Testing for food allergies and sensitivities

When testing for food sensitivities or allergies, it is vital to partner with a medical professional. Food allergy and sensitivity tests are variable, which means there can be significant differences in the types of foods they test, and the methods used. The most critical testing component is ensuring you have adequate support to accurately assess test results and provide a clear plan to make dietary changes after you receive your results.
At Nava Health, our Clinical Nutrition experts will begin with an advanced wellness assessment that considers your whole health, wellness goals, and lifestyle. Then, we use a complete picture to direct our testing recommendations and work with you to translate the results into an action plan to address your issues directly.

The tests vary based on the following factors:

  • Sample collection. Collections can come from hair strands, cheek swabs, breath tests, or blood samples.
  • What they test. Tests offer a range of results, from food intolerances to your genetic response to food, exercise, and more.
  • Type of support. Nava Health will create a customized plan to help you address symptoms and improve your health.

Nava Health Nutrition experts can help guide you to a more balanced life and move you closer to your wellness goals by properly and methodically assessing and pinpointing your symptoms.

What is a food sensitivity test?

Many people are affected by food sensitivities and immune responses to specific foods that can worsen or even trigger other symptoms.

The terms “food sensitivity,” “food allergy,” and “food intolerance” are often used interchangeably, but there are critical differences among them.

  • Food sensitivity occurs when your immune system reacts to a specific food, causing adverse symptoms.
  • A food allergy is a type of immune response triggered by the proteins found in a specific food. The following foods account for about 90% of food allergies.
    • milk and other dairy products
    • eggs
    • peanuts
    • fish
    • shellfish
    • wheat
    • tree nuts
    • soy
    • sesame
  • Food intolerance affects up to 20% of the population and occurs when your body cannot digest a specific food. This is often due to a lack of certain enzymes to break it down. Unlike a food allergy or food sensitivity, food intolerance do not involve the immune system. Some other familiar sources of food intolerance include:
    • Fructose, a type of sugar found in fruits
    • caffeine
    • sulfites
    • food additives, including certain preservatives and artificial colors

Contact Nava Health to address your concerns and build a plan for a long and healthy life.

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