Should you get food sensitivity testing?

Food sensitivity testing is all the rage these days and there are so many options to choose from. There are many reasons people seek out testing: some people want to test just for pure curiosity, but others might feel like they are reacting to a variety of foods and it's hard to determine which ones.

It might surprise you that even with all of the fancy tests that we have these days, the "Gold Standard" still is a 30 day elimination diet followed by a challenge of the foods you might be reacting to and tracking that on a symptoms checklist. The type of elimination diet for a fairly healthy person might resemble Whole30, while for someone with medical concerns might look more like Autoimmune Paleo.

Yes - an elimination diet takes more work and time, but testing is expensive and isn't perfect, which means your results might not be 100% accurate. That said, we do think testing has a time and place to be helpful. For instance, if you want to do testing and it comes back with lots of sensitivities, that tells us you're probably experiencing intestinal permeability ("leaky gut") which is contributing to the multiple sensitivities. Our goal would be to heal your gut so that your sensitivities are reduced. Or perhaps you don't want to do the work of an elimination diet, a test can be the next best thing. Then you can eliminate those foods for 30 days and reintroduce to see if you notice any symptoms.

If you're curious about an elimination diet or testing, Courtney and I can help you determine what would be best for you.

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