Food Sensitivity Testing

Coral Gables Executive Physicians

Concierge Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Coral Gables, FL

When you’re struggling with food sensitivity, you might experience unwanted physical reactions in your digestive system, feel fatigued, and have a range of other symptoms. At Coral Gables Executive Physicians in Coral Gables, Florida, board-certified physician Robert H. Thomas, MD, FACP, and the skilled medical team offer food sensitivity testing and help you understand what’s causing your food sensitivity, so you can properly manage your symptoms. Call the office to schedule your appointment today.

Food Sensitivity Testing Q&A

What is food sensitivity?

The three most common terms to describe adverse reactions to foods are food allergies, food intolerance, and food sensitivity. If a certain type of food makes you feel bad when you eat it, but does not cause life-threatening reactions you may have a food sensitivity. People with food sensitivities may experience chronic symptoms including:

  • Digestive problems
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Migraines
  • Rashes
  • Aching muscles and joints
  • Chronic inflammation

Even healthy foods can make you feel bad if you are sensitive to them.

What foods can cause food sensitivity?

While everyone is different and sensitivities vary from one individual to the next, the most common foods that cause problems include:

  • Wheat
  • Lactose
  • Gluten
  • Caffeine
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Artificial coloring
  • Artificial flavoring

If you experience an adverse, non-life threatening reaction after eating a certain food, it doesn’t necessarily indicate you have a food sensitivity. It’s important to consult with your physician and undergo testing, as certain foods, such as those containing gluten, are an important source of nutrients that you shouldn’t avoid unless medically necessary.

Can food sensitivity make me gain weight?

Some foods cause chronic inflammation which can contribute to weight gain. If you determine the cause of inflammation and eliminate those foods from your diet, you may have an easier time losing weight.

What is food sensitivity testing?

Coral Gables Executive Physicians offers food sensitivity testing for more than 150 foods to determine if you are sensitive to them. The cell-based blood tests look for changes in your white blood cells when you’re exposed to specific food antigens to identify your food sensitivities. Depending on the results of testing, you may also participate in an elimination diet followed by the reintroduction of suspected foods one-by-one to see if you experience symptoms once they are added back into your diet.

How are food sensitivities treated?

If you are sensitive to specific foods it is recommended that you eliminate the food from your diet or restrict them to reduce or eliminate symptoms. In some cases, supplements may help relieve symptoms of food sensitivities so you can enjoy the troublesome food.

To start the process of diagnosing your food sensitivities and undergo comprehensive food sensitivity testing, call the practice to schedule an appointment.