Food Sensitivity Testing
Emerging health trends and research shows that food intolerance could be a contributing factor to weight gain and inability to lose weight. Unlike food allergies or celiac disease, both of which cause a direct and immediate immune system response, food sensitivities or intolerances can cause symptoms that range from mild to severe. Symptoms can take hours or days to appear, and are far more common than food allergies.
Food Sensitivities and Weight Loss
Food sensitivity reactions can cause inflammation, bloating, and slow digestion. An inability to lose weight, despite positive changes to diet and exercise, is an indicator that an underlying food intolerance may exist. In fact, many popular weight loss programs encourage eating dairy and gluten, two of the most common food intolerances.
By identifying which foods you are sensitive to- we test up to 350 different foods, chemicals, and environmental substances- you can alter your diet to avoid the foods that are impeding your weight loss. Simple as that. Knowledge is power, and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel once you eliminate offending foods from your diet.
Signs of Food Sensitivity and Intolerance
Many food sensitivities have subtle symptoms. They are quiet distress signals from our body telling us something isn’t right. And because the reactions aren’t always severe or immediate, you may not have even noticed them.
Below is a list of some of the most common signs of food intolerance. Some symptoms are immediate, some take hours or days to appear, and some are secondary health conditions that arise as a result of long-term consumption of the offending food. Reactions can vary widely from person to person.
- Acid Reflux/GERD
- Flushing (redness of face or body)
- Dermatitis or Eczema
- Weight gain or inability to lose weight
- Chronic Fatigue
- Heart racing or feeling shaky after eating
- Achy Joints
- Depression/Mood Swings
- AutoImmune Disorders
- And more…
Food Sensitivity vs Food Allergy
Food allergy is an IgE immune system response that is typically characterized by hives, shortness of breath, upset stomach and in some cases anaphylaxis. The most common food allergies are to nuts, shellfish, wheat and dairy. According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, only about 4% of the United States population has a food allergy. Food Sensitivity Testing DOES NOT detect a full food allergy.
Food intolerance or sensitivity, on the other hand, is much more common than food allergies. These reactions are characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders and behavioral issues, and other complaints. It has been stated that upwards of 70-80% of the US population has food intolerance. Unfortunately for many, those food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems and treated as such, thus treating the symptoms and not the cause. Food Sensitivity Testing is now considered the, “gold standard” laboratory method for identification of non-IgE mediated reactions to foods, chemicals, and other substances.