Our tests cover an extensive range of more than 200 ingredients. This includes various categories including; fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices, nuts and seeds, meat, fish and seafood, eggs and dairy, grains (gluten-free and gluten-containing). Please see our ingredients directory for the full list of tested items.
How many ingredients do you test for?
Do I need a smartphone to access my report?
No! Your report can be accessed from any device that supports email and PDF viewers.
I cant access my report, what do I do?
We’re sorry you can’t access your report! First, attempt to open the report on a different device (e.g, smartphone, tablet, or computer) and ensure you are connected to a stable and strong Wi-Fi connection while trying to access the report. If you still are unable to access your report, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org and our dedicated team will promptly assist you in resolving the issue!
Can I purchase a Test Kit as a gift?
Absolutely! You can purchase a Food Sensitivity Test as a gift for someone special. During the ordering process, simply leave a note in the designated order box, indicating that you are buying the test as a gift. We may be able to be able to include a personalised message for the recipient too!
If you have any further questions or need assistance with your gift purchase, please don't hesitate to reach out to our customer support team at email@example.com
How do I update my customer details?
Please email our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org with the relevant information and they will update all the necessary details for you.
What is gut health?
Gut health refers to the overall well-being and optimal functioning of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which includes the oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, rectum, and anus. A healthy gut plays a crucial role in digestion, absorption of nutrients, immune function, and even influences aspects of mental and systemic health.
Should I re-introduce food that I haven’t eaten before taking the test?
If you would like to test for foods that you have avoided for more than 3 months, we recommend reintroducing these foods into your diet for at least one week before completing the blood sample for the Food Intolerance test. This step is essential to ensure that your body has had sufficient exposure to the specific foods, allowing the immune system to potentially produce IgG antibodies in response to them. However, it's crucial to continue avoiding any foods that you already know you have a known allergy to or those that trigger severe reactions.
Should I stop taking any medications before completing my Food Sensitivity Test?
No, you should not stop taking any medication before taking the test. It's essential to speak with your general practitioner or healthcare provider first. Your medications are prescribed to manage specific health conditions, and discontinuing them without medical supervision could pose risks to your health.
Is there any medication that could impact the results of the test?
Yes, certain medications can potentially impact the results of the test. Specifically, if you are currently taking immunosuppressant drugs, it is advisable not to complete the food intolerance test. These medications can affect immune responses, potentially leading to inaccurate or inconclusive test results. Please consult your doctor or healthcare provider before making any decisions related to the test or your medications. Prioritising your safety and well-being is paramount, and your healthcare provider can help navigate any concerns or considerations regarding the test and your current medications.
Can I use the test results to replace medical advice or treatments?
No, the food intolerance test results are intended to provide valuable insights into your dietary sensitivities but should not replace medical advice or treatments. If you have underlying health conditions or concerns, it's essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional for a comprehensive evaluation and personalised advice. The test results can serve as a useful tool in collaboration with healthcare experts to optimise your diet and overall wellness.
What age can I test my child?
ReasonRemedy's policy regarding the lower age limit for testing IgG food antibodies is based on established guidelines and considerations specific to children's health. Our current practice is to advise against testing children under the age of 2 years. This policy is aligned with the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Coeliac Disease 2012.
These guidelines recognise that infants under the age of 2 may have a higher likelihood of false negative results due to factors such as the permeability of the infant gut and the ongoing development of mucosal immunity.
While published guidelines do not explicitly define a minimum age for testing IgG antibodies, it's important to note that the decision to perform such testing, especially for children, remains a matter of careful consideration. We acknowledge that there may be instances where a qualified and regulated healthcare professional deems testing necessary for a child under 2 years of age. In such cases, the responsibility for determining the appropriate timing and tests to perform rests with the requesting clinician.
Our commitment is to prioritise the health and well-being of individuals, especially children, and to adhere to recognised guidelines while allowing for clinical judgment by qualified professionals when necessary.
Can I take your test if i’m pregnant or breast feeding?
