First it must be clarified that a food sensitivity is not the same as a food allergy. A food allergy is an immediate reaction to a food within eight hours of ingestion. This activates the immune system via IgE to release histamines and can cause anaphylaxis, swelling, rashes, hives, wheezing, nausea, abdominal cramps, and other skin or mucosal irritations.
A food sensitivity is a delayed food reaction. Delayed food reaction symptoms can appear up to three days after the food is eaten. This means we are often unaware of which foods are causing problems for us. With food sensitivities and allergies, the body can react to certain foods as if it was a foreign invader, similar to what happens with bacteria and viruses. The body makes antibodies to trigger an immune reaction to certain foods, causing inflammation and damage in the gut.
Undetected food reactions can impact overall health significantly. Many people are continuing to eat food that their body has created antibodies to, creating a state of chronic inflammation in the gut and/or body. Where there is inflammation, there is pain and tissue damage. Chronic inflammation is present in almost every chronic disease.
Food intolerances can occur in a permeable gut where incompletely digested food particles enter your bloodstream and are treated as foreign substances. This results in the immune system producing specific antibodies (IgG, IgA) which attack the food in question. This inflammatory response in the body can increase certain symptoms.
Food sensitivity reactions has been associated with aching joints, fatigue, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), bloating, tiredness, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, eczema, headaches and migraines. Food sensitivities especially play a major role in many inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome. Continuing to eat reactive foods can contribute to weight gain and difficulty losing weight. Because IgG food reactions take hours or days to develop, this makes it difficult to determine which food is responsible for the reaction without doing testing.
An antibody mediated food sensitivity test can be done to identify reactive foods. Food sensitivities are unique to each individual and taking a food sensitivity test can eliminate the guesswork when it comes to choosing a healthy non-inflammatory diet. Food sensitivity testing is one step on your way to achieving true health, rather than managing symptoms. Food antibody testing can identify specific immune system based food intolerances, and along with healing gut permeability is a big step toward achieving optimal health.