DEFINING FOOD SENSITIVITY
A food sensitivity is a delayed food reaction. Reaction can occur up to 72 hours after the food has been ingested making it difficult to pinpoint which food is causing the reaction. Symptoms can included bloating, headache, itching gastrointestinal discomfort, and other ailments. The symptoms produced are a result of specific antibody exposure.
Food sensitivities may be a result of repetitive eating, or lack of diversity in the diet. They are influenced by antibiotics and steroids, and possibly others medications. Cross-reactivity with environmental allergens (pollen, dust, mold, etc.) can also exacerbate food sensitivities.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I SHOULD GET TESTED?
Do you have any of the following conditions?
- Bloating / Gas
- Heart Burn / Acid Reflux
- Brain Fog / Forgetfulness
- Joint pain / Arthritis
- Halitosis (i.e. Bad Breath)
- Inflammation/ Swallowing
- Stress / Anxiety
- Attention Deficit Disorders / ADHD
- Ache / Skin Disorders (i.e. Rashes)
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TESTING?
- Helps determine if food reactions are contributing to physical, or mental symptoms
- Removal of highly reactive foods from the diet is a non-invasive, food-based therapy that often mitigates a patient's symptoms
- Research and clinical studies suggest food allergies identified by testing can be a major contributing factor in many chronic health conditions
- Food rotation and elimination diets can reduce stress on the immune system, lower gut inflammation, resolve food cravings, and reduce the potential for eating disorders
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ―Hippocrates