No, we advise against taking the test if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, your immune system undergoes changes, and certain components of the immune system are suppressed. As a result, taking the test during this time may not provide accurate results for identifying food intolerances.
What happens if I cant draw enough blood?
While it is advisable to completely fill the tube and provide 100 microlitres of blood for your sample, a half filled microvette tube may possibly be enough to run the test. If there are any issues with the sample, our laboratory will inform you. In case the sample received is inadequate for testing, we will reach out to discuss the next steps or any further actions needed. We understand that the process of drawing blood may vary for each individual, and our team is here to assist you throughout the testing process.
Why do food sensitivities appear?
Food sensitivities occur when the body's immune system recognises specific foods as a threat and produces IgG class antibodies in response. These antibodies are released to protect the body, but the reaction is not immediate and can be delayed for several days after consuming the offending food. As a result, people may not immediately associate their symptoms with the food they consumed.
Imbalances in the gut microbiome can also play a role in the development of food sensitivities. A disrupted gut microbiome, can contribute to increased IgG reactions to certain foods. Addressing gut health through a supplement protocol or other interventions can sometimes help alleviate food sensitivities by restoring balance to the gut.
It's essential to understand that food sensitivities are highly individual, and the triggers may vary from person to person. Identifying and managing food sensitivities can significantly improve overall your well-being and quality of life.
Can the test diagnose food allergies?
No, our food intolerance test is not designed to diagnose food allergies. While food intolerances involve different immune responses (IgG antibodies), food allergies are triggered by IgE antibodies, leading to severe and potentially life-threatening reactions. If you suspect a food allergy, we recommend seeking an allergist or medical professional for proper testing and evaluation.
Should I take the test if I don’t experience sensitivity to food?
Food sensitivity may not always manifest as gut health issues; it can lead to various symptoms such as skin conditions, headaches, joint pains, and a general feeling of being unwell. Our gut is often referred to as the body's second brain and is closely linked to our overall health and well-being. Even if you don't notice specific digestive symptoms, taking the test can still be valuable in identifying any foods that might be contributing to your overall discomfort. It's worth considering the test to gain insights into potential food sensitivities that could be impacting your well-being.
Do your tests identify coeliac disease?
No, our food intolerance tests are not designed to diagnose coeliac disease. Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. The diagnosis of coeliac disease requires specific blood tests, genetic testing, and an intestinal biopsy.
ReasonRemedy's tests, on the other hand, focus on detecting IgG antibodies, which indicate immune responses related to food intolerances in the body. These tests provide insights into food sensitivities and intolerances but do not diagnose coeliac disease.
If you suspect you have coeliac disease or experience symptoms related to gluten consumption, it is crucial to consult a healthcare professional. They can conduct the appropriate tests and evaluations to accurately diagnose coeliac disease and provide suitable treatment and dietary recommendations based on the results.
Do your tests identify lactose intolerance?
No, our tests do not identify lactose intolerance as it is not caused by an immune reaction. Lactose intolerance occurs due to the body's inability to break down and absorb lactose, a sugar found in dairy products. Since our tests focus on detecting immune reactions (IgG antibodies), they cannot assess how your body reacts to lactose.
However, our tests can identify immune reactions to other dairy ingredients, including Casein, Milk from various sources (Cow, Sheep, Goat, Buffalo), Beta-Lactoglobulin, and Alpha-Lactalbumin.
If you suspect you have lactose intolerance, we recommend consulting your general practitioner. They can conduct specific tests, such as breath, blood sugar, or stool tests, to accurately identify lactose intolerance or any other reactions related to lactose consumption.
What can trigger food sensitivities?
Food sensitivities occur due to various factors and underlying mechanisms in the body. Some common reasons why food sensitivities occur include:
Immune System Response: The immune system may recognise specific proteins or molecules in food as foreign invaders or threats, triggering an immune reaction and the production of IgG antibodies.
Leaky Gut Syndrome: When the gut lining becomes compromised, undigested food particles and toxins may leak into the bloodstream, leading to immune responses and sensitivities to those foods.
