Food Sensitivity Testing


Food sensitivities and intolerances are becoming an increasing problem. It is estimated that 70-80% of the population have food sensitivities. Food sensitivities are different from food allergies, which affect about only 4% of the population. Food sensitivities, unlike food allergies which occur immediately after consumption of the offending food, can cause delayed reactions because the symptoms that they cause can take several hours to several days (up to 96 hours) to appear, which makes it difficult to identify the offending food or substance. The most common food sensitivities are to: wheat / gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, citrus, beef, pork and corn. Food sensitivities can be the cause of many symptoms and it is important to discover which foods you may be reacting to.

Possible Food Sensitivity Symptoms

Head: Chronic headaches, migraines, dizziness, difficulty sleeping

Mouth and throat: Coughing, sore throat, hoarseness, swelling or pain, gagging, frequent clearing of the throat, sores on the lips, tongue or gums

Eyes, ears, nose: Runny/ stuffy nose, post nasal drip, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, sinus problems, watery and itchy eyes, ear infections, hearing loss, sneezing attacks, hayfever, excessive mucus, dark circles under the eyes, swollen, red or sticky eyelids

Heart and lungs: Irregular/ rapid heartneat, asthma, chest pain and congestion, bronchitis, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing

Gastrointestinal tract: Nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, bloating, gas, cramping, stomach pain, ulcers, GERD, heartburn

Skin: Hives, rashes, psoriasis, dry skin, excessive sweating, acne, hair loss

Muscles and joints: General weakness, muscle/ joint aches and pains, arthritis, swelling, stiffness

Energy and activity: Fatigue, mental dullness, difficulty concentrating, apathy, hyperactivity, restlessness

Emotions and mind: Mood swings, anxiety and tension, fear, nervousness, anger, irritability, aggressive behavior, binge eating or drinking, food cravings, depression, confusion, poor comprehension, poor concentration, difficulty learning

Other: Over/underweight, fluid retention, insomnia, genital itch, frequent urination, bed-wetting

Food Sensitivity Testing

There are several different types of food sensitivity testing.  Some labs measure inflammatory markers while others will test for specific antibodies. At our office, we offer the ALCAT (Antigen Leukocyte Cellular Antibody Test) food sensitivity test. The ALCAT Test identifies cellular reactions to over 350 foods, chemicals and herbs. These inflammatory reactions are linked to chronic health problems like obesity and diabetes, as well as skin, heart, joint, and digestive disorders.  For more information about the ALCAT test, please visit

For more information about food sensitivity testing, please call our office at 814-720-4825.

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Here at Vitality Natural Health and Wellness Center we are dedicated to promoting health and wellness through enhancement of the mind, body, and spirit. We are committed to supporting the body’s inherent ability to heal using natural therapies to restore health.

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Vitality Natural Health and
Wellness Center

570 Washington Street
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone: (814) 720.4825
Fax: (814) 601.0930

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