Migraines, Headaches and Food Intolerance

Migraines, Headaches and Food Intolerance

The relationship between Migraines, Headaches, and Food Intolerance.

If you suffer from Migraines or headaches, and have not yet discovered a cause then it is possible that you could be one of the estimated 9 million(1)  adults in the UK with a food intolerance.

These food sensitivities can be very difficult to pinpoint - often a trial and error elimination diet alone can take months before trigger foods are identified, as your migraines could be due to a food you have just eaten, or it could be because of a food you ate earlier in the day, or even one or two days previously.

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The relationship between Migraines, Headaches, and Food Intolerance.

If you suffer from Migraines or headaches, and have not yet discovered a cause then it is possible that you could be one of the estimated 9 million(1)  adults in the UK with a food intolerance.

These food sensitivities can be very difficult to pinpoint - often a trial and error elimination diet alone can take months before trigger foods are identified, as your migraines could be due to a food you have just eaten, or it could be because of a food you ate earlier in the day, or even one or two days previously.

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Smartblood Story - Julia's Migraines

Julia is a market trader, and also studying speech and language therapy. Julia has suffered with regular migraines for over 22 years, and has tried everything to get rid of them, even ice baths!

It wasn't until Julia had a Smartblood food intolerance test recommended to her by one of her friends that she found out that she had raised IgG antibody levels to many dairy products. Replacing these foods with others on the advice of a Smartblood nutritional therapist has made a big difference in Julia's life - her migraines have vanished, and she would recommend a Smartblood test to anybody.

I was getting awful Migraines every week. I took the Smartblood test, changed my diet, and now I don't get Migraines - It's amazing!

Julia

Smartblood could help you identify the cause of your migraines

Smartblood Laboratories are Food Intolerance Specialists. We provide you with an accurate IgG reaction testing service based upon a 45 year old Laboratory method known as ELISA Plate Testing.

By testing a small sample of your blood, we will show you your IgG reactions to 134 food and drink ingredients - if you test positive to any of them then research shows that it is possible that you have a sensitivity to that food type. By eliminating that food type with the help of one of our nutritional therapists you could take control of your Migraines.

Smartblood could help you identify the cause of your migraines

Smartblood Laboratories are Food Intolerance Specialists. We provide you with an accurate IgG reaction testing service based upon a 45 year old Laboratory method known as ELISA Plate Testing.

By testing a small sample of your blood, we will show you your IgG reactions to 134 food and drink ingredients - if you test positive to any of them then research shows that it is possible that you have a sensitivity to that food type. By eliminating that food type with the help of one of our nutritional therapists you could take control of your Migraines.

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Instant Online Results Access

At Smartblood, we know how frustrating it can be waiting for a postal copy of your food intolerance test to arrive, especially if you are keen to know what trigger foods could be responsible for your Migraines or headaches

As soon as full Smartblood programme results have been approved for release by our Laboratory Director you will have secure online access to them through your own personal login. View a summary of all reactive food groups and delve further in with interactive charts for each food or drink section, making it easy to identify possible trigger foods.

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Instant Online Results Access

At Smartblood, we know how frustrating it can be waiting for a postal copy of your food intolerance test to arrive, especially if you are keen to know what trigger foods could be responsible for your Migraines or headaches

As soon as full Smartblood programme results have been approved for release by our Laboratory Director you will have secure online access to them through your own personal login. View a summary of all reactive food groups and delve further in with interactive charts for each food or drink section, making it easy to identify possible trigger foods.

Paper Results Sent - A Professional Report.

To augment the convenience of being able to see your results online immediately, we also send you, by Royal Mail, a high quality results document - this gives a handy summary graph, as well as ten individual sections for each food or drink group that may be responsible for your headaches or migraines. Also provided is a notes section where you can write down any information given to you during your nutritional consultation. 

Paper Results Sent - A Professional Report.

