A food allergy is an adverse reaction to the ingestion of a particular food.
Are you reacting to food in one way or another and don’t know it? Let’s sort out how we react to various foods and the intensity with which we react.
There are certain types of reactions to food that can be delayed up to 48 hours after eating the food, so the symptoms are hard to track. These types of reactions are the IGG, or “hidden” food allergies and they are low grade or chronic type reactions.
Another way to react to foods is at several levels of intensity. Food sensitivities are less severe than food allergies, and perhaps more common. Celiac disease is the most severe form of allergy and is a reaction to gluten, a protein in wheat, barley and rye. There is increasing evidence that Celiac Disease effects anywhere from 1 to 3 percent of the U.S. population. Celiac reactions occur in the lining of the small intestine.
And perhaps most confusing of all, is that you can react to the same food in several different ways, depending on what type of antibody you make to that food and where in the body you are reacting.
For more on the various antibodies as well as Celiac Disease, click HERE.
Some common signs of food allergies:
- Dark circles under the eyes (we call these allergy shiners)
- Puffiness under the eyes
- Horizontal creases in the lower eyelid
- Chronic fluid retention
- Chronic swollen glands
- Chronic bloating and gas
- Joint pain
- Acne, eczema, hives, itching, rashes
The tricky thing is that we can develop different types of reactions to the same foods. For example, dairy can be an IgA, IgG, or IgE reaction. Eggs, soy, and corn are other common foods that can trigger various types of antibodies and therefore react in different ways.
For more information on dairy allergies and the difference between a dairy allergy and lactose intolerance, click HERE.
There are many types of antibodies that the body can make to foods and many ways the symptoms of food allergies can show up in the body. At BeWell, we’ve found that the best way to determine exactly what’s going on in the body is with functional nutritional testing. The one we most commonly test is the “hidden” reaction, the IgG antibody, that occurs up to 48 hours after a food has been consumed. These are the most subtle, and therefore difficult to track. We also offer IgA testing, which is the reaction of the lining of the intestinal tract to food.
To request functional nutritional testing, call the office at 814 234-0785. To book a Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation, to find out how we can help you identify your food allergies, click HERE.