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Performance And Allergy Testing

An athlete, whether a total novice, weekend warrior or seasoned pro, is looking for the very best in performance from their body. Any factor that affects their ability to sustain training, recover effectively or reduces peak physical fitness can mean a significant impact on performance. Allergies can be one such factor. In order to understand whether they have a role to play in limiting your performance IgE blood testing is a highly accurate testing method and considered the ‘gold standard’ in identifying allergies.

Allergy symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening and are highly individual. Common symptoms experienced due to allergies are coughing, sneezing, runny nose, swelling of the lips/mouth, itchy lips/mouth, vomiting and diarrhoea. For some allergies, the effects can be as severe as anaphylactic shock, which can be fatal. Allergies can also contribute towards joint pain and can have an impact on the digestion and absorption of nutrients. Symptoms can affect performance in a couple of different ways. Firstly by reducing your efficacy in training, meaning that you don’t get the most out of yourself in a certain session, but also they can lead to less than optimum absorption of key nutrients, which can result in slower recovery, less than optimal energy production, and ultimately can affect your performance.

There are certain hypersensitivity conditions, which can be exercised-induced, that are frequently associated with IgE allergies such as asthma, hayfever, urticaria and anaphylaxis. The presence of asthma, in particular, makes a food allergy more dangerous, therefore IgE blood testing would be highly recommended.

IgE blood testing works by seeing which allergens your body produces antibodies to in the lab. Taking this first step is vital to effectively manage allergies and allows you to identify trigger foods, drinks or inhalants, which could be pollens, pet hair or mould. Once you are aware of any allergies, you can implement measures to reduce your exposure to allergens and ensure they aren’t a factor limiting your performance. This may be through; making dietary changes, knowing to ask in a restaurant if a certain food is present in a dish, understanding your environment and knowing the pollen you’re exposed to locally, if you are travelling for an event checking the pollen in the area or being prepared with anti-histamines, washing your hands after stroking a cat/ dog or maybe changing your mattress if house dust mites affect you.

They say knowledge is power and it absolutely is when it comes to allergies, click here to see our Lifelab Testing IgE blood testing kits – Basic Allergy and Complete Body.

Is a Food Intolerance Holding Back Your Weight Loss?

If you’re one of the millions across the UK who are struggling to maintain their weight effectively, then you may need to consider food intolerance testing. You need to ask yourself whether it’s your willpower that is the problem or is a food intolerance holding back your weight loss?These days ‘food intolerance’ and ‘food allergy’ are used liberally, almost as if they were interchangeable. However, even just a cursory glance into the subject of allergy and food intolerance testing will tell you how different they are. Allergies tend to be quick to appear, and are acute or severe in nature and treatable with things like epipens and antihistamines, whereas food intolerances can be slow to develop and are known for being difficult to diagnose and rectify.

So, if we rule out food allergies from the equation, can a food intolerance really be responsible for someone’s failing attempts to drop the pounds?

Inflammation – The Real Enemy

When it comes to digestion and food intolerances in particular, inflammation is the enemy. When you eat foods that your body can’t cope with, it can cause inflammation, which can result in nausea and bloating.  This can often lead to the sufferer reaching for foods that make them feel good, which can bring a diet regime to a shuddering halt. What can also happen when your gut is inflamed for an extended period (which often happens with undiagnosed food intolerances) is that small fissures can develop, which then allow what your body believes to be foreign bodies into the bloodstream. What ensues from this point is a seemingly never-ending cycle of feeling poorly, eating badly and ultimately not losing weight.

So, it’s fair to say that food intolerances most certainly can curtail your efforts to shed weight.

So, what can be done?

If what we’ve described so far sounds like you and your eating habits, there’s a more than average chance that you could benefit from some kind of food intolerance testing. You shouldn’t feel sick or listless for absolutely no reason, so it’s important for your health that you identify what exactly is causing your body distress. The alternative, i.e. carrying on as you are and feeling fed up, just doesn’t bear thinking about… does it?

The good news is that by deciding to ask yourself the question, you’ve taken the first step to dealing with the issue. So many people put the symptoms they experience down to just having a bit of a gippy tummy or other minor problems that are almost not worth mentioning.

Now that you’ve perhaps started to consider that a food intolerance to a problem for you, there really are other options.

