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The 7 worst Yeast Intolerance Symptoms

Yeast is a very common ingredient in foods and drinks we regularly consume. Brewers and bakers deal with yeast the majority of the time. Having a yeast intolerance means keeping away from some baked goods and beers. However, yeast intolerance isn’t too common. Yeast intolerance mostly stays in the gastrointestinal tract causing digestive issues. But if you suffer from general body pain, hives, or anaphylactic shock after consuming a food or drink that contains yeast, then you might be suffering from a yeast allergy.

1-2% of adults worldwide experience yeast intolerance or allergy, according to studies. The number climbs above 20% if you consider the children. [1] If you’re among those 140 million people, things won’t be easy for you, but thankfully, little management can go a long way.

Yeast intolerance symptoms are similar to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Due to this, many medical practitioners often confuse the two, and misdiagnoses can prove very unhealthy as the quality of life keeps on depreciating. You can read “How to avoid Yeast’ to know more about IBS symptoms.

What Is Yeast Intolerance?

Yeast is a fungus that is actively used around the globe and is responsible for foods we love, including baked ones, yoghurt, and wine! Even though we use yeast in food, yeast is also naturally found in the human body.

Yeast naturally found in the body is known as candida. Usually, other microorganisms keep candida in check to prevent it from overgrowing or being imbalanced. However, using antibiotics or other lifestyle changes can result in an imbalance causing candida to grow either in the throat, vagina, skin, or gut. In some rare cases, it can affect internal organs. When candida overgrowth occurs, it leads to yeast infection.

Yeast intolerance refers to the antibody Immunoglobulin G or IgG production when exposed to yeast. On the other hand, if you’re allergic to yeast, the immune system produces Immunoglobulin E or IgE antibodies that trigger a much more violent response [2].

Generally, yeast intolerance, like other food sensitivities, can disappear over time even without mediation but knowing your intolerance is necessary to contain it better and limit its harmful effects. If you have a yeast intolerance or yeast allergy, you might also experience a reaction to other fungi like mould. If you have a fungi allergy, avoid eating foods with mould, yeast, and any that involve fungi production.

7 Worst Yeast Intolerance Symptoms

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Different people experience different kinds of yeast intolerance symptoms. Where one might be experiencing unexplained weight gain, others might have skin complaints like eczema, itch, or even rashes.

If you suspect that you might have yeast intolerance, then discussing it with a medical professional is the best course of action. Some of the most common yeast intolerance symptoms include:

  1. Bloating
  2. Breathing difficulties
  3. Joint pain
  4. Dizziness
  5. Rashes
  6. Migraine
  7. Lethargy

While these symptoms are common and easy to detect, continued exposure to yeast and refusal to discontinue usage can lead to worse symptoms, including

  • Uncontrollable Itch
  • Rapidly spreading eczema
  • Severe Anxiety, often leading to depression
  • Chronic sinusitis

At first glance, one might confuse the yeast intolerance symptoms with that of IBS, and if you do that, you’re not alone. Even seasoned medical professionals have been found guilty of misdiagnosis. 

Coming in contact with yeast can lead to skin issues like rashes and uncontrollable itches that can last for hours. These symptoms can flare up upon yeast consumption, in which case the gut can experience excessive wind production as the body isn’t able to neutralize it.

In addition, you can also experience chronic headaches, persistent sinusitis (stuffy nose and airways across the year), or migraines that negatively affect the quality of your life.

Some people experience symptoms like redness and blotchy skin after consuming alcohol or alcoholic beverages. It is a misconception that this is due to yeast intolerance, which it isn’t. This common rash is an allergy-like reaction (typically not a true allergy) to other substances in the drink like sulphur dioxide. Sulphur dioxide often causes an allergy-like reaction, and it’s good to look out for it since it’s not only used in alcoholic beverages only but foods containing wheat as a preservative. When looking out for a yeast intolerance, cancel out rashes.

Because of the close resemblance of most intolerance or allergy symptoms, the conclusive evidence for diagnosing a yeast intolerance is the intolerance test.

How Can I Diagnose Yeast Intolerance?

A simple blood sample can help diagnose yeast intolerance alongside many other allergies or intolerances that you may have. Knowing your allergies and intolerances enables you to manage them effectively and keep yourself and others around you safe. Order an intolerance test kit online to help you rule out yeast intolerance and other common ones. Ordering online is simple since you don’t have to waste time going to your doctor’s office, and the kit comes in your mail a few days later. All you’ll do then is read through the instructions and send back your sample to the lab for analysis. You will then get the results in a week’s time.

