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It would be nice to think that our bodies will simply tell us what we need by sending an email every once in a while, but we still have to pay attention to our physical symptoms in order to determine if there is a problem that needs solving. If you are struggling to understand what the root cause of some physical symptoms is, you certainly are not alone. One of the best support systems you can rely on is both symptom identification and clarifying information related to a food sensitivity test. 

The role of food sensitivity tests

It seems strange to think that a food sensitivity test could simply solve your problems, but the reality is that our bodies rely on problem nutrition — by their own terms — in order to function at their best. When you have a food sensitivity, your body is unable to digest a certain food ingredient effectively. As it struggles, this leads to common symptoms such as indigestion and acid reflux, stomach gurgling and flatulence, diarrhea and vomiting, fatigue, acne breakouts, and more. 

These symptoms often will be assumed to be from another cause, since they can sometimes take days to pop up. They can be short- or long-term depending on how severe the sensitivity is and how much of the food in question you ate. It’s a lot to try to do without support, so that’s why a food sensitivity test is so important.

Food sensitivity test options

•  At home hair sample testing: This is a great option for testing that involves sending off a hair sample with accompanying paperwork to a lab for testing. The test is done at home on your own schedule, and the results of the test — including the severity of the sensitivity — as well as helpful diet changes and suggestions, are emailed to you directly at home. 

•  Lab-based blood sample testing: You can also consider the option of going to a clinic or a lab and using a blood sample to have tested in a lab. This is best for people with little to no hair. The sample ranges — depending on the lab — between finger pricking or a full vial.

•  Self-controlled food logging and diagnosis: For those that want to take a more DIY approach, you can also use a food log to keep an eye on symptoms and what foods seem to create a reaction and what ones don’t. This is often used with techniques such as an elimination diet. While this can be done on your own, it’s best to do with the support of a licensed nutritional therapist or dietician that is familiar with your background so that you are taking proper care of yourself, nutritionally speaking.

You have options, thanks to the modern world when it comes to food sensitivity tests. Whichever method you determine is best for you and your life; the importance of the test itself should not be overlooked. It can make all of the difference in your food-related life, and it sure feels great to really understand what problem you need to solve as far as your body is concerned.