You may be aware of the glaring allergies that some people have to certain foods. Celiac disease, lactose intolerance, and peanut allergies are just a few of the severe food allergies that are often talked about. But are you aware that you may be sensitive to a particular food without having an allergy to that food?
Food sensitivities are everywhere, and they can cause delayed immune reactions that occur not right away, but 24-72 hours after eating that food. The immune system contains IgG, the most prevalent antibody found in your blood circulation. It binds many types of pathogens and provides the body with immunity to them. However, an IgG reaction can occur when you eat certain foods, and this creates a certain type of hypersensitivity reaction in your body that you may not notice for hours or days. Because of this, some people never figure out what is causing their pain or issue, and this is why a food sensitivity test is so important.
There are a few subtle symptoms you may notice when you're suffering from a food sensitivity (NOT a food allergy):
Bloating and gas
Emotional imbalance/mood swings
This is just a small list of the many things you may be experiencing that you're not tying into what you eat. Nearly everyone will have at least one food sensitivity, and it could be what's causing your dry eyes, headaches, or other systemic issues.
Food Allergy Testing | Food Sensitivity Test
A food sensitivity test is best performed by a naturopathic doctor (if you have one near you), but they are now available online as well. More often than not, the test will come with a consultation after the results are in. The food sensitivity test we took is available through many doctor's offices and may soon be available online as well.
The test we took was simple, and it tests for sensitivities to over 130 different foods, additives, and colorings. We believe a test such as this is essential for anyone who has been experiencing the symptoms above, and for anyone who has strange symptoms for which their doctor has not been able to pinpoint a cause for.
When you order a kit online, you'll receive it in the mail with detailed instructions. You'll perform a simple finger prick (scary, but they make it super easy!) and then you'll fill a few circles on the collection card with blood. This card is then sent off to a lab to be tested for all of the different foods you may be sensitive to. It is truly amazing that we now have the ability to test for sensitivities to so many foods, including gluten, MSG, dairy, yeast, coffee...right from the comfort of our own couch.
Food Sensitivity Test
Food sensitivities affect more than 100 million people worldwide. Food sensitivities cause a range of illness and symptoms, including skin rashes and chronic intestinal diseases.
The FIT Test is a patented, multi-pathway delayed food sensitivity test. The test uses new technology that measures both IgG and Immune Complexes, the most common food-related pathways in the body.
The FIT Test measures sensitivities to up to 132 different foods and additives spanning all major food groups.
Food elimination based on the FIT Test results reduces symptoms a patient is experiencing.
Watch the blood draw tutorial video for instructions on how to collect a blood spot sample. Your kit includes:
Protein Saver Card
Alcohol Prep Pad
Sterile Single-Use Lancets
FedEx Clinical Pack Envelope
Prepaid Billable Stamp
Bloodspot Tutorial Video
PLUS, You'll Receive a 15 Minute Consult with the Doctors when your Results are in!
Common Food Allergies
As we've already discussed, there is a stark difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity, and knowing the difference is key. However, it's known that over 90% of food allergies and sensitivities are due to one of the following foods:
Dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese)
Tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, pine nuts, and walnuts are the most common)
Shellfish (oysters, crab, shrimp)
Do any of these look familiar? Many of them are ingredients in some of our favorite foods, and it's possible you could be sensitive to one or more of them. Cheese, peanut butter, pasta, and other delicious foods may be off the table if you find you're sensitive to them. However, the only way to truly know is to test. We believe in the importance of this test for your well being and so you can finally have the answers you need to those strange symptoms you've been experiencing.