Food Sensitivity Testing
As individuals we are all sensitive to different environmental elements, and this includes the food that we eat. Our genetics, our ancestral background and our unique gut microbiome, can all effect our unique reactions to different foods. Sometimes gastrointestinal (stomach) upset or changes in bowel habits can alert us to certain foods that we can’t tolerate.
However it is not always that simple.
Food sensitivities and intolerances can cause many symptoms that we would not normally associate with food. Joint and muscle pain, low mood or anxiety, brain fog and low energy and changes in weight are just a few of the symptoms that food sensitivities can cause. Though specialized testing and a complete history, food sensitivities and intolerances can be uncovered and avoided, leading to a more optimal state of health.
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Have you head of “leaky gut”? Have you wondered exactly what leaky gut is and if you potentially have it? Intestinal permeability otherwise known as leaky gut, is a condition that prevents the intestines from functioning properly. Under healthy conditions the intestines allow digested nutrients to enter the blood stream while prohibiting harmful toxins from entering.
Intestinal permeability means that the tight junctions between intestinal cells are compromised, thus harmful substances can enter the blood stream and wreak havoc on the body. The result is unwanted symptoms ranging from intestinal upset, joint pain, hormone dysfunction, poor mood and more. The good news is that leaky gut can be repaired, and symptoms can be eliminated. Because the health of the gut is tied to the health of every other organ system, it is imperative to keep your gut functioning properly. An individualized plan of how to achieve optimal gut health can be tailored especially for you.
If you have unintentionally gained weight or are no longer able to maintain a healthy body weight, you may be wondering what is going on with your body. Many factors contribute to the body’s ability to maintain a proper metabolism and utilize nutrients efficiently.
Chronic illness and infection can further frustrate the body’s attempts to maintain a consistent weight. Hormones, environmental toxins, food choices and ability to exercise are common factors in weight loss, however, the answer is sometimes a bit more complicated.
Your unique physiology, lifestyle, and contributing factors will be addressed and a comprehensive plan will be created to assist you in achieving and maintaining your ideal weight.