Simple actions like cutting back on wine consumption and reducing the intake of yeast-rich foods like yoghurt can go a long way in ensuring that your body stays in optimal shape and health. Don’t keep indulging in yeast-rich foods and drinks if you’re intolerant since it will damage your intestine walls leading to a lack of nutrient absorption. If you aren’t sure how to substitute your favourite beverages and meals, talk to your doctor or nutritionist on the best way forward. A professional will help you replace the things you love containing yeast with similar yummy foods but without the yeast.

Conclusion

An undiagnosed Yeast intolerance is dangerous. If you continue to leave it in your diet you could see increased cases of thrush, bloating and lethargy, but in extreme circumstances, stomach ulcers and digestive issues.

Lifelab Testing offer a range of affordable tests that can help to point you in the direction of a yeast intolerance, which gives you the ability to change your diet, cut out the risks and change your life.

About the Author

Written and edited by Dr Enzo Fornari PhD, MSc trained as Scientific Researcher in the field of Pharmaceutical Science, Biophysics. The early years of his career were spent developing novel assays for the analysis of physical properties and aggregation of micronized material (APIs and human proteins), using Advanced Microscopy (AFM, Electronic and Optical Microscopies) working in collaboration with industrial partners (GSK, GMP Material Science, Novozymes).

His passion then progressed into product development and in 2017 he joined to group of I-SMART material in Nottingham Trent working on the design, development, and characterisation of nanotechnologies for in-vitro medical devices. Multiple applications were explored in the field of tissue engineering (spinal cord Injury) and medical diagnostics (3D retina, in vitro Parkinson studies). Find more about Dr Fornari and the team here.

References

  1. C.J Tuck, J. R. Biesiekierski, P. Schmid-Grendelmeier and D. Pohl, “Food Intolerances,” Nutrients, 2019.
  2. Platts-Mills, T. Schuyler, A. J. Erwin, E. A. Commins and S. P. &. W. J. A., “IgE in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disease,” The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology, pp. 1662-1670, 2016.

Where To Get An Intolerance Testing Kit

Bloating, nausea, fatigue – there are all kinds of symptoms you might experience if you’re living with an intolerance. Not only can these sensations be incredibly uncomfortable, but they can also be dangerous if your intolerance is severe.

Unidentified intolerances can lead to conditions such as nutrient deficiencies and even an irritated gut. That means it’s crucial to get an intolerance testing kit as soon as you can, if you’re experiencing symptoms. But where can you find one that’s quick, easy and reliable?

At Lifelab Testing, we offer intolerance testing kits that contain everything you need to take a small blood sample in the comfort of your home. Learn more about our simple test kits below.

Basic intolerance testing kit

Do you suspect you know what’s to blame for your symptoms? If you’ve noticed that you consistently feel discomfort a couple of hours after eating a potential allergen (for example, gluten, dairy or milk), our basic intolerance testing kit is for you.

The basic kit can test for 40 common food and drink intolerances, is easy-to-use and delivered direct to your door. All you need to do is follow the instructions to take a quick skin-prick blood test at home, before sending it back to our scientists using the prepaid packaging provided.

Our team will analyse your sample, searching for an antibody known as IgG4. This is produced by your immune system every time you eat something that sparks your intolerance. A high presence of IgG4 will help us identify the substance that’s causing your problems.

Complete intolerance testing kit

Alternatively, you may have no idea what’s causing your symptoms. Almost anything can spark a food intolerance, so don’t give up if you’ve ruled out the common antigens such as gluten and lactose.

Our complete intolerance testing kit can identify 160 key food and drink intolerances in just one sample. This makes it a lot quicker and easier than other methods of diagnosis, such as the elimination method. Imagine trying to cut out 160 different foods in turn!

Once you’ve taken your test and received your results, our complete test also gives you access to a free 30-minute consultation with a qualified nutritionist. They will be able to guide you through the results of your test and advise you on any dietary steps to take in the future.

Order your intolerance testing kit

If you suspect you have a food intolerance, it’s important to find out for sure to prevent the problem from getting worse. Our certified team promise 100% accurate results or your money back. So what are you waiting for? Order your intolerance test from Lifelab Testing today.

The Difference Between Hay Fever and Covid

A few years ago, a sore throat, sudden loss of smell or wheezy cough might not have worried you. But as scientists continue to discover potential symptoms of coronavirus, the smallest sensation can now cause serious anxiety – and this could get even worse with hay fever season fast approaching.

From headaches to fatigue, there is a considerable overlap between the symptoms of hay fever and COVID-19. If you’ve noticed unusual symptoms but have received a negative covid test, hay fever testing could be the best way forward.  

In this blog post, we’ll share some key hay fever symptoms and explain how our complete body test could help you tell the difference between hay fever and COVID-19, and take control of your health.

What are the symptoms of hay fever?

We’re probably all familiar with the typical hay fever symptoms: a runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. But did you know there are a number of other hay fever symptoms that you may have overlooked? According to the NHS, these include:

  • Loss of smell
  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Blocked nose
  • Itchy throat, mouth, nose or ears

Several of these have also been identified as potential covid symptoms, so it’s important to get a reliable covid test first. But once that’s been ruled out, you may be wondering whether pollen is to blame for your discomfort.

How does hay fever testing work?

At Lifelab, our complete body allergy test will test for 40 different allergies. And it’s not just food and drink allergies we can identify. By testing a small sample of your blood, we can test for pollen-related antibodies that could indicate you have hay fever – i.e. an allergy to pollen.

If your symptoms are noticeably worse around certain plants, such as cut grass or crops in a field, you may already suspect that you have hay fever

Hay fever season is typically between late March and September as this is when the pollen count is highest. However, some people experience symptoms all year-round, so don’t wait until September for the sneezing to go away!

With a reliable hay fever test, you can get to the bottom of the problem and start managing your symptoms as soon as possible.

Order your complete body test today

With Lifelab Testing, you can find out whether you’re suffering from hay fever once and for all. Order your complete body test online to get fast and reliable answers from the comfort of your own home.

How Easy Is Testing For Food Allergies?

If you think you may have a food allergy, you’re not alone. According to research from NARF (the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation), the number of Brits with allergies is increasing by 5% every year. It’s important to find out whether you’re one of them – but how easy is testing for food allergies?

You may have heard about expensive clinics or complex hair tissue mineral analysis (hTMA). However, the good news is that testing for food allergies can be quick, easy and cost-effective. That means when you buy a food allergy test from Lifelab, there’s no need to tear your hair out – quite literally.

Read on to find out how easy it is to use our home allergy test kits.

What allergy tests do we offer?

At Lifelab Testing, we offer two allergy kits that make testing for food allergies easy. Both of these will test a small sample of your blood, checking for antibodies that could indicate you’ve had an allergic reaction.

If you have a strong suspicion about which allergen is causing your symptoms, opt for the basic allergy test. This kits tests for 35 known food and drink allergens. If you’re not sure what’s causing your symptoms or suspect it could be something more obscure, our complete body test will give you the answers you need.

How to use our food allergy tests

Once you’ve received your chosen test in the post, you can start using your kit. Each kit contains everything you need to safely take a small blood sample at home:

In response, your system releases a different type of immunoglobin known as IgG4. This can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, usually gastric issues such as bloating, nausea or diarrhoea.

  • 1 alcohol wipe
  • 1 plaster
  • 1 gauze pad
  • 1 transport tube
  • 1 blood sampling tube
  • 1 prepaid return envelope
  • 1 activation card
  • 2 lancets

Following the instructions in the test box, all you need to do is take a small blood sample and package it safely using the freepost packaging provided. Once we’ve received your sample, our certified technicians will turn your blood into plasma, making it easy to test for any antibodies.

What happens next?

The results of your blood test will be uploaded to your online customer account where you can download them securely. If you ordered a complete body test, you’ll also receive a free 30-minute consultation with a qualified nutritionist. They will be able to answer any of your questions and help you make informed, healthy decisions about your diet.

Order your food allergy test today!

Whether you suspect you’re suffering from an allergy or an intolerance, it’s important to get to the bottom of your problem. Order your simple home test kit from Lifelab Testing today and enjoy 100% accurate answers or your money back.

Allergy vs Intolerance

In the UK, allergies and intolerances are both a common problem – and the number of cases is increasing year on year. But if you’ve noticed uncomfortable symptoms after eating particular foods, it can be difficult to work out which condition you’re experiencing.  

So, allergy vs intolerance – what’s the difference? And how can you discover what’s causing your symptoms? In this blog post, we’ll explain the difference between an allergy and intolerance and how our tests can help you take control of your diet.

What is an allergy?

