Updated: Oct 8, 2020
Can the foods we eat have an adverse effect on our health? The short answer is yes.
What is the difference between a food allergy and a sensitivity?
A food allergy is mediated by the IgE immune cell . This immune cell is responsible for a immediate immune response. Some common symptoms of a true allergy are rash, swollen tongue, and itchy eyes or throat.
A food sensitivity is mediated by the IgG immune cell. This immune cell is responsible for a delayed immune response. You can react to these foods for up to 3 days after the initial exposure. The symptoms can vary widely: gas, bloating, migraines, rashes, acne, diarrhea, constipation, and joint pain.
How are food sensitivities diagnoses?
The identification of food sensitivities are as easy as a blood test. The test that Dr. Moore uses can test for up to 184 foods. This includes some of the most common food allergens: gluten, dairy, egg, and soy.
Now that the labs are draw, whats next?
The lab results take about 2 weeks to get back. Once they are in, an appointment will be scheduled. During that visit we discuss a strategic plan that includes gut healing supplements, and nutritional counseling. Working though food sensitivities can take time, but the benefit of eliminating the symptoms is worth it.