IgG food allergy testing
Digestive discomfort, low energy, brain fog, gas & bloating, headaches, asthma, & skin conditions may be signs that you are experiencing an inflammatory reaction to the foods you're eating, making you a good candidate for food allergy testing.
With a food allergy (or sensitivity) reaction, the immune system reacts to a particular food by releasing immunoglobulins known as antibodies, much like it would to a virus or bacteria. Foods that have developed this response with our immune systems are known as "antigens", or allergens. Two types of antibodies commonly produced in response to foods are IgE (an immediate anaphylactic reaction) causing your classic peanut-style allergy, and IgG (delayed response allergy), causing less recognizable food sensitivities. Both types of antibodies can be tested, each with indications for different concerns.
Common symptoms of a food allergy reaction include:
Research linked conditions to food allergies:
Leaky gut syndrome is caused by inflammation in the gut lining. Inflammation can be caused by food allergies, stress, certain drugs, and alcohol. An inflamed gut lining causes food particles to leak through into the abdomen. The presence of food particles in the abdominal cavity causes the body to produce immunoglobulins to attack them, because it thinks the food particles are invaders.
Taking the Test
The food allergy test requires a simple blood collection, and results are reported in roughly 2 weeks from the time of sample collection. Requisitions are provided in office, and sample collection is done at any LifeLabs location.
A sample graph of the IgG results appears below. The graph clearly shows reactions to each food: the longer the bar, the greater the reaction. Bars that appear in the red shaded areas are foods that are considered highly reactive. Thus, it is easy to see at a glance which foods are problematic for you. Knowing what your reactive foods are is an important first step to achieving better health.
Results interpretation and a personalized management plan created by Dr. Holmberg are provided with all IgG food allergy testing results
Information and photos collected and adapted from Rocky Mountain Analytical. Courtney Holmberg, ND does not endorse or professional affiliation with this lab company. The information provided is for general education, and is not intended to assist in diagnosing or treating a medical condition.