The symptoms of the food intolerance may vary from one individual to another, some of which include:
- Skin reactions (eczema, hives, rashes etc)
- Digestive disorders (bloating/gas, diarrhea, constipation, IBS, reflux)
- Respiratory problems (nasal congestion, shortness of breath, chest tightness)
- Painful joints
- Mood/attention deficit disorders
- Weight Gain
It is important to understand the difference between a “Food Allergy” – an immediate reaction vs. a “Food Intolerance” – a delayed reaction.
IgE Food Allergy
The IgE food allergy tests for “immediate” hypersensitivity reactions triggered by the IgE antibodies. These reactions are also known as anaphylactic reactions and occur within minutes of consuming a food allergen.
Symptoms can include skin reactions such as hives and eczema, itchy eyes, runny nose, difficulty breathing, and even digestive problems.
IgG Food Sensitivity
An IgG food sensitivity is a delayed hypersensitivity reaction that can take hours to days to develop. In an IgG reaction, the IgG antibodies bind to the food particle (which acts as an antigen) creating an antigen-antibody complex. Overtime, these complexes accumulate and get deposited into various body tissues leading to a variety of health conditions.
Symptoms can range anywhere from simply bloating and indigestion to migraines, skin conditions (such as eczema), joint pain, and even autoimmune conditions.
Identifying the food triggers is the first step towards improving overall health.
Once the intolerant foods are identified, our Naturopathic Doctors will work with you to formulate a manageable dietary plan to eliminate the reactive foods and reduce inflammation to heal the digestive tract.