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Five ways an allergy test will change your life

As Francis Bacon once said, “Knowledge is power.” and an allergy test can give you the power to change your life. Once you’re aware of the allergies you suffer from and the effects they’re having on your body and life, you can take the steps necessary towards a healthier lifestyle.

There are many ways allergy testing can change your life; below are five we’ve identified.

1. You can finally enjoy social events

Allergies can hurt your ability to enjoy your social time. Meals can be riddled with ingredients that upset your stomach, going for a coffee can leave you feeling anxious, and bar snacks can leave you struggling for breath. Allergy testing can help you avoid foods that cause these and many other symptoms, empowering you to get the most out of time with friends.

2. Improved workout performance

Allergies can encourage any number of symptoms that impair athletic performance. In some cases, the symptoms, combined with exercise, can be life-threatening. An allergy test can help you identify foods and substances that leave you puffing for breath, long before your muscles feel fatigued, or cutting your workout short to make an unexpected trip to the nearest bathroom. In turn, exercise can help manage the symptoms of an allergy.

man running on treadmill

3. Improved cognitive function

Brain fog leaves you unable to focus on even the simplest of tasks and certainly far short of being able to deliver your best work. Allergies can cause inflammation which affects sleep patterns leaving you in a state of sleepy wakefulness. This can have a real impact on your working and social life as essential tasks can take twice as long. Allergy testing can help identify potential causing factors that you can eliminate from your diet or life, helping clear your mind and allow you to focus entirely on the tasks at hand.

4. Improved mood

Studies have found that allergies can have mental effects as well as physical. Allergy induced fatigue can lead to depression and anxiety as sufferers struggle to get quality sleep. Depression has been shown to be twice as common amongst allergy sufferers than the general population. Identifying the culprit using allergy testing can help combat depression and lift your mood.

5. Improved sleep quality

There are a significant number of effectors on sleep and eliminating them one by one will lead to enhanced rest. Amongst the things that can have an impact on sleep is an allergy. Sleep is the time your brain uses to recuperate and restore damaged cells. To do this, your brain requires a steady flow of oxygen which can be in short supply when an allergic reaction inflames nasal passages. 

 To begin your life-changing journey, you can take one of our allergy tests today to eliminate your culprit.

5 Steps to Take in the Battle Against Food Allergies

It’s a big deal in everyone’s life: Going back to school. It can feel even bigger if you do not have an allergy plan ahead of you!

However, it can sometimes feel even worse if you are suffering from food allergies. You must be super organised, but you can find out below how to best prepare your child for dealing with food allergies

1) You need to have a plan

Make your allergy plan a priority. You can consult either your doctor or health professional who will be able to sign this off for you. Make sure your staff and faculty at your school are aware of your food allergies, and that they know about your plan.

2) Make sure you discuss eating areas and accommodation

You need to be accommodated for if you have a food allergy. The chefs at the school, or if you are taking a packed lunch, people need to be aware of your allergies. Some children are not always aware of the danger of food allergies and intolerances, but teachers should be focused and observant. If you have an allergy plan, make sure they stick to it.

3) Talk to people

Food allergy specialists are an excellent resource. They can help you with advice and ideas on where to sit at lunch (like above), but also how you should approach school trips and adventures. Ensure your school’s big hitters are aware of the allergy guidelines, as well as your allergy plan.

4) Spot and prevent allergy building

We hate to talk about this, but it does happen in schools! In fact, there have been recent stories of children and teachers being attacked for their well-known allergies. There are specific guidelines, which have been developed over in America on how to spot if your child is the target of food allergy bullying. 

5) Make sure you know that your child has an allergy and an allergy plan

You may be reading this wondering what on earth we are going on about. But, living with an undiagnosed or identified food allergy can actually be catastrophic. If not treated or managed correctly, food allergies can leave you feeling unwell and alter your life, or in a worst-case scenario, be potentially life-threatening.

For more information on allergy testing and identifying exactly which items, you or your child should be avoided, check out our blog page! It’s full of hints, tips and advice, all suited to helping you and your family cope with your allergies. Think of an allergy plan after you have discovered your own allergies!

