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Episode 101 : Food Sensitivity Testing w/ Lahana Vigliano

Food Sensitivity, Food Allergies

Episode 101 : Food Sensitivity Testing w/ Lahana Vigliano

Are you wondering if you have a underlying food sensitivity? What test should you take? Should you even take one? Find out on today’s episode!

Have anymore questions? Email me over at lahana@thrivalbetheme.wpengine.com

Don’t forget to make our zucchini chocolate chip muffins! They are GF + DF!

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Transcript
One thing that you’ve probably seen on the internet or talked about it with someone is food sensitivities. Now to start off with, I’m not talking about allergies, which is the IgE response to certain foods or environmental factors. But, our body responding to foods that affects us negatively, NOT a full blown allergy. The definition of a food sensitivity is an inflammation generated reaction against a specific food that does not involve IgE sensitivity.

European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, it backs up with what I’m saying that IgG to foods does not indicate food allergy or intolerance, but a response of the immune system after being exposed to a food components.

Having a food sensitivity and it actually affecting our body, we want to look for mediator releases, which are cytokines (interleukins, TNF, Interferons), Histamine, Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, etc. These are released from white blood cells. If these aren’t being released, then there is ultimately no negative effects to our body from a certain food. The physical symptoms (like fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, headache, etc.) all come from these mediators. Not all immune complexes and reactions end with these mediators.

Most food sensitivity tests show one small part of the immune response. It’s just if you just test ONE hormone, like one estrogen, when there are actually three major estrogens E1, E2, E3. It’s just one tiny part of a big picture. This is why I’m a big fan of the DUTCH test for hormones and adrenals.  The food sensitivity test that I recommend is the MRT. Because it shows these mediator end points of how we’re reacting to food.
If you take any other food sensitivity test, you are most likely taking out foods that you are fine with. It can become very restrictive when it doesn’t need to be. I don’t want people to have to deal with false negatives/false positives.

Of course, the cheapest way to test for food sensitivities in your body is the elimination diet and I love doing this with most of my clients at first with the most common inflammatory foods because you can get results like that. BUT, sometimes people are sensitive to foods that are healthy like broccoli or cauliflower or almonds.

It can be hard to exactly pinpoint which food it could be and it takes a lot longer because you need to rid yourself of a certain food for about 3 weeks and reintroduce and see if you get symptoms and how you feel. It’s a timely process.

BUT, I do want to say that the gut plays a big role in food sensitivity and how we react to the outside environment. If you find yourself with a lot of allergies or food sensitivities, you need to work deeper into the issue of not just avoiding the problematic foods, but actually nourishing and healing your gut. Again, our gut is our place where we respond to the outside world. 70% of our immune system lies in our gut.

I highly recommend the MRT food sensitivity test.

Lahana Vigliano
lahana@thrivalnutrition.com

Lahana Vigliano is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and CEO of Thrival Nutrition. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Science and currently pursing her Masters Degree in Nutrition Science and Functional Medicine. Lahana and her team help support women who struggle with weight loss, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, and many other lingering issues that leaves women not feeling their best. She uses food as medicine, as well as herbs and supplements when needed, to support her clients. She looks at the whole body holistically making sure women are understanding how nutrition, sleep, stress, and their environment impact their health. Connect with her on Facebook + Instagram (@thrivalnutrition).