Discover if the foods you eat are causing your symptoms...
•Bloating or digestive upset after eating certain foods
•Tired at certain times of the day?
•Feeling of a 'foggy' head
•Suffer headaches for no apparent reason?
•Difficulty losing weight
•Itchy, irritated skin?
....If yes, you could be suffering from food intolerances!
Food Detective Testing for Food Intolerances
Food Detective is a test for food intolerance that is performed while you wait, by qualified Nutritional Medicine Practitioners @ be...health!
•Quick, reliable food IgG testing.
•Finger prick sample, results in 40 minutes.
•If you test positive for food specific IgG reactions, the removal of the reactive foods from your diet could make you feel better in days!!
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.
So, what IS a Food Intolerance?
Essentially food intolerance is your body's abnormal reaction to certain foods which can manifest itself in a number of ways (e.g. bloating, wind, indigestion, migraine, Irritable Bowel Symptoms & other digestive upsets). Food intolerances are not usually life-threatening but can make you feel extremely unwell, and often, make you feel uneasy eating food!
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 food/s.
Food Allergies are NOT the same as Food Intolerances!
A classical food allergy (such as peanut or shellfish allergy) is usually characterised by an immediate and often severe reaction of the immune system to exposure to a specific food.
Symptoms of food allergies include sneezing, rashes, skin irritation, swelling, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea and vomiting. Normally symptoms occur within a few minutes of eating or coming in to contact with the offending food, although they can be delayed by up to two hours.
Food allergies are actually quite rare with only about 2.5% of the population being formally diagnosed with the condition. The most common instances of food allergy are to peanuts, tree nuts (almonds and brazils), eggs, milk, fish and shellfish.
When exposed to the source of food allergy the body makes specific antibodies (IgE) to ‘fight off’ the allergens found in these foods and when the food is next eaten it triggers an immune system response which results in the release of histamine and other naturally occurring chemicals in the body. Allergic reactions to food can vary considerably in their severity and some can be fatal.
What can I do to determine if I have a food allergy?
Nutritional Medicine Practitioners at be...health! can assist you with an elimination diet plan to help determine any food allergies. This process can take weeks to months to pin point the aggravating food or food chemical. Once the food allergy is discovered a treatment plan with dietary advice and natural medicine (if needed) can be provided to reduce the symptoms of allergies naturally.
Food allergy testing (skin scratch test or blood test) is provided by your GP, Immunologist or allergy testing laboratory.
What Foods are Tested?
Corn, durum wheat, gluten, oats, rice, rye, wheat
Nuts & seeds:
Almond, brazil nut, cashew, cocoa bean, peanut, legume mix (pea, lentil, haricot), soya bean, walnut
Beef, chicken, lamb, pork
Freshwater fish mix (salmon, trout), shellfish mix (shrimp, prawn, crab, lobster, mussel), tuna, white fish mix (haddock, cod, plaice)
Broccoli, cabbage, carrot, celery, cucumber, leek, peppers (red, green, yellow), potato
Apple, blackcurrant, grapefruit, melon mix (cantaloupe, watermelon), olive, orange and lemon
Egg (whole), cow's milk, garlic, ginger, mushroom, tea, yeast
Frequently Asked Questions...
Are the tests covered by Medicare or my private health insurance?
Medicare do not currently cover the cost of these tests. The consultation fee can be claimed with private health insurance. Check with your health fund cover.
What is the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance?
A classic food allergy such as a peanut or shellfish allergy is usually characterised by an immediate and often severe reaction to exposure to the offending food. GP's are able to conduct allergy testing or provide a referral for an allergist.
Does the Food Detective test for sugars in foods such as lactose (dairy) and fructose (fruits)?
No. The test will assess intolerances to proteins in foods. There are other ways to assess intolerances to sugars such as breath tests and elimination diets which can be discussed.
How much does it cost?
Initial (full) Nutritional Medicine Consultation (60 minutes) + completion of Food Detective Testing, is $350.**
If you have a long standing health complaint (e.g. digestive complaints, eczema) a comprehensive Nutritional Medicine consultation is recommended to address your health concerns once you have your results.
The Food Detective test will be performed within the 60 minute consult and the results tray and interpretation will be provided for you to take away.
A more detailed discussion and interpretation / further testing may be necessary, and will be detailed further during your next scheduled consultation.
**$50 discount on the Food Detective test! **
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