Food Allergy Panel
Researchers estimate that 60% of the U.S. population suffers from a reaction to a food that can cause or complicate a health problem (Gaby, AR. The role of hidden food allergy/itolerance in chronic disease. Alt Med Rev 1998; 3:90-99).
Reactions to foods can be extraordinarily diverse, and can include migraines, rashes, gas, bloating, ear infections, watery or itchy eyes, chronic sinus problems (a constant runny or stuffed up nose), sore throat, mood swings, fatigue, poor concentration, food cravings, inflammation, weight gain, and more.
There are two major types of food reactions (allergies) that involve antibody production in your body. Antibodies are substances produced by the immune system to protect the body from the offending food.
Types of Food Reactions
Immediate Reactions to Foods. These reactions occur quickly – almost immediately or
within 3 hours after eating. This is the allergic reaction familiar to many people. It can appear as a skin rash, itching or hives, or symptoms can become very severe, impeding breathing, triggering asthma, and requiring immediate medical attention. These immediate reactions to foods are known as IgE reactions because IgE antibodies are produced by the immune system in response to the offending food.
Delayed Food Reactions. These are much more common types of food reactions, yet they often go unnoticed. These reactions can occur hours after a food is eaten, or they can occur days after a food is eaten — occurring up to 48 hours after a food has been ingested. Delayed food reactions are often referred to as “hidden” food allergies because noticing the link to a reaction from a food you ate days ago goes unnoticed. Delayed food reactions are known as IgG reactions because IgG antibodies are produced by the immune system in response to the offending food. Symptoms vary and are mentioned above.
Testing for Food Allergies
Laboratory allergy tests measure the antibodies in your blood that your body produces in response to specific foods. A few of the more common food allergies can be tested (milk, corn, eggs, soy, wheat), or many different types of every day foods – different types of meats, vegetables, fruits, grains, and so forth – can be tested for IgE and/or IgG responses.
Although less commonly known, IgA responses to foods can be tested, as well. IgA responses are secreted by mucosal cells in the gut lining and are considered “primary responders” to offending foods. This test is a salivary test. The more common food allergens mentioned above can be tested for IgA responses.
Nutrition Programs and Consultations
A nutritional consultation will determine which type of food allergy test is warranted and whether or not this test will be needed to bring the body back into nutritional balance. If this test is recommended, test kits will be provided. Each test kit contains full instructions, as well as everything needed to do the test, including prepaid postage for returning the blood or saliva collected to the lab.
Once the results are received by me, a nutritional program is then tailored to your specific nutritional and dietary needs to improve allergenic responses and immune system function. Diet, supplementation, and other nutritional and lifestyle considerations are important for maintaining overall health and well-being, including a healthy immune system, and will help bring the body back into balance. Our programs help to correct nutritional deficiencies, and in doing so, overall health is improved.
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