All About Food Sensitivities and How To Get Tested

There’s no denying that foods can have a major impact on your health and wellness and the way you feel day in and day out. However, for those with food sensitivities, the effects are even greater. And worse yet, oftentimes these food sensitivities go undiagnosed.  

What is Food Sensitivity?

While not in and of itself a medical condition, food sensitivities can have long-term negative effects on the body. That’s because, for some individuals, certain foods can cause inflammation or other unpleasant symptoms like gastrointestinal issues, respiratory problems, fatigue or dermatitis. 

Differences Between Food Sensitivities and Food Allergies

It’s important to note that food sensitivities are not the same as food allergies and should not be confused with one another. While both cause adverse reactions in the body, a food allergy generally triggers a more extreme reaction, one that is immediate and severe in nature. A food sensitivity, on the other hand, tends to elicit milder symptoms where there is no immediate threat of danger and reactions are delayed.

Diagnosing Food Sensitivities

Unfortunately, many physicians in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas don’t normally perform tests for food sensitivities at their clinics. In fact, some doctors may not even consider them as a possible culprit to a patient’s on-going health problems. This means that patients are left in the dark about their health and instead learn to live with uncomfortable food-induced symptoms.

Symptoms of Food Sensitivity

While the symptoms of food sensitivity are varied and different for every person, common symptoms include:

  • Achy joints
  • Migraines
  • Upset stomach
  • Inflammation
  • Eczema, psoriasis or other skin conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Metabolic disorders like type 2 diabetes and obesity
  • Fatigue

Luckily, there’s an easy and convenient way to determine if you’re suffering from food sensitivity: introducing the Alcat Food Sensitivity Test.

How It Works

With just a prick of a needle and a few drops of blood, the Alcat Test can reveal possible food sensitivities from over 450 different substances, including foods, additives, herbs, coloring, and chemical substances. To perform the test, your blood is taken as normal at a local laboratory and is then sent to a designated, offsite laboratory where it is thoroughly analyzed using a multi-step process. Specifically, the Alcat Test analyzes the cellular reactions of white blood cells against various types of substances. It uses a highly accurate impedance methodology-based flow cytometer to observe how cells function and change when a stimulus is applied. In other words, how a cell reacts during this test reveals whether food sensitivities are at play.

The best part is you don’t need to be scientifically inclined to read the results. Everything is presented in an easy-to-understand, color-coded report with an accompanying list of foods to avoid and a helpful shopping guide.

Why Get Tested?

The main advantage of getting an Alcat Test is knowledge—the knowledge of how your body is individually wired, and the power to improve your health by following an eating plan specifically suited for your unique health needs. Ultimately, the Alcat Test enables you to make smarter and more informed food choices so you can feel your absolute best and avoid unwanted inflammation or other detrimental symptoms.

Next Steps

If you’re looking to take control of your health and gain a deeper understanding of the role certain foods play in your body, then an Alcat Test is the way to go…and Prevene® is the place to get it done! 

We’re proud to offer Alcat Food Sensitivity Tests at our clinic in Scottsdale where we not only help patients fully understand their test results, we also educate them on the body’s relationship to food and offer nutritional planning as well as helpful tips so patients can easily implement healthy changes and start feeling their best as soon as possible. 

Contact us at Prevene® to get started today or for more info!