Lorisian explain food intolerance and reveal a great member benefit

Read on to find out more about how their service can benefit both your clients and yourself.

From weight gain, bloating to dermatological issues, food intolerance can cause misery and uncomfortable symptoms for many people. But what is a food intolerance and why is it estimated to affect nearly half the UK population*?

Most people associate nutrition and the foods they eat with managing their weight or a healthy lifestyle. However, diet can play an important role in overall health and wellbeing, and it can affect many different parts of our body, including our feet.

Just a few ingredients in a person’s diet could be contributing to conditions such as dermatological issues and arthritis. Taking a closer look at diet may benefit certain conditions that affect a person’s feet.

What is a food intolerance?

Food intolerance can occur when your body has difficulty digesting certain foods. When this occurs over time, large food particles (proteins) may enter the bloodstream.

A reaction manifests when these partly-undigested food particles enter the bloodstream and are treated as foreign substances – antibodies are formed and can generate an inflammatory response. The body may produce food-specific IgG antibodies as a defence against certain ingredients that may not agree with you.

Over time, food intolerances may build up and persist in the system. Just like if you stopped brushing your teeth, you would expect to see a build-up of plaque, bad breath and discolouration which may lead to problems, such as tooth decay. Food intolerances can build up in the same way if the root cause hasn’t been rectified.

Food intolerance vs food allergy

Many people confuse an intolerance with an allergy, but the two are very different. Potentially life-threatening and quite rare, the immune response that causes an allergic reaction (IgE) happens soon after consuming specific foods, such as peanuts or shellfish and it affects around 2% of the adult population.

A food intolerance†, on the other hand, may provoke an IgG reaction and is estimated to affect around 45% of the UK population*. The body’s abnormal reaction to certain foods can impact gastrointestinal upsets such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bloating, diarrhoea, as well as migraines, fatigue and joint pain. Although not life-threatening, the uncomfortable symptoms can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life.


Lorisian on the fitness frontline

Fitness professional Joanne Colvin from Unite Gym endured a range of health problems, including itchy skin, cramping, headaches, nasal congestion and hair loss
  • She exercised regularly but was bloated and put on weight
  • Food intolerance testing revealed she was intolerant to a range of ingredients, including red meat and almonds
  • After cutting these foods from her diet, the bloating and cramping disappeared, she lost weight, and can now at last reap rewards from her training sessions.

Who are Lorisian?

Lorisian work with practitioners in a wide range of fields, sports and fitness professionals and provide corporate health and wellbeing programmes. Lorisian’s in-house laboratory has over 35 years’ experience in diagnostic testing and benefits from a team of dedicated account managers for end-to-end support.

Lorisian are proud to partner with leading international organisations and take pride in running trials, recently with Rotherham FC and Wigan Warriors, to continually evaluate and develop their research, data and procedures.

Lorisian food intolerance† tests are simple to use and can be carried out in the comfort of your practice or at your client’s home. Once their blood sample has been returned in the pre-paid envelope provided, we will analyse it in our accredited laboratory. Our expert team will test for IgG(1-4) reactions to up to 208 food and drinks, which indicates whether your client has an elevated reaction to a specific ingredient. Ingredients tested, for example, are common foods like cow’s milk, wheat and gluten through to health superfoods like quinoa and kale to establish your clients’ trigger foods.

As the practitioner, you will then receive a comprehensive results packs and support material to share with your client and help them to formulate an elimination diet. To ensure your clients receive the very best advice, Lorisian have a team of qualified nutritional therapists. They can support with extra consultations to help your client make the dietary changes.

CIMSPA member benefit

CIMSPA members can register as a Lorisian Practitioner and receive a 10% discount on the Gold and Silver test kits

For more information on our food intolerance† tests and how to become a certified Lorisian practitioner, complete the below registration to receive 10% discount as a CIMSPA member or by calling +441904 428550 or email info@lorisian.com

The discounts

Lorisian Silver
Normal price: £185.00
CIMSPA member price: £166.50

Lorisian Gold
Normal price: £220.00
CIMSPA member price: £198.00

* Allergy UK
† Lorisian define food intolerance as a food-specific IgG reaction. Their information is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. Lorisian do not claim to treat or cure symptoms and recommend that you encourage your client to discuss any medical concerns they have with a doctor before undertaking a Lorisian test.

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