- Food Intolerance Testing available at selected McCabes Pharmacy stores.
- Drink Intolerance Testing available at selected McCabes Pharmacy stores.
Are you suffering any of the following:
- Bloating/gas and constant stomach problems or any digestive problems
- Lack of concentration
- Sleep disturbance
- Sinus problems
- Children with Autism
You may be suffering a food intolerance
Food intolerance is primarily caused by a spasm of the stomach and intestines. The digestive system is unable to digest food when it is caught in such a spasm. It is like a clenched fist which is unable to relax. This results in undigested foods arriving in the intestines. It is these undigested foods which ultimately become the intolerance foods.
These undigested foods begin to interact with the normal intestinal bacteria and the end result is the production of many harmful toxins. These toxins eventually begin to seep into the blood stream and are carried throughout the body. These foreign invaders are challenged by the immune system and eliminated.
If we carry on eating our intolerance foods the immune system is challenged continuously, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and eventually becomes fractious and irritable and this causes it to over-react. This results in the immune system being activated by innocuous triggers such as house dust, pollen, paint fumes, etc.
If this chronic irritation of the immune system is allowed to continue it eventually begins to attack its own tissues leading to arthritis, sinusitis, irritable bowel and all other such auto immune diseases.
Food Intolerance is different from a Food allergy:
Food allergy is a rather fast response (minutes) by the body’s immune system to a perceived invader. Signs or symptoms are typically immediate, dramatic and visible: coughing, sneezing, vomiting, migraines, watering eyes, rashes, swelling tissue, hives – or in severe cases an anaphylactic shock which requires emergency intervention. However other symptoms like the gastro-intestinal responses nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea can be delayed for hours or even days.
Food intolerance on the other hand is rather slow onset reaction, hours, days or even weeks. It is an inability to process a particular food. It is also thought to be an immune system response. The gastro-intestinal tract in some people is simply unable to produce appropriate enzymes for normal chemical breakdown. The food passes through unprocessed, or lingers in the gut fermenting producing excess ‘gas’. In some cases protein fragments rupture the lining of the intestine allowing foreign particles into the bloodstream.
The symptoms of Food intolerance are much more delayed, less dramatic and lifestyle threatening rather than life threatening.
The objective of the food intolerance test is to find the foods which are causing this toxic state by measuring the IgG antibodies in your blood.
Test are available at the following McCabe’s Pharmacies: Pavillions, Dundrum, Ridgewood, Gorey, Limerick, City West, Blanch, Malahide, Clare Hall
The service can be recommended for Children and adults and would be highly recommended for any children with Autism or similar. The Food Intolerance test that we use is endorsed by Autism Ireland.