You want an accurate gluten intolerance test to check if gluten is causing your chronic bloat or uncomfortable symptoms, but there are so many different tests!
We have created a guide that might help you decide.
What is the Wheat Zoomer?
The Wheat Zoomer test evaluates several immune markers in whole blood, including IgA, IgG, and IgM antibodies, as well as immune complexes. Specifically, the test measures immune reactions to over 20 different peptides found in wheat, including both gluten and non-gluten proteins. These peptides are known to be associated with various immune reactions, such as inflammation and tissue damage, which can contribute to a range of health issues.
The test also assesses for other markers that may be associated with gluten sensitivity or intolerance, such as zonulin, a protein that regulates gut permeability, and anti-gliadin antibodies, which are associated with gluten sensitivity.
Overall, the Wheat Zoomer test is designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s immune reactivity to wheat and related grains, which can help identify potential sensitivities or intolerances and guide dietary recommendations.
What is bioresonance hair testing?
Bioresonance is a test method conducted on a hair sample (eg Allergy Test Australia, Check My Body Health) that aims to detect imbalances or disturbances in the sample’s energy fields when exposed to numerous foods like wheat or milk. This approach is based on the idea that every cell and organ in the body emits electromagnetic energy, and that disturbances or imbalances in this energy can contribute to various health problems.
During a bioresonance test, a practitioner may use a machine or device to measure the sample’s electromagnetic energy fields and assess for any imbalances or disruptions.
Bioresonance testing is sometimes used as a complementary or alternative approach to diagnose and treat various health conditions, including allergies, digestive disorders, and chronic pain. However, the effectiveness of bioresonance testing for diagnosing and treating medical conditions has not been well-established through scientific research, and some healthcare practitioners may consider it to be a controversial or unproven approach.
What is finger prick testing?
Finger prick tests, like Food Detective, are a convenient at-home option to identify potential food intolerances or sensitivities that may be contributing to a variety of symptoms, including digestive discomfort, headaches, skin problems, and fatigue. The Food Detective test measures IgG antibody levels to 59 different foods, including common allergens such as wheat, dairy, and soy, as well as a variety of fruits, vegetables, and meats. The test is designed to detect elevated levels of IgG antibodies to specific foods, which may indicate an immune response to those foods.
The accuracy of finger prick testing is dependent on how closely the test is carried out according to instructions. Since it is not conducted in a controlled lab environment, it is important to wash hands thoroughly add all three reagents at very specific time points, making sure the sample is not left at certain temperatures or exposed to sunlight. Finger prick methods will test for a limited number of foods, since you can’t draw too much blood at once from the fingers.
What is IgG blood serum testing?
Blood serum is considered the best sample for measuring IgG 1-4 antibodies because it contains the purified serum component of the blood, which is free of cellular components and other potentially interfering factors.
When a blood sample is collected, it is usually centrifuged to separate the cellular components from the serum. The serum is then used for antibody testing, including IgG 1-4 testing. Serum samples are often preferred over other types of samples, such as whole blood or plasma, because they have a higher concentration of antibodies and are less likely to be affected by other factors that may interfere with the testing process.
Furthermore, serum samples are generally stable at room temperature and can be stored at low temperatures for longer periods of time, making them a convenient sample type for laboratory testing. Overall, blood serum provides a reliable and stable sample type for measuring IgG 1-4 antibodies, which can help healthcare practitioners diagnose and manage various immune-related conditions.
ImuPro uses the ELISA test method to determine if you have elevated IgG antibodies in your blood serum towards gluten, as well as up to 270 individual foods. A higher number of foods are able to be tested on blood serum due to the volume of blood drawn, compared to finger prick method.
Is gluten intolerance lifelong?
In terms of food intolerances, gluten is often at the top of people’s minds. And it is certainly one of the top 5 food triggers established in 20 years of ImuPro testing. Unlike the auto-immune reaction to gluten proteins, Coeliac disease, gluten intolerance (also called Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity) is not lifelong. The antibodies made in response to gluten exposure (IgG subclasses 1-4) do break down eventually. Since IgG has an approximate half life of 23 days, depending on the initial concentration it may take 1 year of strict avoidance to recover from gluten intolerance. After this, you may find you do not get symptoms after consumption, but it’s probably still a good idea to not return to eating it every day. Particularly since it is related to elevated zonulin and leaky gut.
Many people discover that gluten is just one of many foods that their body is reacting to; and yet for for some gluten is not the culprit. It is just as important to identify alternatives that are safe to eat, so you can successfully plan your meals without worrying about uncomfortable symptoms and inflammation.