What is a food intolerance?

A food intolerance occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food, and as a result has an adverse physiological response to that particular food. The mechanism by which this occurs and subsequent symptoms experienced, are very specific to the individual and the type of food in question. Identifying the specific reactive mechanism triggered by the ingestion of this food is vital to understanding the management and implementation of appropriate dietary interventions to limit potentially adverse symptoms.

Symptoms include nausea, bloating and diarrhoea, migraines, eczema, skin rashes, fatigue, joint pain, bloating, IBS, diarrhoea,  sinusitis, anxiety, constipation, acne or depression. Once the cause of the intolerance is identified, diet modification is the main treatment. After doing an OptiWay test, you will receive a colour coded report with foods listed in three groups: red (to avoid), yellow (to eat in moderation) and green (to eat liberally).

Food intolerances or food sensitivities should not be confused with food allergies, although the terms are commonly used interchangeably in error.

What are the benefits of food intolerance tests?

Up to 45% of the population suffer from intolerances which, whilst not life threatening, can have a negative impact on many aspects of daily life.

Doing an food intolerance test takes the guesswork out of what is causing those irritating symptoms. The personalized OptiWay report that you receive with your ideal food choices neatly categorized into red (to avoid), yellow (to eat in moderation) and green (to eat liberally) will help you to optimise your eating plan and eliminate the foods that your body does not enjoy. This way, you can ensure that you diet works for you and not against you.

This can also help to improve your overall fitness performance by providing your body with the nutrients and foods that it really needs.

It can be stressful to constantly experience symptoms after eating, not knowing the cause. It is not good for your mental wellbeing to fear developing these symptoms every time you sit down for a meal.

The OptiWay test will help reduce this stress by empowering you to make the appropriate changes to your diet and live your healthiest life. The OptiWay test is accurate and fast. Depending on when your sample is received, results are made available within a short period of time, personalized to you. You will find out exactly where the problem lies, and how to avoid it.

Planning what you eat can go a long way to ensuring your future healthy lifestyle.

Allergies VS Food Intolerances
Allergy or Intolerance
Managing food intolerances

Once you have done the Optiway test, you will receive the Optiway Food Intolerance Support Guide that will empower you to:

  • Eat according to your body’s needs
  • Remove or reduce the most reactive foods from your diet
  • Substitute foods you are intolerant to with similar alternatives that will be more comfortable to your digestive system
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Avoid nutrients deficiencies when eliminating reactive food
  • Reintroduce certain foods responsibly

OptiWay™ Foods Tested

Food test

VEGETABLES

Artichoke 
Asparagus 
Aubergine 
Bean (Broad) 
Bean (Green)
Bean (Red Kidney) 
Bean (White Haricot) 
Beetroot
Broccoli 
Brussel Sprout 
Cabbage (Red) 
Cabbage (Savoy/White) 
Cape
Carrot 

Cauliflower 
Celery  
Chard 
Chickpea 
Chicory 
Cucumber 
Fennel (Leaf) 
Leek
Lentil 
Lettuce 
Marrow 
Onion 
Pea
Pepper (Green/Red/Yellow) 

Potato
Quinoa 
Radish 
Rocket
Shallot (onion family) 
Soya Bean
Spinach 
Squash (Butternut/Carnival) 
Sweet Potato 
Tomato
Turnip 
Watercress 
Yuca (Cassava)

 

FRUIT

Apple
Apricot 
Avocado 
Banana 
Blackberry 
Blackcurrant 
Blueberry 
Cherry 
Cranberry 
Date 
Fig 
Grapes 
Grapefruit

Guava 
Kiwi 
Lemon 
Lime 
Lychee 
Mango 
Melon 
Mulberry 
Nectarine 
Olive 
Orange
Papaya
Peach

Pear 
Pineapple 
Plum
Pomegranate 
Raisin 
Raspberry 
Redcurrant 
Rhubarb 
Strawberry 
Tangerine 
Watermelon

 

DAIRY / EGG

Alpha-Lactalbumin (Whey)
Beta-Lactoglobulin (Whey)
Casein 

Egg White 
Egg  Yolk 
Milk (Buffalo)

Milk (Cow) 
Milk (Goat) 
Milk (Sheep)

 

GRAINS (Gluten-Containing)

Barley 
Couscous 
Durum Wheat 
Gluten

Malt 
Oat 
Rye 
Spelt 

Wheat
Wheat Bran

 

GRAINS (Gluten-Free)

Amaranth 
Buckwheat 
Corn (Maize) 
Millet 

Polenta   
Rice   
Tapioca

 

FISH / SEAFOOD

Alga Espaguette 
Alga Spirulina 
Alga Wakame 
Anchovy 
Barnacle
Bass 
Carp 
Caviar 
Clam 
Cockle 
Cod 
Crab
Cuttlefish
Eel 

Haddock 
Hake
Herring 
Lobster 
Mackerel 
Monkfish
Mussel
Octopus 
Oyster 
Perch 
Pike  
Plaice 
Razor Clam 
Salmon 

Sardine 
Scallop 
Sea Bream (Gilthead)
Sea Bream (Red) 
Shrimp/Prawn 
Sole
Squid 
Swordfish 
Trout 
Tuna 
Turbot

 

MEAT / POULTRY

Beef 
Chicken 
Duck 
Goat 
Horse
Lamb 

Ostrich 
Ox 
Partridge 
Pork
Quail 
Rabbit 

Turkey 
Veal
Venison 
Wild Boar

 

HERBS / SPICES

Aniseed 
Basil 
Bayleaf 
Camomile 
Cayenne 
Chilli (Red) 
Cinnamon 
Clove
Coriander (Leaf) 
Cumin  

Curry (Mixed Spices) 
Dill
Garlic  
Ginger  
Ginkgo 
Ginseng   
Hops 
Liquorice 
Marjoram 
Mint

Nutmeg 
Parsley 
Peppercorn (Black/White) 
Peppermint 
Rosemary 
Saffron    
Sage  
Tarragon 
Thyme  
Vanilla

 

NUTS / SEEDS / PEANUT

Almond 
Brazil Nut 
Cashew Nut 
Coconut 
Flax Seed 

Hazelnut
Macadamia Nut 
Peanut
Pine Nut 
Pistachio 

Rapeseed (Canola)
Sesame Seed 
Sunflower Seed 
Tiger Nut 
Walnut

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Agar Agar (Vegan thickener)     
Aloe Vera
Cane Sugar 
Carob 
Chestnut

Cocoa Bean Coffee  
Cola Nut 
Honey 
Mushroom 
Tea (Black) 

Tea (Green)
Transglutaminase 
Yeast (Baker's) 
Yeast (Brewer's)

 

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