If you experience digestive problems regularly, it could be due to a food sensitivity or intolerance. Kristine Van Kirk, MD, and Kelly Gebauer, WHNP-BC, of Healthy Lifestyle Medicine in Cheyenne, Wyoming, use food inflammation testing (FIT) to determine what’s triggering an adverse reaction in your digestive system. To find out how you could benefit from FIT, call Healthy Lifestyle Medicine, or book an appointment online today.
Food inflammation testing (FIT) is a way to find out what you’re eating or drinking that might be causing adverse reactions. Food intolerances affect around 20% of the population and could be responsible for a range of chronic health issues and symptoms such as:
These and other symptoms often result from food sensitivity or intolerance. Food inflammation testing evaluates how your body responds to different types of foods and the additives they contain.
Suppose you’re experiencing symptoms like those above or other unexplained health problems. In that case, food inflammation testing can help you get the proper treatment by confirming or ruling out a sensitivity or intolerance.
Sensitivity and intolerance aren’t the same as allergies, although people often use the term allergy to cover all these problems. Food allergies are an immune system response, whereas sensitivity or intolerance is a reaction in your digestive system.
You could be sensitive or intolerant to a particular food for several reasons. You might not have the enzymes you need to digest some foods. For instance, lactose in milk is a typical example of this problem. Or you might have a natural sensitivity to substances like additives, preservatives, caffeine, or sugars in foods like onions and broccoli.
The food inflammation tests in use at Healthy Lifestyle Medicine come in three panels — FIT 22, FIT 132, and FIT 176. The figures refer to the number of foods or additives the test covers.
Food inflammation testing uses patented technology to measure the levels of specific substances in your body. A single test can identify food sensitivities, intolerances, inflammation, and leaky gut condition.
Intestinal hyperpermeability, more commonly called leaky gut, means there’s a problem with the lining of your intestines that allows particles to pass through into other areas where they don’t belong. Your body’s immune system responds to this, causing inflammation to develop.
Healthy Lifestyle Medicine also uses the zonulin test, which measures the levels of zonulin (a type of protein) in your gut. This test helps to diagnose leaky gut by assessing the condition of the mucous membranes in your gut mucosa.
Food inflammation testing at Healthy Lifestyle Medicine can help isolate the foods that trigger your symptoms. If you know what causes the sensitivity, you can avoid those foods, and your problems should disappear.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of food sensitivity or intolerance, call Healthy Lifestyle Medicine today, or book an appointment online.