What are digestive related symptoms you may experience?

 

  • Diarrhea
  • Gas & Bloating,
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn,
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Burping or belching 

 

What can cause digestive upset?

  • Parasites, bacteria or viral infections 

  • Unhealthy gut flora or dysbiosis

  • SIBO

  • Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid)

  • Dietary allergies or sensitivities 

  • Medications due to side effects

  • Stress and nervous system conditions

  • Poor diet and lifestyle 

 

When to consider Food Allergy Testing?

  • If you and your doctor have ruled out other more serious or common causes of digestive upset, food allergy testing may be a great option. Food allergy testing involves taking a blood sample and identifying possible sensitivity to foods you may be eating. 

How does it work?

  • The food allergy test measures an immune reaction created by your body to the foods that you eat. It is an IgG (immunoglobulin) type III hypersensitivity reaction. Meaning it is a delayed onset response to the offending foods that you eat. This reaction can happen over a 24-72 hour time line which can make things challenging to identify. 
  • The anti-body and antigen (the food) complexes formed by the immune system can cause damage multiple areas in the body in addition to the digestive tract. 
  • IgG testing measures the level your immune system responds to several foods in question.
  • Testing can measure from 160-200+ different foods to help identify triggers. 

 

What to expect after testing?

  • After testing it can take 7-14 days for your doctor to get the results. Once you have received them, Dr. Kristy will be in touch with you to schedule a follow up appointment to include elimination strategies and nutritional considerations. 
  • Not all foods need to be removed indefinitely, but will likely require limitation to ensure healing of the digestive tract.