Allergies vs Intolerances: Which one is causing your symptoms?

Our bodies are strange, even at the best of times, and we are still adjusting to it.  When you are looking to get to the bottom of strange symptoms and that general feeling of simply being unwell after you’ve eaten, you’re certainly not alone. Almost everyone suffers from headaches, but not everyone realises that they may be caused by food intolerances or allergies.

When you feel like you’re having strange reactions to food, or experiencing headaches then you may be dealing with food intolerance. 

Unique from a food allergy, a food intolerance doesn’t make you feel like you can’t breathe or give you a rash.  It just means that your body can’t really digest or work with the food, so you start to feel unwell after eating it. Help stop your headaches today with a food intolerance test.

Allergy vs Intolerance

A lot of food intolerances get misdiagnosed as a mild food allergy, or they get missed entirely because they are attributed to other common health issues. A lot of symptoms like headaches are generally caused by other health causes.

That’s why food intolerance testing is so important when you are looking at making sure that you are as healthy as possible.  To break it down into detail, let’s take a look at an allergy and a food intolerance side by side:

  • Allergy: An allergy takes place when your body sees a certain food as attacking the body.  The body then retaliates, resulting in a physical reaction as it fights.
  • Allergies can range from mild to severe.  Common symptoms include rashes, shortness of breath, flushing, hives, and, of course, the dreaded anaphylactic shock that is so common with allergies such as nuts or soy. 
  • Most severe allergies are present at birth but can develop at a later age as well.  Allergies can also vary in terms of their type when exposed to the allergen.  That is, what may be a simply annoying case of hives or itchy eyes and a runny nose one time, maybe shortness of breath and sneezing fit the next time. 
  • Allergies are not always the same severity and should be taken seriously in terms of avoidance.
  • Intolerance:
  • An intolerance is when your body is simply unable to process something that comes into it.  While it doesn’t attack the “intruder” in your body, it does react to it.
  • This reaction’s severity depends on how much of the food that you have.  The less you have, the smaller the reaction.  Common symptoms include fatigue (especially after eating), a bloated stomach, heartburn, headaches (even migraines) and diarrhoea. 
  • With proper intolerance testing, you can figure out what the trigger food is and avoid it as well as monitor how much causes a reaction so that you can continue eating it in small amounts if preferred.  Common intolerances include wheat intolerance, gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance.

While allergies tend to get all of the fame and glory, understanding the role a food intolerance can play in your life, as well as making sure that you are aware of it and can avoid it, is just as important. 

When you want to get rid of those strange mystery symptoms, as well as those constant headaches, then you can turn to a Lifelab Testing kit. You will then generally feel better and healthier. 

Whether you knew you needed it or not, grab that test and see for yourself just what the results are. If you are not sure which item is causing your variety of symptoms, you can get your hands on our Complete Body Test!

Recording your symptoms after an allergy test

If you have taken an allergy test then you are probably doing an elimination diet. This is when you remove certain foods from your diet which have been highlighted as a food allergy. Fortunately, Lifelab Testing is here to help you with any symptoms that you may be experiencing.

Individual nature of our symptoms

As we are each unique and individual, it is important that you remember how to cope with your individual foods. How a food makes you feel, is not actually how another person may feel (including a member of your family).

Rate your foods at the start

One of our key suggestions is that you need to record and track your symptoms. If you have purchased an allergy test and are doing our 30 days follow up, then you will see that we like to track your symptoms every 7 days.

Patience is key

Sometimes people find that their symptoms often get worse before they have got better. But you must not be surprised if this is the case, as you just need to monitor your symptoms further. An allergy test identifies which foods you probably need to remove from your diet, but please do monitor your symptoms.

Which test would be right for you?

Using our Find the right test tool, we can help point you in the right direction as to which test you need to purchase. Depending on your symptoms, it could be an intolerance or an allergy, but it is important you find out.

If your symptoms are occurring right away after every single moment that you eat food, then it is likely that you have a food allergy. For this, we would point you towards a Basic Allergy Test or a Complete Body Test, and it is so important that you are able to identify which foods are causing you the issue.

