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Food Intolerance Testing

Food intolerance or sensitivities are very common. They impact your well-being and in the long term, they may cause diseases.

It is important to eliminate products that you are sensitive to from your diet. This will help you to restore your health if you already have any chronic diseases.

Food intolerance testing can become the most important step in restoring your health and well-being.

In this video post, I talk about the tests that I’ve used myself – immunoglobulins and bioresonance tests, as well as the FODMAP diet.

Food Intolerances

Symptoms

Food intolerances are reactions to foods that are much more subtle than allergies. Though they are not life-threatening they can be detrimental to your health and well-being.

Food sensitivities can cause dysregulation of your digestion, leading to bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation.

The inability to digest one food will affect the ability to digest any food and supply your body with vital nutrients.

Your immune system may react to the non-tolerated food components. Your immune system will be in a constant state of war with the food you eat.

All the above can lead to further typical intolerance symptoms like fatigue, headaches, skin irritation, and dysregulation of the menstrual cycle.

A continuous immune response to foods can cause autoimmune diseases, like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Food intolerances are a known component of Hashimoto’s.

Prevalence

Food intolerances are estimated to affect up to 20% of the total population. But there are no reliable, proven, and established diagnostic methods for food intolerances yet. Also, most people are not aware of food intolerances. And regular doctors are not advising testing for them treating only symptoms.

In my opinion, it is quite natural that everybody is unique and will be sensitive to one or the other product. So, anyone could have an intolerance to one or the other product

The most common are food intolerances to gluten and cow milk. The very fact that grains have been modified to an extreme extent to withstand any weather conditions and any parasites makes them simply indigestible to humans as well.

Immunoglobulin tests

Food sensitivities test | Food intolerance testing

Immunoglobulins are antibodies. Immunoglobulin testing detects antibodies to certain foods in your blood. So, this test shows which products your immune system is fighting.

You can order such a test online and perform it at home. But there are also labs specializing in antibody testing.

They will usually test for IgG and IgE. Though the IgE and IgG tests are praised as a golden standard, any immunoglobulin test is limited to a certain range of products.

My experience

I used such a test a decade ago. It showed sensitivity to gluten and milk products.

After excluding gluten and milk products from my diet I was able to restore my gut health. This was a significant step towards my remission of Hashimoto’s.

Bioresonance hair testing

What is (Not) Known

Bioresonance hair testing is based on measuring the biofield. Biofield technology has been developing in past decades for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Though interactions with biofields have not been fully understood or proven yet they have been successfully used for the treatment of diseases. And biofield technology development has been allowing testing and studying of the biofields.

The biofield contains information about biological processes rather than a chemical composition.

Bioresonance testing | Biological electromagnetic fields

Biofield interactions operate in part via low-energy or “subtle” processes such as weak, nonthermal electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

Biofield interactions may also operate in more well-understood informational processes found in electroencephalographic (EEG) and electrocardiographic (ECG) data.

Advantages

I chose the bioresonance test because:

  • It is non-invasive which makes a huge difference when you test children as I did
  • it covers a very broad spectrum of foods and compounds – foods and non-foods, metall intolerances as well as vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • the price is low compared to antibody testing especially if you test the whole family as I did
  • I found (there exist) accredited laboratories that assure high-quality testing

My experience

Because we tested the whole family (four people) I could assess that results were not random at all but reflected our specific personal diets.

PersonResultComment
1Food intolerances: strong reaction to rye, salmon, lactose

Non-food intolerances: Ficus plant

Deficiencies: arginine, molybdenum

Known reaction to rye, wheat, and milk from a previous IgG test. Regular consumption of rye and salmon before the test

Exposure to ficus plant. After removing the plant, itching and wound forming under the nose disappeared

A Flexitarian, low-protein diet could have caused arginine deficiency. Regular, long-term supplementation with rare metals (selenium and zink) could have suppressed the assimilation of molybdenum.
2Food intolerances: all spices

Deficiencies: potassium
Daily consumption of hot spices

Intensive running and sweating lead to loss of electrolytes like potassium
3Food intolerances: milk



Deficiencies: creatine, isoleucine, docosahexaenoic acid, vitamin B3, gallic acid


Milk intolerance is the most common among children. This family member used to consume milk in big quantities.

The main source of creatine and isoleucine, docosahexaenoic acid (omega-3 fatty acid), and vitamin B3 (niacin) is meat and fish. These deficiencies could have been caused by a vegetarian diet.
Gallic acid has important anticancer activity and comes from onions which are avoided by children.
4Food intolerances: gluten



Deficiencies: vitamin B3, zeaxanthin



Gluten sensitivity is highly common and could have been caused by extensive consumption of bread, pasta, and pizza by this family member.

