By: Dr. Michael Morsillo, H.B.Sc., N.D.
A lot of us pay close attention to what we’re eating, and we spend a great deal of time and effort to make sure we’re following a healthy diet. But what if there are some foods, even those that are seemingly “healthy”, that are affecting our health?
Food sensitivities refer to your body’s reaction to certain foods in your diet. Food sensitivity reactions can occur with any kind of food, even foods that are considered to be “healthy”. When we ingest one of our food sensitivities, our body’s immune system incorrectly identifies this food as a problematic invader and it mounts a response as a means of self-defence.
I would like to take a second to differentiate “food sensitivities” from “food allergies”. A food allergy is a very severe reaction that involves rapid development of hives and difficulty breathing. A food sensitivity, on the other hand, is a less severe reaction that develops more slowly and can contribute to a variety of symptoms. The reason why we can have different types of reactions to foods, is because we can have different types of antibodies that react to foods we ingest.
Food sensitivities can obviously result in intestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain or pressure, diarrhea, or constipation. However, what many people don’t realize is that food sensitivities can impact the rest of the body as well. Food sensitivities can play a role in a wide range of health conditions, including:
- Chrohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
Since food sensitivities take much longer to develop after eating certain foods, it’s much more difficult to detect these types of reactions by observation alone. This is why we use our food sensitivity blood test to detect such reactions. A brief trip to your local lab and a simple blood draw can help determine if you have any food sensitivities. Our food sensitivity tests are able to detect your reactions to 120-200 different foods, as it tests a variety of Fruits, Vegetables, Dairy, Meats, Seafood, Grains, Nuts, Seeds, Legumes, Spices, Herbs, and more.
Dr. Michael Morsillo, H.B.Sc., N.D.
Newmarket Naturopathic Doctor
905-898-1844 ext. 135