If you’re one of the more than 32 million Americans living with a food allergy, food sensitivity testing can provide you with key insights to improve your health and well-being. Functional medicine expert Shirley Olson, NP-C, IFMCP, and the team at Ridgway Center for Whole Health in Ridgway, Colorado, regularly provide food sensitivity testing to people of all ages, including children and teens. To make your appointment, call the office and speak with a friendly team member or book online today.
Food sensitivities, or food intolerances, occur when your body has difficulty digesting one or more types of food. Many people use the terms food sensitivity and food allergy interchangeably, but they’re actually two different things. Food sensitivities negatively affect your digestive system, while food allergies affect your immune system. Additionally, food allergies can be life-threatening, while food intolerances aren’t.
Food sensitivities affect everyone differently, but signs to watch out for include:
If you suffer from a food sensitivity, you might also experience irritability or feelings of anxiety.
Food sensitivity testing is a group of screening procedures designed to pinpoint the source of one or more food intolerances. At Ridgway Center for Whole Health, the team offers several types of food sensitivity testing to diagnose specific gut issues, including:
The IgG Food Antibody Assessment is a test that measures antibodies produced by 87 commonly consumed foods. The panel also features an IgE measurement, which determines your risk of food allergies. By finding the source of your intolerance, your provider can help you eliminate the food (or foods) from your diet and improve your quality of life.
Yes, Ridgway Center For Whole Health offers many other tests including:
The GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile is a cutting-edge diagnostic test that can provide key insights about your digestive function, intestinal microbiome, and intestinal inflammation. This enables you to restore balance to your gut and ease common gastrointestinal problems.
NutrEval Plasma® test is an advanced nutritional analysis designed to reveal nutritional imbalances or inadequacies. NutrEval Plasma evaluates the functional need for antioxidants, B-vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, digestive support, and other select nutrients.
The Organic Acids Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a patient’s overall health with 76 markers. It provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria.
MycoTOX screens for eleven different mycotoxins, from 40 species of mold, in one urine sample.
When having microbiome issues like food sensitivities, working with a specialist is best to determine the type of test that most benefits you. Call Ridgway Center for Whole Health to schedule an appointment. During your initial consultation, your provider conducts a physical exam, asks you about the digestive symptoms you’re experiencing, and reviews your medical history.
They also interview you about your lifestyle, including the foods you eat, whether you use tobacco or drink alcohol, and whether you exercise. During this appointment, make sure to tell your provider about any prescription medications, vitamins, or nutritional supplements you’re taking.
After gathering this information, your provider can make a recommendation that aligns with your needs. Once you receive the results of your tests, they can provide nutritional counseling to improve your health and quality of life.
To make your food sensitivity testing appointment at Ridgway Center for Whole Health, call the office or book online today.