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.

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