The Fitzwilliam Food Test is a fingerprick test for the purpose of finding out which foods you are tolerant to, borderline intolerant to and have an elevated intolerance to!
The skin, as an organ, can be greatly affected by your gut and when you have an intolerance to something, it causes increased inflammation in the body. Of course, inflammation plus the skin equals exacerbation of inflammatory disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.
The Fitzwilliam Food Test detects food specific antibodies for the purpose of figuring out which foods cause inflammation in your body. You have the option of your blood being tested with regard to 60, 93 or 200 different foods – the specific foods tested in each of these is listed at the end of the page.
You will be sent a kit that contains a plastic bag that contains two lancet, one bulbous capillary tube and one blood collection tube alongside information on how to collect the blood. It is only a tiny pricking sensation! For help with how to perform the collection, Fitzwilliam Food Test have created the tutorial video below.
The kit also includes a blood sample instruction form that must be filled out carefully to ensure that your results will be conclusive.
You do not need to fast prior to your test. It is highly recommended that you eat as many of the foods you are being tested for as possible in the five days prior to your test, including common alternatives to these foods such as goat’s milk products, spelt bread and soya products. This is because the test measures the reaction of antibodies in the gut when certain foods are eaten.
We must stress that it is important to send on your results to the Fitzwilliam lab as soon as possible after taking the test, for example, the day of taking the test or the day after. There is a ten day limit on when your blood can be tested to get these results so please ensure that your blood gets to the labs within 1-2 days of collecting it.
Your results will be sent to you in hard copy and to the Nerdettes by email so that they can be aware of any intolerances you have when making recommendations!
Below is a partial sample result from a Fitzpatrick Food Test. As you can see, each food is categorised into “Elevated”, “Borderline” or “Normal”. Foods with an elevated antibody reaction are your primary problem foods and should be avoided for a minimum of three months. Foods categorised as borderline are moderate to severe reactions that should be eliminated for eight weeks and reintroduced one at a time. Normal foods do not pose a problem!
If you have any concerns with regard to products containing animal products, gluten or anything you are intolerant to, please never hesitate to get in contact with your Nerdette!