Vitamin B3 deficiency could have been caused by low consumption of meat, especially red meat.
Foods containing the highest amounts of zeaxanthin are dark green leafy vegetables. Those are usually avoided by children, which is especially true for this person. However, zeaxanthin plays important role in eye health.

Results

Bioresonant testing results can be verified by eliminating foods or non-foods like I did with ficus and saw a fast disappearance of the skin irritation.

Metals listed in the metal sensitivities list need to be avoided by water purification, by choosing organic cosmetics and cleaning supplies.

FODMAP Diet

The FODMAP diet has been designed by Monash University to reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). About 15% of the world’s population is affected by ABS.

FODMAP diet by Monash university

It is a diet based on the elimination principle diet. FODMAP diet tests sensitivities to sugars and short-chain carbohydrates. Fodmaps are:

  • fructose (fruits, honey, etc.)
  • lactose (dairy)
  • fructans (wheat, garlic, onion, etc.)
  • galactans (legumes)
  • polyols (artificial sweeteners)

The foods high on FODMAP can be divided into the following groups:

  • eggs, meats, poultry fish
  • dairy
  • non-dairy meat alternatives
  • grains
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • desserts
  • beverages
  • seasoning and condiments

FODMAP Protocol

Step 1. At the beginning of the diet, all high FODMAP products are excluded from the diet for a period of a few weeks.

During this time you can supplement with high-quality probiotics (or fermented vegetables) and enzymes. This helps you to restore your gut health faster.

Step 2. Then each food group is re-introduced individually. If any of the groups cause digestion problems it is eliminated again.

Step 3. Protocol results in a personalized FODMAP diet.

It is not easy to figure out which products in each group are high and which are low on FODMAPs. You can either seek the support of a trained nutritionist, use a list, a book, or a special app to make the right choices.

Monash University has developed its own FODMAP app with the FODMAP guide and recipes. It is the most complete app which gets continuously updated according to the new research findings of Monash University.

The whole process can be repeated if the desired result has not been achieved after the first cycle.

Unique Value of FODMAP Protocol

The big advantage of this diet is that you can figure out what products you personally are sensitive to but also achieve profound healing of the gut.

Since it is almost impossible to develop and afford medical tests for every possible product, the FODMAP protocol has the unique value of testing any product you consume.

FODMAP Protocol Booster

The healing effect of the FODMAP protocol can be boosted by consuming high-quality digestive enzymes and probiotics along with product elimination.

  1. The digestion process does not only give us energy but also consumes a high amount of energy in our body. Taking enzymes will support your digestion and reduce the workload on the digestive system. And this will allow your digestive system to use spare energy for the healing process and heal faster.

2. Digestive problems cause changes in your microbiome allowing the growth of undesired harmful microorganisms. This weakens further the digestion but also your immune system because your microbiome plays an important role in your immune defense. Furthermore, a pathological microbiome will negatively affect your psychological state.

Consuming or supplementing probiotics supports your digestion and is essential for your health especially when the gut needs to be healed.

Traditional fermented vegetables can be an excellent rich and diverse source of probiotics for your body. As little as one spoon can be taken with each meal and will do already a perfect job!

Food Intolerance FAQ

Can I eat bread if I bake it on fermented sourdough because during the fermentation process the gluten protein is destroyed?

It depends on your sensitivity. I cannot tolerate even sourdough bread and eat foods made with oat, buckwheat, or other gluten-free flour.

Conclusions

  • Food intolerances can have a detrimental effect on your health and well-being, and cause chronic diseases.
  • Testing for food sensitivities can restore well-being, prevent diseases, and even achieve remission of chronic diseases
  • Immunoglobulin testing is known as a golden standard of food intolerance testing but it can test only a limited amount of products and is expensive.
  • Bioresonance hair testing is not scientifically proven but the results that I received were highly aligned with the diet of each individual person.
  • Bioresonance hair testing covers a wide range of foods, non-foods, and separate compounds. It tests not only for sensitivities but also for deficiencies. There exist accredited laboratories providing quality bioresonance testing services.
  • FODMAP protocol does not only test for sugars and short-chain carbohydrate sensitivities but is also designed to restore gut health. FODMAP specialists and apps can help you with the right choices of foods.

Please leave your comment below about your experiences with food intolerances and testing.

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