Food Allergy – Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Lab Test

The food intolerance test is a reliable method of determining the foods that triggers adverse reactions in an individual.
“All Disease Begins In The Gut” – Hippocrates

The symptoms of the food intolerance may vary from one individual to another. Once the intolerant foods are identified, a Naturopathic Doctor at Oakville Natural Health Clinic will work with you to formulate a manageable dietary plan to eliminate the reactive foods and reduce inflammation to heal the digestive tract.

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
  • Migraines
  • 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. Over time, 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.

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