By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
This is what Food Intolerance Symptoms Feels Like and Looks Like
Dip into hot salsa or spicy Indian food, and your nose starts running. Beans give you gas, or a glass of wine means a headache later. If you’re lactose intolerant, do you expect diarrhea when you eat cheese or milk? A few hours ago, your face was clear, but now you feel a blemish starting. Was it something you ate? Most of us have these annoying minor glitches when we eat some of our favorite foods but know they are coming and tolerate the consequences!
These are food intolerances symptoms, not food allergies, which are much different. Food allergies are when our body mistakes harmless food we eat as something that could make you sick and responds to protect you immediately. Maybe you end up with itchy eyes or skin rashes, but some food can cause much more severe reactions, and this is why knowing how to test for food intolerances is so essential! Food intolerances are harder to figure out.
Our 200 + Additives + Gluten, Food Intolerance Test identifies a food intolerance that can be delayed by few hours or even a day or two after you’ve eaten the foods. We look at two immune pathways for delayed food intolerance reactions, IgG (inflammation) and IgA (gut mucosa and GI symptoms)
Example of IgG food intolerance
I like to talk about my parsnips issue. I love parsnips when cooked with carrots, sweet potato, Brussel sprouts, and a side of organic chicken. Other times I cook parsnips like I would fries, baked in the oven with olive oil and seasoning. The problem was that after I would eat this meal, I felt bloated and looked like I gained 10 pounds. Then, later that night, I got a headache. Since I ate a bunch of different foods simultaneously, I had no idea which one food was causing the symptoms. I did this food intolerance test and parsnips for toxic for me. There was no way the lab knew I loved parsnips, so I knew it was accurate. Plus, I eliminated parsnips, enjoyed the other foods in the same meal, and had zero symptoms. YAY
Example of IgA food intolerance
Since age 10, I have had symptoms of IBS that came on suddenly and lasted for hours. I had no idea back in the 1970s what was happening to me. As I got older and learning about food intolerance, I did testing. I realized I had an IGA food intolerance to gluten and other grains. I had a Celiac issue that I did not know about before. Each time I ate wheat gluten, my stomach would hurt so much it took me days to recover. As soon as I removed gluten and any other IgA food intolerance, my stomach aches went away, and they never returned. This test taught me that a PALEO-style diet was best for me.
When you order your food intolerance test kit, it is mailed out to you within 24 hours. We will find you a lab near you to perform the blood draw. (fee is usually $25 at the lab) Once our lab receives it, the testing begins. Then your food intolerance blood results are sent to you within three weeks.
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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.