Food allergies have become a more common problem in today’s society than they seemed to be in the past. In fact, with more children suffering from these sometimes severe allergies, all parents and educators have had to make changes in their daily lives to accommodate these children and help keep them safe from food and ingredients that could lead to serious health problems and even death. The good news is doctors are ready to perform allergy testing in order to determine exactly which foods a child or even adult is allergic to and to what extent. However, it isn’t just about food allergies. While these allergies can be quite severe, there are others who suffer from food sensitivities, which can trigger certain responses that aren’t likely to be life threatening but can be life changing. This is why it’s important to offer both types of testing to rule out any allergies and sensitivities.
What Is a Food Allergy?
A food allergy is defined as an exaggerated bodily response to the consumption of a specific food. Some of the most common food allergies today include milk, eggs and peanuts. Severity varies dramatically from itchiness and redness to life-threatening.
What Is a Food Sensitivity or Intolerance?
In contrast, a food sensitivity or intolerance refers to a number of physiological responses to certain foods. However, these are different from an allergic response because they don’t typically affect the auto-immune system and aren’t life threatening.
It’s essential to fully understand the difference between these two issues. Allergies often have an immediate response that can result in serious consequences. On the other hand, when you’re tested for a food sensitivity, your doctor will monitor for longer term responses from your body. Many of these symptoms show up 10 to 12 hours after the initial exposure to the food, while some of them may not show up for days, sometimes up to 72 hours.
Many people who suffer from food sensitivities or intolerances actually often crave the foods that cause them problems. This is because the body can become addicted to the chemical messengers released by the immune system cells within the body when they’re exposed to these foods. This can actually create a soothing response.
It’s important to note both food allergies and sensitivities can change year to year, so it’s best to be tested annually to identify any changes and to keep yourself safe. This is especially true if you suffer from severe food allergies.
Get Tested For Food Allergies Today
At Integrated Wellness, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for food allergy testing to help you get a grasp on what you can’t eat to avoid putting yourself into a bad situation. However, because our typical allergy testing won’t identify any food sensitivities from which you suffer, we also recommend getting ALCAT testing. This testing covers a large number of foods and will let us monitor your body’s response to these foods over a longer period. This will ensure everything is covered and you are well aware of what foods you should avoid.
For those who can benefit from ALCAT testing or food allergy testing, Integrated Wellness can help.