A food allergy is a change to your physiology that produces a negative immune response to certain foods, or groups of foods. This is generally a fast-acting immune response that can cause swelling, hives, and anaphylaxis. This response is mediated by an antibody called IgE.
Food sensitivities are IgG-mediated reactions and can occur anytime within 72 hours of exposure. These reactions most often result in chronic symptoms like cramps, diarrhoea, constipation, fatigue, low energy, nausea, poor sleep, weight gain, asthma, joint pain and skin rashes/eczema. Symptoms may vary depending on the person and the frequency of exposure.
Our Naturopathic Doctors will take an in-depth medical history which includes food intake and lifestyle habits. Blood tests may be ordered as part of your assessment. Our Naturopathic Doctors take food allergies and sensitivities very seriously.