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Food Sensitivities vs. Food Allergies

Food sensitivities and food allergies are two different types of reactions to food, although they share some commonalities. Food sensitivities are generally less serious than food allergies and do not include the potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis reaction that can occur with food allergies. Food sensitivity is an adverse reaction to certain foods, but the body does not produce an allergic antibody in response.

Food allergies are much more serious as the body’s immune system produces an allergic antibody in response to the food. Your body essentially mistakes the food for potentially harmful pathogens that must be eliminated, leading to dangerous symptoms and complications. Symptoms can range from mild, such as itchy skin, to life-threatening, such as anaphylaxis. As such, you must avoid foods you’re allergic to.

Signs & Symptoms of Food Sensitivities:

  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Constipation
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • General discomfort

Food Sensitivities

Food sensitivities can manifest in many ways, including digestive issues, headaches, mood swings, fatigue, and general discomfort. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the individual, and can be difficult to detect without an elimination diet or food sensitivity test. If you notice the aforementioned symptoms, please contact us for food sensitivity tests.

Signs & Symptoms of Food Allergies:

  • Signs & Symptoms of Food Allergies:
  • Swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Trouble breathing
  • Anaphylaxis


Signs and symptoms of food allergies can range from mild to life-threatening. Common symptoms include itchiness and hives in the mouth and throat, swelling of the lips and face, abdominal cramps and vomiting, difficulty breathing, and in extreme cases, anaphylaxis. If you experience these symptoms after eating a particular food, seek medical help immediately.

Foods That Trigger Sensitivities/Allergies:

  • Peanuts
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Soybeans
  • Nuts
  • Wheat
  • Shellfish
  • Certain preservatives
  • Certain additives
  • Certain processed foods

Food Sensitivity Testing

Food sensitivity and allergy testing is an invaluable tool that allows us to identify specific food components that may be causing systemic inflammation or triggering an immune-mediated reaction. We empower you to make informed decisions about your diets, lifestyle habits, and treatment plans. By utilizing this advanced test, we can identify potential sensitivities and biochemical imbalances often overlooked by conventional healthcare. This can be a life-saving step in the journey to optimal health and wellness.

The Impact of Micronutrient Deficiencies

Micronutrient deficiencies can majorly impact overall health, especially for those with limited access to a balanced diet. Deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals, such as iron, vitamin A, zinc, and iodine, can lead to various health issues, such as weakened immune systems, stunted growth, and anemia. Chronic micronutrient deficiency can also have serious long-term effects, such as weakened immune systems, stunted growth, goiters, and other medical concerns. Micronutrient testing can help us optimize your health.

Micronutrient Testing

Micronutrient testing is a revolutionary way of understanding your body’s nutritional status. Our test measures 31 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites, giving you a comprehensive overview of your micronutrient levels. This can give valuable insights into your overall health and provide the guidance you need to make positive dietary and lifestyle changes. Integrative medicine utilizes micronutrient testing to identify and address any nutritional imbalances and deficiencies contributing to your health concerns.

Experience Tru(e) Concierge Medicine

TruWellnessMD aims to help you take control of your health and reach your optimal health goals. Our concierge medicine services offer comprehensive food sensitivity and micronutrient testing, through which we can discover your body’s nutritional imbalances and create a customized plan, which may include nutritional therapy, IV therapy, vitamin injections, lifestyle recommendations, and weight loss management. By understanding your body’s needs, we can help you take charge of your health and lead a happy and healthy life.

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