We’re going to give you two now…

Number 1 is to keep a food diary. This option involves writing down everything you eat and drink on a daily basis, jotting down the state of your general state of feeling – with a particular emphasis on when you’re experiencing unpleasant or uncomfortable digestion. With this information, you can piece together a picture of what might be causing your issues. This is quite a simple and inexpensive method, but it can take a while to paint a clear picture and you may only get a rough idea of what to avoid.

Number 2 is to take a food intolerance test, which is a simple, affordable and painless way of getting right to the source of the problem. For as little as £74.99, you can have your blood scientifically screened by the experts at Lifelab Testing. Even the basic testing checks your blood against 40 key food and drink intolerances, which means that if you’re intolerant to something you eat, food intolerance testing is going to show it up and give you the tools you need to change your diet – freeing yourself from the misery of digestive distress.

So, there you go. Food Intolerance testing could be the secret ingredient you’ve been looking for that turns your diet attempt into diet success.Makes you think, doesn’t it?

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Do you know the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance?

A food allergy and a food intolerance are often thrown around in the same conversation and are thought to be the same thing when this couldn’t be further from the truth. An allergy is an entirely different condition to an intolerance and we’re here to clarify the difference for you. As well as being two different conditions, there are a lot of ‘untruths’ lying around regarding each term such as ‘an allergy can be cured if the food is removed for a period of time’ or ‘an allergy can be created by regular consumption of a food’. 

What is a food allergy?

A food allergy, when occurring, creates an immune reaction within the body. This is usually caused by the protein of an allergen entering the bloodstream. This tends to happen more often at a younger age as the lining of the gut isn’t yet fully developed. When you are exposed to the allergen, whether you have ingested, inhaled or touched the item, an IgE immune response is released as the body now sees the allergen as a threat. This release histamine and symptoms that can occur immediately or up to a couple of hours later.

Symptoms of an allergy can be;

Symptoms are completely individual and can differ from person to person, however, in the worst-case scenario, anaphylactic shock can occur in which an EpiPen needs to be administered as well as seeking urgent medical attention. It is important that you know what to do in a situation where someone is suffering an allergic reaction as it has the potential of being life-threatening. If diagnosed with an allergy through an allergy test or an experience with a reaction, you need to do all you can to constantly avoid these items. 

What is a food intolerance?

A food intolerance, such as lactose intolerance, occurs when an individual’s gut lacks the correct digestive enzymes to break down the foods. In this case, we are going to look at immune-mediated intolerances which is a reaction to IgG antibodies. There are four types of IgG antibodies – IgG₁, IgG₂, IgG₃ and IgG₄. IgG₁ is a first responder to a reaction, however, if a reaction continues to happen to a food item because we are continually exposed to an allergen, we begin to produce IgG₄ antibodies. IgG₂ and IgG₃ antibodies are not produced in response to a food item which is why at Lifelab Testing, we find IgGthe most relevant antibody for testing food intolerances

Symptoms to a food intolerance can occur up to 72 hours after the food item has been consumed. Symptoms include;

Bloating and cramps.

• Flatulence.

• Changes in bowel movements.

Fatigue.

• Headaches.

• Fogginess.

Symptoms of an intolerance may only occur if you have eaten a large amount of the food. We can reduce symptoms of an intolerance by adjusting our diet to remove all the trigger items and then reintroducing the items after 6-8 weeks of not having consumed them. This is known as an elimination diet. 

How can you discover your allergies and intolerances?

The answer is simple, a Lifelab Testing kit. Having one of our at-home blood testing kits delivered straight to your door means that you can begin your journey to health from the comfort of your own home. A small blood sample could change your life and relieve you of your symptoms when tested in our laboratory. From as little as £74.99, you can order one of our fantastic tests and discover whether you are suffering from a food allergy or food intolerance.

What Can You Digest If You Have Lactose Intolerance?

We’ve got a legen-dairy read for you! We’ve put together a list of the tastiest substitutes for lactose intolerance sufferers. We know how difficult coping with lactose intolerance can be and we’re here to offer you all the help and advice we can in order to help you lead a trouble-free life. Now wouldn’t that ‘brie’ good?

Let’s start with the basics; what is Lactose Intolerance?

People often think that having lactose intolerance is the same as having an IgG4 intolerance reaction to milk or dairy products. Well, this isn’t the case. Lactose intolerance is quite a common digestive problem in which the body is unable to digest lactose; Lactose is the sugar that is mainly found in milk and dairy products. This is because your body has a deficiency of a certain enzyme known as lactase. The job of this enzyme is to break down the sugars that are found in milk and dairy products.

