Food Intolerance Test 食物過敏測試
What is Food Intolerance?
Many people may have food intolerance and may not realize it, attributing its symptoms to much simpler illnesses like bowel discomfort, allergies, itchy skin, headaches, chronic pain or fatigue, disturbed sleep, weight gain, or low water retention. Food intolerance occurs when you have an abnormal reaction after ingesting certain food types.
One of most common causes for food intolerance is when a person lacks the right enzymes to properly digest food. While it’s not fatal, food intolerance can cause discomforts and could lead to chronic medical conditions in the long run.
On the surface, food allergies and food intolerance could look and feel similar. However, the causes and effects of each illness are very different. Symptoms of a food allergy typically happen quickly -- within an hour or so -- after eating, and could have severe effects on the individual. Mild cases can start off with swollen lips and throat, and/or skin rashes, but could lead to more serious reactions like breathing difficulties, severe pain, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Food intolerance, on the other hand, could have more delayed symptoms, ranging from a few hours, to days, and even months after ingesting the problematic food. The delayed reaction is what makes food intolerance challenging to diagnose, although a food intolerance test could make the process much easier.
What kind of food could cause intolerance?
There are various types of food that individuals could be intolerant to:
- 96 Asian Food
- 96 International Food
- 184 International Food (including Asian and international)
Other food types
- Others (yeast, coffee, tea, soft drinks, honey)
Who should take a food intolerance test?
Ideally, a food intolerance test is recommended for everyone, but more specifically for:
- Those who want to lose weight
- Those who suffer from the following:
- Eczema and other skin diseases
- Respiratory issues
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Aches and pains
- Bloating after eating
- Water retention
- Hormonal imbalances
Why should people take a food intolerance test?
- Find the food that cause digestive discomfort and trigger unwanted inflammation
- Reduce digestion issues
- Improve chronic health issues through dietary change
How does it work?
A person can take a blood spot test (IgG antibodies ELISA test) to determine intolerance on any food. If any intolerance is found, a personalized diet plan created by nutritionists will be provided based on the test results.