Having Gut Troubles?
Help with Food Sensitivities
From our Naturopathic Physician, Tiffanie Jones
We’ve worked with many clients who improve their health dramatically by learning about their food sensitivities and making new choices. For example, clients who learned they have food sensitivities and reduced wheat, gluten, or dairy often find that they have improved digestion, brain function, memory, energy levels, and mood. How did these clients successfully learn which foods to reduce? Most often, from an elimination diet.
But Can’t I Just Get a Blood Test for Food Sensitivities?
We hear this from clients all the time—it’s an understandable question! These clients tell us that the elimination diet sounds complicated and time-consuming. Believe me, we’d love it if simple blood tests could prove which foods you should avoid. Some blood tests can show if a person has an outright allergy to a food, but food sensitivities are more complicated. In blood testing for food sensitivities, you can get false positives (harmless foods show up as problematic) and false negatives (troubling foods show up as fine). One curious and enterprising Naturopathic doctor even tested the same bloodwork at four different labs, and found that each lab produced a different list of food sensitivities–none of the labs’ data agreed!
From her training at Bastyr University and her experience with clients, Tiffanie has crafted a well-informed and efficient approach to elimination diets. This will save you from wasting time and resources on foods which may not be a problem for you. Check out Tiffanie’s article on elimination diets here.
So, get started on improving your digestion, energy, and mood by working with Tiffanie on choosing your perfect foods. She is at Holistic on Thursdays, and can also be seen in other clinics in our region on other days. Visit our website’s Naturopathy section to learn more.