Symptoms of lactose intolerance

There are many symptoms that come from suffering from lactose intolerance and normally these will occur a few hours after the product containing lactose has been consumed. Some symptoms include;

The severity of the above symptoms and when they may occur will all depend on the amount of lactose that has been consumed. Symptoms and severity of will differ from one person to the next as somebody may be able to ingest a glass of milk and see no symptoms whereas somebody may not even be able to handle the milk in their tea or coffee.

The symptoms of lactose intolerance can be similar to those of IBS and a milk protein intolerance which is why people are often confused. If you are suffering from the above symptoms, then be sure to see your GP to seek further advice.

Substitute foods for lactose intolerance sufferers

So, suffering from lactose intolerance doesn’t have to be a bad thing, in fact, there are some really yummy alternatives available so you can still enjoy all the dairy treats that you’re craving.

Look at some of the substitutes we recommend below;

Soy Milk – Milk contains calcium which is one of the most important nutrients that we require. As milk is not an option for lactose intolerance sufferers, soy milk is a fantastic alternative.  

Almond/Oat Milk – This is a great substitute to ensure you’re still receiving good amounts of magnesium and vitamin E.

Yoghurt – Although yoghurt is made from milk, it contains much less lactose with active bacterial cultures. The symptoms may be less when consuming yoghurt as most of the lactose will have been broken down by the good bacteria in yoghurt.

Green Vegetables – These are a fantastic alternative source for calcium and many other antioxidants.

Fish – Again, this is a great substitute for calcium and omega fatty acids.

Fermented Cheese – Cheese is known to have less lactose than some other dairy products. Hard and aged cheeses are ok to be included in your diet (if your symptoms are manageable) for a source of calcium and protein. 

Making the necessary changes to your diet means that you will still be receiving the nutrients you need from dairy products, so you won’t be missing out.

What’s next; a Lifelab Testing kit?

We don’t specifically test for Lactose Intolerance as we test for immune-mediated intolerances not digestive-mediated, but this doesn’t mean we can’t help you on your journey to a symptom-free life. With one of our at-home blood testing kits delivered straight to your door, we can help you narrow down what the cause of your symptoms may be before you come to the conclusion that you are suffering from Lactose Intolerance. Visit our website to find out more. Click here to read about the breakthrough for people suffering from Coeliac Disease.

A Breakthrough for Coeliac Disease Sufferers

We hope you’re bready for this? Australia has had a HUGE breakthrough that could end gluten-free diets for coeliac disease sufferers forever according to this Daily Mail article. A new trial vaccine has been developed to put an end to the restrictive diet that people suffering with this condition face. 

According to Coeliac Australia, it is known that one in 70 Australians are affected by the condition and approximately 80% of this number remain undiagnosed therefore untreated. In the UK, as suggested by Coeliac UK, 1 in 100 people have this condition and 24% of these people remain undiagnosed – this is approximately 500,000 people. 

Do you know how Coeliac disease can affect you?

Coeliac disease is a serious immune condition caused by an intolerance to gluten. It means that gluten-containing foods damage the small bowel and prevent correct digestion. This is because the ‘finger-like’ joins within the gut that would normally absorb your food become inflamed meaning that they cannot perform their job correctly. 

There are many symptoms that could trigger the warning signs for coeliac, here are a few of them;

Diarrhoea and excessive wind.

• Persistent nausea and vomiting.

• Stomach pains including cramps and bloating.

• Tiredness leading to migraines.

• Hair and weight loss.

Skin rashes.

• Pain in your joints and bones.

Most of these symptoms can be confused with those of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and if you are suffering from any of the above, you should arrange a visit to your GP and request a test for coeliac disease. 

There are also a range of serious consequences that can happen as a result of untreated coeliac disease, including;

• Infertility.

• Miscarriage.

• Early menopause.

What are our hopes for the future of coeliac disease sufferers?

All being well, and the vaccine having a positive effect, the aim would be that people previously suffering from coeliac disease can look towards enjoying a normal diet symptom free. The hope is that this vaccine, if taken successively, will allow the body to learn not to go into ‘attack mode’ every time gluten is consumed which will mean the body will have developed a tolerance to gluten-containing foods.

