Christmas is coming but it doesn’t have to result in a 2 day hangover post the office party! What if your hangover is actually a result of the sensible herbal tea you had after dinner and not the few glasses of wine you consumed over the night? Impossible? Perhaps not. Ever get a terrible headache after having just one glass of wine the night before and wondered why you felt so bad?
YorkTest DrinkScan, the first drink intolerance testing programme in the world has just launched in Ireland and it is helping people avoid some nasty reactions to drinks by pinpointing ingredients in wine, spirits and beer as well as the less obvious teas, coffees and minerals they never realised caused any problems. By tailoring what you drink to suit your body you can help avoid that terrible morning after feeling and make the most of Christmas.
Up to 45% of the population is affected by reactions to ingredients in consumables. Whilst many people are aware of their reactions to certain foods, reactions to ingredients in drinks is often much less well known. Therefore YorkTest Laboratories, Europe’s leading experts in intolerance testing are pleased to announce the launch of their NEW YorkTest DrinkScan drink intolerance testing programme.
We all know that we need a good balanced diet to keep us healthy; however did you know that what we drink also has a significant impact on our overall health and wellbeing? The human body is made up of 60% water and we need to drink 6-8 glasses of fluids per day to keep us healthy. Although many of us watch what we eat we don’t always think about whether the ingredients in all those different types of beverages that we drink could be contributing to our ill health symptoms.
Ingredients in coffee, teas, wines, beers, juices and smoothies all have the potential to cause intolerance symptoms. Although reactions to drinks may not be life threatening, they can make the sufferer feel extremely unwell and may have an impact on their work and social life. Intolerance to a particular drink will not always show immediately, often taking a few hours to a few days to show up. The symptoms that are most commonly associated with these types of reactions are headaches, fatigue, migraines, irritable bowel (IBS), bloating, gut pain and skin conditions.
YorkTest DrinkScan is a unique drink intolerance programme that analyses our IgG antibody reactions to ingredients in everyday drinks. The YorkTest DrinkScan programme includes a convenient finger prick home-to laboratory service that tests your reactions to over 90 drink ingredients.
Dr Hilary Jones, UK TV Doctor confirms: “We often think about what we eat and how this affects the way we feel. Intolerances can cause a range of ill health symptoms including eczema, IBS, bloating, fatigue, migraine and many others, however, very few of us actually consider the fact that what we drink has just as much effect on our general health. The YorkTest DrinkScan programme is designed to look at specific antibody reactions the body has to ingredients in a variety of drinks including teas, coffees, shakes, fruit juices and alcoholic beverages, and uses laboratory testing to identify drink ingredients to which people may be sensitive.”
Dr Gill Hart, Scientific Director at YorkTest DrinkScan says: “Over-indulgence is not always to blame and even common hangover ‘cures’ such as fizzy drinks, tea and coffee may exacerbate hangover-like symptoms. Many people show reactions to common ingredients in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – ranging from wines, beers and spirits to fruit juices, shakes and even teas and coffee”.
“Typical intolerance symptoms such as bloating, gut problems and headaches are similar to those of a hangover. Sticking to below the recommended number of units of alcohol per day is obviously important, but that will not necessarily resolve your symptoms after a drink”.
YorkTest DrinkScan Programme costs €229 for the full programme which includes a drinks diary, guidebook and a telephone consultation with a BANT* registered Nutritional Therapist to help manage drinking habits and improve health. If no intolerances are found YorkTest will refund you €189. Order via www.yorktest.ie <http://www.yorktest.ie> or phone (01) 2022701.