The Simple Food Intolerance Test Your Nutritionist Might Not Be Telling You About

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When it comes to our health, the food we eat pretty much play a major role in our overall well-being. As a general rule, most people know the big no-no’s are processed foods and sugar, but what is still a mystery to some people is that not all our bodies accept and digest the same foods. What promotes one person’s health could be contributing to another’s deterioration. Some people swear by eating fuul (beans) everyday while the same fuul could be causing someone else bloating and digestive issues.

When it comes to most food sensitivities the first thing that pops into mind is congestion, rash and a runny nose. But what is usually overlooked is that food sensitivities do not manifest in one specific way. They can appear as joint pain, digestion problems, fatigue, depression, bowel problems and even weight loss problems. So, why don’t nutritionists recommend the test to their clients ? To cut to the chase, testing for food sensitivities tells you which foods work with your body and which one work against it. So, all it takes is one test to tell you what you should be eating- along side a nutrition plan curated specifically for your needs.

For starters, the terms ‘food allergies’ and ‘food intolerances’ tend to be interchangeable and confused for one another. A food allergy is when your immune system mistakes something within food as harmful and attacks it, causing a drop in blood pressure, itchy skin, shortness of breath and chest pain. Whereas, food intolerance is when your body cannot properly digest a certain food, causing gas, bloating, heartburn, inflammation and irritable bowl syndrome. Food intolerances arises when certain, incompletely digested food particles enter your bloodstream and are treated as foreign substances. Eliminating or significantly minimizing these foods can show an improvement in your overall health. Food intolerances can also be the cause of a weight problem and prevent weight loss.

Your immune system produces tailor-made antibodies (IgG), which attack the food in question. Some researchers believe that this inflammatory response in the body can increase certain symptoms. A Food Intolerance Blood Test, measures and tests these antibodies against a wide range of foods.

Our curiosity got the best of us when we found out about this test, and we found that there is a lab located in Cairo that carries out food intolerance testing! Ibn Hayan lab uses ImuPro which is a test that combines blood analysis for IgG food allergies with unique post-test guidance. They test up to 270 foods and also give you an individual nutritional concept – your building blocks to a healthier life.

“We believe that food has the power to promote health or create disease, and following a non-inflammatory diet can be a rewarding and eye- opening experience.”

The test results and your personal nutritional guidelines will help you find the foods that are good for your body and to highlight those trigger foods that you should avoid. By avoiding the foods that cause you problems, inflammatory processes can be reduced or even stopped and your body can recover. The test is sent over to R-Biopharm headquarters (a leading developer of test solutions for clinical diagnostics and food & feed analysis) in Germany and then the results are sent back to you in Egypt!

We talked to Eman Salama, who told us about her personal experience with the ImuPro test. “I did the IMUPRO test 8 months ago and it has changed my life. Not only was I finally able to figure out that I was intolerant to many things that I would’ve never known otherwise, but I was also presented with a clear concise methodology to tackle it. My migraines that used to last at least a couple of days now rarely occur, my energy levels are up and my stomach pains have significantly subsided. I believe this test really helped me understand my body and how to treat it well and I truly believe it’s as important as knowing your blood type.”

The underlying concept isn’t new. Instead of constantly trying different diets to find the one that will work with you, you get tested and are given THE nutrition plan that will work with your body. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms: stomach ache, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, eczema, headache, asthma, arthritis, autoimmune disease or unexplained migraines and resistant weight loss, ADHD or autism then you should get tested!

Although a sociologist at heart, Nadine finds her love in nutrition, her passion in Pilates and her purpose in writing. Nadine is a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and a Pilates-instructor in the making. She is also the founder of health blog, Nourished by Nadine (@nourishedbynadine) where she shares her own recipes, as well as health tips.

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