Help for Allergies & Intolerances

Unlock your allergies & food intolerances, naturally, so you can regain wellness.

Allergies & Intolerances

Food intolerances and allergies ARE NOT the same thing. Symptoms can seem similar, so it’s easy to be confused! Knowing the difference between allergies, intolerances and high histamine can be tricky.  But working out which is happening for you is part of the puzzle we need to unlock your good long-term health.

Using a combination of clinical assessment (based upon your symptoms) and some inexpensive testing, we can sort out which you have, and develop a treatment plan to address them.

Allergy

When you have an allergic reaction, your body is reacting to a substance that it reads as foreign.  It’s generally an immediate and obvious reaction, although some allergens can cause reaction anywhere from 4hrs to 3 days post exposure.  Common allergens are mould, dust, animal dandar and foods, like peanuts.

Common reactions include:

  • cough, wheezing, asthma
  • nasal drip, persistent runny nose
  • eczema, hives
  • congestion, hayfever
  • anaphylaxis
  • itching of the throat, eyelids, face, mouth or tongue

These responses are due to an over reaction by the immune system, producing antibodies known as immunoglobulin E (IgE).  Common in children, these reactions are generally permanent, and offending items need to be avoided long term.

Intolerance

A key difference on a biological level is that food intolerance reactions do not involve the immune system; will  not cause severe reactions like anaphylaxis and will not show up on normal allergy tests. Think of food intolerance like a bucket – a number of items/foods can cause disturbance of varying degrees, each one “filling the bucket”, until the bucket overflows and reaction occurs.  This is why it can be tricky to find the culprit, because the last item you ate may have pushed you over the edge into reaction, but it’s only part of the puzzle! 

Common reactions include:

  • headache, migraine
  • rashes, hives, mouth ulcers
  • stomach upset, irritable bowel/IBS
  • diarrhoea, bloating, cramping
  • nausea, sickness, sweating

These responses are often caused by things like MSG, vasoactive amines, toxins and enzymes.

Histamine

Sometimes the body is unable to clear histamine effectively, leading to an excess. This excess can cause symptoms not unlike those of allergies, making it hard to tell the difference.  Histamine excess works like intolerances, and often can be linked (the histamine foods cause intolerance, building little by little to a reaction).  If you have “allergy” type reactions but test negative for allergies, then histamine intolerance is considered.

Common reactions include:

  • diarrhea
  • headaches, rhinitis
  • hives, flushed appearance
  • palpitations
  • plus a variety of allergic & intolerance reactions

Foods high in histamine include fermented foods, mature cheeses, wine, over-ripe foods (histamine increases with aging), canned foods, deli meats, nuts, vinegar, salty snacks, chocolate, shellfish.

How can we Test for Allergies & Intolerances?

Food Intolerance Testing
Tests 500 foods/products,
non-invasive hair test.

Food Detective Testing
Tests 59 IgG allergens,
in clinic while you wait, or order the kit and do it yourself.

Pathology Testing
A variety of testing available, including ALCAT. Allergy Panels, Celiac & Gluten Sensitivity Testing.

Order Allergy or Intolerance Tests Online

Some tests can be ordered online, without consultation. 

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