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Testing


 Food Detective Testing

 
 
Are you reacting to the foods you eat? 
Food intolerance is not usually life-threatening but can make the sufferer feel extremely unwell.  The symptoms of food intolerance can be delayed for many hours or even days and for this reason it is often difficult to identify the problem foods.
 
Food intolerance may produce a variety of symptoms including:
 
• Anxiety
• Arthritis
• Asthma
• Bed wetting
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• Bronchitis 
• Coeliac Disease
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 
• Constipation
• Cystic fibrosis
• Diarrhoea
• Fibromyalgia 
• Gastritis
• Headaches
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease
• Insomnia
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Itchy skin problems
• Malabsorption 
• Migraine
• Sleep disturbances
• Water retention
• Weight control problems
 
 
Sufferers of food intolerance normally complain of lethargy or ‘fogginess’ and a general feeling of unwellness.  These symptoms often persist for many years.  Sufferers regularly report that visits to their doctor have not resolved their problems and in many cases their symptoms are dismissed as ‘all in the mind’.
 
 
How the food detective test works.
Food Detective tests for IgG antibody reactions to 59 commonly eaten foods.  The test is performed using a blood sample from a finger-prick that is diluted then added to the food detective testing tray (containing small spots of food protein extracts).  In subsequent steps, the use of detector and developer solutions identify the presence of food antibodies through the appearance of one or more blue spots on the tray.  
 
 
 
Foods tested
 
Cereals – Corn, Durum Wheat, Gluten, Oats, Rice, Rye, Wheat.
Nuts and Beans – Almonds, Brazil Nut, Cashew, Cocoa Bean, Olive, Peanut, Legume Mix (pea, lentil, haricot), Soya Bean, Walnut.
Meats – Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork.
Fish – Freshwater Fish Mix (Salmon, trout), Shellfish Mix (prawn, shrimp, crab, lobster, mussel), Tuna, White Fish mix (haddock, cod, plaice).
Vegetables – Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Leek, Peppers (red, green, yellow) Potato.
Fruits – Apple, Blackcurrant, Grapefruit, Melon Mix (cantaloupe, water melon), Orange and Lemon, Strawberry, Tomato.
Other  - Egg (whole), Cow’s Milk, Garlic, Ginger, Mushroom, Tea and Yeast. 
 
If you test positive to any of the food groups in the test, the simple act of removing them from your diet can completely change your life.  

 

 

 

Oxidative Stress
 
You buy a brand new car and in order to keep it in good condition you put rust protection on it, compared to your neighbour who also has a new car but hasn’t put rust protection on and has left his car parked at the beach.  Therefore the neighbour who didn’t look after his car has damaged the outside and made it look more worn then it should.  The rust is the free radicals, the rust protection is antioxidant and the car is your body.    
 
What is Oxidative Stress (OS).
It’s an imbalance between free radicals (attack other molecules) production and the existing antioxidant capacity of our body. Oxidative stress is not a disease but a condition which can lead to or accelerate the progress of diseases.  It can be the result of exposure to toxins or pathogens, a low antioxidant defence system or lifestyle factors.  
 
Examples of the effects of Oxidative Stress: premature skin ageing to a build-up of free radicals in the skin, the development of cellulite due to circulatory failure in the presence of excess free radicals, and the fatigue experienced after strenuous physical activity.  
 
Unlike a disease, Oxidative Stress does not exhibit any symptoms but can emerge as a health risk, particularly if prolonged and associated with other known risk factors, which exacerbate the degenerative process, such as;
 
• Pregnancy
• HRT
• Oral contraceptive assumptionOxidative stress
• Endurance performance 
• Immediately after physical activity in untrained subjects
• Pharmacotherapy (e.g. antibiotics, antitumor agents, analgesics)
• Inflammation processes
• Smoking
• Unbalanced diet and/or unhealthy life styles
• Environmental pollutant
• Stress
• Exposure to ionising radiation (UVA/UVB)
• Bacterial, Viral or Fungal Infections
 
Why is it important to get a Oxidative Test?
Oxidative Stress detection allows the development of intervention strategies which can contribute to a delay in the progression of a disease, and may improve the outcome and therefore enhance quality of life.  
The measurement of oxidative stress is essential to discovering the onset of diseases and monitoring the efficacy of treatments and therapies.