Food allergy, intolerance, and sensitivity are terms that can be used to describe how our body can react to foods that don't agree with us. Here's the difference:
True food allergy (IgE mediated) - immediate hypersensitivity reaction, you notice something (like hives) immediately following ingestion of a certain food. Allergists often diagnose true food allergies.
Food Intolerance - symptoms are usually related to digestion. Think chronic issues like bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or abdominal pain. The best "test" for this is an elimination diet.
Food Sensitivity (IgG or IgA mediated) - delayed hypersensitivity reaction - symptoms can show up not only in the digestive tract, but also as skin rashes, or generalized inflammatory symptoms like joint pain, headaches, brain fog, or autoimmune disease.
Many of us regularly (and unknowingly) eat foods that produce inflammation in our bodies. We may even assume these foods are good for us, but the inflammation they cause can lead to chronic health issues including mood shifts, pain, brain fog as well as weight gain.
We’ve put together a streamlined way to help you answer the question: what the heck should I eat? And while this also answers the question: what food should I avoid-- we like to focus on the positive and help guide you on a path of nutritional freedom. Our process will yield results that are actually actionable and sustainable.
Here's how we like to break down this process:
- Initial session to discuss your concerns, nutrition assessment and health goals. Our food intolerance finger-prick test is also performed during this initial meeting.
- A follow up session is schedule about two weeks later to review your results. With clarity on what you should eat, you'll be given recommendations and a plan.
Contact us today to learn more about this program!