Food & Allergy Testing for PeopleThe more you know, the better you'll feel
Food and allergy testing has been around for many years yet unfortunately, patients don’t seek solutions until they experience a negative reaction. At DeYoe Wellness, we take a different approach. We believe that when done properly, a food and allergy test can reveal not only allergens, but also intolerances. Not nearly as uncomfortable, food intolerances still have side effects which impact how you’re feeling. With a comprehensive food and allergy test, patients can get the complete picture of how their body reacts and processes food, helping them live a happier, healthier life.
What is a food allergy?
A true food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body. It can cause a range of symptoms. In some cases, an allergic food reaction can be severe or life-threatening. A few things to keep in mind about food allergies include:
- Reactions usually come on suddenly
- Small amount of food can trigger a reaction
- Happens every time you eat the food
- Can be life-threatening if not treated appropriately
What can cause a food allergy?
A food allergy happens when your immune system mistakes something in food as harmful and attacks it. It can affect your whole body, not just your stomach. Symptoms may include:
- Rash, hives, or itchy skin
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Sudden drop in blood pressure, trouble swallowing or breathing — this is life-threatening. Call 911 immediately.
What are some common food allergies?
- Tree nuts (such as walnuts, pecans and almonds)
Why am I just now showing allergic reactions to certain foods?
Most food allergies start in childhood, but they can develop at any time of life. It isn’t clear why, but some adults develop an allergy to a food they used to eat with no problem. Sometimes a child outgrows a food allergy only to have it reappear in adulthood.
What is a food intolerance?
Food intolerances are generally less serious and often limited to digestive problems. If you have a food intolerance, you may be able to eat small amounts of the offending food without trouble. You may also be able to prevent a reaction. For example, if you have lactose intolerance, you may be able to drink lactose-free milk or take lactase enzyme pills (Lactaid) to aid digestion. A few things to keep in mind about food intolerances:
- Usually comes on gradually
- May only happen when you eat a lot of the food
- May only happen if you eat the food often
- Is not life-threatening
What can cause a food intolerance?
- Absence of an enzyme needed to fully digest a food. Lactose intolerance is a common example.
- Irritable bowel syndrome. This chronic condition can cause cramping, constipation and diarrhea.
- Sensitivity to food additives. For example, sulfites used to preserve dried fruit, canned goods and wine can trigger asthma attacks in sensitive people.
- Recurring stress or psychological factors. Sometimes the mere thought of a food may make you sick. The reason is not fully understood.
- Celiac disease. Celiac disease has some features of a true food allergy because it involves the immune system. However, symptoms are mostly gastrointestinal, and people with celiac disease are not at risk of anaphylaxis. This chronic digestive condition is triggered by eating gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains.
What are some common food intolerances?
Why is it important that I know about my food intolerances?
While food intolerances are not life-threatening, it’s important to know what your body can and cannot tolerate so that you avoid trigger foods that make you feel uncomfortable.
To listen to your body and respect how it feels, is a powerful act of self-love. – Sonia Choquette
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