More and more people are becoming aware of the fact that certain foods can be a trigger for inflammation in their bodies, and are wondering where to start to identify these triggers.
If the concept of food sensitivities is unfamiliar, let me explain: when an inappropriately large (not fully digested) particle of food (called a “food antigen”) escapes from the lumen (inside) of the small intestine and enters the bloodstream, the immune system incorrectly identifies the food antigen as a pathogenic invader, such as a bacteria, virus, or parasite, and mounts an attack. This can include the creation of antibodies against that specific food antigen, which means that every time the food is ingested, the immune system activates and causes body-wide inflammation as it attempts to “kill” the invading “pathogen”. If a food is eaten regularly, this could mean that the person is living in a state of near-constant inflammation. And inflammation has been revealed time and time again to be at the root of many modern disease states.
So the question is, how can we identify which foods are causing inflammation in your body? Enacting some sort of Elimination Diet can be excellent for identifying inflammatory foods, but even this often fails to identify all food sensitivities, which is why IgG testing can be an excellent adjunct. Would you think to dis-include bananas? Or chicken? Not usually, and yet these can be problem foods for some.
In my practice, I offer a Food Inflammation Test, developed by KBMO Diagnostics, which utilizes a patented method of measuring both IgG antibodies as well as Immune Complexes together to determine the reactivity of the immune system against a wide variety of food antigens. The addition of Immune Complex testing makes this test more sensitive than the more common IgG testing alone.
The FIT tests 132 foods and food additives, and can be instrumental in discovering the hidden, delayed, non-specific symptoms associated with a runaway inflammatory response to a typically harmless food. Getting to the bottom of your food sensitivities can help with the following symptoms:
inability to lose weight
and so on.