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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

not feeling so well. food allergy testing may be what you need.

So many  individuals do not realize symptoms they may be having are from food sensitivities.  Read on to see the difference between sensitivity and allergy:

What is food sensitivity?

The inability to tolerate foods and environmental factors, also known as sensitivity or intolerance, induces chronic activation of the innate immune system and gives rise to inflammatory processes, which includes excess production of reactive oxygen species and the release of preformed and newly synthesized mediators of inflammation. 
This inflammation has been linked to countless chronic conditions, including:  digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, ADD, aching joints, skin disorders, arthritis and many more.
How does food sensitivity differ from classic food allergies?  
True food allergies refer to foods that trigger the immune system to acutely produce massive amounts of the chemical histamine that leads to anaphylaxis.  This potentially fatal condition causes the throat and esophagus to swell, cutting off air from the lungs, or may simply cause hives, skin rashes, and other non-life-threatening reactions.

This type of reaction is called a type I hypersensitivity reaction, caused by the degranulation of mast cells or basophils that is mediated by Immunoglobulin E (Ig E).

If you do have digestive issued, skin problems or other conditions that have not gone away with medicine you may need a food allergy test done. It will tell you if you are allergic or sensitive to certain foods or enviromental factors.

Good luck and be well

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