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Many people have bloating, fatigue, and a general feeling of being tired, and it could be related to what they are eating! This is what prompted me personally to do a Genova IgG Food Sensitivity Test.
Even though I was eating my protein, healthy fats, fruits and veggies, I was still getting a little bit of puffiness/bloating and I couldn't figure out what I was eating that was causing it.
However, bloating is not the only symptom of a food sensitivity.
Food sensitivities can cause a variety of issues such as:
The hard thing about identifying a food sensitivity without a blood test is that you often get symptoms up to 72 hours after eating the food! This means you may have eaten something on Monday at lunch, however on Wednesday at work you feel extra tired. How would you ever know what exactly it was that caused this unrelenting fatigue?
That's what makes this test so great because it gives you insight that you wouldn't be able to figure out yourself.
I have to say, going through the test process was so easy to do! Here were the quick steps:
And I was shocked! I had two major food sensitivities that I was eating on a regular basis - soy and chocolate!
Soy protein is in many protein bars as well as hidden as soy lecithin, a common preservative.
Not to mention soy sauce that I was eating with sushi and in the occasional stir-fry for dinner.
You can see from the picture below that the soy was a high +3 reaction and the chocolate was a moderate +2. I also had lower amounts of reactions to other foods, so this I will keep in mind to not have too much of them.
You can see that the 0 or none detected category my body has no issues with, so that's good news.
I have been avoiding soy (and decreased my chocolate) and I have noticed I've lost a few pounds, am feeling more energized!
I am definitely avoiding soy for the next two months as I work on improving my gut health and then I will re-test in a couple of months.
I never would have known about these specific foods without getting tested! This test was $99 plus a $35 draw fee. The $134 makes this an affordable test and helps you realize what can be causing more inflammation in the body!
Inflammation is at the root of almost all diseases, so this is a key lab test to get if you're not feeling your best. Because inflammation in the gut leads to a weakened immune system, hormone imbalance, lower mood, and even makes thyroid issues worse, it is important to see if your body is reacting to common foods that you're eating.
If you want to get this test done to see what foods you're sensitive to, schedule a call with me here or if you have unwanted symptoms that you need help resolving, we can also figure out how to best help you with that too.
Either way, with food sensitivities, it is important to remember to heal your gut lining and focus on decreasing inflammation. There are certain supplements and nutrients that help you heal the gut lining including:
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If you're looking for simple ways to begin healing your gut through the 5R process, go ahead and check out my Gut Health Reset Guide for a step by step approach!
This will let you know what foods to eliminate and what nutrients to add in to optimize your gut health.