Testing for Food Sensitivity

Posted by juggernautPT on February 23, 2015

Testing for Food Sensitivity
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Food sensitivities and food allergies are terms that are becoming a lot more common as general discussion topics. Most people if they don’t have one of the above certainly know of someone who does.

So what do they mean and what can you do about it?

Allergies and Sensitivities cause the body to have an inflammatory reaction to a particular food. This diet induced inflammation can be toxic and lead to a lot of illness and disease. Just think you could be eating something everyday, several times a day that is causing inflammation in your body.

Food allergies affect 4-6% of the population and are usually relatively easy to diagnose because the reaction is immediate. The person will experience symptoms such as swelling of the mouth, trouble breathing, hives, cramping or diarrhea soon after eating the food. 8 Foods account for 95% allergies Soy, dairy, Peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, eggs. These reactions can be fatal.

 

Food sensitivities are the ones that affect the most people with at least 30-40% affected (and many unaware they are affected).  They can be difficult to identify because they can have a delayed reaction therefore it is hard to pinpoint what food you ate and when. They can also vary in symptoms depending on which tissue the inflammatory reaction happens. Symptoms can include:

Headaches, migraines, sinus

Diarrhea, acid reflux, heartburn, gut pain, bloating, gas constipation

Mood swings, depression, irritability

Brain fog, lack of focus

Insomnia, sleepy during day

Stuffy nose

Joint, muscle pain

Fatigue, lack of energy

Edema , water retention

The other difficult thing about food sensitivities is that it can be a healthy food. I was really surprised to see people could have a very high reaction to lettuce (yes you read correctly), something  I would include most days for lunch. A colleagues daughter also had a high reaction to pineapple of all things???!!

Want to check if Food Sensitivity is affecting your everyday health?

The best way to test for food sensitivities is to have an IgG antibody test analysing blood for sensitivities. We can help you do this through our network and save you $$, contact us now for more info


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