What is the difference between an allergy and an intolerance?
Allergies are developed from birth and currently, 6-8% of children have allergies and 2% of adults. Allergies create a response relatively quickly (within 2 hours appx) and common examples of symptoms would be wheezing, itching, vomiting or diarrhoea, dizziness, fainting and swelling.
Intolerances are developed at any age and currently, 45% of the population suffer from intolerances to food. These symptoms can develop up to 72 hours after eating the food in question and common examples of symptoms would be bloating, IBS, weight issues, migraines, arthritis, depression/anxiety, rhinitis, psoriasis and tiredness,
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When we ingest what our body believes is a toxin, our immune system fires off a response to neutralise the threat. Unfortunately, this same response also triggers allergies and intolerances to certain foods. This hypersensitivity can occur in any food group, although the big 8 are milk, eggs, peanuts, nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy.
Modern living changes in our diet and the increased consumption of processed food with reduced exposure to naturally grown food can significantly change the composition of the gut microbiome. Your gut is home to 70% of your immune system, help yourself by reducing the number of allergens and intolerances in your diet that you are reacting to, you can help support your immune system1 as the gut won’t be fighting off items that may be causing it to ‘overwork’.
Generally, tests are not available on the NHS and your GP is likely to ask you to eliminate certain groups and keep food and symptom diaries for months at a time. Basically a process of elimination which is extremely difficult to complete for most people. Therefore allergy and intolerance testing is the way to get comprehensive results and full reporting in order to get straight to the cause.
Partnering with the leading experts in the UK, ordering a kit through Funky By Nature, enables follow up support to make the changes you need in order to feel better and take control of your life.
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As a qualified Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach Debbie partners with the UKs leading provider in intolerance and allergy home kits in order to obtain a precise science based analysis in fully audited and certified laboratories. Kits are sent directly out to you and returned directly to the laboratory. By giving specific authorisation to York Tests, to share your results with Debbie as a registered practioner, she will be able to offer you follow up support. If you are not sure which tests would be right for you, please contact Debbie to arrange an initial consultation.