5 Things You Should Know About Food Sensitivity Testing Food sensitivity testing can help you pinpoint your sensitivities and eliminate symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about IgG testing before you try it. Introductions Food sensitivities are common; in fact, about 20 percent of the world’s population has at least one. Sensitivities can cause a range of unpleasant
Food sensitivity testing can help you pinpoint your sensitivities and eliminate symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about IgG testing before you try it.
Food sensitivities are common; in fact, about 20 percent of the world’s population has at least one. Sensitivities can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms after consuming a problem food, including stomach aches and nausea. Fortunately, you can determine your sensitivities and cut them permanently out of your diet by performing a food sensitivity test. If you think you have a sensitivity or sensitivities and want to do a test, here are five things you should know about IgG food sensitivity testing beforehand.
While IgG food sensitivity tests aren’t the most accurate way to test for sensitivities and can deliver false positives, they aren’t an official diagnosis; they’re a screening tool. Let’s say you take a test, and it says you have elevated IgG levels for eggs. You can temporarily cut eggs out of your diet to hopefully reduce symptoms, then call your doctor to discuss your concerns and schedule a definitive test.
After you collect and hand over your sample, a lab will expose your blood to certain foods, then measure the amount of IgG antibodies in it after a period of time. When you consume a problem food, your body produces extra IgG antibodies, so if you’re sensitive to a food, there should be a noticeable spike in your levels.
Each test is unique in this regard. Almost all of them will test for extremely common sensitivities, like milk, tree nut, and shellfish sensitivities. But they may or may not include other foods, so check the list of tested items carefully before you purchase a kit if you want to measure your sensitivity to something specific.
You can test for sensitivities from the comfort of your couch using an at-home kit. If you use a kit, eliminate the flagged foods from your diet, and no longer experience any symptoms, you may not need further testing. But if you want a firm answer as to what you are and aren’t sensitive to, we recommend visiting your doctor for additional testing.
The final thing you should know about food sensitivity testing is what you should do if it shows that you’re sensitive to one or more foods. Try an elimination diet, removing these foods one by one from your diet to see if symptoms subside. This will help you confirm your sensitivities and determine if you need additional testing.
If you want to test your sensitivity to certain food items, RxHomeTest has an affordable and comprehensive food sensitivity testing kit you can use at home. Our kit tests for 208 food items common to the American diet, including milk, dairy, gluten, meats, peanuts, nuts, and more. It also includes a diet rotation plan that makes it easy to follow and confirm your sensitivities. Just take a finger-prick sample, and our lab will analyze it. In less than a week, we’ll send you an easy-to-read report that includes a diet rotation plan based on your results.
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