Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What is Food Sensitivity?

What is Food Sensitivity?

Food sensitivities are becoming more common in today’s society. However, many people don’t even know what they are! Food sensitivities and food allergy are similar in that the immune system is reacting to what we eat. The difference between the two is that food sensitivities are caused by an IgG reaction, where food allergies like tree nut allergies are caused by IgE reaction. Again they both stimulate the immune system, but they use different pathways to get there. The main difference between the two is that IgG antibodies response is delay and accumulate over time. Whereas IgE response is immediate (such as anaphylaxis or hives). IgG responses caused by food sensitivities can have the following symptoms.

Leaky Gut:

Leaky gut is a term used to describe a digestive tract that has become highly inflamed due to long term exposure to food sensitivity. A more in depth description of this is that our digestive tract is filled with microscopic holes. Designed to absorb the nutrients from the food we eat. If there is a food sensitivity, overtime the digestive tract is subjected to inflammation after inflammation. Eventually these holes widen and larger particles of food pass through into the blood stream. This causes the immune system to react. This reaction leads to a variety of symptoms that people experience on a daily basis and believe to normal.


Gastrointestinal issues, include gas, bloating, constipation, heart burn, and irritable bowl (diarrhea) are only some of the symptom from leaky gut symptoms due to prolonged food sensitivities. These type of symptomatically is not normal. Your body is reacting to something you ate. The only way to reverse these effects is to completely remove the offending food, and allow the digestive tract to heal itself.
Fatigue is another common symptom that people attribute to what they eat. Food sensitivities can cause a restless sleep and patients can then feel tired even with eight hours of sleep. This is due to the body’s immune system fighting something in your body.  As the weeks prolong you start to feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Fatigue is from your body’s constant immune response. This can cause a person to be more prone to other illnesses, such as colds.

Skin can also be effected by food sensitivities. Skin is your largest organ in your body and is correlated to your digestive tract. So irritations to your digestive tract could cause irritations as well on your skin. Some of the most common skin conditions that are linked to your digestive tract are acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. Avoidance of foods causing sensitivities could eliminate and treat these skin conditions.
Joint pain is another hint that your body is sensitive to certain foods. Overtime, constant immune response to food particles, lead to depleted resources to reduce joint inflammation. People with food sensitivities tend to have more bouts of arthritis pain and joint pain, and take longer for these conditions to resolve.

What Can We Do?

How would you know exactly what foods are causing your Food sensitivity. The answer is by taking a Food sensitivity blood test. This type of blood test looks for IgG particles in your blood, and sees which ones they are reacting to! It’s specific in telling you which foods to avoid and which foods are safe to consume. Lastly some people may think eating a small amount won’t cause a reaction. This is not true! People with gluten sensitivities just 5ppm (parts per million) of these offending foods could cause the immune system to go into over drive.
Please let us know if you or somebody may be interested in taking a Food sensitivity blood test, or if you have any questions.

Dr. Elton Clemence

Dr. Elton Clemence is a Chiropractor at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, located In Red Deer, AB 142 Erickson Dr ,www.family1stchiro.ca 403-347-3261 to book an appointment.

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