The Best Way To Identify Food Sensitivities

POSTED BY Erika Schultz, Denver Acupuncturist, Nutritionist | Nov, 07, 2017 |

Food allergies and intolerances seem to be coming more and more common and people are becoming more concerned with what they should and shouldn’t eat. When someone has a food allergy, it causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body and can be life threatening. A food intolerance (or food sensitivity) on the other hand is when certain foods are not able to be broken down properly in the digestive system and is related to numerous symptoms- including digestive problems, headaches, infertility, allergies, etc.

When trying to figure out food sensitivities many people turn to IgG food allergy tests and elimination diets to find out what they might be sensitive to in order to eliminate certain foods from their diets. Many people prefer blood tests (IgG food allergy tests) as they seem to be quick and specific to exactly what foods cause a negative response.  Both of these approaches can be challenging and for different reasons. Before embarking on either you should understand how these tests work and some of the downsides of each. You should also know of an innovative alternative for these each of these tests that is precise and more targeted than blood tests or elimination diets.

What is an IgG food allergy test?

An IgG test is a blood test that measures the level of IgG antibodies or proteins in the blood in response to hundreds of food products and additives that may be causing a threat to the immune system. The tricky part about these tests is that IgG is not the only antibody involved in food-immune reactions. Here are some other considerations with an IgG allergy test:

  • It is believed that intestinal permeability or “leaky gut” that causes damage to the gut lining allows foods to get leaked into the bloodstream, which makes all normally eaten foods look like foreign invaders and alerts our immune systems that we shouldn’t be eating them.
  • In some cases, IgG tests might show foods that you have developed a good tolerance to as a type of protective mechanism.
  • Our immune system is changing so rapidly all of the time that when we avoid foods for weeks, it can diminish the level of IgG antibodies in our systems, which tells us that the tests can often be inaccurate since they are looking at the body at one point in time.
  • Some enzyme deficiencies such as those in dairy, peanuts and shellfish can mimic an immune reaction to food, but will not show up in these tests because they are not necessarily immune mediated.

How do elimination diets work?

An elimination diet is another well-known strategy for scoping out foods that may not agree with your body. This involves cutting out common food triggers from the diet such as gluten, wheat, diary, soy and eggs, and slowly adding them back in to assess what one is sensitive to. Although this may be helpful for some people by alleviating some of their symptoms and pinpointing certain triggers, they may not be truly getting to the underlying cause of why their body is having a reaction in the first place and most people find elimination diets difficult to complete and overwhelming.

Some issues with Eliminations Diets:

  • “Nutrient deficiencies contribute to, in my opinion, almost every chronic health problem. So, if you’re not careful in planning an elimination diet, you may become deficient in a variety of nutrients.”
  • “our bodies are different and there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all with elimination diets. There are certain foods that are generally inflammatory or that are a first-line choice to eliminate, but what if you’re the 25% of the population that has no reaction to that food?”
  • “Yes, it involves eliminating certain foods. However, if you’re not eating those foods, what areyou going to eat? It’s far too easy to get stuck in the whole “I can’t eat that” negative mental chatter.”
  • “Just because eliminating a food at one time helped you heal doesn’t mean it’ll stay that way forever. Our bodies are constantly changing, life is constantly changing, our stress levels are constantly changing, so to assume that a food may be off limits forever is nonsensical.”

An even more precise and accurate way to identify food sensitivities

Nutrition Response Testing is the most precise way to determine the causes of food-immune reactions in the body. Through this testing we can hone in on the handful of foods that are causing the most stress for your body.

How does this work?

Nutrition Response Testing works by zeroing in on areas of the body that are under stress that is imbalances and preventing the body from healing. We are introduced to so many exposures throughout our lives such as environmental toxins, food chemicals and additives, etc., which affects our bodies immune system and its ability to function optimally.

Through Nutrition Response Testing we can identify which SPECIFIC items you are reacting to and for most people it is NOT a list of 20-30 foods. The testing is so precise that when an identified single food or two are eliminated multiple symptoms improve.

Handling the underlying cause of food sensitivities is essential for the immune system

Food intolerances manifest themselves in many different ways throughout the body, such as irritable bowel syndrome, back or neck pain, headaches, ADHD, depression, migraines, asthma, and emotional ailments just to name a few.

In addition to targeted food elimination identification, Nutrition Response Testing tells us how your nervous system is doing by assessing your body’s neurological reflexes and identifying the organs in the body that are under stress. This can directly pinpoint the root cause of your health problem that is causing you to react to certain foods.

When it comes to food sensitivities it is important to look at WHY those foods are triggering symptoms in the first place as eliminating a food may not be the whole handing for the immune system to recover.  Addressing the underlying cause will allow some foods- over time- to be re-introduced into the body with no adverse reactions. Addressing the root causes of food sensitivities will go a long way for handling symptoms that may seem unrelated but are in fact affecting multiple organs and organ systems in the body.

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