What symptoms does food intolerance cause?
Food intolerances can lead to a wide range of symptoms and may involve a number of different signs in each individual.
- Bone and joint issues
- Weight gain
- Sleep problems
- Attention deficit disorder
- Abdominal bloating
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Fluid retention
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Itchy skin
- Weight control problems
- Irritable bowel syndrome
How can I suspect that food is the link to my symptoms when I cannot be specific about the cause?
Food intolerance reactions can include
- Gastro-intestinal responses to foods or food compounds.
This can be a definite trigger as intestinal integrity is damaged. Metabolic food reactions are due to inborn or acquired errors in the metabolism of nutrients, such as enzyme deficiencies, and diabetes.
Why should I DO Food Intolerance?
The test identifies over 220 well-known food irritants as well as being more specific and easier for clinicians to work with. It measures four subclasses of IgG antibodies IgG1, IgG2, IgG3, and IgG4; it is predominantly involved in secondary responses.
What is an IgG?
IgG stands for Immunoglobulin G and is antibodies produced by the immune system in response to foreign bodies (antigens) entering the body. There are several different types of immunoglobulins which when they collect in tissues, stimulate inflammation.
This can take hours or days, be reliant on the amount of antagonist ingested, and last up to days to be cleared.
Why do foods cause an IgG response?
Foods are usually broken down as part of the digestive process into molecules.
- These mostly pass harmlessly through the gut into the bloodstream.
- However, sometimes small fragments of partially digested or undigested foods pass through the gut wall into the
bloodstream where they are recognized by the immune system as being ‘foreign’.
- The immune system then responds by making antibodies (IgGs).
- People with inflammation or irritation of the gut lining are also prone to partially digested foods leaking into the bloodstream. The leaky gut syndrome typically results in higher levels of antibodies to multiple foods.
Is a food intolerance test appropriate for me?
If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms above and you have checked with your GP to ensure that you have no medical causes for your symptoms, then a food intolerance test may well be a sensible next step.