Understanding the full impact that nutrition and lifestyle is making one one's health may include outsourced testing. Food Sensitivity/Intolerance, Digestive Function as related to intestinal permeability (leaky gut), and hormone testing are available at Healthy Vibrant Living Nutrition.
Food Sensitivity and Digestive Function Testing
What Are The Main Symptoms of Food Intolerance?
When you experience a food-specific IgG reaction or ‘intolerance’ to a particular food or drink, the body can produce a variety of inflammatory responses as it incorrectly identifies the ingredient as a threat. Unlike allergic reactions, these immune responses can be delayed up to 72 hours and vary in severity, affecting digestion, skin, joints, respiration, energy levels and even psychological health. Food sensitivities can result in systemic inflammation and persistent weight issues.
What is The Difference Between Food Intolerance and Food Allergy?
Food allergy is quite rare, affecting about 2% of the adult population. During an allergic reaction, the body’s immune system believes it is being ‘invaded’ and produces IgE (Immunoglobulin E) antibodies to fight off the food or drink ingredient it mistakenly considers to be harmful. The body’s inflammatory response in this circumstance can vary from mild to severe and can affect one or more systems in the body, such as the digestive system, respiratory system or the skin. In extreme cases, the immune system triggers a response throughout the whole body, resulting in a systemic reaction (anaphylaxis) which is potentially fatal.
Unlike allergy, food intolerance usually involves a delayed biological reaction which, although often uncomfortable and unpleasant, is not life threatening. Food intolerance is far much more common than a food allergy and affects more than half of the world population.
The food sensitivity testing offered at Healthy Vibrant Living reports on 24 foods or 88 food items and can finally identify the Temporary and Permanent food intolerances. You can add the evaluation of digestive function to this test which reports on the levels of Zonulin and digestive function. The blood collection can be performed easily in your own home, at our convenience and sent to a laboratory in Toronto. The testing kit provided is considered the standard protocol of European nutritionist and is the most advanced food intolerance test because it provides the following features:
Differentiates the active and passive intolerances
Very high reproducibility rate
Highly precise results compared to previous technologies
No fasting required
Why Test For the Presence of Zonulin?
Zonulin is a protein found in the small intestines that regulates the tight junctions between cells. It's role is to allow or prevent the passage of food molecules to pass through to the blood stream thereby modulating the permeability of the intestinal lining. When the tight junctions of the intestines allow particles to move through the mucosal and cellular barrier before they should, consequences including allergy and autoimmune results.
Several factors contribute to increased permeability of the intestinal lining including but not limited to the use of some pharmaceutical drugs, the persistent consumption of foods to which you are sensitive to, stress, a highly processed food diet, and gluten. If you experience digestive difficulties including IBS, bloating or constipation, allergies, skin rashes or autoimmune conditions, checking digestive function will be the first step in determine the nutrition and supplement protocol best suited for addressing your needs.
Hormones play a key role in an individual's overall health. Stress, mood, memory, energy levels, irregular menstrual cycles, weight loss/gain, sleep, and libido are just some of the facets of our wellbeing that are directly impacted by hormone levels. When in balance, hormones are an important contributor to health and wellness.
Saliva Hormone Testing is available at Healthy Vibrant Living. Saliva testing is an easy and noninvasive way of assessing your hormones in a highly reliable way. Saliva collection is performed easily in you own home, at our convenience, and sent to a laboratory in Toronto.
Cortisol, Adrenal Function, Estrogen, Estradiol, Estrone, Testosterone, DHEA-S and Melatonin
Cortisol, Adrenal Function, Estrogen, Testosterone, DHEA-S and Melatonin