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Order test online – Once the order is placed we will contact you to discuss your convenient options to have your blood drawn, in office, or at a local draw center (not available in New York, Rhode Island, Maryland or New Jersey). We will also create a patient portal where you can easily submit your medical history to us.

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2 Evaluate Results – Included is an evaluation of your results with our specializing medical practitioner. When your results come in we will contact you to set up an evaluation and send your results to your patient portal. This evaluation may be done in office or over the phone. This is where you will get insight of what your results mean and get guidance as to ways to immediately improve your health.

If you’re like most people, you haven’t given much thought to food sensitivity. You might blame sitting at a computer all day for recurring headaches. Perhaps you attribute weight gain to the fact that you’re just getting older. Maybe you regularly pop drugstore meds to stop diarrhea in an effort to alleviate the symptoms without ever considering the cause. In many cases, the cause for these and other ailments is a food sensitivity.

Most people never suspect that something they eat is causing:
• Migraines
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Digestive Issues (bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation)
• Chronic Fatigue
• Mood Swings
• Brain Fog
• Weight gain
• As well as other less serious issues such as runny nose, dark circles under the eyes, rosacea and more.

What is Food Sensitivity?

A food sensitivity is the body’s unkind reaction to any food you eat that your system is unable to properly digest. It may be due to a variety of reasons, including:

• not having the right enzymes you need to digest a certain food
• reactions to food additives like sulfites or artificial colors
• psychological factors, like an extreme dislike of certain foods
• pharmacological factors, like sensitivity to caffeine or other chemicals
• sensitivity to the toxins naturally found in certain raw legumes such as lima beans

Unfortunately, food sensitivity is quite common, affecting nearly 80% of the population — and rising. Thanks to modern life, things like stress, GMOs, gluten, artificial food additives and medications are causing our small intestines to loosen up faster than ever, producing inflammation and an immune response. Under normal circumstances, the immune system protects the body from the harmful effects of invading elements such as viruses, bacteria and toxins. However, when imbalances occur, it can often over-react to  benign substances such as food.

As digestion and gastrointestinal health decline through poor diet, digestive issues or aging, we become more and more vulnerable to this phenomenon. Foods do not break down properly in our stomach and undigested proteins make their way into the bloodstream. Because these particles do not belong there, the immune system mounts a response and develops antibodies to combat them. The next time you eat that food, your body actually recognizes it as a foreign invader and attacks, resulting in harmful symptoms. More importantly, the longer you continue to unknowingly consume this food, the more frequent and prolonged the reaction becomes.

Is it a Food Sensitivity, or a Food Allergy?

Food sensitivities and food allergies are two different things. Reactions to a food sensitivity are usually delayed, taking hours or even days to present themselves. These reactions are non-life threatening and can be eliminated once the offending food is removed from the diet. On the other hand, food allergies produce almost immediate reactions, ranging in severity from skin rash and hives to anaphylaxis. Food allergies can be fatal. In some cases, ingesting or even touching a small amount of an allergen such as peanuts can produce an intense reaction.

Food allergies are easier to detect than food sensitivities.  A simple, inexpensive skin prick test performed in a doctor’s office test yields immediate and reliable results about allergies. Not so with food sensitivities. In fact, many physicians don’t even take into account food sensitivity as an underlying cause of many common complaints patients have.

How to Detect Food Sensitivity

If you’re not feeling 100% healthy, start by finding out of you have any of the symptoms of food sensitivity listed above. If you suspect food sensitivity, here are two ways to confirm it:

The DYI Method. This method involves a food exclusion diet and some serious journaling.  It involves keeping a detailed record of food and symptoms while eliminating one food at a time from the diet. This exclusion diet needs to be followed strictly for at least a month, followed by a period of structured reintroduction of foods, one by one. This method only works for those with plenty of patience, time, and attention to detail.

Food Sensitivity Testing. Taking a Food Sensitivity Test at LivingYoung Center will accurately and quickly pinpoint your intolerances to food, additives or chemicals and save you valuable time and effort in the process. This is a simple, minimally invasive blood test that accurately measures and tests your biological cellular activity. It measures any changes in the size of white blood cell counts in response to up to 450 different foods, chemicals, herbs, anti-inflammatory agents and antibiotics.

This test can determine precisely which items are causing the inflammation leading to any symptoms you may have. Results are presented in an easy-to-understand format that “scores” your sensitivity according to whether it’s severe, moderate or mild. (See sidebar for sample report.)

Once you know if a food sensitivity is causing your symptoms, you are well on your way to feeling your best.  We are pleased to offer this test as just one more way for help you keep living young. The blood draw takes just a couple of minutes in either of our two locations.

Concerned about Gluten?

Gluten-free foods are trending right now and many people are willing to sacrifice taste, texture and money after self-diagnosing themselves to have a gluten intolerance. We  offer a specialized Gluten Array 3 Test specifically to look for gluten sensitivity. The results may save you from a future of tasteless meals! Check out Gluten Intolerance: Myth or Malady. 

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