Food Sensitivity Screening

A food sensitivity test can have a hugely positive impact on your life, identifying, relatively quickly, whether there is a particular food to which you adversely react. At Champneys, we provide a selection of food sensitivity options, with our Senior Nutritionist Becki Douglas discussing the benefits… 

Awareness in food intolerances was raised recently, following the story of Andrea Henson. By cutting out two ingredients from her diet, she finally got her life back on track after suffering from severe migraines for some 25 years… 

Yes, it was a story that was picked up by a lot of newspapers. Migraines had taken over Andrea’s life, but by cutting out cow’s milk and corn, she was able to take control again. Estimates suggest that while only one in 100 people have true food allergies, sensitivities are much more common and may affect one in six. 

So what’s the difference between an allergy and sensitivity? 

A food allergy, which can be life threatening, is a swift response by the body’s immune system to a specific food which results in a rapid allergic reaction often within minutes. Food sensitivity is quite different and while the symptoms can impact a person’s quality of life they are not life threatening. Sensitivity reactions stem from within the digestive system and involve different antibodies than with allergies; called Immunoglobulin G’s (IgG). 

So how do the food sensitivity tests work? 

Once you have pin-pointed what foods may be causing issues, you can then work to eliminate those items from your diet for at least eight weeks. This allows your digestive and immune systems time to rebalance, and in some cases after a period of elimination, those foods can actually be gradually introduced. These tests really can be life-changing, and we’ve had hundreds of success stories at Champneys. 

Our teams work alongside Lorisian, a sister company of YorkTest who helped Andrea Henson. How does the process work at Champneys? 

At Tring and Forest Mere, the team work very closely with Lorisian – with the Food Sensitivity Test 75 and Advanced Food Sensitivity Test 150+ options available as part of our Expert Services. At Springs and Henlow we offer our Food Sensitivity Test and Complete Sensitivity Test. Via a simple finger prick, blood is taken and then we’re able to test IgG antibody reactions to a wide range of food and drink. The options at Tring and Forest Mere are more in depth, but results will be returned within a couple of weeks. One of our nutritionists will then guide you through the findings and recommend changes to helping you achieve optimum health and wellbeing.

What are the most common problem foods? 

It really does vary. Tests can sometimes show the most surprising of results. Often it’s the food that we like the most that makes us feel unwell. Common culprits include wheat, gluten, dairy, yeast, coffee and wine. 

And what about the most common symptoms?

That varies as well, so each case will be judged on an individual basis. The more common symptoms include bloating, indigestion, nausea, headaches and migraines, low mood, weight gain, fatigue and skin irritations. 

Presumably there are a lot of people out there that aren’t aware of their food sensitivities… This is something you would recommend, right? 

Absolutely! Lots of people with unexplained symptoms don’t consider food to be the cause of their problems. If this is you, then it’s certainly worth looking at. Then there are those that suffer from IBS or headaches, or those that just want to maximise their health by knowing more about their body. It’s a very simple, yet effective process, but one that could drastically improve your way of living. 

To read more about Andrea Henson’s story click here

Find out more about our food sensitivity options, take a look through our Expert Services brochure here