Do you ever feel like you may have certain symptoms related to foods, such as headaches, stomach pain, diarrhea, or fatigue? You want to try eliminating possible triggers, but you are not sure where to start? Our Food Sensitivity test measures your body's immune response to 96 foods that are commonly found in western diets. It's a great way to get some guidance on which foods could be causing you discomfort.
Our test is not a food allergy test, so it cannot diagnose diseases such as Celiac Disease. Food allergy tests measure IgE antibodies, which require a larger volume of blood and thus can't be currently taken at home (whereas our test only requires a couple small drops of blood and CAN be taken at home). Unlike a true food allergy or severe medical condition like Celiac Disease, an antibody IgG immune response has been demonstrated to offer guidance on what foods may be causing you discomfort and are the best to eliminate based on your reactivity levels to them. Rather than randomly eliminating foods over many weeks and assessing your change in symptoms, as improvement in symptoms is always the best test, you can have a directed elimination plan.
So, what are common reactions to a food sensitivity that you should be on the look out for? Many times food can trigger an immune response which manifests itself into physical symptoms such as:
Dry and itchy skin
Bloated after eating
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
If you've experienced any of these (or perhaps many of these), you may be eating something that doesn't agree with your body. It's important to remember that sensitivities are much different than allergies. Allergies have an immediate, highly noticeable (even fatal) response while sensitivities can take even a couple of days to show anything at all, and they manifest in many different ways, not always visibly (such as some of the examples above).
Sensitivities are also accumulative, and you can be more sensitive to certain foods than others. For example, just because you're eating "healthy" foods doesn’t necessarily mean you're eating foods that make your body thrive. Everyone is different. Unaddressed sensitives may be undetectable on the surface, but cause irritation to the gut and can cause major health issues down the road--which is why it's important to get tested and find out the root of the problem(s).
Doing an elimination diet is the go-to method for finding out what your body loves and loathes. Removing the most common troublesome foods for a period of time and then slowly reintroducing them into your diet is an easy way to determine your best food plan, but it can take MONTHS before you finally realize what's harming you. This is why our Food Sensitivity test is so helpful--it speeds up the process by getting rid of the guess work and giving you a starting point of the foods to best eliminate from your diet to get you feeling better as soon as possible. And we believe when it comes to living a better life, it is always a good idea to invest in your health.