What is food intolerance? 


 Food intolerance is a non-allergic food hyper-sensitivity and is not usually life-threatening but can make a person feel extremely unwell.  
The terms food allergy, food intolerance, food sensitivity, hypersensitivity are often used interchangeably, and are often confused, but essentially they all mean an abnormal reaction to certain foods which can manifest themselves in a number of ways.

Scientifically, the reactions can be differentiated by the fact that some cause an immune response, whereas others do not.

Food Intolerance and Food Allergies are becoming an increasing problem for many people around the world. It is estimated that 45% and some research has suggested that as much as 80% of the population suffer from some form of food related illness. At Asian Diagnostics we offer a service of testing for Food Intolerance and Food Allergies from a simple blood test.

We often suffer from chronic health problems without knowing the reason. Sometimes symptoms are hard to explain and seem unconnected to a cause. This may be due to intolerance to certain foods which have never been identified.

Although not life threatening, food intolerance should never be underestimated, as its impact on sufferers can be significant, severely impacting on their ability to live normal healthy lives. Food intolerance is extremely widespread and many people with food intolerance experience more than one symptom. Symptoms can often be vague and the root cause of the problem, food, is not always correctly diagnosed. Correct diagnosis can be achieved by detecting food specific IgG antibodies and the subsequent elimination of problem foods. Many sufferers have realized that they had been experiencing many symptoms as a result of intolerance for their entire lives.
Our prime objective is to help people develop the awareness about food intolerance; help them to ascertain if they have it and what they can do about it.

"Food intolerance is the real 'hidden epidemic' we should all be worried about. Up to 45% of the population is believed to be affected by food intolerance, but because the symptoms are so varied, doctors have a tough time in establishing a diagnosis"

Some people are sensitive to particular foods like nuts, shellfish and cereals. When consumed their body reacts to the food and they may develop symptoms including breathing problems, stomach upsets and skin rashes.

The adverse reactions to food are caused either by an immune system response or a chemical reaction in the body leading to physiological responses. Food Intolerance can result from the absence of specific chemicals or enzymes needed to digest a food substance, as in hereditary fructose intolerance. It may be a result of an abnormality in the body's ability to absorb nutrients.

Precise diagnosis is important, because other medical conditions may share the same symptoms.


Food Sensitivities in Babies and Children

In an infant, food sensitivity may manifest itself through colicky symptoms….anything from unnatural, persistent fussiness to inconsolable, ear-piercing screams that may go on for hours at a time. The baby  might develop unexplained skin rashes….a possible giveaway that the breastfed infant's gastric system is reacting to foods that his or her mother eats, to ingredients in the formula in the case of a bottle-fed baby or to foods from a complementary diet, if the baby has begun eating solid foods. In an older child, the list of possible indicators that the child has food sensitivities is  a bit longer; it includes symptoms such as headaches, stomach ache, runny nose, sneezing, loose stool, chronic cold, chronic ear infection, constipation, skin rash, asthma, irritability or lethargy.