What’s the Difference?
Food allergies differ from intolerances. Food allergy symptoms may result in hives, breathing difficulties, heart rate changes, loss of consciousness, swelling of the skin, eyes or throat. These reactions typically are immediate and can range from mild to severe and life threatening. Food sensitivities or intolerances may present in a short period of time but are often thought of as delayed reactions which make take days to develop a reaction. In order to understand the impact of food on her patients, Here at Health for Life, our doctors have the ability to perform in-house lab services which can test for IgE (allergies) and IgG (sensitivities). It is important to understand that food has an impact on overall well-being and intolerances can result in skin irritation, weight-gain, inflammation, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome or other digestive complaints, brain fog, body odor, and even sleep disruption. Food sensitivities create inflammation and inflammation is the foundation for the creation of disease.
The Naturopathic Approach
Our physicians believe that the cornerstone to a healthy life is educating her patients on how foods impact them as individuals. Often times, an individual’s medical ailments stem from the person's relationship with food. For those interested in learning more about your own food sensitivities, please schedule time with any of our doctors today.