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How A Food Intolerance Test Will Help With Your Summer Body

We’ve all got our #BodyGoals as we look towards the summer. Whether it’s a ripped eight pack or just a bit less sagging, you’ve probably accepted the fact that you’re going to have to make some changes to your diet to get the results you’re hoping to achieve by the time the lighter evenings roll around. So you know you need to cut out the processed foods, a few less takeaways and probably cut back on the booze. But did you know that a food intolerance test is absolutely essential if you’re going to achieve your body goals this year? Why? Read on to find out.

Symptoms Of Food Intolerance

When you take a food intolerance test, you’re looking to identify foods that could be causing you symptoms that are holding you back from achieving your dream body but could also be stopping you from achieving your professional and personal goals. Symptoms of food intolerance include:

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  • Bloating – Where are those abs you’ve been working hard for? They’re being hidden by a stomach full of gas caused by foods that provoke digestive distress.
  • Sickness & Diarrhoea – When you are sick or have a severe bout of vomiting & diarrhoea, your body expels large quantities of water, this can lead to water retention when you next consume water which will give the appearance of looking fatter than you actually are.
  • Brain Fog – A food intolerance disrupts sleep which can cause a cumulative fatigue effect which has been called ‘brain fog’. This can have serious adverse effects on both your personal and professional life as you struggle to balance home and work lives.

These symptoms can all contribute to your ability to perform the exercises necessary to achieve the body of your dreams, but also mask the results of all your hard work. Taking a food intolerance test can help you identify the foods that are causing you these symptoms.

Food Intolerance Test & Elimination Diet

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So, you know you need to take a food intolerance test, but how exactly do you do this? You can find a test suited to your budget here. Using a small blood sample taken by you in the comfort of your own home, we test you against over 40 common food intolerances to find your unique intolerance profile. Using this knowledge of your personal intolerances, you can perform an elimination diet where you remove your problem foods from your diet before gradually reintroducing them once your tolerance level is reset. As part of your results, you will receive advice on how best to perform an elimination diet to ensure you get the maximum effect.

Allergy Test: Your New Year’s Resolution Secret Weapon

A study found that, by the second weekend of January, most people have given up on their New Year’s resolution. The failure to see the results they’re looking for just proves too disheartening and its time to fall face-first into a large pizza. We go again next year, right?

No! 2021 is our year, and the reason is that we’re taking an allergy test.

But what’s an allergy test got to do with anything? Well, when you’re turning over a new, healthier leaf, there are specific health outcomes you’re looking to achieve. You want to look slimmer, and you want to feel fitter. What if we tell you that food intolerance or allergy is getting in the way of both of these? Read on to see why an allergy test could make this the year the resolution succeeds.

Weight Loss

Salads, soups, juices, meal replacement shakes. You’ve tried them all, but you still have that muffin top creeping over the top of your jeans. It’s disheartening, right? What’s the point in being so strict if you’re still going to have that belly. Well, what if we told you that the foods you’re eating might be masking the progress you’re making on your diet?

When you eat a food to which you’re intolerant, it is likely to cause digestive irritation which slows foods progress through your system, this means the food spends more time being broken down by enzymes leading to an increase in the gas produced during digestion. This gas then stays within the stomach, which leads to bloating. By taking an intolerance and allergy test, you can identify the foods which may be making your stomach seem artificially large.

Fitness

You’ve bought the running shoes, you’ve created your inspirational running playlist, and you’re ready to go full Mo Farah. But you’ve been running for a few weeks now, and you’re still struggling for breath five minutes in. The first temptation is to think you’re still unfit, right? It’s going to take forever to enjoy running, and you can’t be bothered to stick it out.

Have you ever stopped to consider that your tight chest, difficulty breathing and a general feeling of unfitness may be down to the symptoms of an allergy? When you have an allergic reaction, inflammation can occur, meaning the narrowing of the airways, making it hard to get enough oxygen into your lungs. By taking an allergy test, you can take the necessary steps to resolve these symptoms and get back on the running track.

 We have an allergy test to suit all budgets, find yours today.

Achieve The Body Of Your Dreams In The Comfort of Your Home.

Every journey has a first step, and the destination can seem like a distant dream. You may even see someone who has achieved exactly what it is you’re looking to do and wonder how they got it so easily. But, the truth is, they won’t have got it easily. They will, at some point, have found themselves in the exact same position that you are now; casting envious glances at someone else. The one thing you all have in common is where you are now. The beginning. The potential difference could be whether you choose to start that journey.

It can seem intimidating to walk into a gym as a beginner. Surrounded by people further along the journey than you, lifting weights or doing exercises that just seem totally beyond your capabilities. This is, likely, the reason that many newbies are turning to the home workout. Being able to work out in your own living room, without the pressure of watching eyes, is a great way to begin your fitness journey. You can build up base strength that will enable you to make the step up to the gym when you feel ready.

To help you take that first step forward, we’ve put together this full-body workout you can perform at home. All you’ll need is a relatively heavy object to help you complete a couple of the exercises. These five exercises are specially selected ensure each major muscle group is worked on.

