Food Intolerance testing looks at our IgG antibody reactions to the proteins of commonly consumed foods.
So what is IgG or Immunoglobulin G.
Immunoglobulins [Ig’s] are made by your immune system to defend you against something. E.g. if you catch a common cold, your body will make immunoglobulins to fight the viral attacker. Ig’s are also known as ANTIBODIES.
The response of IgG to food can be found in your blood, which tells us what foods your body doesn't like to eat.
However unlike allergic reactions such as “peanut allergy” in which definite symptoms will appear immediately or shortly after the consumption of a particular food, food intolerance reactions often have a delayed onset which makes it very difficult to identify which particular food is causing the symptoms. A food intolerance test can identify problem foods within 40 mins.
Food intolerances account for a big majority of Irritable bowel symptoms such as constipation, bloating, diarrhea, fluid retention and extra flatulence. Now I know these may be the common symptoms you experience by simply having crohn's disease but I think it is important not to be making the problem worse by eating foods that may cause these reactions.
You may also be feeling excessively sleepy or tired after a meal and this may also indicate food intolerance's as well. Problematic foods can also affect our mood and thinking ability, creating problems with attention, recall, memory etc.
Food intolerances decrease our ability to digest and absorb nutrients from our food, hence leaving us nutritionally deplete.
Food intolerances set up a low grade inflammatory reaction in the gut which can predispose us to more food intolerances and immune problems.
Now both of these things are important to someone who has crohn's disease. We have poor digestion and inflammation.
Our overall health and well-being is dependent on good gut function. If your digestive system isn’t happy then neither is the rest of your body! So if you suspect you may suffer from food intolerances as well as having crohn's disease then I would highly recommend you have a test. Be as healthy as you can be.
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Yours in Health and Wellness
My Crohn's Doctor
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