Allergy, intolerance or sensitivity

Did you know that​

1 of every 5 people has an allergy
4 of every 5 people has a food intolerance

Are you suffering from:

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  • runny nose​​
  • blocked nose
  • migraines or headaches
  • itchy eyes
  • watery eyes
  • mouth ulcers
  • skin rash​
  • itchy skin
  • eczema
  • asthma
  • ear infections
  • weight problems (gain or loss)
  • fatigue 
  • shortness of breath​
  • ​memory and concentration problems
  • irritability 
  • tummy pain
  • bloating
  • diarrhoea
  • constipation
  • food cravings
  • nausea
  • joint pain 
  • frequent infections

and the list goes on...
Are you aware of what is happening in your body

Many foods or drinks that you are consuming frequently especially on a daily basis can affect your energy levels, mood, digestion and immune function. Food sensitivities are linked to many unwanted symptoms.

What is the difference between an allergy and intolerance / sensitivity?

A food allergy involves an immune mediated reaction whereas a food intolerance/sensitivity is any adverse physiological response to a substance. Intolerances / sensitivities are more subtle and difficult to identify.
Our body is in contact with many substances on a daily basis whether from what we eat or what we put on our skin.
If we have an allergy or intolerance to a substance we may have a reaction.
Reactions to the substance can appear as a skin rash, runny nose, itchy skin, a headache or many other symptoms. These substances can come from: 

  • Food
  • Water
  • Drinks
  • Food additives and preservatives
  • Artifical sweeteners

  • Insecticides
  • Herbicides
  • Skin care
  • Perfumes
  • Make-up
  • Chemicals
  • Pollen
  • Moulds
  • Pet hair
  • Dust​, insects and so on

ALLERGY: a condition involving the immune system, that causes an immune reaction after eating, touching or breathing something that is harmless to most people. Allergens can be from foods, dust, animals, chemicals or medical drugs. Symptoms can vary and can occur within minutes common indications include breathing problems and skin reactions. 

IgG reactions for intolerances can be tested through our Self Test test Kit. 

IgE allergic reactions are usually immediate and can be severe sufferers are usually aware they have this type of reaction. We offer test kit for home use for IgE reactions.

INTOLERANCE / SENSITIVITY: is any adverse physiological reaction to a food, substance or chemical. This type of reaction can be immediate but is generally delayed and less severe.
sympotms are more vague such as fatigue, digestive upsets, skin problems, headaches or frequent infections. 

If you have any of the symptoms above there is a chance that your body has already developed an allergy, intolerance or sensitivity against some of the food, drink or other substance which you are in contact with.  

Don't ignore the symptoms...

Let us help you identify your sensitivities to help you feel your best

Food intolerances for children and babies

Feeding our children can be a little stressful and we can get a bit lost on what foods they really need to thrive and which foods they will eat. Unfortunately, the supermarket is full of many unhealthy foods marketed to children, and friends and family can undermine us by giving our children less healthy treats.

Here at Allergy Test we can help you work out what foods are not supporting your child’s health and wellness so you can help them cope with any health issues.

Even if your child is not having obvious allergy symptoms or health problems finding out which foods are not suiting your child can support their immunity, their digestion and nervous system so they can just focus on being an active healthy kid.

Common signs of allergies in children is a crease under their eyes, dark circles under their eyes, a line across the bridge of their nose.
Other indications of food allergies or sensitivities include:
Skin reactions – eczema or dermatitis
Tummy problems – pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea
Bladder – cystitis, bed wetting or frequent urination
Nervous system – ADHD, spectrum disorders, headaches, poor concentration, irritability
Immune system – frequent infections, especially colds and earaches, asthma

Mineral and vitamin deficiencies

What are nutritional deficiencies
One of the main reasons we need to eat a varied diet is to obtain nutrients (vitamins and minerals) to nourish our bodies. Our body cannot make these nutrients so they must be obtained through our diet. Nutrients are crucial for the proper functioning of all areas of our health. Thus it is crucial to ensure we get optimal levels of nutrients to prevent disease. Optimal nutrition can help metabolic processes such as digestion, inflammation, detoxification, mitochondrial function, immune and oxidation defences. It has been estimated that more than 60% of all deaths in Australia result from nutrition-related disorders.

What causes nutritional deficiencies?

Deficiencies can arise when we dont eat, absorb or utilise these nutrients from our diet. This can be caused by a nutrient poor diet, digestion and malabsorption problems, genetic defects, alcoholism, medication use or other health problems.
Common nutrient deficiencies in New Zealand and Australia are iron, zinc, iodine and vitamin D.

Great source of information about vitamin and mineral deficiencies

Mineral and vitamin deficiency diseases​:

Acne: Essential fatty acids, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Zinc
Anemia: Iron, Cobalt, Copper, Selenium, Biotin, Folic Acid, Nickel, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12
Arthritis: Calcium, Copper, Boron, Essential Fatty Acid, Geranium, Vitamin B-6,
Asthma: Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Potassium
Brittle Nails: Calcium, Boron, Iodine, Iron, Zinc
Birth Defects: Folic Acid, Magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-12, Zinc, Copper
Cancer: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Selenium, Geranium, Cesium
Cardiovascular Disease: Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Magnesium, Vanadium, Vitamin B-3, Vitamin C, Co-enzyme Q10, Essential Fatty Acids
Chronic Fatigue: Biotin, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Niacin, Selenium, B Complex
Constipation: Inositol, Iondine, Para-Amino benzoic Acid, Potassium, Vitamin B-1 and B-12
Depression: Biotin, Boron, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Lithium, B Complex, Zinc
Diabetes: Chromium, Vanadium, Zinc, Vitamin D, Vitamin B,  Vitamin C, Biotin 
Eczema: Boron, Calcium, Essential Fatty Acids, Inositol, Niacin, Vitamin B-5, Zinc
Edema: Potassium, Vitamin B-1
Goitre (Low Thyroid): Iodine, Copper
Hair loss  (Alopecia) Biotin, Copper, Essential Fatty Acids, Inositol, Iodine, B Complex, Zinc
Greying Hair: Copper
Hyperactivity: Calcium, Boron, Chromium, Magnesium, Lithium, Vanadium, Zinc, Essential Fatty Acids, B Vitamins
Hypothermia: Magnesium
Impotence: Zinc, Selenium, Manganese, Calcium, Chromium
Infertility: Chromium, Essential Fatty Acids, Lithium, Manganese, Selenium, Vanadium, Zinc
Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglyceamia):Chromium, Vanadium, Copper, Managnese
Memory Loss: Folic Acid, Niacin, Vitmain B-1, Zinc
Muscular Weakness/Dystrophy (also Cystic Fibrosis): Selenium, Potassium, Iodine, Niacin
Nervousness: Calcium, Boron, Iodine, Magnesium, Potassium, B Complex, Vitamin D
Osteoporosis: Calcium, Boron, Geranium, Vitamin K, Magnesium
PMS: Calcium, Boron, Chromium, Zinc, Selenium
Receding Gums (Periodontal Disease, Gingivitis): Calcium, Boron
Sexual Dysfunction: Selenium, Zinc, Manganese, Iodine
Wrinkles and Sagging (facial ageing): Copper, Sulphur

This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the missing vitamins and minerals.
There are many other nutriens that are required to help in the absorbtion and utilization of these vitamins and minerals.
It is intended as a reference of the primary missing nutrients only.