Is Food Sensitivity The Cause Of Your Health Problems?
In recent years, advances in nutritional and gastrointestinal medicine have shed light on how food allergies and sensitivities can wreak havoc on our health. Food sensitivity can cause more than just an upset stomach–it can trigger a barrage of negative symptoms, which may include hives, headaches, skin rashes, internal inflammation, weight gain, depression, and much more. Too often, many people continue to suffer from mysteriously persistent health issues, unaware that their current diet may in fact be the culprit.
Rooting out the specific food triggers can be a complex task, given that other factors in the environment can affect the body as well. Because of the range of possible food and environmental sensitivities, we offer ALCAT testing, which provides the largest available range of allergen testing options. Thorough and versatile, the ALCAT test can cover:
- over 200 food items (includes mushrooms, strawberries, wheat, etc.)
- herbs and supplements
- toxic chemicals (pesticides, detergents, perfumes, etc.)
- a variety of common molds and mildews
- antibiotics and common medications
Defining Food Allergy And Food Intolerance
Food or substance allergies are usually revealed by the telltale symptoms of wheezing, hives, and/or stomach pain. Depending on severity, asthma and runaway internal inflammation and swelling may even cause death. In contrast, food intolerance is defined by persistent, low grade symptoms that detract from overall health and daily function. This can include, but are not limited to:
- weight maintenance
- chronic headaches
- skin disorders such as acne and eczema
- persistent digestive issues (Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation, bloating, diarrhea, etc.)
- issues with weight maintenance
Though food intolerance is not as medically urgent as a straightforward food allergy, it would be mistaken to minimize its importance to overall health. Negative secondary health effects can take a toll and exact a high cost, when the expenses of coping (extra medications, side effects, sleep deprivation, loss of quality of life, etc.) are factored in. Physical health and vitality can be restored and even improved with diet modification, which is why ALCAT is such an invaluable diagnostic tool in our medical arsenal.
What To Expect
Undergoing ALCAT testing is a straightforward experience, which always starts with a patient consultation. Your complaints/symptoms are discussed, as well as your current diet. From there, you can choose what you want to test for. It is not a one size fits all process, as the test is administered according to the individual patient’s needs and desires. ALCAT is capable of breaking down the many components of the patient’s diet and surrounding environment, which ensures a precise and accurate diagnosis. The technician will draw a small amount of blood and submit it for testing, which will take 7 to 10 business days to process and analyze. In your follow up appointment, your results will be analyzed so you can start adjusting your diet accordingly. With our guidance, we will help you understand which foods and substances you are specifically sensitive to so you can start making positive nutritional changes. You will also be provided with a book containing additional information, so you can better understand how your diet and environment can affect your health. It is highly recommended that you return once a year for follow up testing, as food and substance sensitivities can change as we age.
Valuable Knowledge For Better Health
It can be frustrating to suffer from persistent health problems when you don’t know what’s causing them. Often times, we are unaware of the harmful things we do, and we pay for it with our health. Fortunately, ALCAT food intolerance testing can help you understand what to avoid, so you can get your health back on track.
Initially, you may not feel that food intolerance testing can help you. You may suspect that your issues stem from other factors, such as stress, injury, or genetic predisposition. Maybe cost is an issue. Here at Fox Integrated Healthcare, we never assume the patient’s needs. During your initial consultation, we take your entire medical history and current symptoms into account before recommending ALCAT testing. We understand that causes of health problems will vary from patient to patient, so we take care to recommend only when it’s appropriate. In addition, our patient concierge will ensure peace of mind by verifying coverage–if all else fails, management can help with a reasonable payment plan.
Your Free Consultation
The first step to better health can be difficult if you don’t know where to start. Fortunately, you can get the information you need during your free consultation. During your consultation, you will receive a book and DVD to take home that fully explains ALCAT testing. From there, we will discuss ALCAT specifics and offer pre-qualifications if appropriate. We also recommend that you visit the ALCAT site, so you can review all the relevant information.
You don’t have to accept chronic health problems as a part of your life. Call us today at (720) 588-9950 to schedule an appointment or consultation, and we’ll be more than happy to help you put your health back in your hands where it belongs.