What is Food Sensitivity?

It’s important to appreciate the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities.

  • A food allergy is an immune response to certain foods. For example, an anaphylactic reaction to nuts.
  • Food sensitivity is an intolerance or hypersensitivity to a food or compound usually with a physiological response. For example, nausea from a gluten intolerance.

Here at BackFit Health + Spine, we focus on food sensitivities rather than food allergies. Food sensitivity is caused by an inability to digest certain foods. Food sensitivity reactions occur in the stomach or intestines rather than in the bloodstream like a food allergy.

Often our distaste for certain foods is a good indicator of what we are sensitive to, however, some studies indicate that the foods we crave are actually the foods we’re sensitive to.

This is due to a release of histamines, cortisol, or endorphins when eating these foods to counteract their negative effects. The body may experience a soothing response from these chemicals increasing your desire to eat more of the foods that are hurting you.

It may be time for you to discover what foods are actually hurting you without the guessing.

What Are Symptoms of Food Sensitivity

First, note that all food sensitivity symptoms are delayed onset. This means that symptoms may not appear for hours or days after you eat a food you’re intolerant to.

You might see or feel these symptoms long after you ate the offending food:

  • Acid Reflux (GERD)
  • Arthritis Pain
  • Blood in Stool
  • Chronic Pain or Inflammation
  • Constipation
  • Dark Circles Under Eyes
  • Diarrhea
  • Eczema
  • Fatigue
  • Gas or Bloating
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Hives and Rashes
  • Nausea
  • Psoriasis
  • Sinus Problems
  • Stomach Ache
  • Thyroid Dysfunction
  • Vomiting
  • Weight Loss Resistance

The wrong foods may also make ADHD worse, cause anxiety and depression, and can even cause back pain.

What does BackFit do for food sensitivity?

If you are experiencing 1 or more of the above symptoms and think you might have food sensitivity, the best thing to do is to test.

We offer 2 different tests:

  1. Blood test: we can take a few vials in order to test for most food sensitivities.
  2. Pin prick: great for kids or concern with needles (not available everywhere; schedule ahead to confirm).

BackFit tests over 150 foods to determine exactly what you’re sensitive to such as: dairy, meats, fruits, fish/shellfish, grains, legumes, nuts, vegetables, and more.

Once we receive the results, we’ll discuss your diet and potential changes you can make to it.

What’s do I do next?

Food sensitivities are not fixed. They can come and go during the course of your life. We encourage our patients to get tested at least once a year.

Stop guessing. Get started with your first test here.

food allergies to certain foods

Want more information?

Contact Us

Food Sensitivity Blood Tests — Which One is Best?

Are There Different Types of Food Sensitivity Tests? If you are experiencing symptoms of a food…

Read more

Can You Develop a Food Sensitivity Later in Life?

Can You Develop a Food Intolerance Later in Life? The answer to the above question is…

Read more

Do You Know the Difference? Food Sensitivity Vs. Allergy

Food Sensitivity Vs. Allergy — What Exactly Are the Differences? While many foods might not agree…

Read more
star star star star star

Real Stories, Real Change, Real Results

5 star average with over 500 reviews

star star star star star

Absolutely love this place! My husband and I have been going here for a while, and every time they remember us. We never have to re-explain anything. From the front desk to the medical team and chiropractors, they genuinely care. I’ve been having issues with my back and knee for as long as I can remember, and they helped make me feel better then I ever have. It's hard to find businesses that are run like BackFit. They have what is best for you at heart. Thanks for making my husband and I feel better then we’ve felt in years!

Cyndil W
star star star star star

I would highly recommend BackFit. The staff and doctors are wonderful and my treatment has been very successful. My migraine headaches and sciatic nerve pain are completely gone. I have significantly less lower back pain and much more range of motion despite the fact that the disc in my back was very damaged. I can now go about my daily living without health issues getting in the way.

Annie S
star star star star star

Great adjustments. Friendly staff too. Good therapists for exercising and stretching before I get adjusted. Been going for 4 years, totally love coming to get adjusted. Not scary at all. I had severe lower back pain and spasms. When I go for a routine adjustment it keeps from back pain occurring and my back spasming.

Cubby R
star star star star star

Going to BackFit was one of the best decisions I've made. I couldn't get out of bed because of severe back pain. I called BackFit and they were able to see me that day. They took x-rays in office. Loved that I didn't have to go anywhere else. Went back a couple days later to go over x-ray results with the chiropractor and started working on a solution, also with their in-house physician assistant and physical therapist. Not only have they been able to relieve the pain in my back but they have worked on other kinks in my body. Oh, and they also helped me lose weight. What more can I say, the people are amazing and the results are amazing! If anything in your body hurts, go to BackFit!

Natalie B
star star star star star

I recommend this place to everyone! Highly attentive professionals that are not only motivational and work very well as a team, but most importantly make you feel like family. I always look forward to my visits.

Brenda Z
star star star star star

The team here is so friendly and helpful! They helped me rehab my whiplash and back pain! I am so grateful for the people that took the time to listen to me and that gave me the attention I needed.

Edelmira Y
star star star star star

I look forward and enjoy every visit in my road to back recovery. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and welcoming. I will no longer be looking for another chiropractor office to meet my back needs. I also like the fact they provide other health needs.

Don V
star star star star star

I was a little weary at first, but man even in the first two weeks they are really making a difference in my health! I felt the difference just after my first visit! I am committed to coming back and staying consistently. I actually recommend!

K S