At Lifelab Testing, we are very aware of the effects of coeliac disease and how this can take a toll on a person’s life. As well as this, it is known to us that there is a common confusion between coeliac disease and an allergy or intolerance to gluten/wheat. Although we do not test for this condition, we do test for intolerances to gluten and allergies to wheat (gluten containing grains) and we are here to help you understand the difference between the two.

If you would like to learn more about the allergy and intolerance testing services that we offer, visit our website and take a look around. For as little as £74.99, you can discover your allergies and take the next step into leading a healthier life.

Vaccines Often Contain Egg, Can They Cause an Allergic Reaction?

The science of allergy testing is a hot topic right now, with the labelling of food proving a particularly contentious issue. The fear of unsuspectingly suffering a reaction and at worst, anaphylactic shock is a very real one and many people are in need of the facts of how to do everything they can to avoid problems of this kind. Food ingredients aren’t the only thing that people aren’t fully informed about either, as vaccines also contain things that you might not be aware of. As a result, we regularly get asked, “Vaccines often contain egg, can they cause an allergic reaction?”

Read on to take a look at the subject in closer detail.

Albumen (The White of the Egg)

Believe it or not, many of the vaccines we give our kids contain egg albumen, so allergy testing for sensitivity to egg in particular is something that parents should definitely consider. Egg allergies are quite common in children, especially under fives and whilst they often grow out of the issue, if the sensitivity is an acute one, it can result in some unpleasant side effects.

Mild Reactions

In the majority of cases, allergy testing will highlight a mild sensitivity to egg, which when triggered, will result in relatively mild symptoms, including:

Skin rashes

● Nasal congestion

Vomiting

Hives

These symptoms will usually appear within a few minutes of ingesting egg and will require the use of antihistamines to alleviate the issue.

Severe Reactions

Whilst the percentage of people suffering from a sensitivity to egg that may experience anaphylaxis is quite small, this will apply to some people. It is this group that is most at risk and for whom allergy testing can be a matter of life or death. If your child is unfortunate enough to be part of this group but you’re not aware of it yet, a trip to the doctors for their vaccinations could potentially put their life at risk – particularly as you’re not yet likely to be in possession of an EpiPen to counteract the reaction.

The symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

● Lightheadedness or dizziness

● Rapid pulse

● Abdominal pain

● Stomach cramps

● Loss of Consciousness

● Difficulty in breathing

Should your child experience any of these symptoms after ingesting egg through vaccines or otherwise, medical attention should be sought as a matter of urgency.

Knowledge is King

Forewarned is forearmed and allergy testing is the way to furnish yourself with all the facts concerning the potential risks associated with vaccinations. For as little as £74.99 a Lifelab Testing allergy test will give you all the information you need to make considered decisions about what’s right for your child. Anaphylaxis, even when not fatal, can still be extremely distressing for the sufferer and it’s far better to find out about sensitivities earlier than later or during an attack.

To order your test or to find out more about all the blood screening services we offer, or give us a call now on 01332 32 18 92.

We thank you for reading our blog and we hope it has proved both interesting and useful. Until next time!

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Am I Having an Allergic Reaction that needs Emergency Treatment?

The subject of allergy testing is a very pertinent one at this moment in time, as a number of high-profile deaths have been caused by incorrect allergy labelling at one of the UK’s largest sandwich shop chains. What these tragedies serve to highlight is that allergic reactions are a very real threat to health and to life itself. The most worrying thing is that without allergy testing, none of us really know if we’re at risk and if we can’t trust food manufacturers’ own labels about what their food contains, there’s a question that needs to be asked: If I’m having one, am I having an allergic reaction that needs emergency treatment?

The fact is that an allergic reaction to any given food type can develop at any point in our lives, which means that recognising the signs of a reaction is a good thing to know. Allergy testing, which can be used to effectively determine foods that your body has a problem dealing with, is something that we’ll elaborate on, but right now, we’ll look at the telltale signs that you’re having a reaction.

Signs of an Allergic Reaction

Without wishing to overplay the facts, being able to spot the symptoms associated with anaphylactic shock – the most severe type of reaction – and administer an EpiPen or other relevant medication, can in all truth, save yours or someone else’s life. In this situation, every moment counts.

Symptoms can vary a lot from one person to the next and each separate reaction can even manifest differently in the same person. However, all of the most common types to look out for, tend to fall within the following group:

Itchiness in the mouth or throat.

Any type of difficulty in breathing, such as wheezing or coughing.

● Difficulty swallowing.

● Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or stomach pain.

An itchy redness to the skin, including raised red bumps, hives or welts.