To augment the convenience of being able to see your results online immediately, we also send you, by Royal Mail, a high quality results document - this gives a handy summary graph, as well as ten individual sections for each food or drink group that may be responsible for your headaches or migraines. Also provided is a notes section where you can write down any information given to you during your nutritional consultation. 

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A Consultation with a Registered Nutritional Therapist.

Knowing which trigger foods may be causing your migraines or headaches is only half of the battle when it comes to improving how you feel. That is why, with every full Smartblood Programme, we include a 30 minute consultation with one of our Smartblood Nutritional Therapists.

All of our Nutritional Therapists are registered with the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT) and between them they have helped tens of thousands of people adjust and improve their diet following a positive food intolerance test.

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The science behind the story.

It is well-known that specific foods trigger migraine attacks in some patients. We aimed to investigate the effect of diet restriction, based on IgG antibodies against food antigens on the course of migraine attacks in this randomised, double blind, cross-over, headache-diary based trial on 30 patients diagnosed with migraine without aura. Following a 6-week baseline, IgG antibodies against food antigens were detected by ELISA. Then, the patients were randomised to a 6-week diet either excluding or including specific foods with raised IgG antibodies, individually. . . Summary - Determination of specific IgG to a large number of foods is an ideal tool to detect individually suspected food and enables a modification of nutritional habits in order to prevent chronic inflammation and onset of migraine in sensitised patients. This is the first randomised, cross-over study in migraineurs, showing that diet restriction based on IgG antibodies is an effective strategy in reducing the frequency of migraine attacks.

Alpay, K., Ertaş, M., Orhan, E.K., Üstay, D.K., Lieners, C. and Baykan, B., 2010. Diet restriction in migraine, based on IgG against foods: a clinical double-blind, randomised, cross-over trial. Cephalalgia, 30(7), pp.829-837.

Could a food Intolerance be causing your Migraines or Headaches? Find out now.

If you think that a food intolerance may be responsible for your Migraines or Headaches then we believe that our easy to complete tests could help you. SImply choose either a 1st-step indicator test for a positive/negative result overall or find out all of your food intolerances out at once with the full Smartblood test.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete program that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

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1st Step Test

  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
£19.75Free p&p
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Smartblood Test

  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation
£249.75Free p&p

If you think that a food intolerance may be responsible for your symptoms then we believe that our easy to complete tests could help you. SImply choose either a 1st-step indicator test for a positive/negative result overall or find out all of your food intolerances out at once with the full Smartblood test.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete program that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

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1st Step Test

£19.75
  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
Image

Smartblood Test

£249.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation
Image

1st Step Test

£19.75
  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
Image

Smartblood Test

£249.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation

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(1) The figure is based upon research from Zopf, Yurdagül et al. “The Differential Diagnosis of Food Intolerance.” Deutsches Ärzteblatt International 106.21 (2009): 359–370. PMC -  which calculates that 18% of those in Industrialised nations are estimated to have a  food intolerance and extrapolated against UK census data showing a population of 51,767,543 aged 18+ in the UK. Further research can be viewed on our Scientific Studies Page.

* Smartblood define food intolerance as a food or drink specific IgG antibody reaction.

Smartblood do not claim or attempt to claim to diagnose medical conditions, or cure or treat medical conditions. Our Doctors recommend that you speak with your own GP if you have any medical concerns as typical food intolerance symptoms could also have other causes.

Legal Links

(1) The figure is based upon research from Zopf, Yurdagül et al. “The Differential Diagnosis of Food Intolerance.” Deutsches Ärzteblatt International 106.21 (2009): 359–370. PMC -  which calculates that 18% of those in Industrialised nations are estimated to have a  food intolerance and extrapolated against UK census data showing a population of 51,767,543 aged 18+ in the UK. Further research can be viewed on our Scientific Studies Page.

* Smartblood define food intolerance as a food or drink specific IgG antibody reaction.

Smartblood do not claim or attempt to claim to diagnose medical conditions, or cure or treat medical conditions. Our Doctors recommend that you speak with your own GP if you have any medical concerns as typical food intolerance symptoms could also have other causes.

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