Squats (Core, Legs, Lower Back)

Standing with legs slightly outside shoulder-width, slowly lower your bottom to the ground while keeping a straight back. Bring the movement down as far as you feel comfortable doing before slowly returning to a standing position. The slower you do this movement, the more muscle activation you will experience. Repeat this movement for three sets of 12 reps.

Press Ups (Chest & Triceps)

Start in a straight-armed plank position. Slowly lower your upper body to the ground until your upper arm becomes parallel with the ground. Once you reach this position, pause for two seconds before slowly pushing through the chest to bring yourself back to the starting position. Repeat this movement for three sets to failure (the point where you can no longer perform the exercise)

Bicep Curl (Bicep)

To exercise the other part of your upper arm, grab a can of food and hold it by your side with your palm facing forwards. Now, slowly bring the can up towards your shoulder in an arching motion until you reach the peak of your range. Here, squeeze the bicep muscle before slowly lowering the can back to the starting position. Repeat this motion for three sets of 12 reps.

Single-Arm Dumbbell Row (Upper Back)

From a standing position, take a long step forward with one foot and put one hand on the front knee. With the other hand, take the can and slowly pull it in towards your midriff using your back muscles. Then stretch the back muscles to force the can back downwards towards the ground. Repeat this exercise for three sets of 12 reps.

Bodyweight Squats

Sets: 3

Repetitions: 12

Starting in a standing position, feet planted firmly, shoulder width apart. Stretch your arms out straight in front of you and, maintaining a straight back lower your bum to the ground. Once you reach a point where you can no longer lower, hold the position for a second, then slowly return to the standing position. Keep tempo slow to ensure the muscles are being maximally activated.

Press-Ups

Sets: 3

Repetitions: Until you can no longer perform the movement with correct form

Starting in a plank position with arms straightened, slowly lower your body towards the ground, being sure to keep your back and legs straight. Stop when your upper arm becomes parallel with the ground. Hold this position for 1 second before pushing through your chest to return your body to the point where arms are only slightly bent.

Bicep Curl

Sets: 3

Repetitions: 12

For this one, grab your weighted object in one hand, hold it down by your side with your palm facing forwards. Now, using the bicep, draw the weight upwards in an arc towards your shoulder. Once you reach the peak of the movement (where you can bend your arm upwards no further), tense your bicep muscle. Then release the squeeze and follow the upwards arc back down towards your side.

Bent Over Row

Sets: 3

Repetitions: 12

Take the weighted item in both hands and bend over at the hip so that your back is at a 45 degree angle to the ground. Extend your arms down towards the ground with the weight in your hands, slowly bring the weight upwards towards your midriff taking your arms past parallel and squeeze your back as if you’re trying to pinch a pen between your back muscles. Hold for a second then slowly lower the weight back to the ground.

Importance of allergy testing

Before embarking on a new diet or exercise routine, you should consider allergy testing. Allergy testing will help you identify any substances which could cause symptoms which may make it incredibly challenging to perform the above exercises. Allergy symptoms include wheezing and shortness of breath which make exercise difficult. We offer allergy testing to suit all budgets.

Survival of the Fittest star, Georgia Cole’s bloating battle

Like an estimated 86% of the UK female population, Georgia Cole, 25 has been suffering with painful stomach bloating and extreme stomach cramps and she couldn’t get to the bottom of why it was happening to her. Georgia starred in ITV’s latest hit Survival of the Fittest which pit a team of girls against boys in various challenges to see who came out on top, but Georgia kept her reoccurring pain a secret as she battled through week on week.

‘I was losing hope, thinking that this was what I would have to put up with for life’

– Georgia Cole

Georgia went to the hospital 3 times to try to stop her bloating but wasn’t given any answers, ‘I was losing hope, thinking that this was what I would have to put up with for life’. Luckily, she found the Lifelab Testing website which gave her information on how her stomach bloating and cramps could be being caused by reactions to foods that she has allergies or intolerances to.

After reading about the four tests, Georgia chose the Lifelab Testing Complete Body test which tests for 40 of the most common allergens, and 80 of the most common foods she could be intolerant to, which includes fruits, vegetables, dairy and gluten. The test kit was sent to her door only a few days later, and she began the process to getting healthy.

Making sure to pose for a quick photo, Georgia opened the kit and took a small blood sample using the easy to understand instructions and filled out a short registration at www.lifelabtesting.com before putting the kit in the post with the freepost returns envelope.

And her results are in…

Once the blood sample arrived at the testing centre, our qualified and experienced specialists began preparing her results. These were then uploaded into Georgia’s ‘My Lifelab’ area for her to download and read when she was ready. The report contains a full introduction to her results, before providing colour-coded results to help Georgia understand her body.

Georgia read through her results and noticed that she had food sensitivities to lactose and gluten, which she feels explains a lot of her stomach bloating pain. She got in touch with the LiveChat team to arrange a one-to-one consultation with our qualified nutritionists which helped her to create an elimination diet and she is already feeling better, without any painful stomach bloating or extreme stomach cramps.

If you’re suffering from regular pain without any sign of what’s causing it, it could be an undiagnosed food allergy or intolerance. Find out now with an easy to understand Lifelab Testing kit delivered to your door.

Click here if you need information and advice on keeping your kids safe from food allergies as they return to school.

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.