It’s common to believe that a food allergy, as well as food intolerance, are the same things. However, they take on different processes in the body.
Firstly, a food allergy can cause a life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis. It is when released chemicals act on the blood vessels to cause swelling. Besides, food allergies typically appear instantly and up to two hours after consumption.
Secondly, food intolerance is not life-threatening. A food intolerance, on the other hand, may take up to three days to show any symptoms, making it problematic to identify the cause. However, it can cause distressing symptoms, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), migraines and headaches, skin issues, tiredness and joint pain.
Suspect you may have a food allergy instead of food intolerance? Don’t worry.
So, this test will analyse your IgG antibody reactions to 208 food and drink ingredients. For instance, there are four different types of food-specific IgG antibodies. Unlike our competitors, we test levels of four of these to pinpoint the components your body is reacting to.
However, please note that this test will NOT pick up on the following:
The Food Intolerance Test GOLD programme is our bestselling test and is ideal for those who are suffering from intolerance-related symptoms and also would like to optimise their diet.
Also, if you are merely curious as to whether you have a food intolerance†, we would recommend our FirstStep test. Besides, it is a simple positive/negative indicator test.
Those suffering from IBS symptoms should consider our IBS Diet Programme, an alternative to the GOLD Food Intolerance Test which tests for the same ingredients, however, includes post-test care tailored to IBS sufferers. Our Ideal Weight programme meanwhile, is a better option for people specifically looking to change their weight by also addressing their food intolerances†.
Most noteworthy, if you are experiencing symptoms of any kind, then, you should always consult with your GP first before following a YorkTest programme.
Please note also that we’re unable to provide this test to people who are:
We are proud to say that our laboratory has a >98% reproducibility rate. It also means that, on average, two separate tests carried out with the same person’s sample (taken on the same day) will correlate with each other >98% of the time.
Besides, our laboratory is regularly audited by independent authorities, staffed by fully trained and highly qualified scientists and uses the latest equipment and procedures to ensure the utmost accuracy.
Scientific Director, Dr Gill Hart, who has been with us since 2005 oversees the laboratory team. Besides, Dr Hart is a leading UK biochemist and an expert in food intolerance who is passionate about scientific innovation. Moreover, she has over 30 years of experience in the development and validation of diagnostic tests and testing services.
So, you will receive precise, colour-coded results of your test within ten days. Firstly, these will summarise the complete list of ingredients in three categories. For example, if a food or drink appears in the green column, this means there is no reaction to that ingredient. However, should it appear in the red or amber column, this means that a firm (red) or borderline (amber) IgG reaction has been detected.
Meanwhile, your results will arrive in a pack. It will also contain a food and drink diary and a support booklet. These resources will give you lots more useful information about food intolerance and nutrition in general. Furthermore, the logbook is ideal for recording your progress as you begin to remove your “trigger foods” from your diet.
Further, you need to call our team to make an appointment for your first nutritional consultation. Besides, we included two 30-minute telephone consultations on the price of your programme, and they provide invaluable advice from our dietary professionals.
Moreover, our team of nutritional therapists are there to guide you on nutritious alternatives to your “trigger foods” and answer any queries you may have about the elimination diet.
In conclusion, we recommend that you cut out your personal “trigger foods” for 12 weeks in total, to give yourself the best chance of experiencing the benefits of your elimination diet. In our 2017 customer survey, 4 out of 5 customers saw improvements in their health after following a Lorisian programme.
We also understand that changing your diet can be challenging. Therefore, our friendly and knowledgeable Customer Care team are always there for you to offer additional support if required. Besides, they are available to contact and offer advice six days a week, including Saturdays.
Suffering from headaches, bloating, tiredness? These are often signs of food sensitivity or a food intolerance affecting your daily life. Premium Food Intolerance Test is our most comprehensive food intolerance test, which analyses your IgG reactions to 208 food and drink ingredients. York Test will provide you with clear results and nutritional support to help you replace your problem foods and optimise your diet.
† To clarify, Lorisian defines Food Intolerance as a food-specific IgG reaction. Our information is also intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. We recommend that you discuss food intolerance symptoms with a GP before undertaking a Lorisian programme.