Things to know before I test for Food Sensitivity
In this article:
- Food Sensitivities vs Food Allergies
- Lactose Intolerance
- Celiac Disease
- Wanting to “test out” foods that have been previously eliminated
- Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
- Steroid Medications
Food Sensitivities vs. Food Allergies and Other Allergies
The food sensitivity test is NOT an allergy test. It is important to remember that food allergies and food sensitivities are very different. Allergies are mediated by IgE antibodies and sensitivities are mediated by IgG.
Our test cannot detect a lactose intolerance. Lactose is a sugar and we test for proteins. A lactose intolerance is different than an IgG response to dairy.
If you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and have removed gluten from your diet, this test should not be used to confirm your diagnosis. Typically, this test is performed to screen for foods your immune system may be reacting to. When foods are eliminated from your diet, your body does not generate those antibodies.
Please note that our food sensitivity test is not intended to aid in the diagnosis of Celiac Disease or to diagnose any other disease or condition. A Celiac diagnosis is complex and usually requires a combination of blood tests and other procedures. The antibodies that are usually tested for Celiac Disease are not the same antibodies we measure in our food sensitivity test.
It is not necessary to fast prior to your food sensitivity test. It is also not necessary to adjust your diet in any way prior to your test. The food sensitivity test involves taking your blood and exposing it to various foods to assess for an immune reaction generating certain types of antibodies.
Wanting to “test out” foods that have been previously eliminated
If you are looking to add a potentially ‘problematic’ food back into your diet to see if you’re still sensitive to it on your test results, it’s recommended to consume that food for about 4-6 weeks prior to testing. Please be advised that if you experience symptoms while eating this food, you’ve already identified a sensitivity.
Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
It’s okay to do the Food Sensitivity test while pregnant or breastfeeding. Hormones do not affect the results. However, keep in mind that the test results are reflective of your current diet. If your diet drastically changed during pregnancy or breastfeeding, we’d recommend waiting.
Steroid medications may affect your immune system and the capability to form an antibody response. Testing can be performed, but the results should be interpreted in the appropriate clinical context by your health care provider.