Feeling tired and groggy after eating a large meal is normal in many cases. But, if you continue to feel drowsy or bloated repeatedly after eating the same foods, this could be an indicator that you may have a food sensitivity. Contrary to many of our patients’ beliefs, almost everyone has some form of food sensitivity. This can result in digestive disturbances that can be mistaken for other health concerns such as bloating, gas, or drowsiness after eating certain foods. Here at Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health, it is our goal to help each of our patients feel and function at their best. That is why we offer specialized testing and information for successfully identifying possible food sensitivities.
What is a Food Sensitivity?
Our gut is a source of energy that provides sustainability for many vital functions within the body. Consuming foods that you potentially have a sensitivity to can do more damage than you think. A food sensitivity or allergy is an Inflammatory reaction from the immune system that occurs when you consume a food that you have an allergy or sensitivity towards. Food allergies are overactive immune system responses that can be serious, and even fatal, in extreme cases. However, food sensitivities are less severe reactions and often do not manifest immediately, making them more difficult to identify and treat.
Symptoms of a food sensitivity can include:
• Joint pain
• Skin rashes
• Dry cough
• Bowel problems
• Water retention
• Autoimmune conditions
• Lethargic feeling
• Low energy
Food Sensitivity and Weight Gain
Food sensitivities can be a hidden source of weight loss resistance for many patients. If you have tried end efforts of diet and exercise and still struggle with losing weight, considering food sensitivity testing could be beneficial for you. Hormone imbalance, poor intestinal health, and food allergies are often found to be a direct correlation with weight gain. This is because researchers have found that hidden toxic reactions to everyday food can contribute to weight problems in a variety of ways.
Food Sensitivity Tests
Avoiding foods that you may have a sensitivity towards is the best way to prevent illness and health concerns. Food sensitivity tests are designed to identify the offending foods in order to remove them from your diet and help you to feel and function at your best. Our specialized tests include IgG Food Antibody Assessment, which is a non-fasting, in-office blood test that will identify foods and spices that your body and immune system respond to.
This immunological food sensitivity test measures IgG antibody levels to 88 foods and 24 spices. Additional sensitivity tests are also available for regional inhalants, molds, and IgE allergies.
Additionally, the IgG Food Antibody Assessment includes meeting with our trained expert and implementing an Elimination Diet, followed by a Reintroduction period (“challenge phase”) based on the patient test result