By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Michelle Tuffs
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, you expect diarrhea when you eat cheese or milk? A few hours ago, your face was perfectly clear, but now you feel a blemish starting. Was it something you ate? Most of us have these annoying little glitches when we eat some of our favorite foods but know they are coming and tolerate the consequences! These are food intolerances, 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 IgG test for Food Intolerance identifies food reactions which may be delayed a few hours or even a day or two after you’ve eaten the foods. IgE tests for immediate food reactions. We like this combination test kit a lot as it covers BOTH IgG and IgE at a sensitivity level 4 which is more sensitive than traditional labs. This kit tests for reactions to over 200 foods you may be eating daily and having no idea they are the culprit of your issues. Results are returned to you with 4-day rotation diet which eliminates the trigger foods.
Our ALCAT test for food intolerance identifies adverse immune cell reactions associated with specific foods. This comprehensive test will list exactly what your immune system is reacting to and if the response is moderate, severe or mild! At the ALCAT lab, they actually take your blood and drop it onto each food item and watch the reaction of your blood.
The other type of test for food intolerance that we offer is a Comprehensive Gluten Test and a Gluten Cross-Reactivity Test. If you are extremely curious about gluten intolerance and how bad yours may be then this is the test for YOU! Plus if you consider the Cross Reactivity Test Kit too, it covers ALL the proteins in the grains and dairy that can be acting like gluten in the body. For example, Alane eats Paleo because almost all of the foods tested positive that they act like gluten in her body. She has been gluten free for 20 years but was still having food reactions. This test helped her a lot.
When you order your 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 your blood results are released to you within 3 weeks. The Gluten and Cross-reactivity test takes a little longer.
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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.