What is a food sensitivity?
During regular digestion, your body breaks down the food you eat into simple components that can be absorbed into your bloodstream. Once absorbed, the components are distributed and used by the rest of your body.
However, when foods are not digested correctly or completely, your body does not recognize them as nutritional or beneficial.
As a result, your immune system produces antibodies to attack the food that caused the intolerance. This process can cause adverse reactions in the body.
Some examples of food sensitivity reactions are as follows.
-Feeling bloated – Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS) -Mood swings -Chronic fatigue -Restlessness -Brain fog -Aggressiveness -Headaches -Insomnia -Asthma -Canker sores -Sinus problems -Excessive mucus -Acne -Eczema -Excessive sweating -Hair loss -Hives -Itchy sensations -Weight gain -Cravings -Compulsive eating -Water retention -Depression -Anxiety -Muscle soreness -Earaches -ADHD -Hyperactivity -Lethargy
How do I know if I have a food sensitivity?
| Because food sensitivities may take several hours or days to present themselves, it is difficult to determine exactly which foods you are sensitive to. |
With a simple blood test that measures your immune response to different foods, you can find out exactly which foods your body has trouble digesting.
Once you receive your results, you will also have the opportunity to communicate with a nutritional coach who will help you know what you should eat or avoid in order to alleviate your symptoms and improve your health.
Different types of tests
The tests are differentiated by how many sensitivity causing foods are tested. The tests below are from most comprehensive to least comprehensive.
- Comprehensive blood test: 154 foods
- Standard blood test: 115 foods
- Kosher blood test: 108 foods
- Vegetarian blood test: 104 foods
- Basic blood test: 88 foods