Recently I was sent a Delayed Food Allergy Kit from my school, Energetic Health Institute! This kit was sent from Alletess Labs as part of my tuition/education for my Holistic Nutritionist Certification. There were no symptoms (or any that I could particularly pinpoint) prior to getting my blood drawn. I have in the past dealt with gas, bloating, stomach cramps and digestive issues…but I’ve always associated this with bad eating habits and/or poor food choices. The problem was that I could never really pinpoint what types of foods irritated my digestive system. This is why the Delayed Food Allergy test was intriguing to me. I do have some known allergies and it’s mainly an allergy to cats and grass – nothing food related to my knowledge. In middle school I found out that I was allergic to cats and their dander really agitated my asthma symptoms. Around the age of 23, I had a horrible allergic reaction to cats after being around them for 24+ hours…this put me in the emergency room! Needless to say my encounters with cats are pretty slim because I simply AVOID them at all costs.
Food allergies and food sensitivities are abnormal responses to a specific food triggered by your immune system in the form of immunoglobulins, either a delayed or immediate response (IgE, IgG or IgA).
What is Immunoglobulin G (IgG)?
IgG is a type of antibody found in the blood and extracellular fluid that protects our bodies from infection (bacterial and viral). An immunoglobulin test measures the level of certain immunoglobulin (antibodies) in your blood). IgG antibodies can also detect delayed allergic reactions, reactions (inflammation) that usually occur after a few days after eating a trigger food. Here you could have 21-28 days of symptoms and you possibly wouldn’t even notice! It’s also very hard to pinpoint which food is causing you issues because of the delayed appearance of inflammation.
A more classic test for food allergies is the IgE antibody test, which is a short-lived antibody involved in immediate allergic reactions. Here you would have 5-90 minutes of symptoms. Symptoms would include swelling, difficulty breathing, rash, itching skin or anaphylactic shock. Check out this comparison table from Imupro:
The specific IgG test I did with Alletess Labs was an ELISA food panel, a panel of 184 foods consumed in your typical western diet. You can see my results below:
My test results took a little less than a month and I was pretty shocked to see EGGS on there as a primary reaction! Guys, I eat EGGS every freakin’ day. Sometimes more than two eggs a day because I either bake/cook with them. Plus, there are many packaged foods I am sure that contain eggs in my house. I had about 23 food sensitivities total but most were secondary reactions (that’s a good thing)!
My gut healing protocol includes organic holistic nutrition, a few supplements, probiotics and a food elimination phase. For the level 1 reactions I will be eliminating them for 28 days and for the eggs I’ll be removing those from my diet for 56 days. I can certainly add in the level 1 reactions afterwards and I will also be monitoring the symptoms.
I’m curious to see how I feel without eggs! I have honestly only ever gave up eggs for about 21 days before, which now I realize was never long enough to really feel a difference. So I’ll be officially starting this food elimination phase next week and I’m honestly excited for the challenge. I’ve already started experimenting with an egg free, low carb chocolate chip cookie…which I will be sharing the recipe for later this week!
Are you allergic to eggs? Can you relate to my experience? Can you relate to the symptoms that I was having…that I simply brushed off as normal/common?? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Are you interested in learning more about becoming a Certified Holistic Nutritionist? I’m an open book 🙂
Alletess Medical Laboratory. Available Allergy Tests. Retrieved from https://foodallergy.com/tests/available-tests/.
KidsHealth. Blood Test: Immunoglobulins (IgA, IgG, IgM). Retrieved from https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/test-immunoglobulins.html.
ImuPro. OFTEN CONFUSED: IGE AND IGG FOOD ALLERGIES. Retrieved from https://imupro.com/igg-food-allergy/