Food Intolerance/Sensitivity Testing
Through our food sensitivity testing via a blood sample, our practitioners can determine what kind of sensitivity a patient has and also determines what food is triggering the intolerance reactions. There are primarily two kinds of immune responses:
Immediate Food Hypersensitivity (IgE Response) occurs when a person has a true allergy, which means he or she must avoid a particular food for the rest of their life. No matter how long that particular food is avoided, a reaction may result when it is eaten again. In this case, when a person ingests the food his or her body responds with strong and immediate immune responses such as rapid heart rate, asthma attacks, anaphylactic shock, hives, itching of the mouth, etc.
Delayed Food Hypersensitivity (IgG Response) is a food sensitivity that comes and goes in cycles based on whether the food is eaten or avoided. In this case, a person may experience delayed symptoms such as joint or muscle pain, chronic headaches, or fatigue. These reactions can occur hours or even days after particular foods are consumed.
Persistent Food sensitivities/intolerances and Leaky Gut Syndrome
Persistent food reactions that result in food sensitivity can cause Leaky Gut Syndrome. Leaky Gut syndrome results when the intestinal mucosa begins to breakdown because of continuous irritation and/or inflammation. This irritation/inflammation can be caused by continuous exposure to irritant particles and may be a causative process in persistent food sensitivity. If your symptoms do not clear after elimination and rotation, consult your doctor regarding the possibility of Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Reasons For Testing: There are many reasons why one may choose to undergo food sensitivity testing, including general health. Common conditions caused and/or aggravated by food sensitivities include but are not limited to the following:
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Gastrointestinal symptoms (such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, cramping, gastric reflux)
Eczema, skin rashes, hives
Headaches and migraines
Lack of concentration or focus
Rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases