Understanding Food Intolerances
The digestive system is part of the immune system and is one of the first lines of defense to eliminate bacteria or a foreign substance that enters the body. The immune system produces antibodies whose main function is to attach to the foreign substance and attract scavenger cells called mast cells, which destroy the antibody – substance complex before it can cause harm. These antibodies that have been formed, tend to stick around for a while and provide extended protection.
So how does this relate to food?
Food that is not fully digested can leak into the blood stream and initiate the production of IgG antibodies, the most common antibody in blood. This can be normal and may happen with foods that you may eat often. That is why you may have a reaction on the test, but no symptoms. Your immune system is working fine and removing these food proteins/IgG complexes before they can cause you harm, but the antibodies may continue to be produced as long as the food is in your diet. This test can be a warning sign that a particular food may be triggering your immune system.
If the digestive system becomes challenged, then more pieces of undigested foods may leak into the blood stream and suddenly your immune system can’t cope. These complexes start to circulate in the blood stream, lodge in different tissues and cause problems, like migraines or arthritis symptoms. Triggers such as stress, certain medications, inflammation can all lead to a weaker immune system. If you test positive for many foods, that may be an indication of a leaky gut.
Food intolerance test is one tool to help you find your trigger foods. It is important to work with a health care practitioner to help you take the right steps to improve your gut health.