food allergy testing
At Vitality Wellness Center, we offer a comprehensive and minimally invasive food allergy and sensitivity panel to help identify your specific reactions. This test is similar to the traditional skin prick test in what it looks for, but only requires a single blood draw.
Why test for food allergies or sensitivities?
Both food allergies and food sensitivities can cause symptoms that are very troublesome for you, but you may not realize it is due to the foods you are consuming. Food sensitivities can be especially hard to identify as the symptoms can present up to three days after you have consumed the food.
When the immune system reacts to something you are consuming, it creates antibodies to that food that result in inflammation and irritation of the gut and can lead to damage of the intestinal lining. If left unchecked, this inflammation can spread through the body and lead to other, more serious, conditions. Many autoimmune disorders have been linked to compromised gut health.
By identifying your specific reactions, those foods can be eliminated and thus reduce the inflammatory reaction in the body.
What are symptoms of food sensitivities?
Food sensitivities can cause a variety of symptoms including:
- Fatigue/Poor sleep
- Gas or bloating
- Gastro esophageal reflux (GERD) or heartburn
- Headaches or migraines
- Hormonal imbalances
- Hives, rash, eczema, or other skin conditions
- Joint pain and inflammation
- Decreased immune function
- Poor absorption of vitamins and minerals
These symptoms can occur up to 72 hours after the reactive food has been consumed, making it very difficult to identify the cause.
What are symptoms of food allergies?
Food allergies are typically more easy to recognize and include:
- Tingling sensation in the mouth
- Swelling of the tongue and throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Abdominal cramps
How do I know if I should be tested?
If you are frequently experiencing any of the above listed symptoms and have been unable to determine a cause, you should consider Dietary Antigen Testing. Also patients who suffer with ADD/ADHD, gut disorders, and autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia and Hashimoto’s should consider this testing.
Contact Vitality Wellness Center today to discuss your testing options!
Vitality Wellness CENTER
101 Glenleigh Court Knoxville, TN 37934
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