Food Allergy Testing

Why Test for Allergies?

The majority of adverse reactions to food are rarely life threatening, but may be a source of considerable discomfort in many chronic conditions.

The symptoms are varied and individuals can react in different ways.

Many people live with minor or major symptoms of adverse food reactions for years without ever suspecting the involvement of the immune system and the foods which trigger them.

Food sensitivity reactions may be the result of enzyme deficiency, histamine releasing effects, altered intestinal permeability (e.g. leaky gut) or pharmacological effects.

Food Sensitivity

Food sensitivity is often given a low priority in the investigation of disease. Common conditions where food sensitivity may play a significant role include bloating and fluid retention, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, depression and mood swings, asthma, skin conditions and behavioral problems in children.

IgG & IgA Food Sensitivity testing is an efficient and reliable method for diagnosing individuals with adverse reactions to food.

Food allergy, on the other hand is an immunological adverse reaction to food which is often IgE-mediated and can be measured in most instances in blood by detection of specific antibodies.

Food sensitivity is identified by screening blood samples for IgG & IgA antibodies to a panel of foods. The most common food sensitivities occur with cow's milk, eggs, beans, nuts and grains.