In this specific test, we usually use the terms food allergy or intolerance, which mainly mean the “non-natural” reaction of our organism with the receptions of some food. The reasons are different in both situations even though the symptoms are very similar.
- Food allergy is an immune system reaction after eating a food (allergic substances) and the symptoms are immediate.
- Food intolerance on the other side is the organism’s no tolerance in some foods or their contents. The symptoms appear later and progressively usually from 4 to 72 hours after the food consumption. Most known forms of intolerance are gluten and lactose.
- The most symptoms of allergies are itching, redness in the skin, swelling, fainting, and sneezing. More rare are Swelling of the tongue, lips, mouth, or throat, dyspnea, anaphylactic shock or asthma.
- The most frequent food allergens-mainly food proteins: egg (41.5%), milk (12.5%), peanuts (18%), sea food (7.5%), soy (5.5%), and grain (4.5%). Allergy can be shown in more foods like pork, herbs, conservatives, and some fruits.
- · The symptoms of food intolerance depend on the quantity and the type of food, which usually appears with belly pain, diarrhea, and tendency for vomiting, headache, and dizziness. There is also the psychological intolerance, which can be caused just by the appearance or the smell of a food.
- · Reasons for intolerance is a combination of genetic and environmental factors: environmental pollution, pharmaceutical fertilizers, the disturbance of intestine’s microflora, conservatives, and the intense food processing.
- · The diagnosis for food allergy and intolerance is performed by 2 ways: First way is just a simple blood test, which is investigated by ELISA method with specifically immunoglobulins IgG, IgG4 and IgE for each allergen. After the results, a specific every day dietary solutions given to each patient. The diagnostic protocol which analyzes the levels of IgGs from 100 to 155 food antigens, which can influence the organism. In other words, we observe if the IgG concentration is high or low according with the reaction with the food antigens. The common symptoms usually observed in the food intolerance are:
- Belly pain
Second way, which is more innovative, more economic and faster (30 min maximum), there is a test that investigates the food intolerance with just a drop of blood for 57 antigens. This test can be even performed by the doctor himself or a clinical dietician in his office. The advantages for this innovative test are the following:
– Covers most foods that are consumed nowadays,
-no need for quantity of blood since one drop from the finger is enough for the test,
-It is the faster in the world (in 30 minutes), so there is time and the test can be performed in front of the patient, without the need to book another appointment,
-It is planned for the use from health professionals and is easy for its applications,
-It is easy for the evaluation and the reading of the results (looking at the bands with the result to be given as a strong, middle, and low reactions to the specific foods).
CAUTION: the right diagnosis for allergy or food intolerance MUST be performed with ONLY blood and not with methods of electromagnetic field, which can lead to false results.