How to test for food sensitivities

Food sensitivities are becoming so much more prevalent in our world. I equate that to most people eating frankenfoods filled with garbage, an unhealthy gut, and too much stress… but those are blog posts for another time.

There are a few ways to test for food sensitivities. There is no test that is 100% accurate but there are better some testing methods that are better than others.

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1. Elimination diet

This one is the hardest one because it require some serious work and consistency to accomplish but in my mind there is no test that can out perform this “test.” What you do is you take a food or a group of foods and you eliminate them for a set period of time say 30 days or more - this protocol time would be highly individual. Then you reintroduce foods one by one and SLOWLY. Slowly being the keyword here. Reactions to foods can be immediate to up to 72 hours after you ingest the food so you must be patient and be on high alert for any types of symptoms which I will discuss in a later post.

Pros: Free, could be more accurate depending on how in-tune with your body and compliant you are.

Cons: Takes more work, takes more time

2. MRT food sensitivity test.

This is the one i run in my practice. There are different kinds of food allergies and sensitivities.

If someone has a true food allergy they will most likely know it. Something like nuts, bees, etc and they would get hives of have trouble breathing. This test would not be testing for these types of reactions.

The MRT is testing for delayed hypersensitivities. These types of sensitivities are hard to pinpoint because like I mentioned earlier reactions can take up to 72 hours to show up. and they may show up in unexpected ways that you wont associate with eating a specific food. This is where testing vs an elimination diet is helpful. If you want to get a simple blood draw and get results back for 170 foods, species, chemicals, etc FAST then this option could be for you. This is the option i recommend to my clients who want answers now.

Pros: faster, could skip a lot of trial and error to get results faster

Cons: not 100% accurate (no food sensitivity test is!), Costs $

Which option would you choose?