Know what your food triggers are with Optiway™
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.
The IgG food intolerance test is based on your immune system producing antibodies in response to you eating certain foods. If you have been avoiding a particular food, your body may be producing insufficient antibodies to be detected by the test. You may therefore show a negative response. To ensure a reliable result, you should include that food in your diet daily for at least 6 weeks before testing. However, if you know that the food concerned causes you extreme symptoms do not reintroduce that food at all.
U/ml stands for Units per millilitre and is a measure of concentration. All positive results on the Food Intolerance Test report are expressed in U/ml to show the concentration of IgG antibodies in the blood.
Once you have received your results, we advise you to see nutritional therapist registered with the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (www.bant.org.uk), who will advise you how to eliminate foods from your diet and which foods you should substitute to ensure you are eating a healthy, balanced diet. They may also offer support and encouragement with regular progress checks, as it can be quite a daunting task sticking to a new diet on your own.
Yes - some foods may cause a classic allergic reaction involving the production of IgE antibodies. These will not be detected by any IgG food test. There are also many foods that can cause a reaction in the body without involving the immune system but produce symptoms similar to IgG reactions. For example amines in chocolate, cheese and red wine may cause migraines; some food additives such as tartrazine can cause hives, rashes and asthma; monosodium glutamate in Chinese dishes can produce sweating and dizziness; ‘Nightshade’ alkaloids in potatoes, tomatoes and peppers may affect the joints. Food intolerance may also be due to a deficiency of a particular enzyme, as in lactose intolerance. You should avoid any foods that you suspect are affecting you adversely.
No, not necessarily. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, the major sugar found in milk, and is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase. Our food intolerance test detects whether your immune system is reacting to proteins within cow's milk but does not detect the lactase enzyme and therefore cannot diagnose lactose intolerance.
No. A product can be wheat-free but not gluten-free and vice versa. You can buy products that are both gluten-free and wheatfree. It is important to read ingredient labels to be certain.
In this test, the gliadin (gluten) is tested independently of wheat, barley and rye. If you test positive for gliadin, we suggest you avoid these grains (even if they show a negative response on your results) and substitute with naturally gluten-free foods such as quinoa, buckwheat, corn and oats.
No. Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease that results in a severe reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Our wheat extract does not contain gluten and so a positive test result for wheat only indicates an intolerance to wheat proteins, not to gluten.
No, you can order from us directly or through your healthcare practitioner.
You do have to be careful when changing your diet which is why we offer follow-up dietary advice from our qualified nutritionists to anyone who has taken our tests.
We do not recommend testing children under two years of age.
Most people do not need to have a re-test, but if you would like another test we usually advise a period of 12 months in between tests. If your symptoms have improved and you have been able to successfully re-introduce the foods, then a re-test is unnecessary.