If your symptoms are similar to a bloated stomach and other stomach related issues, which sometimes occur up to 72 hours later, then it will be either a Basic Intolerance test or a Complete Intolerance test.

For more information on getting your hands on an intolerance or allergy test, then please log on to www.lifelabtesting.com and order your test now.

Allergy People making a difference

There are so many people looking to make a difference in their lifestyle and diet, but it does not stop there. Allergy testing people are making a difference and spreading the word, so we thought it was time to celebrate their awareness and ability. Look at how we have helped some of our customers to improve their lives, and how they have spread their own awareness.

Chris Jones – Lifelab Testimonial

“My experience was great, particularly as I messed the first one up so getting a second kit was easy.  I was intrigued by the results and have found that reflecting this in my diet has helped my health and well-being. But overall the whole process was easy and I would recommend, in fact, I already have. Thanks!” – Chris wanted to make a change in his life, and he was dedicated to improving his diet. He did this withLifelab Testing and allergy testing kits, and he loved the whole process, recommending it to any others who suffer from food allergies.

Chris Jones loved his Lifelab Testing testimonial

Danielle Lloyd – Spreading the word

We’re absolutely delighted to have helped model and TV star: the AMAZING Danielle Lloyd, kickstart her year in the best way possible by helping her discover her Intolerances with an easy to use at-home Intolerance Test ? Just take a look at what she had to say about her Lifelab Testing experience below! ??

“I’m starting the new year feeling great after finding out what was causing me bloating and pain after eating food, with Lifelab Testing‘s at-home intolerance and allergy testing kit. The results were so good that my son Harry did a test, too, and since changing his diet to gluten free, he hasn’t been in any pain. My results showed I had to cut out eggs, yoghurt and white beans, which I eat regularly as part of a healthy diet, so it’s been a total change but it’s for the better and means I’m not bloating after meals anymore! The test was so easy to do and really thorough as it checks over 159 intolerances, so I knew it’d be a good way of finding out what was causing the pain.”

Danielle Lloyd is spreading the benefits of understanding your allergies and intolerances

Lauren McQueen spreading the news

We are so proud to have helped people cope with their allergies, and with people coming to us and ask how we could help them with their allergies through allergy testing, they wanted to spread the word. Lauren McQueen was another one, check out her testimonial below and also, you can hop over to Instagram to find out more:

I have been struggling with bad breakouts on my skin alongside extreme bloating of my stomach. I contacted Lifelab Testing and purchased their Complete Intolerance Test without any hesitation. I took my blood sample and returned it to Lifelab for testing. Within days, my results were ready in the ‘my account’ section. After I studied my results, I was put in contact with Lifelab Testing’s Nutritional Therapist who helped me to understand my results more and how to structure my diet around this. With this knowledge, I am now aware of what I should eat less of and what to completely avoid.

Lauren shared her experience on her Instagram page, and utilising our nutritional therapists, she was able to improve her health and lifestyle. We are very keen to see people spread the word about allergies and healthy living.

Allergy Testing with Lauren

For more information on allergy testing and finding out about the way people share their experiences with allergy testing, check out www.lifelabtesting.com.

Summer tips for dealing with food allergies and intolerances

As the sun begins to rise earlier and sink later, the leaves flourish and get all green, the unmistakable signs are there that Summer is here. And as the nights close in, we are faced with all the new challenges that less sunlight and the chillier weather brings. That’s right: food allergies and intolerances.

One thing that doesn’t change with the seasons, however, is the problem of food allergies and intolerances, along with the symptoms and misery that they cause. Whilst food intolerance and allergy testing is the first and best step to get to the root causes of any food issues you may have, there are other things that can be done to lessen your food allergy and intolerance symptoms. So, with that in mind, we’ve put together a few Summer tips for coping with food allergy and intolerances.