● Mental confusion.

● Tightness or discomfort in the chest.

● Lightheadedness or dizziness.

● Low blood pressure, rapid pulse or heart palpitations.

● Fainting or loss of consciousness.

Important note: If you encounter any of the symptoms from the above list, it should be considered as an emergency and treated as anaphylaxis. This would usually involve the use of an EpiPen and calling an ambulance via 999, even if the symptoms pass. 

Biphasic anaphylaxis is something that can come back even stronger after a few hours and getting medical attention is highly recommended. Don’t assume that everything’s ok, consult a medical professional as soon as possible.

Take Control

In order to manage food allergies properly, you need to know exactly what your body is allergic to. That’s where allergy testing comes in and at Lifelab Testing, we provide laboratory blood screening services from as little as £74.99. You’ll be tested against 25 key food and drink allergies, which will give you all you need to know about what foods to avoid and enable you to create strategies for coping with an attack.

Find out more about allergy testing and the wide range of services we provide on our website or give us a call now on 01332 32 18 92.

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Top 6 Gluten-Free Sweets for Halloween

Are your little ones all set for ‘Trick or Treating’ this year? We certainly are! With Halloween in just two weeks, we know how difficult it is to find yummy sweets that are allergy-friendly and safe for your kids to consume on Halloween night. This can be a tricky task for parents but don’t be spooked, Lifelab Testing is here to help you along the way with the top 6 Gluten-Free Sweets for Halloween.

1. Haribo

You’ve all seen the adverts, Haribo can affect us in all different ways. For Halloween, Haribo’s are the perfect treat! Why? Because they have an entire range of gluten-free sweats to fill up your ‘Trick or Treat’ pumpkin. Such as their Horror Mix, Trick or Treat Tub and Fangtastics! Give them a go and spoil your kids this Halloween, but please do check the ingredients carefully.

2. Swizzel Matlaw

One of the nation’s many favourites when it comes to sweets. Swizzel Matlaw are a child’s favourite when it comes to Halloween, they’re full of fizz, a little something sweet and perfect for a little vampire’s fix. Their range is Trick or Sweet, Chew Crew, Fiendish Lolly Fizz and Trick or Treat Tub. Fancy an allergy-friendly and sometimes Gluten-Free treat? Check out Swizzel Matlaw. Make sure you check the packaging closely though!

3. Candyland

Champions Halloween Selection Pack is gluten-free and can be the perfect treat for your kids this Halloween. Candyland have a great offering which will be perfect for your little horrors. Check out their great range which will be perfect for your kids if they are suffering from a gluten intolerance. 

4. Wrigleys

You can still taste the rainbow this Halloween as all Skittles are gluten-free as well as Trick or Treat Starburst and Random’s Spooky Mix. So, the additional bonus of eating some of the tastiest sweets around, these popular treats are the perfect Halloween surprise. 

5. Cadburys

BOO! Did that make you scream? If not, Cadbury’s Screme Eggs might! Filled with green slime and the perfect Frankenstein treat. Give your children, and yourself, the ultimate Halloween filled experience with these tasty and yummy treats! 

6. Maynards

Maynards have a couple of non-gluten sweets to choose from in their Spooky treats pack and sour tricks pack. Make sure your children can consume these delightful treats by ordering your test today! 

Don’t be frightened to let your children indulge in the above sweets this Halloween as they are all gluten free and still just as yummy! Before you go ‘Trick or Treating’, treat yourself to a Lifelab Testing kit for as little as £74.99 and don’t be tricked by an allergy.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween from Lifelab Testing!Click here to read our top tips on how to know if you have a food allergy.

How Do I Know if I Have a Food Allergy?

When you’re suffering from a food allergy, your body’s immune system reacts negatively causing unpleasant symptoms of varying degrees of severity. Even a small amount of the offending food type can cause a range of unpleasant reactions with your system seemingly unable to cope with what it sees as a foreign body. The more severe the reaction, the greater need to test for allergies as in the worst-case scenario, food allergies can be life-threatening. So, if you’re asking yourself “How do I know if I have a food allergy?” the very fact that you’re unsure about it, means there’s cause for concern.

The Symptoms

According to Allergy UK, the percentage of people suffering from an allergy in the UK is around 44%. This is one of the growing number of reasons why companies like ours that test for allergies are so busy.

