ARE – NORMAL
You can eat these foods as normal. However, if you suffer with rapid onset type, classic allergy reactions to any of these foods, do not eat them. This test is designed to detect foods which trigger slow onset type, food intolerance reactions only. We advise that you take a day or two to prepare yourself before starting on your diet. Reading this guidebook will give you most of the information you need to get the best results from your test. When you eliminate foods from your diet you may at first experience withdrawal symptoms. That means that your own particular symptoms may become worse in the first few days of the diet. But be prepared to persevere, as improvement may only become apparent anything from a few days to a few weeks into the diet.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Test Upgrade” tab_id=”1506341906159-152d7545-c97f”][vc_column_text]If you opted for the smaller test, you might be interested in the other foods which were not tested but are available on the larger tests. If you wish, these outstanding foods can be tested from the same blood sample you already provided (the blood sample is stored in the laboratory for 30 days after the test is completed). You only have to pay the price difference.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”200 FoodPrint – Additional Food List” tab_id=”1506341941897-ce59fca1-7588″][vc_column_text]Additional details about some of the extra items tested on the 200 FoodPrint Test:
Alpha-Lactalbumin & Beta-Lactoglobulin
These proteins are both whey proteins found in cow’s milk.
Casein is a protein found in cow’s milk and milk products. It is also found in goat’s and sheep’s milk and milk products. If the Casein is showing problematic, we suggest starting with a complete dairy-free alternative (not skimmed milk). As the Guidebook suggests, you could then “Challenge Test” with skimmed milk after six weeks to assess if it will work.
Note: dairy-free alternatives such as coconut, almond, rice and soy milk do not contain casein, alpha-lactalbumin or beta-lactoglobulin.
It has been suggested that these proteins are attached to the milk fat and are also removed when the fat is removed from the milk. It is the most likely reason why skimmed milk works for the majority of people.
Germinated grain (barley) used mostly in brewing and distilling.
Is a gluten free flour commonly used in gluten free products.
Yucca is an extensively grown tropical vegetable that has common names that you may recognize, such as cassava, manioc, and tapioca. In many countries, yucca root is a dietary staple usually eaten boiled, steamed, and in flour form as thickeners or additional ingredients for noodles, cakes, pastries and tapioca pudding.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”A Final Word – Before You Get Started” tab_id=”1506341988261-09aeb38e-5d4e”][vc_column_text]Rather than trying to remove all of the highlighted foods at once, a lot of people begin by just removing the higher scoring foods.
• Your doctor may prescribe probiotics and / or digestive enzymes to assist your digestive system. He may refer you to a nutritional therapist for nutritional support.
• Avoid eating large meals when you are stressed or rushed – just eat light snacks. Plan to eat your main meal when in a more relaxed state
• Learn relaxation techniques. Going to the gym before or after work or simply going for a run can greatly help with the symptoms of food intolerance. Make sure you are getting enough sleep.
• In the majority of cases, small traces of your intolerance foods will not cause any problems. You do not need to be extreme in your vigilance (intolerance is different to allergy). No need to read the ingredients on every food product you encounter or purchase. If anything, this extreme caution only causes anxiety which in turn makes food intolerance worse.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Reintroducing Food Back Into Your Diet – “Challenge Test”” tab_id=”1506342004663-20806b81-053a”][vc_column_text]Remove your problem foods for a minimum of three months. The ideal time to start reintroducing some of your problem foods back into your diet is after your health has improved and that improvement has been maintained. This will vary from person to person. After this period of improvement, we advise that you should then start to reintroduce the lower scoring foods – one at a time (per week) – back into your diet. The objective is to “challenge test” each food and to watch out for any reactions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Conclusion” tab_id=”1506342627486-a125160c-ecca”][vc_column_text]Sorting out your health is not impossible. If you have a food intolerance problem, your test results will tell you which foods to avoid. Most people have relatively few primary intolerances and the avoidance of these foods is sufficient to bring about a dramatic recovery in health.
The irony of it all is that many of you, who perhaps sat at your breakfast table this morning, demoralised as a result of your present medical condition, bewildered and at a complete loss as to what you should do next, will be very surprised to find that the cause of all your distress has been on that plate in front of you, looking at you straight in the face.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row]