Food allergy versus food sensitivity
A food allergy is an IgE immediate immune system response that causes hives, shortness of breath, upset stomach, and in some cases anaphylaxis. According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, only 4% of the United States population has a food allergy. A food sensitivity, on the other hand, is much more common than food allergies. It has been stated that 70-80% of the US population has food sensitivites. Food sensitivities can be challenging to identify because symptoms are delayed from 30 minutes to 72 hours. It is very hard to isolate the food that is causing inflammatory symptoms. We offer two options to help determine food sensitivities an ALCAT test and an Elimination Program.
Symptoms of a food sensitivity
• Difficulty losing weight
• Digestive disorders
• Chronic fatigue
• Aching joints
• Skin disorders
• Behavioral issues
Jessica offers two options to identify your sensitivities.
The ALCAT test
The ALCAT test is a blood test that measures your body’s cellular response to foods, additives, colorings and chemicals. Through cellular reactivity after exposure it clinically shows which substances cause an inflammatory response in the body. The Alcat Test is considered the, “gold standard” laboratory method for identification of non-IgE mediated reactions.
Food Sensitivity Elimination Protocol
The food sensitivity elimination protocol is a guided program that supports digestive health and helps identify hidden food sensitivities. Over the course of the program Jessica will support you in the process of removing the most common inflammatory foods. She provides menu planning options and recipes that are customized specially for you. Following the program foods are introduced individually and your symptoms are closely monitored. This provides with an idea of what foods are triggering inflammatory symptoms in your body.