Nutrition is the foundation of healthy living. The relationship between the foods we eat and our health is examined to understand the impact diet is having on our overall wellbeing. Food intolerances, deficiencies, nutritional excesses and dietary imbalances are all associated with many medical conditions. Naturopathic doctors are trained to understand the impact your diet is having on your health. With appropriate dietary modifications, specific diets and recommended nutritional supplements, many health concerns can be supported and treated effectively.
What conditions does it treat?
Virtually all conditions can be improved with healthy foods and appropriate eating patterns.
- Gas, Bloating
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Celiac Disease
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Weight Management
- High Blood Pressure
- ADD, ADHD
- And many more
Food Sensitivity Testing
Food intolerances/sensitivities occur when the body has ingested a food that triggers the immune system to react negatively and cause inflammation. It can occur within hours or within a few days and because of this delay, it can be difficult to determine which foods are the sources of the problem.
Symptoms can range from:
- Digestive symptoms: bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea
- Skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, chronic itching
- Headaches, migraines
- Mood disorders: hyperactivity, lack of concentration and focus
- Anxiety, depression
- Respiratory symptoms: asthma, runny nose, puffiness around eyes
- Joint pain and discomfort
The procedure involves a blood lab which identifies food sensitivities and intolerances that may be causing any number of health complaints. A 120, 160 or 220 food panel is taken with the most common foods eaten, including meat, fish, dairy, grains, nuts, coffee, sugar, other sweeteners, vegetables and fruits. This test is valuable for assessing food intolerances and sensitivities in individuals 2 years and older. It is important to consume a wide variety of foods at least 5 days prior to taking the test to have the most accurate results.
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