Why use Test4 and What is a Food Sensitivity?

Test4 are passionate about helping you become the best version of yourself. By eliminating your trigger foods your overall health and well being will increase and day to day activities will become much easier. We want to enable you to take back control once and for all!

Whilst some tests on the market claim to test for a huge range of foods and drinks, often this is at the detriment of testing accuracy. We only use antigens from approved biotechnology suppliers, to ensure upmost testing accuracy and quality is maintained. The specifically designed testing panel covers only the most relevant antigens, to provide accurate and actionable results.

See our scientific studies page for further information on this.

Understanding what a Food Sensitivity is and what is causing any symptoms can be very distressing and unclear for people.The terminology sometimes used to describe what you are experiencing is sometimes very confusing, you may well have done some of your own research to try and understand what symptoms you have and how they are affecting you.

We know from experience that the answers are not always clear and there is a lot of confusion around this subject and what may be causing your issues.

We have shown below where the confusion can arise, and it starts with the names that we, and professionals give to the different types of symptoms. You can see below that there are common areas of symptoms that can be very similar, but it could be one of three aspects that are causing your specific complaint.

‘Food intolerance (sensitivity) is used to describe many different conditions where food causes unpleasant symptoms that happen each time that food is eaten but are not a food allergy. A food intolerance is different to food allergy and intolerance's are not caused by the immune system and do not have the risk of a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).’ (Source Allergy UK)

‘Approximately 13% of British adults claim to experience symptoms when they eat gluten-containing foods, according to one recent study’ (European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology: January 2014 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 - p 33–39 Original Articles: Gluten-Sensitivity)

The symptoms of food sensitivities, intolerances and allergies can all be similar, but they are different things.

Understanding the Differences

Sensitivity Intolerance Allergy
Symptoms Can be similar across all categories Can be similar across all categories Can be similar across all categories
Influenced by immune system Yes No Yes
Possible reaction times Delayed - days Delayed - hours - days Immediate
Usual reference language Delayed food allergy This is the most confusing area and usually involves misunderstanding Classic allergy/Acute allergy

 

Sensitivity
Symptoms Can be similar across all categories
Influenced by immune system Yes
Possible reaction times Delayed - days
Usual reference language Delayed food allergy
Intolerance
Symptoms Can be similar across all categories
Influenced by immune system No
Possible reaction times Delayed - hours - days
Usual reference language This is the most confusing area and usually involves misunderstanding
Allergy
Symptoms Can be similar across all categories
Influenced by immune system Yes
Possible reaction times Immediate
Usual reference language Classic allergy/Acute allergy

Test4 Sensitivity Kit

£229.99

Our Full Sensitivity Test identifies the largest range of food/drink sensitivities, testing against 134 food and drink reactions it is the perfect programme to take control over your trigger foods. You also receive a 30-minute consultation with one of our nutritional therapists who can advise you on replacement foods, managing your diet and much more.