Food Sensitivity Testing
Food sensitivities are becoming an increasingly common issue among adults and children. Although many people use the term “food allergies” to describe all food reactions, sensitivities differ from food allergies.
Food Allergies (IgE) vs. Food Sensitivity (IgG)
Food Allergies are what people traditionally think of when they think of ‘allergies’. These are immediate, fast and obvious reactions which are mediated by immune system cells called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). IgE is a potent initiator of histamine release which causes symptoms of hives, wheezing and anaphylactic reactions.
IgE allergies are commonly diagnosed by skin scratch tests or blood tests, which examines the bodies reactivity to certain allergens. So if you have anaphylactic allergies or seasonal allergies, this is an IgE reaction leading to a histamine-mediated response.
Food Sensitivities are mediated by another member of the immune system called Immunoglobulin G (IgG). Unlike IgE reactions, which are quick and immediate, IgG reactions are a delayed type reaction where symptoms may not show up for 2-3 days. Think about it this way: if you had a big bowl of ice cream on Saturday night, you may not experience symptoms related to this indulgence until Monday.
Therefore, it can be tricky to identify cause and effect for certain foods as their symptoms may take a few days to manifest. Testing for IgG foods can be conducted by blood tests or can be assessed by trial and error.
Now that you know the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity, you can start to identify your key concerns. You may be asking yourself, how do I know?
Symptoms of Food Sensitivities — How Do You Know?
As outlined above, Delayed Type Hypersensitivity or IgG reactions can be tricky to identify because it takes 2-3 days for symptoms to manifest and symptoms are different from person to person. However, the most common symptoms of food sensitivities include:
- Digestive upset such as gas, bloating and cramping
- Gastric Reflux or Heartburn
- Food Cravings
- Eczema and Rashes
- Constipation, Diarrhea,
- Congestion and Chronic Sinus Infections
- Constantly Being Sick
- Headaches and Dizziness
- Depression and Anxiety
- ADHD and Autism
- Mood Swings
- Brain Fog
- Joint Pain
- Poor Sleep
Do any of these symptoms sound familiar to you? Many people go through life assuming that these symptoms are just “normal”. However, constant exposure and consumption of food sensitivities in the diet will progressively worsen your digestive health and cause more and more symptoms to occur.
When suffering from food sensitivities, your body falls into a vicious cycle of gut inflammation, immune dysfunction, and maldigestion commonly referred to as Leaky Gut. Many times people will try and take certain foods out of their diet but get frustrated and give up when nothing changes or they only feel minor improvements. That’s where I come in!
What Can You Do?
Take the IgG Food Intolerance Test
Stop being stressed, confused, and frustrated from the digestive discomforts of gas, bloating and belly pains due to food sensitivities and start living with digestive freedom!
One of the best tools available is a blood test called the IgG Food Sensitivity test performed by Dynacare Labs. It will accurately assess your body’s reactivity to 120 different foods to identify your personal trigger foods.
Your results are compiled into a personalized 15 page report that will pinpoint your aggravating foods and give you the information and tools to manage your food sensitivities. The report also includes:
- Instructions on how to rotate and eliminate certain foods from your current diet
- List of foods to watch out for, with details on other foods that may contain ingredients you can’t tolerate
- List of nutrients you’ll need to get from other sources, once you eliminate the foods you’re sensitive to
- A grocery list based on your problem foods
- Your action plan to help you list your problem foods and plan how to replace them
- A food and symptom diary to help you track your progress as you change your diet
So what are you waiting for? End the days of feeling gassy and embarrassed after you’ve eaten lunch at work. Start enjoying food and meals again and take control of your digestion. Healthy and happy guts are within reach!