The types of symptoms encountered when a food allergy is present tend to be quick to manifest and are severe in nature. A food allergy reaction can typically involve:

Itching or tingling in or around the mouth.

Eczema, itching or hives.

● Swelling of various parts of the body, including the lips, tongue and throat.

● Being light-headed, dizzy or passing out.

● Difficulty in breathing, wheezing or a blocked nose.

Diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea or abdominal pain.

Anaphylactic shock.

As you can see, most of the symptoms listed are on the severe side and will often require the administering of an EpiPen to alleviate the symptoms. If these adverse effects are part of your daily life, a test for allergies can be a route to a better, less stressful and healthier life.

Common Triggers

There are many foods that can be associated with food allergies and whilst there is no definitive list, there is a group that make up most cases.

They are:

● Cow’s Milk. (particularly prevalent in very young children, when they’re exposed to it)

● Eggs.

● Peanuts.

● Wheat.

● Shellfish.

● Tree Nuts.

● Fish.

● Soy.

A test for allergies from the Lifelab Testing team checks for all of these and up to 17 other key food allergy triggers. Without wanting to fearmonger in any way, a severe food allergy can develop at any time of your life and left undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to unconsciousness, coma or even death.

If you feel any of the symptoms listed above, even mildly, then you need to get yourself diagnosed so that you can take steps to minimise the risk it poses to your health. And with a test for allergies costing from as little as £74.99, we think it’s a bit of a no-brainer. Of course, it’s your prerogative to deal with your health in your own way, but if your life is in any way in danger, being safe is much better than being sorry, as they say.

If you would like to know more about the quick, affordable blood screening services we offer at Lifelab Testing, take a look through our website. There you’ll find everything you need to know, as well as our easy to use LiveChat facility through which you can chat with one of our friendly experts about any questions you might have.

Thanks for reading our blog. Stay safe, stay healthy and we’ll see you again next time.

Are You Fed Up With Just Tolerating Your Food Intolerance?

We all get an upset tummy from time to time and often what we’ve eaten is the cause. Whether it be a hot curry or a chicken salad, sometimes our bodies take exception to the things we eat, with any unpleasant effects passing within a few days. Over time, if your symptoms persist, it could be indicative of a food intolerance, which fortunately can be addressed with a good quality intolerance test. However, what tends to happen is we learn to cope with these adverse effects rather than dealing with them. The question in this instance has to be are you fed up with just tolerating your food intolerance?

A Food Intolerance Test

When you take a food intolerance test, you’re basically taking all of the uncertainty out of the equation, as your blood is screened against a range of different possible triggers. Intolerances occur when the requisite enzymes the body needs to break down certain foods become more and more sparse, leading to the tell-tale signs of bloating, diarrhoea and other unpleasant side effects. 

Age can be another factor at work, as our metabolisms become slower as we get older – something that affords more time for bacteria in the gut to cause issues. At this point, once you’ve spotted the signs, an intolerance test can make the difference between suffering in silence and taking control back.

Common Food Intolerance Issues

Whilst there are no hard and fast rules about what people are and are not intolerant to, the most common tend to be either to lactose or to gluten. The good news is that once you’ve determined where your intolerances lie, you’ll be in a position to remove or reduce the amount of that food that you consume and alleviate your symptoms. The only question remains is how you go about it.

The Elimination Technique

An alternative to the aforementioned intolerance test is the elimination method, which involves getting a rough idea about the food groups that are causing you issues and taking them out of your diet. By slowly reintroducing particular foods back into your routine and seeing if there’s a reaction, you’ll be able to pinpoint your problem areas much more accurately.

The downside to this particular technique is that it can take some time to perfect, particularly as intolerance issues often have to build before manifesting into symptoms – meanwhile, you’re still suffering. Also, it only gives you a vague idea of what exactly you’re intolerant to, so you could be eliminating some of your favourite foods unnecessarily, thinking you have a problem that isn’t there.

Affordable, Quick and Effective

When you purchase a food intolerance test from Lifelab Testing for as little as £99, your blood sample is screened against 40 key food and drink intolerances to really get to the heart of your issues. All that’s needed is a small sample of blood – don’t worry it’s pretty painless – and within just a few days, you’ll have everything you need to know to free yourself from simply having to tolerate your intolerances.

For more information on how to go about getting your intolerance test, take a look through our website. If you have any questions you’d like answering, you can call us Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm on 01332 321892 or via live chat 24/7. Our team is on hand around the clock to help you in any way they can.