Food allergy and intolerance
Is the food you eat a causative factor in your condition?
Food allergies and intolerances can significantly impact your quality of life.
A food allergy occurs when your immune system mistakes a harmless food for an invader and produces immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies in defence. These antibodies can cause an immediate allergic reaction that can be mild or severe in nature such as digestive problems, vomiting, hives, swollen airways, or even life-threatening anaphylactic shock. It’s important to know that an allergic food that causes mild symptoms on one occasion can cause severe symptoms at another time.
A food intolerance occurs when your body is sensitive to a particular food. Intolerances to food types like gluten and dairy, for example, can develop when your digestive system becomes damaged by factors including nutrient-poor diet, a nasty infection, high levels of stress and more. When you eat a trigger food, your immune system produces IgG antibodies, which causes low-grade inflammation. The symptoms are often mild and can appear hours or even days after you’ve eaten a trigger food, which makes it harder to connect the dots. Regular consumption of intolerant foods can contribute to chronic IBS, eczema, asthma, arthritic pain, fatigue, migraines, depression, brain fog, behavioural challenges and more.
At IMI, we’ve often observed that seemingly harmless foods are the culprits behind chronic health conditions. Our industry-leading functional medicine laboratory tests can identify a wide range of food allergies and intolerances in adults and children to protect against health issues.
Test your allergy (IgE) reactions to 32 different environmental allergens and 28 food allergens commonly found in the Hong Kong environment and Asian/Western diets.
Protect your child by identifying their allergy (IgE) reactions to food allergens commonly found in children. These include cow’s milk, codfish, wheat, soybean, peanut and egg white. This blood test is suitable for children up to two years of age.
Test your allergy (IgE) reactions to 32 food allergens commonly found in Asian and Western diets.
Test your IgG reactions to 190 foods commonly found in Asian, Western and Mediterranean diets. This highly comprehensive dried blood test (a quick and painless pin-prick test) can also detect the presence of hemp – an increasingly common allergy marker, as well as Candida and yeast.
This test employs new and advanced technology known as Multiple Analyte Profiling (xMAP®), which offers superior sensitivity, specificity, precision and accuracy compared to traditional plate-based ELISA tests used by other food intolerance testing labs. With xMAP® technology, antigen-specific IgG antibodies are captured on multiplexed magnetic beads. This bead-based immunoassay allows for the simultaneous accurate detection of IgG antibodies to all 190 foods.
IMI found that the prior Great Plains Lab test had the best reproducibility in the marketplace – this new version offers even greater accuracy.
With this simple yet comprehensive dried blood test, check your IgG reactions to 96 foods including many of the foods that are commonly recommended as substitutes in rotation/elimination diets. At the same time, you can also request testing for Candida, a fungal infection that can cause multiple food intolerances and health issues. Testing IgG antibodies alone only tests for a history of the infection; this test measures IgA and IgM antibodies, allowing for increased detection of an existing Candida infection.
96 IgG - $1880
Add Candida IgG/IgA/IgM - $1000 (panel $2880)
Test your IgG reactions to 184 foods including many of the foods that commonly recommended as substitutes in rotation/elimination diets with this comprehensive dried blood spot test. At the same time, you can also test for Candida, a fungal infection that can cause multiple health challenges.
184 IgG - $3150
Add Candida IgG/IgA/IgM - $800 (panel $3950)