Everyone is talking about what they can and can’t eat these days: supermarket aisles are lined with products claiming to be gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, and everything in between. Food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerance are a hot topic in nutrition and health right now. We want to dispel myths and help you eat what loves you in return.
What is Food Sensitivity Testing and How Can it Help You?
Symptoms associated with food sensitivities are often vague and difficult to link to food. These most commonly include fatigue, brain fog, headaches, joint and muscle aches, bloating, asthma, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and heartburn.
Basically, inflammation created in the gut will increase inflammation throughout your body, especially in those who already have inflammatory conditions. Increased inflammation will also increase your risk for cancer and cardiovascular events, like heart attacks and strokes. Food sensitivity testing offers very valuable life-long dietary advice which can have a dramatic impact on your energy levels, immune system, metabolism and even weight. A healthy gut will improve your digestion of nutrients, especially proteins and amino acids which become neurotransmitters affecting mood, cognition, and appetite.
This is truly life-changing information that I highly recommend to all my patients.”
A simple blood draw in our office after 12 pm is all that’s needed, followed by a scheduled appointment one week later to review the results. We received a testimonial from a recent patient who was trying her best to eat salads and foods she thought would help her get leaner and healthier. It turns out, she had sensitivities to everything she was eating; she had fatigue, aches and pains, gut issues, and could not lose weight no matter what she tried. Food sensitivity testing provided her with a comprehensive list of food categories and food dyes to avoid.
The Science Behind It
There are two types of reactions to food. One is the result of an actual allergy while the other is a result of an intolerance. Food intolerance is actually the more common of the two, but food allergies are the more serious.
Food allergy and food intolerance are two very different things. A food allergy is a type 1 hypersensitivity mediated by the fast-responding antibody IgE. A food allergy will result in an immediate and intense reaction, and doctor’s instructions should be followed in managing the allergy. Food sensitivity, on the other hand, is a type 2 hypersensitivity that is possibly mediated by the slow-responding antibodies IgG and IgA.
IgG and IgA are not typically used to diagnose food allergy. So if you have received allergy testing in the past, you can still have significant undetected food sensitivities.
Food Sensitivity Testing Benefits
Food sensitivity testing provides information so you can make educated decisions on your health. Test results help you to eliminate the intake of food which causes intolerance and thus health issues. Knowing which foods you are sensitive to will help you achieve your goals for a vibrant, healthy life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do health insurance companies cover these tests?
Unfortunately, no. However, we have negotiated a cash price which is at least half off the retail price.
Does this test also test for food allergies?
No. This is a food sensitivity test, sometimes called a food intolerance test. Food allergies and food sensitivities are different.
What foods are tested?
We test your immune system reaction to 150 food categories and food dyes. We have ensured that high risk foods are included in our tests.
If I have eliminated a food from my diet will the food sensitivity test still work?
If you have been specifically avoiding a food, include small amounts in the 2 weeks prior to testing. For example, if you’ve been avoiding milk try including a little milk in your coffee. While some people can accurately guess the foods that they are sensitive to, many discover they have been excluding non-reactive foods. Our test will accurately identify your problem foods.
Can I take the test if I’m pregnant?
We would advise against it and require a written prescription from your ob/gyn.
Will my medication interfere with the test results?
Most medications will not affect your test results. If you are currently on immune system suppressors such as cortisone or other steroids we would suggest not testing for one month until you have completed your course of medication.
Medical Conditions Where Food Sensitivity Can Play a Role
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Restless Leg Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
The Revitalife Difference
After a great deal of due diligence our test has a 94% sensitivity and 92% specificity, and is extremely reliable with a reproducible split sample consistently greater than 90%. We recommend this test for all our patients, whether weight loss, wellness, hormones, or anyone with significant fatigue or inflammatory symptoms. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, or call (502) 272-4801 for more information.