Food Sensitivity And Digestive Health Specialist

Wholesome Health Pharmacy

Pharmacy located in Hoffman Estates, IL

Food sensitivities testing is a specialty service offered by Wholesome Health Pharmacy in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Food sensitivity is a problem faced by more than 100 million people throughout the world. It produces a wide range of illnesses and complications, often leaving the patient confused about what's going on with their body. Through food sensitivity testing, Wholesome Health Pharmacy helps patients understand why they're sick and how to avoid those problems. If you think you might have food sensitivities, give Wholesome Health Pharmacy a call to discuss food sensitivity testing.

Food Sensitivity and Digestive Health Q & A

What is a food sensitivity?

Food sensitivity typically falls into one of two categories: allergy and intolerance.

Food allergies

This refers to an immune system reaction when a person eats or comes in contact with a specific food. Some people have severe allergies to foods like peanuts or shellfish, for example.

Food intolerances

Food intolerances are a detrimental reaction to exposure to something like a preservative or compound. For example, people who are lactose intolerant lack sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, so they can’t digest milk.

For some, their intolerance level is quite high. For example, someone with a mild lactose intolerance can drink two glasses of milk before there are complications. For others, the intolerance is more sensitive: A single peanut might cause a sore to form inside the person's mouth, for instance.

What are some common food sensitivities?

Food sensitivities are a very individualized problem, but some foods do seem to cause them more than others such as:

  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish
  • Gluten
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Some types of meat
  • Coffee

On this list are high FODMAPs, which are a specific type of carbohydrate that is poorly absorbed by the digestive system.

What are some common symptoms of food sensitivities?

They vary based on the food and the patient, but some common complaints include:

  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Impotence or poor libido
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Joint pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Sugar craving

Food sensitivity testing -- like that offered by Wholesome Health Pharmacy -- helps pinpoint the cause of the symptoms.

How is food sensitivity testing done?

The methodology varies based on the patient and the suspected intolerance.

The wellness experts at Wholesome Health Pharmacy employ unique methods during food sensitivity testing, but the goal is to detect both the IgG antibody and the immune complexes together.

IgG, immunoglobulin G, antibodies help protect the body from infection. Its presence often indicates autoimmune problems. As such, identifying them allows the specialist to determine the reactivity of each sample against different food antigens.

If you’d like to learn more about your food sensitivities and eventually find some relief, call Wholesome Health Pharmacy for a food sensitivity testing appointment today.

What is digestive health?

Your digestive system may be the most critical network in your body. The reason for this is if you can’t absorb nutrients and eliminate harmful toxins efficiently, the rest of your bodily systems suffer.

In many cases, you can trace many health conditions back to problems in the digestive tract. Your gut’s health affects your immune system, your nervous system, and even your energy production.

Unfortunately, many conventional treatments for digestive ailments can make problems worse or inhibit your ability to be nourished by the foods you eat or supplements you take.

Treating your gut is usually the starting point for naturopathic protocols, and Dr. LePage can help guide you through this process, so you’re comfortable and safe the entire time.

What conditions can develop from poor digestive health?

A wide range of conditions can arise when your digestive system’s health is compromised. Some of these may include:

  • Food allergies or intolerances
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Gas and bloating
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Ulcers
  • Kidney or gallbladder conditions
  • Diverticulitis
  • Fatty liver
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Weight gain
  • Migraines
  • Mood disorders

Digestive problems can also compound health issues that already exist, leading to a host of symptoms that may interfere with many areas of your well-being and daily functioning.

How can digestive health be improved?

In naturopathic medicine, proper digestion is the cornerstone of good health. Dr. LePage starts by conducting a thorough intake assessment, which gives her a comprehensive understanding of your unique health issues and current symptoms.

Dr. LePage designs a custom protocol for your needs, which may include several therapies, such as:

  • Acupuncture
  • Dietary changes
  • Food allergy testing
  • Herbal remedies
  • Minerals, nutraceuticals, or supplements
  • Lifestyle recommendations for better sleep and stress management  

By taking a holistic approach to your health, Dr. LePage uses a variety of modalities to bring balance and harmony back to your body and your digestive system as a whole.

To get started with an initial consultation, schedule an appointment with Dr. LePage today using the easy online booking system.