A few months ago, I took the Food Intolerance Test at Hi-Precision Diagnostics. I was curious to find out where I stood in the food scale not because I was feeling sick or I had symptoms, but because I wanted to have the information so that I could make informed choices.
Food intolerance is your body’s abnormal reaction to certain foods which can manifest itself in a number of ways. Some people will have one symptom such as severe headache whilst others will be unfortunate to experience irritable bowel syndrome, migraine and skin or respiratory conditions. Unlike the immediate reactive sysmptoms of food allergy, food intolerance symptoms often appear hours or even days later.
Repeated and continuous digestion of these foods may cause inflammatory reactions in the intestines causing incomplete absorption of nutrients your body needs.
I don’t have a problem eating “healthy food.” I always try to have a balanced meal. But after I turned 40 I realized that my body reacts a certain way to certain food. There are things that I totally had to stop eating, like shell fish and farmed fish, because my body just outright rejects them. I wanted to know what are the other food items I should be staying away from.
The Food Intolerance Test measures immunoglobulin antibody count for specific foods; the numbers are actual antibody counts with 30 or more labelled in red as highly reactive and between 23 and 29 inclusive as milady reactive marked in yellow. Based on my results, I should avoid cow’s milk, cola nut, egg white, pea, wheat, casein, brewer’s yeast…. I can’t go on. It’s still making me sad.
After a few weeks, I got my results. Then I met with the nutritionist of Hi-Precision. She explained what exactly happened. And what those numbers meant. She also provided me with a complete report with suggested options for my new gluten-free life.
I’m telling you now that I most probably won’t be able to completely eliminate all these red and yellow warning items — especially all the wheat, potatoes, oats, barley. I feel like there is nothing left except quinoa. Oh my. So it’s going to be a struggle. I don’t want to be a sad, deprived person. I love bread too much. I may not be able to go totally gluten-free. But I will definitely be more mindful of these types of food. I will be taking baby steps. And hopefully one day, I can quit cold turkey.
I will try, though, to go dairy-free (except for the occasional good cheese). I’m saying goodbye to lattes and cappuccinos. I’ve started to use non-dairy creamer again (aghast!).
And like with anything in life… it’s all okay in moderation.
The Food Intolerance Test at Hi-Precision Diagnostics is on a special discounted price starting today, February 1 to March 31, 2016.
For more information, visit www.hi-precision.com.ph or call 741-7777 or 0922-8906664