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York Test warn World Cup health alert for fans: hangover or food allergy?


The beer and bratwurst binges planned by tens of thousands visiting World Cup cities this June could cause more than just a hangover for many, according to diagnostic specialists Yorktest food intolerance ( ) Laboratories. Around 45% of the UK is estimated to suffer from food intolerances, and the result can be chronic diarrhoea or constipation, excessive flatulence, migraine, eczema, or fatigue*.

Food sensitivity ( ) is widespread throughout the UK and the world, although many people are not aware that they have any problem at all. According to Yorktest, five of the most common allergens (wheat, yeast, eggs, gluten, and milk) can be found in large quantities in German favourites such as bratwurst, sauerkraut and pretzels, and beer.

Explains Yorktest biochemist Dr Gill Hart, ‘People suffering headaches or dodgy tummies may in fact be experiencing an immunological reaction to what they eat. By finding out to exactly which ingredients an individual is intolerant, alternatives can be sought and problems avoided, important considering the crowded facilities at a football game.’ This highlights the benefits of contacting Yorktest to obtain an allergy test ( ).

Note to editors:
It is estimated that 100000 British fans will visit German cities for the World Cup which starts on June 10 in Frankfurt. According to Sports Marketing Surveys, female viewers accounted for between 35% and 40% of the audience during television coverage of England’s qualifying matches for the 2006 World Cup.

Patient support group Allergy UK estimates that 45% of the population suffers from food intolerances. York test laboratories provide a client friendly service for patients to obtain a food intolerance test ( ).
Check out the website for more information on food allergy testing ( ).

Liz Tucker is an expert nutritionist and head of health and wellbeing at Champneys Health Resorts. She would be delighted to be interviewed about the story above. Please contact Charlotte on 07968 316576.
York-based YORKTEST Labs. offers the only clinically-validated food intolerance testing service in Europe, principally the 113 foodSCAN test. This uses a fingerprick blood sample taken at home to analyse IgG blood antibody reactions to 113 types of food. It costs £250 and is available via freephone 0800 0746185 or Results within 10 days, full support materials and a telephone consultation with a qualified nutritional therapist are included in the price.
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Charlotte Martins,
PR Manager,
Yorktest Labs,
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