By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
Have you been to the allergist and have been told everything is negative, and you are okay? This dilemma seems to happen frequently to people with an IgG allergy to specific food reactions. This is because traditionally, an allergist tests their patients in the IgE immune pathway or with skin tests that look at an immediate reaction.
If you have true allergies to food, you may have swelling, skin eruptions, difficulty breathing right after you eat a particular food, etc. Actual allergy symptoms occur right after a problem food is eaten, so they are relatively easy to discover.
The difference with IgG Allergy Testing is that the IgG immune pathway identifies delayed food reactions, not necessarily immediate responses. The symptoms tend to be more of an inflammatory response instead of an allergy reaction. The IgG allergy reactions can be anything from gas and bloating, puffiness, constipation, brain fog, headaches, weight gain, fatigue, aches and pains, and more. The IgG allergy reactions can take up to 2-3 days to appear.
The main benefit of IgG Allergy Testing is getting answers! An IgG allergy is more challenging to identify than true allergies without testing. And the IgG Allergy results can be different from person to person. Even a healthy food like spinach or apples can trigger an IgG allergy reaction.
If you are troubled with your diet and not knowing what foods are okay for YOU, then IgG Allergy testing is right for YOU! The IgG Allergy Testing can tell you if the food you eat daily or weekly should be eliminated entirely or just reduced.
If an IgG allergy tests at a +1, then just reduce the food, but if it tests at a +3 or higher, you will need to eliminate the food from your diet. Sometimes a +2 or +3 food can be added back in very temporarily once the food has been removed from the diet for a few months. The only food we never suggest adding back in once removed is gluten as autoimmune attacks can be triggered.
How do you know if you need IgG Allergy Testing? If you have any inflammatory symptoms, then you do!
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