Have you been experiencing fatigue and problems with your stomach for no reason? Do you often feel “off” even with regular exercise and a healthy diet?
It’s quite possible that you have a food intolerance. And now, it’s simpler than ever to take a test to discover which foods simply don’t sit right with you.

At the LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness in Fort Bonifacio, you can now take your very own food intolerance test in just fifteen minutes.Their food intolerance test (FIT) is a comprehensive test from Cambridge Nutritional Sciences (CNS) in the UK, and is the only test of its kind in the Philippines, made available in several health facilities, including LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness, in the metro through Global Medical Technologies as the official distributor of CNS in the Philippines.

We interviewed Dr. Agnes B. Galura-Famero, M.D., FPCP, AFMCP from LifeScience to learn a little more about how the newest food intolerance test to hit the Philippines.
1) What sample is taken – blood or spit?
The Food Intolerance Test requires few drops of blood sample through pinprick method.  To be precise, you just need 500 microliters and you get to identify which of the 220+ food items you are having adverse effects to.
2)  How much does the FIT cost?
It costs 12,400 pesos with a functional and nutritional consultation. But we’re offering a 20% discount voucher exclusively for Health Begins With Her readers, which you can receive by entering your e-mail in the slot above.
3) Run me through the process of what a typical client would go through?
The Food Intolerance Test is a simple finger-prick test.  The test is suitable for kids starting from 2 years of age and above.  There is no fasting required.   The client can just go to the clinic or our partner health facilities and have their blood extracted.  You will be scheduled to see a Nutritionist/Dietitian who will explain the identified food that you had reactions to, and the food you can replace them with, and how to re-introduce them after 3 months of a guided elimination diet.
At LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness, the client may also opt to have a comprehensive consultation.  This includes an assessment by a Functional Medicine Medical Practitioner who will identify other factors that may affect the patient’s gut health, a Nutritionist Dietitian for the personalized food elimination and substitution, and a Physical Therapist-Kinesiologist that can help with their movement goal setting.
4) How long does the FIT take to complete?
Just fifteen minutes.
4) Ofcourse, food intolerance is something to be taken seriously – but for someone who has no obvious or known food allergies or intolerance, is it worthwhile to take this test?
The Food Intolerance Test is one of the tools that can help identify the status of your gut health.  A healthy gut helps you maintain a strong immune system, makes energy readily available to your body and helps dispose of foreign substances and toxins.  As unique individuals, our bodies react differently to food.  What may be good for one person, may be bad for another. Frequently eating the food that our body reacts to adversely can cause a myriad of symptoms.
4) How does this test work? Tell us about the tech behind it.
The Food Intolerance Test utilizes a state-of-the-art immunoassay based on microarray technology to detect food-specific IgG antibodies.
5) How long does it take to receive results?
The results are available 8-10 days after the clinic visit for blood extraction.
6) Where else in the Philippines is this test available? As in which hospitals or clinics?
The FIT is available at LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness and at Global Medical Technologies (LifeScience’ sister company).
DISCLAIMER: It’s worth noting that the medical community is not entirely onboard with IgG testing —primarily because they contend that these tests have an unacceptably high rate of false positives. According to Hong Kong-based wellness publication, Green Queen,  “There are no easy answers and the truth is, the medical community is still figuring things out when it comes to food intolerances/sensitivities and IgG- they simply don’t have all the facts yet.” 

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