Food intolerance testing now available at home!
Would you like to take the food intolerance test, but can’t make it to our Sherbrooke clinic? You can do the test yourself, in the comfort of your own home, anywhere in Quebec. It’s a simple fingertip swab.
Just send an e-mail to email@example.com to make your request.
Please note that a $20 charge will be added to your invoice for sample transport.
What are food intolerances?
Since food intolerances can affect inflammation, they may be a factor to consider in certain medical conditions such as:
Food intolerance is a reaction of the immune system to a specific food. Depending on the source, it may be called food hypersensitivity, type III food allergy or simply food intolerance. It involves IgG antibodies that bind to the protein of the food in question, called antigen. This immune complex (IgG-antigen) will accumulate in certain tissues of the body near or far away. The body then triggers an inflammatory process to eliminate these immune complexes. If these are present in too large a quantity (large quantity or frequency of ingestion of the food in question), the body cannot break the cycle and chronic inflammation sets in.
The sensitivity of an individual varies according to his or her genetic profile, the state of his or her immune system, digestive function, the quality of the gastrointestinal barrier, the composition of the microbiota (intestinal flora), the frequency and quantity of consumption of the food antigen, etc. Leaky gut is often associated with an increase in food intolerance and the intensity of symptoms.
Certain discomforts may indicate to a person that they are intolerant to certain foods. These discomforts may occur quickly or hours or even days after eating, making identification difficult. The physical manifestations may differ from one person to another or from one period to another for the same person. Food intolerances can affect your quality of life and long-term health.
The most frequently observed physical manifestations are:
* Food intolerances can be detected by analyzing a blood sample taken from the fingertip. The test consists of evaluating the importance of the presence of IgG associated
Food intolerances (hypersensitivities) are not a disease, but they can be the cause of many discomforts or aggravate certain symptoms related to diseases already present. They can be easily detected by analyzing a blood sample taken from the fingertip. The test consists of assessing the level of IgG associated with the tested food in the blood.
Different food profiles are available according to your personal needs.
Which profile should I choose?
It is important to choose the profile that best suits your eating habits and your budget. If you don’t eat meat, fish or seafood, the vegetarian profile is just right. If you are hesitating between the 120 and 220 profile, here is the list of foods that are present in the 220 profile and not in the 120. If your diet includes 4 or more foods from this list, perhaps the 220 profile would be the best option.
Lactose tolerance test
Clinique Prelev now offers the lactose intolerance test. The lactose intolerance test consists of administering an oral dose of lactose solution to a fasting patient and monitoring blood glucose levels at 0, 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes. You should therefore allow a minimum of 2 hours for the appointment. If the person is lactose intolerant, their body will produce only minimal increases in glucose, so this approach is commonly used in adult patients in regional hospitals. The test is performed by taking blood samples.
A prescription from your health care professional is required