Food sensitivity testing has become widely accessible and is utilized by many functional medicine physicians and practitioners, but can also be obtained without a physician’s order. This test, however, is discouraged by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
In our most recent article, Food Sensitivities: What They Are, When They Matter, and How to Heal – Part 1, we discuss the difference between food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities. We discuss how food sensitivity is measured, as well as outcomes of studies that investigated the relationship between food sensitivity testing (IgG testing) and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), migraines and depression. There is an increasing body of research and clinical experience that suggests that food sensitivity and increased intestinal permeability play a role in certain clinical contexts. We will outline some of the key findings pertaining to these conditions in Part 1. Stay tuned for Part 2, where we discuss outcomes of interventions based on IgG (food sensitivity) testing.
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