Gut Microbiome Imbalance: An imbalance in the gut microbiome, the complex ecosystem of microorganisms in the digestive tract, can influence how the body processes and reacts to certain foods. Disruptions in the gut microbiome can contribute to food sensitivities.
Repeated Exposure: Frequent and repetitive consumption of certain foods may increase the likelihood of developing sensitivities over time.
It's important to note that food sensitivities are highly individualised, and what triggers a sensitivity in one person may not affect another. Identifying the specific foods causing sensitivities and understanding the underlying mechanisms can help individuals make informed dietary choices and manage their health more effectively.
What method of testing is used for your tests?
Our labs use ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay) testing, which is considered the gold standard of testing for antibodies and provides the most accurate results. ELISA is used to detect IgG (Immunoglobulin) antibodies produced by the immune system in response to specific foods. When certain foods are consumed, and undigested fragments or molecules enter the bloodstream, the immune system can recognise them as foreign invaders and respond by producing IgG antibodies. These antibodies target the specific foods, and their presence in the bloodstream indicates the body's immune reaction to those foods. Our tests screen for all IgG subclasses (1,2, 3 and 4), to ensure it gives the most accurate and reliable results.
What is the difference between hair tests and blood based tests?
Hair tests and blood-based food intolerance tests differ in the type of information they provide and the mechanisms they measure. Hair tests involve analysing the mineral content in the hair, aiming to identify nutrient deficiencies, heavy metal exposure, or imbalances in mineral levels. However, hair treatments like colouring or bleaching can impact the mineral content in the hair, leading to inconsistencies in test results and reducing the reliability of the analysis. Furthermore, hair tests cannot assess immune reactions, including IgG antibody responses to foods, which are critical for identifying food intolerances and sensitivities.
On the other hand, blood-based tests offer the ability to accurately detect IgG antibody responses to specific foods, helping individuals identify potential food intolerances that may trigger immune reactions. Utilising the ELISA testing method allows us to cover all IgG subclasses (1, 2, 3, and 4), offering a more comprehensive evaluation of immune responses to various foods and providing a detailed assessment of potential food sensitivities. This comprehensive approach ensures that you receive thorough insights into your body's immune reactions, empowering you to make informed dietary decisions to support your overall well-being.
Do high IgG antibody levels cause symptoms?
The relationship between high IgG antibody levels and symptoms is complex and varies from person to person. In some cases, high IgG antibody levels to specific foods can indeed cause symptoms and contribute to food intolerances or sensitivities. Symptoms can include; digestive issues, skin problems, respiratory symptoms, headaches, fatigue, joint pain and mood changes. It's important to remember that not all individuals with high IgG antibody levels to certain foods will experience symptoms. Some people may have elevated IgG levels without any noticeable adverse reactions. The presence of IgG antibodies alone does not necessarily indicate immediate or severe symptoms like in allergies (IgE-mediated reactions).
What is gut barrier dysfunction?
Gut barrier dysfunction, also known as increased intestinal permeability or "leaky gut", refers to a condition where the lining of the gastrointestinal tract becomes compromised, allowing substances that should not normally pass through to cross into the bloodstream. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract's lining acts as a protective barrier, selectively allowing nutrients to be absorbed while keeping harmful substances, toxins, and undigested food particles from entering the bloodstream. When these foreign substances enter the bloodstream, the immune system may recognise them as potential threats, triggering an immune response and inflammation. Over time, chronic inflammation and immune activation may contribute to various health issues and symptoms, including food sensitivities, autoimmune conditions, allergies, and digestive problems.
Results + Aftercare
How long can I expect to wait after testing to receive my results?
After sending your results to the lab, you can expect to receive your comprehensive report, along with personalised nutrition guidance, within 7-10 days. In some cases where results require additional consideration, the turnaround time may be slightly longer. Rest assured that we strive to provide you with accurate and detailed results as quickly as possible. If you have any questions about the process, our customer support team is available to assist you throughout the testing journey at email@example.com
What do I do If I have an elevated food sensitivity?
