By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Scarlett Eriksen
Lately, we hear a lot about food intolerance symptoms. You may not be sure exactly what that means. “Food intolerance, also known as non-IgE mediated food hypersensitivity or non-allergic food hypersensitivity, refers to difficulty in digesting and breaking down certain foods. It is important to note that food intolerance is different from food allergy” (1). “The symptoms associated with food intolerance vary in severity and are thought to affect many areas including digestion, skin, energy levels, respiration, the joints and even psychological health” (2). Some of the most common food intolerance symptoms include migraines, headaches, eczema, psoriasis, acne, IBS symptoms, bloating, joint pain, asthma, tiredness, insomnia and anxiety.
Food intolerance symptoms can impact your overall satisfaction with life. It is essential to know which foods and drink you specifically should stay away from. Food intolerance symptoms can cause ups and downs in your mental health which can be debilitating. It is known that food intolerance symptoms include anxiety and sometimes depression which could lead one to think it is merely a mental health disorder when in reality they are simply reacting negatively to a food. To feel your best day to day you need to know what to eat and not to eat. Food intolerance symptoms are starting to become real problems for many people, and food intolerance testing is a great way to stop the guessing game of elimination and find out what intolerances you may have!
Specific ways to test for food intolerance:
IgG and IgE reactions (here to get both delayed and immediate reactions)
IgG ONLY (here you only get delayed reactions which occur hours to even a day or two after food is eaten)
ALCAT – this is a live blood test – the lab drops the blood on the food and watches the reactions . They reactions are tested as severe, moderate or mild.
Comprehensive Gluten testing (if you are concerned about gluten intolerance and want to make sure then this is the perfect test for you as it tests ALL the gluten components plus 3 autoimmune reactions to gluten)
Gluten Cross-Reactivity Test – if you know gluten is an issue, and you want to see which grains and starches are causing gluten like reactions then this test IS for you.
If you want to know which test we run the most often: The Igg / IgE Combination test
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Medical disclaimer: Our 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.