Food sensitivities are becoming an increasingly common issue among adults and children. Although many people use the term “food allergies” to describe all food reactions, sensitivities differ from food allergies. Food allergies are immediate and can be severe, for example an anaphylactic peanut allergy. These are IgE allergies and are commonly diagnosed by skin scratch tests or blood tests though an allergist. Food sensitivities however are mediated by IgG immunoglobulins and can take up to 2-3 days to show symptoms making it difficult to identify.
Common symptoms of food sensitivities include:
- Digestive upset such as gas, bloating and cramping
- Gastric Reflux or Heartburn
- Food Cravings
- Fatigue, Brain fog
- Acne, Rosacea, Eczema and Rashes
- Constipation, Diarrhea, IBS symptoms
- Congestion, Post nasal drip and Chronic Sinus infections
- Frequent Colds
- Depression, Anxiety and Mood Swings
- ADHD and Autism
- Joint Pain
- Poor Sleep patterns
When not addressed food sensitivities can result in candida overgrowth, nutrient malabsorption, and leaky gut syndrome.
Testing- The answers are just a blood test away. Local labs will send your blood draw sample to Rocky Mountain Analytical in Calgary. I can help you chose the best panel for you, ranging from 120-200 different foods. You will receive a detailed report showing the degree of sensitivity and number of antibodies produced to each individual food. I can then help you design the appropriate diet based on your individual sensitivities to ensure you receive the correct balance of nutrients you need for optimal health.