Food Sensitivity Testing Food sensitivities occur when you consume a food that your body has difficulty breaking down or that your body reacts to. These reactions can create inflammation within the body and can lead to a range of symptoms ranging from joint pain to anxiety. Because we all have different bodies it is impossible to identify which foods the person reacts to just by looking at them. Food sensitivity testing helps to eliminate the guesswork by providing results that clearly identify the foods that a person should avoid or limit.
Who is this test for?Anyone who is curious about what foods their body may react poorly to and who want to optimize their health can perform this test.
There are specific conditions where this test is highly recommended including:
Difficult weight loss
Autoimmune Issues (lupus, MS ,etc)
How is the Test Performed?The test is performed in the office by Dr. Laura. A blood sample is taken and then sent away to a medically accredited laboratory to process the results. The results are returned within 3 4 weeks and a follow-up appointment will be booked to review the findings.
Although it is a blood test, we only need to perform a small finger prick to get the amount of blood needed. This means that it is safe and easy for children to have the test performed also.
What is the difference between a food sensitivity and a food allergy?Food allergies are generally diagnosed through an allergist or through a major event, such as an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts. These reactions, whether they be as severe as anaphylaxis or as frustrating as skin rashes, are immune reactions that often occur very shortly after coming into contact with the substance.
A food sensitivity is also an immune reaction but the reaction can occur up to 72 hours after consuming that food. This means that is can be difficult to identify the food sensitivity, and in comparison to the peanut, the reaction can occur much later. The reaction will not be like the anaphylactic shock that one may have from being exposed to peanuts, but can instead vary in symptoms ranging from headaches, to constipation, to skin rashes.
Who should not perform this test?Individuals who have been taking oral steroid medication for a prolonged period of time cannot take this test. These steroids affect the readings of the test and make the results inaccurate.
If you are interested in having this test performed but have some questions you would like answered first you may schedule a complementary consult with Dr. Laura.