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SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING IMUPRO TESTING AND FOOD ALLERGIES

This section of the website deals with Frequently Asked Questions about ImuPro. Here you will be able to find the answers to all commonly asked questions regarding food intolerance and ImuPro Products specifically.

1. General Questions about ImuPro

a. Do I need to keep my stomach empty before a blood test?

It is sufficient to fast for about 2-4 hours before giving a blood sample. But you should refrain from eating anything oily 2-3 hours before the blood withdrawal.

b. Is the ImuPro test genuine?

The test is conducted by the ELISA method which is the standard practice in any laboratory analysis. The results are checked through established quality controls.

c. Which are the common allergens affecting people?

These differ from person to person. Dairy products and cereals are generally the culprits which trigger food allergies in humans.

d. Why do some symptoms persist in spite of following the diet?

This can happen in case the symptoms are caused by something else than food intolerance such as hormonal problems or intestinal flora.

e. Is there a need to start again if I make a mistake my diet?

An occasional mistake can be taken care of by avoiding the intake of the food item in future.

f. Can I follow the diet by eating out?

Usually you don't know what goes into the making of foods prepared outside, so you should be careful. Avoid any sauces used in the restaurants. It is always suggested to consume meals cooked at home.

g. Some critics say IgG tests shows false positive results, as not all positively tested food leads to the show of symptoms. What makes this criticism unjustified?

If there are no visible symptoms, it doesn't necessarily mean there has not been any reaction at all. If IgG antibodies attack a food item, it leads to an inflammation which may not be visible from the outside.

h. Are ImuPro tests certified?

The ImuPro tests are manufactured by R Biopharm, a German company under ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 accredited according to international standards. In all 20 ImuPro laboratories worldwide. We conduct a trial on a yearly basis to ensure quality and consistency at each and every step of this test.

2. Contraindications related to ImuPro

a. Can Children take this test?

Only children above the age of 12 months are tested. For the children below 12 months, the mother is tested as she has passed on her own antibodies into the child through the umbilical cord

b. Can this test be taken while being on a restricted diet?

Yes, but the reactions to the food you have be avoiding for 6 months will most probably be negative as IgG food antibodies disappear.

c. Can being on antibiotics affect my result?

Not in the case of the short term course of antibiotics while a long term course can cause a high number of reactions which will be detected during test. If you are taking immunosuppressant drugs, your results will be affected.

3. Drinks and Foods

a. Is alcohol and coffee allowed while following ImuPro guidelines?

Alcohol can be consumed to an extent but has to be done away with if the ingredients show up as allergens. Also, coffee is strongly prohibited because of its roasting substances.

b. Are smoothies allowed?

Only if they don't show any irritating reaction in the tests. Also, never buy juice with added sugar.

4. Milk products

a. Will there be an undersupply of calcium if I completely do away with milk products?

Milk products are calcium enriched but you can always substitute it with other products rich in calcium such as broccoli.

b. Is it okay to drink lactose free milk in case of reactions to milk?

It contains the same proteins as ordinary milk so it is better to eliminate all milk products for the time recommended.

c. Will this test detect if I am lactose intolerant?

When a man is lactose intolerant, it makes the body unable to digest lactose i.e. the sugar present in the milk because the body lacks in a certain enzyme. Now because ImuPro doesn't look out for any enzyme activity in blood, it is impossible to detect if a person is lactose intolerant.

d. Do I also need to avoid shower gels or moisturizers that contain butter or milk protein if I am allergic to milk products?

Yes. The antigens can be absorbed by the skin as well.

5. General

a. Do I need to avoid citric acid if I react to lemon?

No because citric acid is produced chemically and is a single molecule. The reaction shown is because of protein contained in lemons.

b. Do I need to avoid Vanillin if I react to vanilla?

No because vanillin has a different composition and is a chemically produced flavour.

c. What needs to be done in case of craving for a food item that has a proven reaction in our body?

You should try to hold on to the cravings as they normally subside after three to four days. You can also try to distract yourself by using essential oil for the skin.

d. Can I eat sweets?

You can but according to your diet plan and also avoid all industrial products such as cake and chocolate.

e. Can I eat crab if I had a reaction to crayfish?

Crabs, lobsters, crayfish are all crustaceans. It is considered best to stay away from the items that are either not covered in your test or for those you don't have a result for. This is entirely because the use of proteins in them is essentially the same.

f. I have never eaten a banana but I had a reaction to bananas and pineapple. How is this possible?

They are easily found in a variety of fruit juices, yoghurts and flavoured milk. It is possible for a cross reaction to occur as well. Since pineapples and bananas share the same allergenic structure with latex, a cross reaction is possible anytime.

g. Can I try those food items that I have not been tested for?

All food items which are not included in this test are advised to be avoided for the first 9 to 10 weeks after the test. But you should always look out for any change in your health that occurs after the intake.