From Natural Awakenings, Chicago’s premier resource for healthy and sustainable living

Sep 4, 2014
Testing for Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities: What You Need to Know

These days, it’s not unusual for the media to be reporting on food intolerances and allergies. You may have a friend or family member dealing with these issues. Or perhaps you are living with one or the other yourself. Whether it’s a peanut allergy or lactose intolerance, we are learning more and more about what we can do to help alleviate the problems that accompany these food intolerances and allergies.

One important fact to remember: food allergies and food sensitivity are two separate concepts. A food allergy occurs when something you’ve eaten causes an adverse reaction like difficulty breathing, wheezing, flushing, vomiting, itchy skin, throat swelling or hives. A food sensitivity, on the other hand, is a bad reaction, often delayed, to a food, beverage, food additive or perhaps a compound found in a food.

The good news is that many people are beginning to take charge of their own health. The Internet, of course, has made health information/options more accessible. Plus, plenty of options are available for those who would like to try a solution other than what traditional medicine offers. If you suspect that you or someone you know has a food intolerance or sensitivity, take a look here for a list of symptoms.

When it comes to testing, consider the Alcat test, which includes a phone consultation with a nutritionist and a rotation diet plan. As you go through the process you might be surprised, for example, to discover that those lentil beans you love need to be removed from your diet. Or perhaps you’ll find that egg whites simply don’t agree with you. In time, if you can avoid offending foods, your “gut” can begin to heal. You may even begin to add these foods back into your diet. It takes patience and determination. But your health is worth it. You are worth it. Click here to see a sample result.

If you’re ready to be tested or you’re still just thinking about it, give InOut Labs a call at 847-657-7900 or email Tim Thoelecke, [email protected]. They’re happy to help and get you on the road toward feeling your best self.

Elizabeth Abrams is the principle of Elizabeth Abrams Communications LLC. For more information, call 773-908-3465 or email her at [email protected].

For more information about InOut Labs, call 847-657-7900 or visit their website.