What are Food Sensitivities?

Food sensitivities involve an inflammatory reaction of the body to a food item or chemical which releases inflammatory mediators that then cause various symptoms. They differ from more commonly known and treated food allergies or intolerances such as a peanut allergy or lactose intolerance. A person can be sensitive to a multitude of foods or chemicals in food and the reaction can be delayed up to 72 hours after ingestion. They are also dose-dependent, meaning that you may be able to eat a small amount of onion and be ok but a cup of french onion soup will cause symptoms.

Symptoms of Food Sensitivities?

Food sensitivities are implicated in many common complaints such as:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Arthritis (Inflammatory)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders (Crohn’s, GERD, IBS)
  • Migraine
  • Skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis)

We look at and track symptoms within 13 different body systems and we frequently see clients presenting symptoms in many or most of the systems, though sometimes they are clustered in just 2 or 3.

Here are some symptoms that are often the result of food sensitivities:

  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Gas
  • Headache and Migraine
  • Heartburn or Reflux
  • Insomnia
  • Intestinal or Stomach Pain
  • Malaise

Nutrition Therapy for Food Sensitivities

To determine the source of your food sensitivities, we utilize the Mediator Release Test (MRT). It looks at the total release of inflammatory mediators to 123 common foods and 27 additives and shows your individual reactivity to these 150 items.
Based on one’s individual MRT results, we then craft a personalized LEAP ImmunoCalm Dietary Plan to reduce inflammation and thereby reduce or eliminate symptoms.  Our nutrition director is a Certified LEAP Therapist and trained to use the MRT test together with functional nutrition therapy to best manage and bring relief to your food sensitivities.