Added on: 21st June, 2012 by Lisa_4893
An estimated one in 100 are affected by gluten intolerance - but Allergy UK says as many as 45 per cent suffer from other food intolerances, which can often have a debilitating effect on a person's life. Marian Brabington, 35, a from Slough, is a dentist. Her food intolerances were making her like hell, however a simple home blood test, helped her to get to the root of her problem.
"My problems first began as early as 20" says Marian. "I had no idea what it as that made me feel so ill, and I suspected that it could have been something I was eating, but it was never properly diagnosed. I would get a lot of bloating and trapped wind pains in my intestines.
"The pains could be very severe. I also had very painful reflux which would keep me awake at night time. I constantly felt sick, had crippling headaches and I had very irregular bowel movements, and was constantly dashing for the bathroom. I had to take time of work and even something like being on public transport was a nightmare as I could never predict what was going to happen to me."
"No doctor could figure out what was wrong with me. People didn't really talk about food intolerance 10 years ago and so no one would have thought that was what was wrong with me. I thought I might have IBS amongst other things, but deep down I knew that this diagnosis wasn't right. I felt hopeless, like I just had to put up with what was happening me and suffer with it, even though the stress of this only made things even worse and made me feel even more sick."
Lisa was looking online one day when she came across the YorkTest FoodScan, which is a food intolerance home testing kit, which tests for over 100 different foods. "By this stage I was at my wits end and so feeling desperate, I decided to give it a try,' says Lisa.
"I took the test which is a simple pin-prick blood test and then posted my sample off to be tested. When my results came back, they came back red, which indicated that I was very intolerant to yeast, milk and milk products and oily fish diary and that should eliminate all foods containing these ingredients from my diet. I took immediate action and cut all the foods out of my diet. I started to feel better very quickly."
"Along with the results I also received a free phone call consolation with a YorkTest nutritionist and they were incredibly helpful. The nutritionalist was brilliant. She gave me a lot of advice on alternative foods. She also identified that I was still taking cod liver oil capsules and I was supposed to cut out oily fish!"
"Since then I have tried to stick to the advice that was given to me and have gradually introduced the food back into my diet. I still donít have milk and Iím careful how much wheat I have. I feel so much better than I did. I donít get any bloating and if I do itís because Iíve had too much of the foods which I am sensitive to so I avoid them for a couple of days and the problem goes. I feel like I have a lot more energy now as all my symptoms have gone."
"Since receiving my results and eliminating my trigger foods, I feel more positive and I finally feel like I've got my life back. I can now go out for meals without worrying about being awake half of the night in pain. I feel free!"
YorkTest offers nutritionally supported food intolerance programmes from £250, including its unique Food and Drink Intolerance Programme. For anyone wanting to know whether food-specific IgG antibody reactions are present the 'First Step' pre-screen is available, currently on offer at £9.99. If the First Step result is positive you can choose to proceed to one of YorkTest's comprehensive food and drink intolerance programmes. Home-to-laboratory test kits can be purchased from YorkTest by calling 0800 074 6185 or visiting www.yorktest.com.