Not all good food is good for all people.
The Optiway Food Intolerance test is one of the best of its kind in South Africa. This test yields excellent practical results for anyone wanting to optimize their diet, by understanding which foods they should and should not eat. Optiway tests a full menu of 222 different types of food. This is a simple way to test which foods are suitable for you and which you are intolerant to.
There is a common misconception between an allergy and an intolerance. While allergies can appear almost instantly, food intolerance symptoms can take up to 72 hours to appear. And while allergies can be life threatening, food intolerances are quite common, affecting approximately 45% of the population. Food intolerances can however have a negative impact on many aspects of a person’s daily activities and cause significant discomfort.
If you’ve ever suffered from migraines, eczema, skin rashes, fatigue, joint pain, bloating, IBS, diarrhoea, nausea, sinusitis, anxiety, constipation, acne or depression, to name just a few, and you’ve battled to understand why, you could have an intolerance towards a specific food or drink.
Food intolerances occur when a person experiences an adverse physiological response to a particular food. The symptoms are very specific to the individual and the type of food in question. When you take into account that such a large part of the population is affected by food intolerance, as opposed to only 2% affected by food allergies, the Optiway test is the most effective and accurate way to determine which foods trigger negative reactions and which foods can be enjoyed freely.
This way, you can optimise your eating plan by eliminating foods that initiate symptoms that could have a negative influence on your quality of life. Not to mention it going a long way to helping you achieve your weight loss or fitness goals, by ensuring that your diet does not work against you.
Being tested for food intolerance with the Optiway test is easy. The test is done by medical practitioners and dieticians by administering a quick finger prick that will provide a blood sample. The sample is then analysed by a laboratory, which generates a colour coded tailor-made report, which is first presented by the medical practitioner, and then given to the person to take home.
The Optiway Food Intolerance Support Guide will assist you to remove or reduce reactive foods from your diet, avoid nutrient deficiencies when eliminating reactive food, substitute with similar alternatives, strengthen your immune system and reintroduce foods responsibly. You will finally have the answer as to whether it’s the aubergine you had yesterday or the tuna from earlier this week that’s lead to your uncomfortable cramping, or whether you really should have that slice of toast with your eggs. And just imagine the immense benefits involved for moms when it comes to children’s lunch time and possible reactions to a recipe that’s been handed down through generations!
If certain symptoms or general reactions to food have you baffled, then Optiway is really the only way. There will finally be no more guesswork at meal time.
What is a food intolerance?
A food intolerance occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food, and as a result has an adverse physiological response to that particular food. The mechanism by which this occurs and subsequent symptoms experienced, are very specific to the individual and the type of food in question. Identifying the specific reactive mechanism triggered by the ingestion of this food is vital to understanding the management and implementation of appropriate dietary interventions to limit potentially adverse symptoms.
Symptoms include nausea, bloating and diarrhoea, migraines, eczema, skin rashes, fatigue, joint pain, bloating, IBS, diarrhoea, sinusitis, anxiety, constipation, acne or depression. Once the cause of the intolerance is identified, diet modification is the main treatment. After doing an Optiway test, you will receive a colour coded report with foods listed in three groups: red (to avoid), yellow (to eat in moderation) and green (to eat liberally).
Food intolerances or food sensitivities should not be confused with food allergies, although the terms are commonly used interchangeably in error.
What are the benefits of food intolerance testing?
Up to 45% of the population suffer from intolerances which, whilst not life threatening, can have a negative impact on many aspects of daily life.
Doing an food intolerance test takes the guesswork out of what is causing those irritating symptoms. The personalized Optiway report that you receive with your ideal food choices neatly categorized into red (to avoid), yellow (to eat in moderation) and green (to eat liberally) will help you to optimise your eating plan and eliminate the foods that your body does not enjoy. This way, you can ensure that you diet works for you and not against you.
This can also help to improve your overall fitness performance by providing your body with the nutrients and foods that it really needs. It can be stressful to constantly experience symptoms after eating, not knowing the cause. It is not good for your mental wellbeing to fear developing these symptoms every time you sit down for a meal. The Optiway test will help reduce this stress by empowering you to make the appropriate changes to your diet and live your healthiest life.
The Optiway test is accurate and fast. Depending on when your sample is received, results are made available within a short period of time, personalized to you. You will find out exactly where the problem lies, and how to avoid it.
Planning what you eat can go a long way to ensuring your future healthy lifestyle.
Managing food intolerances
Once you have done the Optiway test, you will receive the Optiway Food Intolerance Support Guide that will empower you to:
- Eat according to your body’s needs
- Remove or reduce the most reactive foods from your diet
- Substitute foods you are intolerant to with similar alternatives that will be more comfortable to your digestive system
- Strengthen your immune system
- Avoid nutrients deficiencies when eliminating reactive food
- Reintroduce certain foods responsible