FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING
What are Food Sensitivities?
Many of us only think of food allergies when we have a reaction to food. A food allergy normally causes a quick and obvious reaction, such as rashes, swelling or difficulty breathing. Food sensitivities symptoms are not as immediate or obvious as those of food allergies. A sensitivity is a delayed reaction that will trigger symptoms anywhere from 2 to 72 hours after eating the food. So your diarrhea on Monday could be a reaction to your dinner from Saturday. Symptoms of a sensitivity can be varied, some examples: fatigue, stuff or runny nose, tickle in back of throat, mood swings, headaches, joint pain, gas, bloating and indigestion. If you continue to eat foods that trigger inflammation in your body, you will not get better.
Elimination Diet or Test for Food Sensitivities
There are two primary means to determine which foods you may be reacting to: an elimination diet/food challenge and a blood test that looks for IgE and IgG antibodies. In an elimination diet/food challenge you remove foods that are known to cause to food sensitivities for several weeks and then reintroduce suspect foods one at a time. Because you testing foods individually, symptoms can be more clearly linked to them. The food sensitivities blood test identifies antibodies found in your blood stream that are specific to certain foods. These foods and their severity are identified. Both approaches of testing have pros and cons and neither is perfect, but both can help you detect foods that are causing you harm. We can work together to determine which detection method is best for you.