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April 24, 2024

Do I Have a Food Sensitivity?

A question we get asked regularly is "do I have a food sensitivity?"
The reality is that there is a lot of mis and disinformation around what they are, how to test for them and how to manage sensitivities if they truly are impacting your health.
First, food sensitivities are different from allergies in that reactions don't appear right away - they are typically insidious and symptoms can occur as long as 1-2 days after consuming a food your body is sensitive to. Typical symptoms are GI-related like
  • bloating
  • diarrhea
  • reflux
  • gas

but can also include systemic reactions such as

  • skin rashes or breakouts
  • brain fog
  • joint pain
  • and hormonal disruptions.
Food intolerances also differ from sensitivities and allergies in that they are not immune-mediated at all. Intolerances, like lactose intolerance, often appear right after ingesting the offending food and lead to immediate stomach upset.
So how do you know if you have a food sensitivity?
The best way to determine this is to keep a food journal and possibly attempt a food elimination and reintroduction diet under supervision of a dietitian. This involves eliminating all potential food triggers for a few weeks and then gradually adding back in one at a time while paying close attention to signs and symptoms.
Food sensitivity testing is also available. We have a few different options at NYNG that require blood sample collection. Although majority of food sensitivity tests are not 100% accurate, many still prefer to go this route as an elimination diet is impractical, tedious and potentially triggering.
If you suspect you have sensitivities due to reactions to certain foods you're eating or troubling symptoms that have not been resolved through traditional and conventional medicine, schedule a 1:1 meeting with one of our experts to discuss diagnosing and treatment solutions.

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