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Food Sensitivity Testing

Only a specific group of individuals are ideal candidates for food sensitivity testing. The majority of people often have an unhealthy gut characterized by the presence of harmful bacteria and inflammation. Distinguishing between those who may benefit from testing and those who may not can save you both time and money. Leave it up to a trained professional to determine the right path for you!

Which Test is right for you? 

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Eliminate the Guesswork from Your Symptoms with Precision Food Sensitivity Testing

Identifying the root cause is crucial!

  • What is the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity?

    • Food allergies involve an immune system reaction and can be severe, while food sensitivities are typically less severe and involve a delayed response. Allergy symptoms are immediate, whereas sensitivity symptoms may take hours to days to appear.

  • How can I distinguish between symptoms caused by food sensitivity and those related to gut issues like dysbiosis?

    • Food sensitivities and gut issues like dysbiosis can share symptoms such as bloating and digestive discomfort. However, dysbiosis is related to an imbalance in gut bacteria, while food sensitivity involves a specific reaction to certain foods.

  • What are common symptoms of food sensitivity?

    • Symptoms can vary but may include digestive issues, headaches, fatigue, joint pain, and skin problems. Identifying and eliminating trigger foods can help alleviate these symptoms.

  • How does food sensitivity testing work?

    • Food sensitivity testing typically involves blood tests that measure IgG antibodies. These antibodies are associated with delayed immune responses and can help identify specific foods causing sensitivity.

  • Can food sensitivity testing help with weight management?

    • Identifying and eliminating foods causing inflammation may contribute to weight management by reducing inflammation and improving overall well-being.

  • What role does gut health play in overall wellness?

    • Gut health is crucial for overall wellness. Imbalances, such as dysbiosis, can lead to various health issues. Food sensitivity testing can help pinpoint dietary factors contributing to gut-related symptoms.

  • How long does it take to see results after eliminating trigger foods?

    • Results vary, but many individuals experience improvement within a few weeks of eliminating trigger foods. Full resolution of symptoms may take longer.

  • Can children undergo food sensitivity testing?

    • Yes, food sensitivity testing is suitable for children. It can be beneficial in identifying and managing symptoms related to dietary factors.

  • What are some Conditions Associated with FOOD SENSITIVITIES?

    • Digestive disorders: Conditions like Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease have been linked to IgG food reactions. Research has shown that elimination of IgG reactive foods can alleviate IBS symptoms.

    • Migraines: A 2007 research study found that 43/65 patients with migraine headaches had complete remission of headaches after one month of eliminating reactive foods. Another study in 2010 found a significant reduction in the number of headache days and migraine attacks with elimination of reactive foods.

    • Mood/attention deficit disorders: Deposition of antibody-antigen complexes in nervous system tissues may contribute to hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate and other mood disorders. There is some evidence that eliminating IgG reactive foods can improve attentiveness in children.

    • Weight gain: Antibody-antigen complexes in tissue cause inflammation, which leads to fluid retention and weight gain. To fight inflammation, the body releases a chemical called ghrelin, which also happens to be an appetite stimulant. Thus, IgG food reactions may contribute to weight gain in two ways: fluid retention and increased appetite.

    • Fatigue: Fatigue after eating foods you have sensitivities to is either a sign of increase carbohydrate intake and inability to regulate blood sugar or a food sensitivity.

  • Why Test For Food Sensitivities?

    • Take the guesswork out of your diet. Since hours or days can pass between the time a reactive food is consumed and occurrence of symptoms, testing is often the only way to determine which foods are responsible for the reaction.

    • IgG reactions frequently occur to commonly consumed foods such as dairy, wheat, eggs, yeast, pork and soy.

    • Elimination diets (remove suspect foods for a period of time and then reintroduce and check for reactions) are difficult to follow and can take months to complete.

  • What is Leaky Gut?

    • "Leaky gut," a term often used colloquially, refers to increased intestinal permeability, a condition where the lining of the gastrointestinal tract becomes more porous than normal. This increased permeability allows various substances, including undigested food particles, to pass through the intestinal barrier and enter the bloodstream. Leaky gut syndrome is thought to be associated with inflammation in the gut lining, a condition known as intestinal inflammation.

    • Several factors can contribute to this inflammation, including food allergies or sensitivities, disturbances in gut flora (dysbiosis), psychological stress, certain medications, and alcohol consumption. The inflammation may compromise the integrity of the intestinal barrier, leading to the leakage of larger molecules, such as undigested food particles, into the bloodstream.

  • What is a false food allergy, and how does it differ from other reactions?

    • A false food allergy is a non-immunological reaction where a substance in the food triggers mast cells directly, without the involvement of antibodies like IgE. Unlike true allergies, no antibodies are produced in false food allergies. These reactions are specific to particular foods and are not detected through traditional allergy tests.

  • What is food intolerance, and how is it distinct from other adverse reactions?

    • Food intolerance refers to adverse reactions to food where the involvement of the immune system is uncertain. Skin-prick tests and other allergy tests may yield negative results in cases of food intolerance. While immune reactions cannot be ruled out entirely, they are unlikely to be the major factor causing symptoms. This category excludes false negative IgE allergy tests.

  • Can food intolerance involve immune reactions, even if traditional allergy tests are negative?

    • Yes, while traditional allergy tests may show negative results, food intolerance may still involve immune reactions to some extent. The absence of positive results in conventional tests does not rule out the possibility of immune involvement in producing symptoms related to food intolerance.

  • How do IgE reactions differ from IgG reactions in food allergies?

    • IgE reactions are immediate and can be life-threatening, often causing symptoms within minutes. IgG reactions, on the other hand, are delayed and may take hours or days to manifest. IgE reactions are commonly associated with allergies like peanuts, while IgG reactions are often identified through testing.

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