Food Intolerance Test
Every year all over the world the number of people who suffer from increased sensitivity to food is growing. Rejection of any food by the body provokes appearance of many painful symptoms and chronic health problems – from psoriasis to diabetes.
What is food allergy/food intolerance?
We all know what food allergy is. After eating a particular product, feeling or seeing an allergic reaction (skin rashes, itching, swelling, redness) we exclude products that have caused an allergic reaction.
However, there is a less familiar concept— hidden food intolerance. Food intolerance occurs due to individual genetic characteristics, when there are no or insufficiently produced enzymes necessary for the digestion of various components of the food consumed. As a result, the body is not able to absorb some products.
The difference between the familiar food allergy and hidden food intolerance is that the latter cannot be tracked easily as it manifests itself not as we are used to. The paradox is that you can eat good, healthy foods without even knowing that some of them are ruining your health.
How are Food Intolerance Tests Performed
Exclusive diet is designed to reveal to which product the person has allergies. Initially, all that is expected to give a negative reaction is removed from the menu and then returned to the diet gradually product by product. For a more accurate definition of dangerous food, you can keep a food diary which should record the symptoms and reactions to the tested ingredients.
The blood test identifies foods that have a negative impact on your body. The threat caused by harmful substances is determined by observing the reaction of white and red blood cells and platelets to the elements of the substance under study.
The skin test is performed as follows:
- An allergen is applied to the skin in the forearm area. As a rule, it is a synthetic analogue of the product.
- In the place where the allergen comes into contact with the skin, a superficial incision or puncture is made;
- After 20 minutes, if the reaction appears on the skin in the form of redness and itching, the product is considered as an allergen.