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Thinking of taking a Food Intolerance test? 4 Things to consider.

Not all tests are created equally.

Because food intolerance testing is not available on the NHS, it’s difficult to know where to begin when considering taking a food intolerance test from an independent provider.

 

As we have become more heath conscious, the food intolerance testing market has grown to meet demand, offering a variety of testing options and it’s important to do your research.

 

Many types of testing available, such as kinesiology and vega actually have no basis in science and are not proven to be effective. It’s a good idea to look for companies who offer testing methods backed by scientific studies and research, are rated highly by their customers and offer good nutritional aftercare to help support you in your dietary changes.

Allergies and Intolerances are not the same thing

The words ‘allergy’ and ‘intolerance’ are often used interchangeably but they are, in fact, very different things. An allergy (classed as an IgE reaction) is usually instantaneous after contact with the ingredient. The symptoms are often severe and can be life threatening - think of the typical peanut allergy in children.

 

Intolerance (defined as an IgG reaction) is delayed and far less serious. Although not life threatening, sufferers can still experience a range of problems from IBS and bloating to migraine, eczema and psoriasis. The trouble with intolerances is that, unlike in allergy, the reaction can take up to 72 hours to occur, making it very difficult to pinpoint the problem food.

 

This is where testing comes in. Rather than working through each and every food, eliminating it for a few weeks, monitoring how you feel, reintroducing it, monitoring and then moving on to the next food, with a fast and accurate test, you can find out in a matter of days exactly which foods you need to remove from your diet, replacing them with nutritious alternatives.

You might not get the result you’re expecting

It’s tempting to assume that we already know what our problem foods are by guesswork. Dairy often get the blame and it’s also become fashionable to ‘go gluten free’.

 

In reality we are all unique. An ingredient which causes a problem for one person can be completely fine for another. People are often surprised to find that rather than dairy or bread, they are actually reacting to the proteins in tuna, tomatoes or coffee.

 

It’s also worth noting that frequently there isn’t just one single problem food. Typically people experience reactions to a number of ingredients in their diet, although the severity can vary.

You won’t have to do without

People often put off getting to the bottom of their intolerances because they have the sneaky suspicion they will have to wave goodbye to their favourite foods.

 

Whilst your results may confirm your suspicions, there are always ways to continue enjoying the foods and flavours you love.

 

The Free From market is continuing to grow, offering a wider selection of intolerance friendly treats and store cupboard staples than ever before, meaning its never been easier to remove and replace problem foods and feel better.

 

Choosing a test that comes with free support and guidance from a BANT registered Nutritional Therapist is a good way to ensure that you get all the advice you need for maintaining a varied and tasty diet once you’ve received your results.

Interested in taking the First Step to a healthier, happier you? Find out more about our testing options.

It’s estimated that those with trigger foods actually react to between 4 and 6 ingredients and the results can be surprising. Anything from prawns to potatoes can present a problem.

If you think a food is causing you discomfort, cut out the guesswork with a Smartblood food intolerance test. With results available in as little as 3 days, you don’t have to wait long to take control of your diet and see the benefits.

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.

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

If you think that you may have a food intolerance 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 programme 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.

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