A food sensitivity is different from a food allergy. An allergy usually results in a relatively quick and apparent reaction to contact with a certain food. With a food sensitivity, the reaction is often delayed and cumulative, and resulting symptoms may manifest as skin rash, joint aches and pains, sinusitis, asthma, insomnia, headaches, and digestive disorders producing bloating, gas, and poor food absorption.

A person with food sensitivities may also develop leaky gut syndrome, a condition in which the lining of the gut (mucosal membrane) has increased permeability that leads to bacteria and toxins that are in the gut leaking into the bloodstream and causing inflammatory reactions throughout the body.

I have seen patients who have suffered with chronic conditions for years who took a food sensitivity test, identified problem foods, eliminated the problem foods from their diets, and watched their chronic conditions fade away! Sometimes the simplest solutions can be the most effective.

For more information on food sensitivity and leaky gut syndrome, visit our Food Sensitivities page.