Food Sensitivities

Cracking the Code on Food Sensitivities: Your Path to Better Health

Cracking the Code on Food Sensitivities: Your Path to Better Health

Hey there, health seekers! Today, we’re diving into food sensitivities and your kiddos in this blog!

Food Sensitivities vs. Food Allergies: What’s the Diff?

First things first, let’s clear up a common misconception. Food sensitivities and food allergies are not the same thing. A food allergy is like your body’s version of a full-blown temper tantrum.  We’re talking immediate reactions – swollen lips, closed throats, the whole shebang. That’s an IgE-mediated immune response, and it’s no joke.

Food sensitivities, on the other hand, are sneaky little devils. They’re all about that delayed reaction life. It can take up to 72 hours for your immune system to wake up and choose chaos after chowing down on a sensitivity-triggering food.

The Birthday Donut Debacle

Picture this: It’s my son’s birthday, and I decide to be the cool mom. I waltz into his second-grade classroom with a box of Dunkin’ Donuts, ready to party.  The day goes off without a hitch – he’s living his best life, and the teacher’s singing my praises. Fast forward 48 hours, and it’s like somebody flipped a switch. Behavior issues, mood swings, the whole nine yards.  

It took me way too long to connect the dots between those birthday donuts and the chaos that followed.

The Perfect Storm: Why Sensitivities Show Up Fashionably Late

So, why do kids develop food sensitivities seemingly out of nowhere? It’s all about inflammation. Your gut’s like a fancy sidewalk, held together by tight junctions.  But when inflammation crashes the party, those junctions start to loosen up.  Before you know it, you’ve got undigested food bits, toxins, and all sorts of uninvited guests slipping into your bloodstream.  

Cue the immune system freak-out.

The Usual Suspects: Inflammatory Foods

When it comes to gut inflammation, some foods are repeat offenders. We’re looking at you, gluten and dairy. But they’re not the only culprits. Corn, soy, eggs, peanuts, nightshades – they can all join the sensitivity gang if your gut’s not in tip-top shape. And don’t even get me started on sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and processed junk. Those things are like kryptonite for your gut health.

Connecting the Dots: The Power of Testing

So, how do you figure out which foods are causing trouble in gut paradise? Two words: food sensitivity testing. This isn’t your average allergy test.  We’re talking IgG-mediated responses, usually measured through blood or dry blood spot tests.  It’s like a treasure map, guiding you to the foods that are secretly sabotaging your health.

But here’s the thing – food sensitivities are just one piece of the puzzle. That’s why I use a comprehensive neuroimmune analysis to look at over 935 different biomarkers. We’ve gotta zoom out and see the whole picture


At the end of the day, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to diet.  But by testing, not guessing, you can start to crack the code on your unique inflammation triggers. So, let’s ditch the inflammatory foods, show that leaky gut who’s boss, and pave the way for a healthier, happier you. Your immune system will thank you.

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