Food Intolerance Testing | Jon Muscaty Osteopathy and Naturopathy
What is food intolerance? What is food allergy? A "food allergy" is usually an acute, often severe, occasionally life-threatening reaction to food. It occurs within seconds or minutes, sometimes to even the tiniest trace of food and can be picked up by measuring IgE antibodies. It is often confused with the term "food intolerance". this is usually a more chronic response with symptoms often slow to develop (sometimes days) and may last for weeks. The reaction can therefore be very difficult to pick up. However it also mediates an antibody response (lgG) which can also be measured. Symptoms The antibodies combine with the food to form complexes. The body should break these complexes down, however if the immune system is weak or overworked, they can migrate to different parts of the body and cause reactions. These are thought to be wide-ranging, for example: Gastrointestinal: abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, difficulty controlling weight, wind, water retention.