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Why Are You Testing Me For Food Sensitivities, My Digestion is Great?

What is the IgG Food Sensitivity Test? IgG Food sensitivity testing is a test that we run here at Docere Naturopathic Clinic on a weekly basis. Many patients come in looking for answers to their digestive concerns. They recognize that there are offending foods but are having trouble pin pointing their exact food sensitivities, or are too busy or overwhelmed to follow an elimination type diet. This test makes sense for them – once they have a road map in hand it can be much easier to navigate food. And once the offending foods are removed we can help heal their digestive tract and improve their symptoms. [caption id="attachment_4039" align="aligncenter" width="325"] Sample Test Report – IgG Food Sensitivity Test Rocky Mountain Analytical[/caption] How Does One Heal Their Digestive Tract? It...

Understanding your IgG Results: How to Avoid Yeast

Getting your IgG blood test results back from your ND can, at times, be overwhelming.  In my experience, results fall into a few categories: Strongly suspected food intolerances Surprise food intolerances No reaction People belonging to the first group often feel frustrated because they do not want to admit that they are reactive to their favorite foods and cannot imagine living without them. The second group often feel a huge sense of relief because now they know for sure that the symptoms they have been experiencing can be attributed to certain foods. Test results that reveal no or minimal reactions can be a little more frustrating, both for the patient and the practitioner.  When test results come back inconclusive, or without much to go on, it’s back to...

Are Food Sensitivities Causing your Health to Suffer?

As an ND I am often asked about food allergies and food sensitivities in practice.  What is important is to help patients understand the difference between food allergies and sensitivities and how they are affecting their health. Food Allergy – IgE reaction – Immediate These are the reactions diagnosed with a skin prick test.  The reaction is quick and can be life threatening in the case of anaphylaxis.  Other common reactions include hives, eczema, breathing and digestive problems. Because they are immediate they are much easier to diagnose. Allergen → Body releases IgE → Triggers release of histamine → Allergic reaction Food Sensitivity – IgG reaction – Delayed reaction can take 24-72 hours to develop In food sensitivities, the body is exposed to an allergen and releases IgG antibodies which...

10 Steps To Clean Up Your Diet

Written by: Dr. Sarah Vadeboncoeur, buy ND 1. Ditch Plastics Plastics (from water bottles and food containers) can contain chemicals that have estrogen-like properties and have been linked to weight gain, help diabetes, and infertility. Even BPA-free plastics can have these effects. 2. Drink Pure, Filtered Water Unfiltered tap water can contain chlorine, fluoride and other chemical contaminants. Carbon filters (such as Brita) only remove small amounts of chlorine. The gold standard in water filtration is reverse osmosis. 3. Go Organic Organic food contains less pesticides and chemicals and isn’t raised using hormones or antibiotics. The most important foods to choose organic are dairy, meat, and the Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables. 4. Choose Your Meat Wisely Whether or not meat is “healthy” is in large part determined by how the meat is raised. Conventionally raised animal meats...

5 Reasons You Should Do An Elimination Diet

Written by: Dr. Sarah Vadeboncoeur, sildenafil ND An Elimination Diet typically involves removing the foods that most commonly trigger unpleasant reactions in the body such as digestive upset, website skin rashes, and fatigue. These foods include wheat and gluten, dairy products, eggs, soy, peanuts, corn, and sugar. The elimination phase typically lasts a few weeks to a few months and is followed by a reintroduction phase where foods are brought back into the diet slowly and one at a time to see how the body will react. While it may seem daunting to remove these foods from your diet, there are 5 main reasons you may benefit from an elimination diet. Improve Your Digestion Many of our patients complain of digestive upset such as gas, bloating, indigestion,...