Food Allergy Testing and Digestive Health

Often these two are areas are put together as they are so often connected. Our Digestive health is dependent upon the food we eat, the beneficial bacteria in our gut, the portion size of the food, the toxic load present in our bodies, the stress in our environment and the nutritional state of our bodies. Our programs take all these things into consideration and more when we put together an individualized treatment plan for our patients.

What is a Food Sensitivity?

Food Sensitivity an immune reaction in the body triggered by food eliciting a set of symptoms. For some these immune reactions are mild and for others they are severe and debilitating and often go unnoticed by the conventional medical system. Essentially, a food sensitivity is something that triggers chronic inflammationin the body. Inflammation is basically no different than getting a cut or a scrape on the surface of our skin-it reddens, feels irritated, swells up and then over time the wound heals. Chronic inflammation in the body is something that doesn’t heal very easily and essentially remains in the swollen/irritated state until something is done about it to remove the instigator.

Some of the more common associations with food sensitivities are listed below.

  • Eczema/Psoriasis
  • Irritable Bowel-Diarrhea and Constipation
  • Gas and Bloating/Acid Reflux
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Fatigue
  • Mood and Behavioral Changes especially in Children
  • Frequent Colds and Flus
  • Weight Gain
  • Allergies
  • Dark Circles under the Eyes
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Yeast Infections

What is the difference between a Food Allergy and Food Sensitivity?

Food Sensitivity

Food Allergy

Delayed Onset (0 to 5 days)

Immediate Onset

Mediated by IgG Antibody

Mediated by IgE Antibody

Triggers Chronic Inflammation

Triggers Anaphylaxis

Symptoms are longer lasting

Symptoms are shorter duration

Common Food sensitivities include:

  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Wheat/Gluten
  • Yeast/Candida
  • Shellfish
  • Particular nuts and seeds
  • Soy