Have you ever noticed that some foods just don’t sit right with you? Or perhaps you experience physical symptoms that despite your best effort can’t be explained. You could be suffering from a particular food allergy or sensitivity.
Food allergy and sensitivity testing can help you get to the root cause of your health concerns. Testing for food sensitivity with a Functional Medicine doctor can help you feel your best again, eliminating reoccurring symptoms and preventing long-term health issues. The specialists at Aligned Modern Health use comprehensive food sensitivity and food allergy testing to identify what foods are helping you and what foods may be hurting you.
Food intolerance is a common issue that many people don’t even realize they have. While many signs and symptoms of a food sensitivity and food allergy overlap, some symptoms of food sensitivity take longer to emerge.
A food sensitivity occurs when your body has difficulty digesting a certain type of food. Similar to food allergies, the body will begin to produce antibodies against this food. The antibodies produced during food intolerance are less severe than a food allergy, but can still have unhealthy and undesirable side effects. This immune response also causes inflammation of the digestive tract and may result in unwanted particles of this food entering the blood stream. As a result, several symptoms of food intolerance may occur.
When you are experiencing a severe allergic reaction to a certain food, your body is more likely to react immediately. However, with food intolerance, many symptoms take hours to impact you and may then go undetected. Some symptoms may take up to 48 hours and can persist for several hours or even days, causing great confusion as to why you are feeling ill.
Food sensitivities can leave you feeling unwell and may result in a decline in health. However, a true food allergy can cause an immediate life-threatening reaction. With food intolerance, you can usually eat tiny amounts of this food without noticing a reaction. If you have a food allergy, even a trace amount of this food can cause a severe response.
Our functional medicine doctors and registered dietitians at Aligned Modern Health can help you distinguish the difference and, as necessary, work in conjunction with your food allergist to ensure that your body is safely addressing your health needs.
A food sensitivity or intolerance to particular foods first impacts digestive health in the gut where there is an estimated 70-80% of the immune system. As a result, an individual may experience a wide range of symptoms throughout the body, including:
Instead of masking painful symptoms, Functional Medicine seeks to find the cause and then uses this information to alleviate the symptoms while creating a healthier foundation for your body. Our approach ensures that your body can begin to heal itself with optimal results because getting to the root cause of your symptoms is our primary goal.
While every individual is unique, we offer a range of treatment opportunities to help uncover and treat food sensitivities.
While food intolerances cause initial discomfort, the consequence of unaddressed food intolerance may lead to more severe conditions or even misdiagnosed illness. At Aligned Modern Health, we can help you alleviate symptoms of food sensitivity and provide a blueprint for your ongoing healthy lifestyle.
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