I was watching The Project on TV tonight, and they interviewed Kelly Slater, who is in town for the Quicksilver Pro. Kelly is still at the top of his sport at 41 years old, and was asked how he maintains his form. I nearly fell off the couch when he said that he gets blood testing for food allergies so that he knows which foods to avoid. Go Kelly!
So what’s this blood testing then? (‘Cause if it’s good enough for Kelly, it’s good enough for us, right?)
There are 2 types of blood tests when it comes to food reactions
IGE Antibody Test – this one detects food allergies – this means there is an immune system response to the food, often with sudden onset. Although this type of allergy is often associated with serious conditions like anaphylaxis and asthma, this sort of response can also manifest as a range of other symptoms affecting the skin, respiratory system and digestive tract.
IGG Antibody Test – this one is associated with food intolerances, which can affect any part of the body. Food intolerances are often a slower onset than allergies, and can result in a much wider range of conditions, including digestive disorders, eczema, fatigue, depression, mood swings, migraines, bloating and fluid retention.
These blood tests can be a valuable investment in your health, and can give you the tools to modify your diet accordingly. I may not surf like Kelly Slater (nowhere near it!), but addressing my food intolerances has helped me perform at my best by having a profound effect on my wellbeing.
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