WHAT IS FOOD SENSITIVITY?
Food Sensitivity is your body’s response (IgG antibody reactions) to certain foods that occur hours to days after certain foods are consumed. These are also termed as delayed food reactions.
HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM FOOD ALLERGY?
Your immune system produces two types of antibodies against certain foods:
- Immunoglobulin E(IgE)
- Immunoglobulin G(IgG)
Food Allergies are immediate reactions and can occur within minutes of consuming the reactive food. This involves IgE antibodies and may cause breathing, digestive disorders or skin rashes etc. In certain rare cases, it may be life-threatening when it leads to anaphylaxis.
WHY TEST FOR FOOD SENSITIVITIES?
Since food sensitivities are delayed reactions, testing is the only way to determine which foods are responsible for the reaction. IgG reactions frequently occur to commonly consumed foods such as dairy, wheat, eggs, yeast, pork and soy.
Vibrant is the only company that utilizes a chemiluminescent method of detecting food sensitivities on a silicon chip. While other labs use ELISA methods, the proprietary technology enables them to provide the highest sensitivity of detection.
All 96 tests are performed in a single reaction vessel enabling the best accuracy and precision.
Vibrant tests for IgG and IgA antibodies to food. IgA antibodies provide protection from mucosal damage. IgA reactivity to foods indicates mucosal damage. If IgG reactions are negative and you are still symptomatic, IgA reactivity helps provide solutions.
SYMPTOMS TO CONSIDER FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING
ROTATION DIET/ELIMINATION OF FOODS
Once we receive your results, we can help you formulate a plan to rotate your diets and or eliminate the problem foods from your diet. Most people see improvement of symptoms within a few weeks of eliminating the reactive foods or after going on a rotation plan. However, it is important to understand that symptom improvement make take some time, and results vary from individual to individual. Removing reactive foods from the diet can sometimes result in withdrawal symptoms like headaches, tiredness, irritability and hunger.
INTESTINAL PERMEABILITY AND FOOD SENSITIVITY
Your intestinal lining. in a healthy state will provide immunity against exposure to food antigens. Foods are not supposed to cross the intestinal barrier to enter your bloodstream. However, inflammation in the gut lining caused due to abnormal gut flora, stress, certain drugs and alcohol can cause the food particles to breach the barrier and enter the bloodstream where they cause an IgG antibody response. In a case where you see reactivity to multiple foods, an intestinal permeability may be the root cause. This can lead to choosing to order an Intestinal Permeability Panel to confirm and suggest treatments to heal your intestinal lining in addition to dietary recommendations.
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