If you’re suffering from an allergy, it means your body experiences an allergic reaction in response to certain substances (known as allergens). Your immune system perceives the substance as a hazard and responds by releasing proteins called IgE immunoglobins.

These proteins increase your body’s secretion of histamines – a chemical that triggers an allergic reaction. This can result in symptoms such as vomiting, hives, swelling or itching.

An allergic response often starts a few minutes after you’ve eaten an allergen. However, in rare cases, it can take a couple of hours for your symptoms to appear.

What is an intolerance?

The main difference between an allergy vs an intolerance is the fact that an intolerance isn’t an immune response. If you’re intolerant to certain foods, it means that your body finds it difficult to break them down and digest them.

In response, your system releases a different type of immunoglobin known as IgG4. This can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, usually gastric issues such as bloating, nausea or diarrhoea.

There’s also evidence that certain intolerances can induce a range of other symptoms, including headaches and fatigue. Although research is ongoing, there also seems to be the link between gluten intolerance and inflammation.

Unlike allergies, intolerances are almost never life-threatening.

How do I find out which I have?

At Lifelab Testing, we offer a range of home allergy and intolerance tests. Our range of allergy tests will look for raised levels of IgE in your blood, while our intolerance tests will identify IgG4.

If you’re not sure whether you have an allergy or an intolerance, our complete body test can diagnose 40 different allergies and 80 intolerances. This test will search for both IgE and IgG4, arming you with the information you need to make confident decisions about your diet.  

Order your home test kit today!

Whether you suspect you’re suffering from an allergy or an intolerance, it’s important to get to the bottom of your problem. Order your simple home test kit from Lifelab Testing today and enjoy 100% accurate answers or your money back.

Should You Cut Out Bread To Stop Bloating?

Have you ever felt bloated after eating foods such as bread, pasta, or cereal? If so, you’re not alone. Thousands of people around the UK are wheat intolerant (also known as wheat sensitive), with many reporting symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain.

In recent years, the number of people choosing to cut foods such as wheat and gluten out of their diets has increased. And it’s not just bread that can cause problems. From meat and dairy to soya and nuts, there are many other foods that can give people bad reactions.

In this blog post, we’ll be exploring some of the most common food intolerances and the symptoms they can cause. 

Wheat Products

bread

Wheat sensitivity occurs when someone finds it difficult to digest wheat products. Although researchers aren’t sure why some people struggle to digest wheat, it’s thought they could lack a necessary enzyme in their digestive tract, resulting in abdominal issues such as bloating and discomfort.

If you’ve noticed that your stomach bloats after you’ve eaten bread or other wheat products, cutting these foods out of your diet could help. This is known as the elimination method and it can be an effective way to diagnose intolerances if you think you know what’s causing your issue.

If your symptoms improve after you’ve stopped eating wheat, it could well be a sign that you’re wheat intolerant.

Dairy Products

In many cases, dairy intolerance is caused because somebody is unable to digest lactose – a sugar that’s present in dairy products such as milk. Lactose intolerance often results in digestive problems including diarrhoea, but there are also a range of other symptoms which could indicate a dairy sensitivity:

  • Skin irritation
  • Respiratory problems such as asthma, snoring, and congestion
  • Headaches and sinus pain
  • Acne

Meat

Meat intolerances aren’t as common as wheat and dairy sensitivities, but the symptoms can be very similar. This means that people who are meat intolerant can often mistake the condition for something else, especially as meat is almost always eaten at the same time as other known allergens.

If you experience problems such as nausea, diarrhoea, bloating, hives or fatigue after eating meat, you could consider taking an intolerance test to find out whether meat is to blame for your symptoms.

Soya

Soya products might be a popular alternative to milk and meat, but they can come with their own host of problems. People who suffer from a soya intolerance could experience bloating, nausea, gas and abdominal pain. For some, these symptoms will be mild enough that they can still consume soya in small doses, for example, in tea or coffee.

Order Your Intolerance Test

Whether you are convinced you’re wheat intolerant or not sure what’s to blame for your symptoms, it’s important to get to the bottom of your condition. If you’re suffering from any of the problems we mentioned above, order your intolerance test from Lifelab Testing today for fast and accurate results.

Symptoms Of Gluten Intolerance Allergy

A sensitivity to gluten is one of the most common food intolerances in the UK, affecting an estimated 13% of people. For some, this sensitivity is so severe that they suffer from a gluten allergy, otherwise known as coeliac disease. For others, their symptoms might be caused by a wheat allergy or milder gluten intolerance.

