By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
Not sure if you should test for food allergies or food intolerances? Why not test for both? Some of the symptoms of a food allergy and a food intolerance can be similar and a bit confusing. The first thing that you should know is that a food allergy is when the body’s immune system responds negatively to food. Certain foods can trigger this reaction causing your immune system to produce immunoglobulin E (IgE) to attack what it believes is a foreign invader. IgE are antibodies that are produced by white blood cells and are important in the fight against allergen invaders. IgE is usually an immediate response to food and rarely delayed. Food allergy symptoms are hives, drop in blood pressure, difficulty breathing, coughing, throat tightening, abdominal pain, swelling and vomiting.
Food intolerances, on the other hand, is the digestive systems reaction to food and often tested via the IgG immune pathway. With food intolerances, the digestive system has a difficult time breaking down and digesting the food. Food intolerance is usually a delayed response to a particular food but can (although not often) be an immediate response as well. Food intolerance symptoms are diarrhea, gas, constipation, headaches, irritability, nausea, nervousness, cramps, insomnia, mood swings, body pain, abdominal pain and more.
In both cases the food allergy and the food intolerance can have a few similar symptoms of feeling ill; however, the food allergy can be life threatening, causing anaphylaxis. There is no need to wait for such symptoms to start or get worse. You can find out if you have food allergies and / or food intolerances the smart way- by doing a simple IgG+ IgE Food Intolerance test kit. This is a quick, convenient and reliable test; you can have your results within about three weeks of your blood draw. We love our IgG+IgE test kit and think you will too!
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Medical disclaimer: Our food intolerance test kits and all tests 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.