Food Allergy Testing
If you've been struggling with chronic, poor health, autoimmunity, or digestive complaints, and can't seem to find out why your health isn't improving, it is important to consider the foods you are eating. Just like pollen in the air, we can react to the foods that we eat. Sometimes it is very clear that our body reacts to a certain food (think peanuts or dairy), other times it is not as clear.
What is a Food Allergy?
A food allergy is a negative reaction that our body can have to a food that we eat. This reaction is controlled by the immune system. The symptoms of a food reaction are often tricky to perceive because they are widely varied and can take as soon as minutes to feel, or up to weeks to feel. Many people don't even recognize that the symptoms they are feeling are related to a food they ate. Some examples of food type reactions include:
- Brain fog
- Stomach cramping
- Constipation and/or diarrhea
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Chronic pain or inflammation
- And more
Why test food allergies?
Chronic, undetected reactions to foods are a distraction to the immune system. It keeps your immune system busy constantly responding to the offending food. This can lead-to or worsen digestive complaints and can impact the ability of the immune system to handle other things such as seasonal allergies. Food allergies can also cause damage to the tissues of the digestive tract, leading to things like Leaky Gut - a situation in which gaps between cells get too large and allow various food particles and pathogens into the bloodstream.
What is the Best Way to Test?
We offer the most advanced functional approach to testing for food allergies. Most traditional testing looks only at IgG type immune reactions. Although important, many people will respond to foods with an IgA type reaction, meaning if we only check for one type of reaction we may miss what is truly happening beneath the surface. At Hope Chiropractic & Wellness Center we test for a combination of IgG and IgA reactions for 96 different foods.
Interested in Food Allergy testing but not sure if it's the right test for you? Fill out the form below and we will have Dr. Jill Plentl, D.C. contact you to answer your quesitons.