By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Lori Allen
Do you think you or someone in your family has a specific food allergy, but you haven’t been able to pin point it on your own? Do you feel tired, irritable, moody, and generally not feeling well? Do you spend more time in the bathroom than desired because something you ate doesn’t agree with your stomach? Testing for food allergies is the best way to get to the root cause of your issues.
When referring to food allergies, we talk about immediate food reactions, and food sensitivities. Allow me to explain each one in more detail.
Your body may react to foods you eat almost immediately; we call this an immediate food reaction. With immediate food reactions, your body over-produces what is called Immunoglobulin E antibodies, or IgE, and you will feel symptoms of food allergies within minutes or hours of ingesting the problematic food. Examples of these foods are peanuts, shellfish and nuts, eggs just to name a few. If you have any of the following symptoms when eating, you may be allergic to a specific food and you should be tested for food allergies: tingling of extremities, wheezing, coughing, tightening of the throat, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.
If your body does not react to a food immediately, but rather over a period of up to 72 hours, you may have a food sensitivity / intolerance, which is not life threatening, but can still affect your day-to-day life. This type of immune acknowledgment is intervened by the IgG antibody, which is the greatest moving antibody in our immune system. Identifying the foods that you are sensitive to can be difficult since many of the foods we eat are processed and contain several ingredients. When we test for food allergies and sensitivities, we can figure specifically what foods your body does and doesn’t like and work on eliminating these foods from your diet.
There are many ways to test for food allergies and I perform these in my clinic. I run the IgG and IgE food panel together, to give delayed and immediate food reaction results. Either IgG or IgE can lead to symptoms and unnecessary health challenges. You may be surprised to find out what foods your body is sensitive to, but being tested for specific food allergies is the best way to a healthier and happier you!
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Medical disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.