Hydration

Drinking water is something that we’re often told to do, but not everyone drinks as much during the day as they should. The NHS recommend between six to eight cups of water a day, but many people fall well short of this target. And as much as people might think that fizzy drinks and coffee count towards the required daily fluid intake….unfortunately, they don’t. In fact, fizzy drinks and caffeine are definitely something that you should be looking out for as a cause of your bloated stomach or headache, as they are common food allergies and intolerances. Food allergy and intolerance testing is able to pinpoint the exact nature of the foods your body can’t cope with, but drinking lots of fluid will help flush the toxins out of your system, similar to the way a juice cleanse would, and can really minimise the symptoms you feel, especially when it comes to symptoms similar to constipation, diarrhoea and a bloated stomach.

Exercise

Another important measure that you can take to add to the benefits offered by food intolerance testing, is to really focus on taking a good amount of physical exercise on a regular basis. Whether it be running, walking, cycling or going to the gym, exercise is beneficial in so many ways. It will come as no surprise to anyone that exercise helps you to live healthier lives, but the overall improvement to your body and mind cannot be underestimated. The general physical lethargy and fatigue that can often result from a food allergy or food intolerance can be really helped with regular exercise. Even if it’s just a 10-minute walk around the block, it can help!

Eating Well

Taking that you’re minimising the consumption of the foods you are intolerant to as a given, then you should start eating a healthy, balanced diet. Eating lots of vegetables and including fruit in your diet will boost your immune system and overall levels of health. If your body is getting every nutrient it needs, your body will be able to manage and alleviate the symptoms that you may be experiencing. The foods which are causing you pain will be highlighted on your report, and this may show up through food allergy and intolerance testing which is much more effective.

Get Tested for food allergy and intolerance

Of course, if you aren’t fully in possession of the facts around exactly what foods you’re intolerant to, then food intolerance testing[ is something that you should consider. Not least because you could be unintentionally making your symptoms worse by eating the foods you are mistakenly thinking you’re ok with. At Lifelab Testing, we offer painless, scientific blood screening services, which tests you against 40 of the most common food and drink intolerances.


Discover your extra mile with Lifelab Testing! Learn more about your body and understand what foods could be holding you back, enabling you to live the life you deserve. We believe in helping you at Lifelab, so please do come to us if you are experiencing any symptoms.

Allergies are prominent throughout the UK, with 44% of people suffering from various symptoms to an assortment of allergens. They are everywhere, in our food, our house and even in the garden. It is vital that if you are experiencing any symptoms, then get tested today! It could be that your favourite food is causing you to feel fatigued and bloated, and holding you back from being the real you. Alternatively, when turning up at your friend’s barbecue, you might struggle due to the food you’re eating and the pollen outside. We all love eating outside, but find out today if it is the best thing for you.

Just remember, allergies are everywhere. Work hard to understand exactly what your body is going through, and what it can tolerate.

7 Reasons Why previous Generations Didn’t Suffer

1) They ate more locally sourced seasonal food.

People ate foods bought from local markets and produced in regional farms during the last century because food preservatives were not widely used. The lack of processed food and high levels of fresh items meant diets were rich in vitamins and minerals.

2) Diets and trendy eating habits were only for the rich as the vast majority of the population ate when food was available. 

Celebrity endorsed diets, marketing, calorie counting, and other extreme eating ideas did not reach the masses. This meant they had a healthier metabolism and ate according to their body’s needs and the availability of foods.

3) Most people cooked and ate at home, with food being made from scratch. 

Buying processed food was not an option, and eating out was a rare luxury. Luckily for our grandparents, these habits actually increased their health.

4) Accidently Organic. 

There were no GMO’s and the food was not treated with antibiotics, hormones and additives. People ate close to what we now refer to as ‘organic’ as a matter of course.

5) More of the animal was used. 

Unadulterated animal product consumption included all of the parts of the animal including the bone and organ nutrients. Many foods we now don’t consume or feed to pets were highly prized for their medicinal benefits.

6) Less medication.

The use of prescription medicines was very limited and rarely used for less serious illnesses. Food was often medicine with warming and hydrating soups and broths being an important aspect of recovering from illness.

7) They moved more. 

More exercise and time spent outside helped previous generations. Regular walking was common as personal transport was expensive and public transport not as readily available.