Upon receiving your test results, you will be provided with personalised guidance from our experienced nutritionists. They will help you understand the reasons behind your body's reactions to specific foods and the identified intolerances. This insight is essential in making informed dietary choices to improve your overall well-being.
Our nutritionists will offer tailored remedies and recommendations on how to move forward. These personalised remedies will empower you with the knowledge and understanding needed to manage your food intolerances effectively. With their guidance, you can make positive changes to your diet and lifestyle, minimising exposure to trigger foods, finding suitable alternatives and repairing your gut through supplementation.
Remember, identifying and managing food intolerances is a process that can require adjustments. Our dedicated team is here to support and assist you in your journey toward better health and wellness. If you have any questions or need further guidance after receiving your results, please don't hesitate to reach out to our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org or book a consultation to discuss your results further with our nutritionists. We are committed to providing you with the best possible support and helping you achieve optimal well-being.
How often do you recommend repeat testing?
It’s highly dependant on the needs and requirements of the individual! Your personalised guidance will advise accordingly.
Who are your nutritional therapists, and what qualifications do they have?
Katie McIntosh has immersed herself in various fields of the health and wellbeing industry and acquired a diverse range of qualifications. Her journey has taken her through intensive training, and she thrives on sharing valuable insights and practical strategies to help individuals like you, lead fulfilling lives.
Her qualifications include the following:
National Academy of Sports Medicine - Performance Enhancement Specialist
National Centre for Eating Disorders - Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders, Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders, Essential Obesity & Psychological Interventions. *attendance only
Health Sciences Academy - Food Allergy & Intolerance Specialist, Detoxification SpecialistAdvanced Sports and Exercise Nutritionist, Appetite Neurochemistry
University of Derby - Psychology BSc (Undergraduate)
NLP Training Institute - Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Timeline Therapy Practitioner
Delivery + Postage
Are ReasonRemedy Test Kits only available in the uk?
At the moment, we can only accept orders for ReasonRemedy Test Kits from customers located in the UK. This is because the test requires a live blood sample, which restricts shipping and processing options to within the UK. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. If you have any further questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to our customer support team at email@example.com.
How will my Test Kit be shipped?
Your Test Kit will be shipped using Royal Mail's 48hr tracked delivery service. This ensures a reliable delivery process. Once your test is dispatched from our facility, you will receive tracking information to keep you updated on the status of your shipment. This way, you can conveniently track your test kit until it reaches your designated delivery address! If you have any questions or need further assistance regarding the shipping of your test, please feel free to contact our customer support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I receive my Test Kit any quicker?
Yes! You have the option to upgrade your delivery to a next day 24hr delivery. If you have any questions or need further assistance regarding the shipping of your test, please contact our customer support team at email@example.com.
Do I need to store my sample in the fridge if I'm not sending it the same day?
Yes, it's crucial to store your sample in the fridge until you send it back to us. To maintain the sample's integrity, it must be sent within 24 hours of being taken. Therefore, please plan to complete the sample collection on a day that allows for timely postage. Keeping the sample refrigerated ensures that we receive it in optimal condition for accurate testing and reliable results.
Payments + Refunds
Are ReasonRemedy Test Kits available on the NHS or health insurance?
No, ReasonRemedy Food Intolerance tests are not available on the NHS. While the NHS does offer IgG tests, they are not specifically designed for food intolerance. Food-specific IgG tests can only be obtained through private testing, and the quality and reliability of such tests can vary depending on the source.
As for health insurance coverage, it is unlikely that our food intolerance tests will be included in your policy. We recommend reaching out to your health insurance provider for further assistance and information on coverage options.
Do you offer payment plans?
Unfortunately, payment plans are not available at this current time.
Do you accept PayPal?
Yes! We accept PayPal and all other major credit and debit card providers.
What is your refund policy?
Our refund policy aims to ensure customer satisfaction and address any concerns promptly. If you are not satisfied with our products or services for any reason, we encourage you to reach out to us directly and as soon as possible on firstname.lastname@example.org. Our dedicated customer support team is here to assist you and work together to resolve any issues that may have arisen.
*Our full refund policy can be found in the terms and conditions area of the website.