food sensitivities & allergies testing

“You must first eliminate the underlying cause of disease before true healing can begin.” Dr. Fiorentino

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Keep in mind that a diet of foods that is good for one person may be toxic to the next person. But before we can determine the type of dietary plan that best works specifically for you, we must answer a very important question, what is the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities?  To start, food sensitivities are not allergies. A food allergy is an immune system reaction to a protein in a particular food which your body perceives as a foreign invader. Food allergies are driven by a hypersensitive immune system that is considered an Immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated reaction. 

Food allergies usually develop within minutes of eating a particular offending food. And, a reaction can trigger internal inflammation within the body, including mucus gland secretions. In the worst case scenario, food allergies can trigger anaphylactic shock (strong food allergy reaction). This is a medical emergency and needs to be addressed immediately in a hospital setting. Fortunately, most food allergies tend to be weak, and do not result into emergencies. 

Food sensitivities, even in the strongest reaction, do not produce anaphylactic shock, and are not an immediate emergency. However, they can effect the body in a negative way leading to numerous health issues.

Unlike food allergies, the effects of food sensitivities happen over time, usually over a course of hours to a few days, and can be so subtle that most people don’t even know that they have them. With food sensitivities, the body has difficulty digesting particular food(s), which could result in maldigestion (not being able to properly digest your foods), in addition to toxic substances forming in the intestines.

When inflammation occurs, it can cause numerous changes to the digestive tract (gut) and lead to something called leaky gut syndrome. This means that the microscopic gaps in the walls of the intestine (where nutrients from foods and liquids are absorbed into the blood) become slightly larger leading to the absorption of particles into the blood that would normally be too large to be absorbed. These particles are toxic to the body, and can then travel to areas (tissues) of weakness (areas in the body that have difficulties filtering them out). This leads to low grade chronic inflammation, and eventually interferes with normal body function.

The absorption and buildup of toxins in the tissues of the body, especially from offending foods, is one of the primary causes for the development of chronic disease. 

We test for both food sensitivities and food allergies. And, the testing kits that we use can test for 96 to 208 different food sensitivities depending on your diet.

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