Food Sensitivity Testing

Food Sensitivity Testing

Food sensitivity testing offers many benefits! It can uncover which foods are causing inflammation and disease to better help you develop a personalized nutritional guide—which ultimately improves your health and quality of life. We offer the KBMO FIT Test (Food Inflammation Test) that measures sensitivities of up to 176 different foods, coloring, and additives. Keep reading to learn more and watch our dietitian’s breakdown below!

What are Food Sensitivities?

Food sensitivities affect more than 100 million people worldwide and cause a variety of illnesses and symptoms.

Food sensitivities are not like traditional food allergies. The difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity is how the body responds to certain foods. In a true food allergy, an immune compound called IgE overreacts to a certain food and causes a reaction within minutes or seconds. You can develop hives, swelling, and anaphylactic shock, which can be life-threatening.

With food sensitivities, the reaction is often less severe and may not take place right away. The reaction occurs when undigested food fragments pass through the gut lining into your bloodstream. These foreign substances are called antigens and can trigger an IgG response of the immune system (which is a food sensitivity reaction). This reaction can be delayed from 4 hours up to 4 days after exposure to the reactive food. Clearly, this makes it difficult to identify what food caused what symptom.

Common Symptoms Include:

  • Inconsistent digestion constipation, diarrhea, or IBS 
  • Bloating, cramps, gas 
  • Skin conditions like eczema, acne, skin rashes
  • Migraines or headaches
  • Fatigue, lack of energy
  • Joint pain
  • Mood, anxiety, depression
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Sugar cravings, insulin resistance  
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    How the FIT Test is Different

    The KBMO FIT Test is a revolution in food sensitivity testing. The main advantage this test offers over other ones on the market, is that it screens for IgG types 1-4. In addition, it screens for something called “complement levels”.

    Bar chart with foods from the dairy, egg, and grains categories listed along the bottom and a range of 0 through 6 on the left side

    When it comes to generating inflammation, the “complement” is even more important than the level of IgG response to a food. All other food sensitivity testing looks only at 1-2 types of IgG. Studies have shown many times that these tests are often over-reporting sensitive foods. The patented FIT Test is the only test available that measures all IgG types and complements.

    In other words, this makes it a strongermore precise test that will reduce the likelihood of false positives and provide you with more specific results

    We recommend this test to our clients who are experiencing inflammatory symptoms, not just digestive symptoms, and can’t figure out the root cause of their symptoms. We are hopeful that by offering this service to our patients that we can help identify the problematic foods that might be causing issues and improve their state of health and quality of life.   

    Food Sensitivity Testing Options

    You have the option of picking between the two following food sensitivity tests:

    • FIT Test 132 Foods ($399)
    • FIT Test 176 Foods ($499)

    In addition, you can schedule a consultation with our registered dietitian ($99) where she can help walk you through your results. If you’re struggling to eliminate certain foods from your diet or understand your results—consider scheduling a consult!

    Not sure which food sensitivity testing option is right for you? Click here to see a complete list of the foods we test!

    Leaky Gut & Zonulin

    The FIT test can also diagnose a leaky gut. The FIT test will test IgG response to candida, which is an indicator for leaky gut, as well as having multiple food sensitive reactions that can lead to leaky gut. That’s why we offer an optional add-on test for Zonulin. Elevated levels of Zonulin are associated with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease, in addition to other chronic illnesses.

    What’s Included with Each Test?

    • Simple blood test that is available as a take home finger prick test
    • Results are usually within 2-3 weeks
    • A comprehensive report with your results. Easy to read color coded graph
    • Invite to the app, where you can see test results/meal-plan and possible cross-reactive foods on your phone
    • 7 day individualized meal plan specific to your results
    • Option to schedule a 45 minute consult with our Registered Dietitian to help you better understand your results.

    Click here to watch a walkthrough of how to properly complete the test at home!

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    How are Food Sensitivities Treated?

    After you have received your report and identified the foods that you are sensitive to, an elimination diet is recommended. When a 2+,3+.4+ reaction is present, the elimination diet can help identify foods responsible for food sensitivitiesThe reactive foods are eliminated from the diet for 4-6 weeks during which you should experience relief in symptoms. Later, foods may be reintroduced one at a time to see if they cause problems. Depending on symptoms and reactions, another FIT Test is advised to prove the positive change. Schedule a consult with our dietitian to better understand your results!

    Click here to see some sample test results!

    How to Get Started!

    1. Fill out the initial consultation form on our website.
    2. After that, our dietitian will then call you to discuss the details of picking up your test kit.

    You can always call our office at (513)-791-9474 if you have any questions. We’re here to help!  

      Frequently Asked Questions

      The antibodies and proteins that your body makes when it negatively reacts to certain food can take around 2-3 weeks to dissipate. It is critical to stick to a strict diet that avoids the food that is spiking your sensitivity to allow your gut and body to start recovering.

      A food sensitivity or intolerance will not cause anaphylaxis. It is simply a gut response created when you are unable to properly digest or tolerate a certain food. However, it can often produce a milder version of the same symptoms as a true food allergy. 

      A true food allergy on the other hand will trigger your immune system to react, which can cause anaphylaxis and be life-threatening. Those with food allergies must completely avoid the food and sometimes are unable to be around it or even touch it.

      Yes! While some people are diagnosed with a food sensitivity during childhood and adolescence, it is possible to develop a food sensitivity or develop symptoms much later in life. A sudden change in food sensitivity can be caused by:

      • A change in diet
      • Taking medications (such as antibiotics) long-term
      • Undergoing a major surgery
      • Severe stress caused by loss, change, or other life events
      • Autoimmune disorders or another medical issue