Food Allergy Testing
Our physicians use laboratory testing, food challenges, metabolic typing and other research-based methods to determine food allergies or sensitivities.
There is a great deal of confusion when it comes to food allergies and food intolerances.
A traditional food allergy is one that involves a specific antibody reaction (IgE) to a particular food or environmental compound. This is also referred to as an immediate hypersensitivity reaction, and it can produce symptoms ranging from itchy throat, and anaphylaxis to shock and possibly death. Major culprits responsible for IgE reactions are shellfish, eggs, peanuts and dairy products.
When it comes to a food intolerance, an individual may experience a multitude of reactions that may take hours to days to manifest. This is known as a delayed hypersensitivity reaction. Most responses are generally constitutional (meaning throughout the body) and rather vague. Typical food intolerance reactions may include mental fog, depression, anxiety, “after lunch blues,” heart palpitations, headaches/migraines, generalized pain (eg. fibromyalgia), acne, eczema, heartburn, gas/bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. If you experience any of the above symptoms on a regular basis, you may have a food intolerance. (Keep in mind, though, that experiencing an occasional "off day" is normal.)
Because most food intolerance reactions can be delayed for several days, it is often difficult to point a finger at the food culprit. This is where keeping a diary of your diet can come in handy. Most people are aware of their immediate food allergies, but there may be chronic, low-grade reactions taking place in the body that are harder to pinpoint. A JC Rejuvenation and Wellness physician will walk you through your diet diary and look for any patterns that you may have missed.