Many people have sensitivities to certain foods or group of foods. When triggered by these food particles, our immune system reacts to these food particles and forms complexes that settle in various parts of the body causing inflammation.
Irritable bowel, migraines, weight gain, hardening arteries, atopy, rheumatoid arthiritis, ADHD have all been linked to these type of immune reactions.
Sometimes food particles trigger immune reactions that can cause physical damage to the gut lining hence the right test can be a valuable tool for related conditions such as Crohn’s, colitis or “leaky-gut”. In addition, these tests an be used to identify foods that our body has an acute reaction to causing anaphylaxis and hives helping us eliminate them from our diet.
Food sensitivity tests are also valuable in determining non-immune related problems caused by enzyme deficiencies (such as lactase), chemicals in certain foods (such as histamine) and food toxins (such as saxitoxin in shellfish).
The practitioner will usually recommend a certain test depending on the individual case and circumstance. After obtaining these results, it is then possible to proceed with appropriate treatment and/or follow up with additional testing if required.