Allergies and intolerances create a huge range of symptoms from bloating, tiredness, constipation, aches and pains, stomach cramps, itchy skin, diarrhoea and headaches to an overall feeling of unwellness. You may not remember when you last felt at your best. Or you may have felt tired for so long that you now think it's normal.
You don't have to feel like this! Book a consultation today and come to see me in Cardiff or Cowbridge to find out if you would benefit from allergy and intolerance testing.
Allergies are becoming more and more common in the UK, particularly in children. Asthma is now thought to affect 21% of children between age two and 15. Eczema is even higher and thought to affect 24% of children in the same age group. Food allergies and intolerances often link to Asthma and Eczema but can equally be problematic on their own.
I would initially see you in Cardiff or Cowbridge for a 90-minute consultation and take a full health history. If we decide that allergy and intolerance testing is the next step, a finger prick blood sample is taken and sent off to a lab for analysis. The sample is tested against a list of foods to see if a reaction occurs. You need to have been eating the food for this to work.
Results arrive in around two weeks and if needed a follow up consultation is booked to discuss these results. Often certain foods need to be removed and supplements to repair the integrity of the damaged gut lining are suggested.
The recommended retail price for the most common food intolerance test, which looks at 113 different foods is £265. I am able to offer a free initial consultation if this test is used, so you save £55.
When the allergy and intolerance test results come through you'll be provided with a list of the foods you are intolerant to, relevant handouts to help with avoidance of certain foods, a suggested weekly menu plan to get you started and supplement suggestions.