Food sensitivities are very common and can cause chronic inflammation not just locally in the gut but systemically in the whole body.
Common symptoms of food sensitivities:
- Chronic sinusitis
- Diarrhea, Constipation and IBS
- Eczema, Psoriasis
- Autoimmune Conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Foggy head
With changes to our food supply in the last decades such as genetically modified foods and pasteurization, along with other practices, this has changed the way our bodies recognize food and has affected the health of our digestive tracts and immune systems.
Some of the main foods that many people are sensitive to are gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains, dairy, soy and corn likely due to genetic modification or pasteurization that changes the structure of the proteins in these foods just enough to make our bodies recognize them as foreign. In many cases patients can be sensitive to foods that are different from what they expected.
Food sensitivity testing is a simple blood test that allows us an in depth look at what your body is reacting to. Enzyme linked Immunosorbent assay technique (ELISA) is used to measure IgG (indicating delayed sensitivity) and IgE (indicating immediate reaction) levels for 95 common foods on a basic panel.
The benefit of food sensitivity testing is having a clear guideline from which to plan meals, to eliminate offending foods while we monitor for change in symptoms, allow time to heal the gut and balance the immune response, then later reintroduce some of the foods.
Our clinic does not charge a blood draw fee and you do not have to complete an appointment with a physician for this test.
Yaletown Naturopathic Clinic carries the Nourishing Meals cookbook for purchase which has over 330 healthy recipes for the whole family. This book is no longer in print, limited stock available. Can be purchased at the clinic or online.