Food Sensitivity Testing
Why is food sensitivity testing important? A food sensitivity is a delayed reaction to certain foods in your diet. They don’t necessarily have an immediate effect, rather they will cause some form of discomfort hours, or even days after you consume them. This is why it is often difficult to pinpoint the culprit because of the time difference between consumption and effect.
By measuring IgG antibodies that correlate to certain food proteins, it is possible to identify which foods may be responsible for your digestive symptoms. Food sensitivities cause inflammation, either locally within the digestive tract, or systemically in other parts of the body. Often symptoms will present as acid reflux, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhoea. However, other symptoms such as skin conditions or joint pain may occur. For some, cognitive disturbances such as brain fog, headaches or mood changes can also occur.
If you suffer from some sort of digestive discomfort, that’s a chronic condition. You may have lived with it for many years and without addressing it, you may continue to struggle with it for many more. Food sensitivities can drive inflammation that may be the cause of conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, fatigue, mood disorders, depression, skin disorders and headaches.
Food sensitivity testing can determine the underlying cause of your chronic digestive issues, can provide answers to your concerns and allow you to eliminate offending foods from your diet. This can greatly improve your quality of life. Often people report that they have lost weight, feel more energized, have reduced feelings of anxiety and have improved cognition when they eliminate foods from their diet that were found to be problematic.
We offer two options, the first of which is an IgG antibody test for 96 common foods (a 96 Asian food test is also available). This tests for the delayed reaction sensitivity to certain foods that we discussed earlier. The second is a combined IgG and IgA test. IgA tests for foods that are known to damage the mucous membrane of the intestinal tract in conditions such as Chron’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis.