Food intolerance affects over 45% of the population, and although symptoms are not life threatening, they can impact on quality of life. Food intolerance can result in a wide range of symptoms including gut symptoms, bloating, migraines, low mood, weight gain, fatigue and skin problems. It can be difficult to determine which foods or food groups you are intolerant to as symptoms of food intolerance can take up to 72 hours to appear after eating trigger foods.
Haven Pharmacy Hollys in Liosban and Ballinasloe offer the Lorisian food intolerance test. It is simple to use, provides detailed easy-to-understand results and it is advised to eat as normal before the test. The pharmacist can complete the test for you, via a minor finger-prick to obtain a small sample of blood. Alternatively, the customer can purchase the test to complete at home. Results are received within ten working days.
The results are delivered in a user-friendly booklet detailing foods or food groups to which the customer is intolerant, borderline intolerant and tolerant. Where a customer is intolerant or borderline intolerant to a food group, a list is provided of the ways in which it is listed in the ingredient list of foods, to assist the customer in eliminating the offender from their diet. For example, if it is determined that you are intolerant to wheat, you will be provided with a list explaining that wheat can be listed in the ingredient list of foods as bulger, durum, flour, spelt, wheat etc. The customer is also provided with a list of alternatives to assist in the substitution of the identified food or food group. For example, a customer with an intolerance to wheat will be provided with a list of wheat alternatives including buckwheat, quinoa, oats etc to ensure a well-balanced diet can be maintained when the cause of intolerance symptoms is eliminated from the diet.
Haven Pharmacy Hollys is open 9am to 9pm Monday to Saturday in Liosban on the Tuam Road, around the corner from Westdoc, beside the National Schoolwear Centre. Pop in on your way home from work for your food intolerance test or to talk to one of their experts.
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