Saturday, January 15, 2011

Immunoglobulin E (IgE) Antibody Test

While many allergic reactions are very easy to spot, some are more subtle and difficult to diagnose, sometimes manifesting in the form of a wide variety of symptoms that appear unrelated to what we eat such as asthma, acne, depression, headaches, anxiety, …

One test useful in identifying food allergies/intolerances is the immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody test, designed to identify if your body produces (IgE) antibodies in reaction to various foods. In layman’s terms, your body produces antibodies in response to foreign, potentially dangerous substances. It’s a part of your natural defense system. 

My family has had a lot of success with this test and so have those I’ve recommended it to. It’s an important one for children to have, especially those who are constantly sick "without reason", and adults who have shifted to a healthier lifestyle but still are experiencing health problems. Common foods that trigger a reaction are: soy, dairy, corn, wheat, even tomatoes. 

It’s a great way to get a jump start on the journey towards full health, because it provides the tangible evidence most people are looking for in terms of what foods should be avoided right off the bat. It’s important for people to know the reactions that are going on inside their body because the effects are not isolated. A reaction to food can alter everything from your mood and behavior, to your overall health and well being.

Once the food culprits are identified a shift towards alkaline foods is what should come next because there really is no substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle and the less acidic our body is, the less health issues that will plague us.

Everyone who I have sent to take the test has come back with a positive (food intolerant) result to one or more foods. But note that even if the test comes back negative, it doesn’t mean that all foods are good to go. It just means that your body likely doesn’t go into hyper-sensitive attack mode when it eats the food in question. But that alone still does not ensure that that food is a healthy option.

Some general practitioners perform the test, but if not an allergy specialist will. You have to request it by name otherwise they will likely only do a topical scratch test. You also need to request the foods that you want to be tested for. Non-food items can also be tested i.e. dust, pollen. Ask your doctor for the full list of test choices possible.

1 comment:

  1. I've used this test several times for my baby. He took his first test at 5 months. We've eliminated LOTS of foods through this test. Now he is mostly a gluten free vegan with chicken occasionally because his doctor wants him to have some sort of protien in his diet. Thank you for your blog, it is helping me tons!