What is a Food Sensitivity?
We offer food intolerance sensitivity testing in our Beenleigh office, conveniently located half way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. 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.
What is a Food Allergy?
A food allergy is an immune mediated reaction to certain foods that trigger an almost instant response. A food allergy can be severe and life threatening, such as an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts or shellfish. During anaphylaxis, blood pressure drops and swelling of the airways restricts your ability to breath properly. Other symptoms can include a rapid but weak pulse, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Although Celiac disease is an immune mediated condition, it is not associated with an anaphylactic response.
Do I need a Food Sensitivity Test?
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 intolerance 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.
Food intolerance sensitivity testing is conducted in our Beenleigh office. The tests are finger prick, dried blood tests that are conducted in office and have a turn around time of 2 weeks.
What foods are includes in the test?
Beef, chicken, chicken egg white, chicken egg yolk, duck egg whole, lamb, pork, turkey
Casein, cheddar cheese, cow’s milk, goat’s milk, whey
Clam, cod, crab, halibut, lobster, salmon, scallop, shrimp, sole, trout, tuna
Asparagus, avocado, beet, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, garlic, green bell pepper, lettuce, onion, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potato, tomato, white potato
Almond, barley, buck wheat, chestnut, chickpea, coconut, corn, gliadin, gluten, green bean, green pea, hazelnut, kidney bean, lentil, lima bean, oat, peanut, pecan, pinto bean, rye, soy bean, spelt, walnut, wheat, white rice
Apple, apricot, banana, blueberry, cranberry, grape grapefruit, lemon, olive, orange, papaya, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, raspberry, strawberry
Bakers/Brewers yeast, button mushroom, cane sugar, cocoa bean (chocolate), coffee bean, flax seed, honey, sesame seed, sunflower seed
Initial consultation, IgG test and follow up consultation $555 Schedule Appointment
Initial consultation, IgG & IgA test and follow up consultation $645 Schedule Appointment
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