If you feel uncomfortable a couple of hours after eating gluten products, it’s important to find out which of these conditions you could have – a gluten intolerance, wheat allergy, or coeliac disease.

In this blog post, we’ve compiled a list of the most common symptoms for each condition. Telling the difference between these conditions can be difficult without a complete body test, but knowing the key symptoms is the best place to start.

Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance, or non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), occurs when somebody is unable to digest gluten properly but isn’t allergic. Scientists aren’t sure what causes this condition yet, but some of the most common symptoms are as follows:

  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and abdominal pain
  • Fatigue

Symptoms of Wheat Allergy

People suffering from a wheat allergy have an abnormal immune response to the proteins that are present in wheat (including gluten). Some sufferers are able to eat other grains such as barley, while others choose to avoid all grains. Common symptoms of a wheat allergy include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea
  • Hives and an itchy rash
  • Congestion of the nose and difficulty breathing
  • Irritation of the mouth, eyes, and throat

Symptoms of Coeliac Disease

Like a wheat allergy, coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition where the body starts to attack itself when it detects gluten. According to Coeliac UK, around 1% of the British population has the disease but only 30% are ever diagnosed – meaning that thousands of people are battling symptoms without knowing the cause.

If you’re one of them, these are the symptoms to watch out for:

  • Digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea and constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Anaemia (iron deficiency)
  • Irregular menstruation

Order Your Test From Lifelab Today

Sensitivity to wheat and gluten can cause serious problems, whether you’re suffering from an intolerance or an allergy. If you’re battling any of the symptoms we’ve mentioned above, find out the root cause by ordering a conclusive test from Lifelab today.

Is There A Food Intolerance Test?

Food intolerances can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms. From nausea and bloating to skin rashes and itching, people suffering from intolerances will typically experience discomfort a couple of hours after eating. If that sounds like you, it’s important to get to the bottom of the problem as soon as you can. You’ve probably heard of an allergy test – but is there such a thing as food intolerance testing?

The good news is the answer is yes. At Lifelab Testing, we offer two different food intolerance tests depending on your symptoms. Although some people recommend that you systematically cut foods out of your diet to identify the culprit (often known as the elimination diet), this isn’t always effective – especially if your intolerance is more obscure.

To find out how our tests work and what’s involved, discover our range of food intolerance test kits below.

Basic Intolerance Test

egg on toast

Able to test for 40 common food and drink intolerances, our basic intolerance test is a great choice if you suspect you know what’s causing your reaction.

When you order this test, your easy-to-use blood sampling kit will arrive within 1-3 business days. The kit contains everything you need to take a small blood sample quickly and safely at home, before sending it back to our scientists free of charge.

The Lifelab team will then test your sample for an antibody known as IgG4. This is part of the Immunoglobin G subclass of antibodies that your immune systems releases as a response to food antigens. If we discover a raised level of IgG4 in your blood, this will indicate that your body is intolerant of certain food groups.

Complete Intolerance Test

Not sure what’s causing your symptoms? If your reaction is delayed and you have no idea what’s behind it, our complete intolerance test can help. Testing for 160 food and drink intolerances, this kit will identify even the most obscure sensitivities that you could easily miss when trying the elimination diet.  

Once you’ve received your results, our complete test also entitles you to a follow-up appointment with a qualified nutritional therapist. They will be able to answer any questions you have and discuss any dietary changes you may need to make in the future.

Order Your Food Intolerance Test Today

Whatever your symptoms, you deserve to know what’s causing them for sure. Available with free UK delivery, our intolerance test kits are the quickest and easiest way to take control of your diet and reduce the chance of symptoms going forward. 

Eating disorders: The negative effects of an elimination diet

Since the start of the pandemic (Covid-19), we have seen how this challenging time is continually influencing our day-to-day life.  Recently on our previous blog, we have explained how symptoms for covid-19 and allergies can be easily misinterpreted, causing people fear and anxiety. Read more about the difference in symptoms here.

A recent work published on the International Journal of Eating Disorders showed how covid‐19 epidemic significantly impacted on eating disorders, both in terms of post‐traumatic symptomatology and interference with the recovery process(1).

Eating disorders are normally ‘hot topics’, especially for businesses that are working in the sector of health products and alternative tests. We have seen that recently there is also a lot of discussion about how food allergies and intolerances tests can be harmful to people with eating disorders due to the use of restriction diets.

As we are taking this really seriously and we are not afraid to talk about such topics, today we would like to update you on the new research in the field and show you how we are making sure that our tests and our messages are using in the right way to take care of you.

Recent international lab work has demonstrated the risk of developing an eating disorder following the prescription of a diet (which involves the elimination of several foods to reduce dyspeptic symptoms), seems particularly high in adolescents and young women who have a need to feel in control in life (e.g., feeling in control in various aspects life such as school, work, sports or other interests) (2). In this case, the restriction diet is seen as a successful behaviour of control in the context of perceived failure in other areas of life. In addition to that the number of people who call themselves “allergic to food” is on the rise; for the misuse of the term “allergic,” which leads to defining allergic the undesirable effects of drugs, toxic reactions to food, enzymatic deficits (e.g., lactase or sucrase-isomaltose deficiency) and vasomotor reactions to irritants (e.g., citrus or tomato) (3).

This research is showing us that we need to be careful when we are giving people information about the use of allergy and intolerance tests, especially in the case of people with previous eating disorders. Here at Lifelab Testing, we are making sure that our message is loud and clear:

  • Our tests are qualitative tests that can help you understand how your immune system is reacting to foods and environmental allergens. The test results can be considered as a map to take with you into your journey to find a better version of yourself. Before making any changes or take on restrictions it is always better to talk to your medical doctor and consider your medical history. Your doctor will be able to go through the results and combining your medical history, with your symptoms and our test results he will be able to suggest the best treatment.
  • We are helping our customers taking the first step through the consultation of a Nutritional Therapist. The Nutritional Therapist will collect as much information as possible before suggesting if an elimination diet could be used to help to manage some symptoms. The elimination diet is always followed by a reintroduction diet. Reintroducing those triggered foods will help understand how they are impacting your symptom, sometimes a reduction in the intake of foods can improve or eliminate some symptoms; this is the reason why we are never suggesting eliminating any food in your diet for a long period of time unless you suffer from severe reactions. Never take an elimination diet without the consultation of a qualified nutritional therapist or medical doctor. This can be dangerous for your health and your medical history is a big part in the diagnosis. Our job is to give our customers tools to help them put all the pieces together with the supervision of a qualified nutritional therapist or medical doctor.

Please be careful and take care during these challenging times. If you need any further help, please don’t hesitate to contact us or use specialised support out there. Remember we are in it together and we will get through together.

Written and edited by Dr Enzo Fornari PhD, MSc trained as Scientific Researcher in the field of Pharmaceutical Science, Biophysics ”

References:

  1. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/eat.23368
  2. https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/eating-disorders-the-facts/202011/false-food-allergy-and-intolerance-in-eating-disorders
  3. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1398-9995.2005.00875.x

What Food Intolerance Tests Are Available in the UK?

Around one-third of adults in the UK believe they might have a food intolerance. From gluten and wheat to eggs and dairy, there are many different foods which can cause problems in our diets – but how can you be sure which one is to blame?

If you suspect you could be suffering from a food intolerance, it’s important to take a food intolerance test which will let you know for sure. However, with so many tests on the market, it can be difficult to find the right one for you.

In this blog post, we’ll explain the different types of food intolerance test in the UK.

lab test

Basic Intolerance Test

Do you experience issues after eating a certain food? Our basic intolerance test is a great choice for people who think they already know which ingredient could be to blame for their symptoms.

To take this test, we’ll send you a simple blood sampling kit in the post. This contains all the equipment you need to take a blood sample at home, before packaging it and sending it to the team at our certified Lifelab Testing laboratory.

Our scientists will test your sample for an antibody known as IgG4. IgG4 is part of the Immunoglobin G subclass of antibodies, which are released by the immune system as a response to food antigens. As a result, a raised level of IgG4 in your blood could indicate that your body is intolerant of certain food groups.

Complete Intolerance Test

A complete intolerance test is a great choice if your reactions are delayed and you’re not sure what’s causing them. This kit will test you for 160 different food and drink intolerances, helping you narrow down the ones that affect you.

How do I order a food intolerance test?

At Lifelab Testing, it’s quick and easy to order the right food intolerance test for you. You can purchase your kit online and receive it within 1-3 business days. Once you’ve taken your sample, simply package it again following the instructions and send it back via freepost.

We’re proud to offer a complete postal tracking service on all of our UK kits. This means you can send off your sample in confidence, knowing you’ll receive your comprehensive, scientific results in less than one week.

If you think you need a food intolerance test UK, don’t wait for the problem to get worse. Our kits will get to the root of the issue, helping you make changes for the better today.