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Food Sensitivity Testing

Food Sensitivity Testing

 

Did you know that fatigue can occur as a result of food sensitivities?

Regular consumption of foods that we have a sensitivity to can disrupt the gut. Over time, this can lead to poor absorption of nutrients and inflammation, which can ultimately lead to low energy, and problems with mental focus and clarity.

The prevalence of food sensitivities seems to be a growing issue, and many people may experience food sensitivities without realizing it because they have been exposed to the food for so long, so the symptoms may be less obvious. If you have one or more of the following signs/symptoms, you may have a food sensitivity:

 

  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Cramps
  • Cough
  • Headache/migraines
  • Nausea
  • Burping or gas
  • Hoarse voice or throat clearing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Asthma
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Ear popping or ear congestion
  • Difficulty losing weight or weight gain
  • Fatigue after meals
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Skin rash or itchy skin
  • Chronic fatigue

What are food sensitivities?

Food sensitivities are very different from food allergies. The symptoms associated with food sensitivities usually develop over time, whereas with true food allergies are an immediate reaction. Food sensitivity reactions may occur over a period of hours or days, so it can be difficult to determine which is the offending food.

Food sensitivities occur when the lining in our gut has experienced damage which causes increased permeability, otherwise known as “leaky gut”. There are a number of things that can contribute to leaky gut, such as poor dietary choices, stress, infection, poor digestion or lack of digestive enzymes, food intolerance, dysbiosis (“bad bacteria” in the gut), malnutrition, toxic overload, and certain medications.

When there is increased gut permeability, larger proteins can sneak through and get into our blood stream. This triggers IgG antibodies (our immune systems “soldiers”) which attach themselves to these larger protein molecules and create something called a circulating immune complex (CIC). Normally these CICs are gobbled up by special white blood cells called macrophages. But if there are too many of them and the macrophages can’t get rid of them quickly enough, the CICs get deposited into body tissues. Once this happens, the CICs cause the release of inflammatory chemicals into the blood stream which can result in a variety of different issues and diseases over time. This is why food sensitivities may not present as “gut issues” and can show up as the less obvious signs and symptoms as described above.

 

Why should I test?

By knowing which food(s) you are most sensitive to, you can take steps to remove them from your diet which should hopefully lead to an improvement of your symptoms over time.

 

Do I have to avoid the foods I am sensitive to indefinitely?

The answer is usually no, but this is determined on a case by case basis.

Usually, it is recommended to remove the offending food(s) for at least 3 months at which point they can be gradually re-introduced into the diet, one at a time. This requires close monitoring for any symptom recurrence to make sure you don’t develop the same problems again.

 

How it works:

After purchasing your kit online, you should receive it in the mail within 3 business days*. The test kit includes all items required for you to complete the blood sample collection at home as well as a prepaid return mailer. (There is no need for you to go to a lab for collection.) After you complete the test kit and send in the sample for analysis, your results will be available within 3-4 weeks.

All blood testing is completed through the accredited medical laboratory Rocky Mountain Analytical, based out of Calgary, Alberta. When the results are ready, they are forwarded to me, at which point, we can set up a 15-minute telephone appointment to go over them together.

For more information on IgG Food Sensitivity Testing, please visit Rocky Mountain Analytical website.

Test options:

120 foods – $275
200 foods – $379
160 vegetarian foods – $315

Please note that additional shipping fees may apply. Each test option includes a 15-min telephone follow-up to go over the results. If additional time is required to address other issues at the same appointment, charges will be incurred based on the follow-up appointment fee guidelines.

*Or you have the option of picking it up from me in person, if you live in the Greater Victoria area.

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NOTE: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.