Food Sensitivity Testing2018-03-27T09:12:11-04:00

Top 8 Signs You Suffer From Food Sensitivities

Learn How How Food Sensitivity Testing Could Change Your Life
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Are you spending your days feeling alive and well or groggy and foggy?

I want you to ask yourself the following questions, because how you answer will give valuable insight into your health. Let’s start with your mornings.

When was the last time you jumped out of bed, full of energy, clear-headed, free of aches and pains and ready to take on the day? How about the day itself? Do you feel run down, irritable and groggy as the day goes on or are you energized and happy?

Now let’s move to nighttime. When was the last time you went to bed feeling relaxed, free of pain and ready for a good night’s sleep instead of exhausted and dreading a night of tossing and turning?

Now, let’s travel from your bedroom to your bathroom. How do you feel about that bathroom scale? Are you happy with the number you see when you step on it or do you avoid that scale like the plague, because you know despite your efforts, the number will make you cringe. What about your bathroom mirror? When you walk by, does your reflection show clear, radiant skin or a face and body marked with acne, eczema or psoriasis?

Now, moving on to the kitchen: Do you sit down at the table knowing you’ll feel good after your meal, or do you wait in dread for the bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea that will follow?

How’d you do with the questions? Did you relate more to the “feeling good” examples or to the “I dread my day” examples?

If it’s the latter, you are far from alone.

In fact, I see patients with similar complaints in my office almost every single day. I refer to it as chronic “I don’t feel good-itis.” Day after day, patients come in who’ve seen doctors, gotten lab work and other tests done, and been told everything is fine. YET, THEY STILL DON’T FEEL WELL!

Now, I’ll let you in on a secret: a lot of people who just don’t feel well suffer from food sensitivities.

That’s right, I’ve seen thousands of patients who have improved their energy levels, who have eliminated their headaches, who have gotten rid of that nagging joint pain, who have lost the 20 pounds they’ve been struggling with for years, who can for the first time in years sleep a full 8 hours and who have lifted the cloak of depression by simply removing the foods that they were sensitive to.

It’s a simple and easy test that every person who is suffering for no explainable reason should have.

It can hold the key to getting your health and life back! Sound too good to be true? I assure you, it’s not.

I’ve seen first hand the power of knowing what foods to eliminate change peoples lives.  I saw a 9 year old boy who was having multiple seizures in a single day go to having no seizures, within a few months, after removing the foods he was reacting to. I know it sounds crazy but research is showing a strong link between our digestive systems and neurological disorders.

Here is a link to one such study that was published in The Psychiatric Quarterly where they showed connections between gluten sensitivity and neurological disorders like autism, seizures, ataxia, headaches, neuropathy, depression, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and even schizophrenia.

It is very important to understand food sensitivities aren’t just a digestive problem, they’re a whole-body problem.

Here are the 8 most common symptoms we see in our office that are associated with food sensitivities: 

  1. Weight gain or inability to lose weight
  2. Joint pain and muscle aches
  3. Brain fog, fatigue, anxiety and/or depression
  4. Sinus and allergy problems
  5. Gas, bloating, constipation and other digestive issues
  6. Skin, hair and nail issues
  7. Hormonal problems
  8. Headaches and/or migraines

You might be wondering how this could possibly happen. Allow me to explain.

Food sensitivities are closely tied to something called “leaky gut syndrome.” There are many causes of leaky gut syndrome including the use of antibiotics or birth-control pills, alcohol, stress, toxins, parasites, candida albicans (yeast), nutritional deficiencies, a diet that includes a lot of processed and/or refined sugary food and/or gluten, and even food sensitivities themselves.

These things can cause gaps in the lining of the intestinal walls, making the intestines permeable and allowing substances that would normally be kept inside (such as food particles) to “leak” out into the bloodstream.

Because these substances are now where they shouldn’t be, your body sees them as foreign invaders. And what does your body do? Attack!

It’s similar to when your immune systems goes after a virus (another “foreign invader”), but in this case the immune system is attacking not a virus, but the foods you are eating. Over time, this battle between the immune system and the foods you are eating leads to an increased inflammatory responses that start to affect the entire body.

I compare it to having the flu. Are you familiar with the feeling you have right before you have the full blown flu? When your body starts to get achy, your stomach is crampy,  you start to feel blue, you’re tired, your head hurts and you just don’t feel well? That’s what it’s like when you have food sensitivities. This is why so many people complain that they don’t feel well and their doctors just don’t know what to do, except in many cases recommend a prescription drug.

I can’t stress to you enough how important this test can be for some of our patients.

Order Your Food Test Now!

Ready to take the guesswork out and really know what you’re dealing with? Find out more about the test by clicking here.


What Is A Food Sensitivity Test?

It’s a Food Sensitivity Panel that, with a simple finger prick, can determine if you are reacting to nearly 100 different foods. But, wait, you say, I’ve been to an allergist, got tested and was told I’m not allergic to any foods. That’s where the beauty of this test lies! You see, just because you’re not allergic to foods, doesn’t mean you’re not sensitive to those same foods. Food allergy tests measure IgE antibodies, which cause allergic reactions, such as swelling and hives, that can be severe and even life threatening –think of the person who’s allergic to peanuts and needs to carry an EpiPen at all times. Food sensitivities, on the other hand, are something entirely different and can be measured by an antibody IgG immune response through the simple, at-home test we are offering – with no doctor’s visits required.

When I see a food sensitivity panel come back positive for multiple sensitivities, it’s a pretty sure sign that the patient has leaky gut, and the immune system is releasing antibodies to attack food particles that have leaked into the bloodstream where they don’t belong. The more antibodies we find, the more the immune system is in overdrive. I want to stress that the patient isn’t “allergic” to these foods, but that the body is reacting to them because they have leaked outside of the digestive tract.

I have seen so many people needlessly struggle because standard lab and allergy testing won’t show these sensitivities and many doctors are unaware that leaky gut syndrome even exists. I want to share with you the story of one of my patients. “Kristi” came to us feeling horrible. She suffered from skin issues including eczema and rosacea, and an autoimmune thyroid condition called Hashimoto’s.  Her skin was so bad she had been prescribed steroids. The steroids led to her gaining weight and developing diabetes.

We ran the food sensitivity panel and look at all the red that showed up in her results! It was actually a good thing, because it meant we knew what was wrong and that she could heal her leaky gut by eliminating the foods she was reacting to, reducing her immune response and allowing her body’s inflammation to calm down.

I’m happy to report that with treatment, Kristi lost weight, her skin cleared up and she was able to reverse her high blood sugar and get off medications.

Kristi also experienced more energy than she had in years!

As you can see by her follow-up test results, once Kristi’s body and gut healed she no longer reacted to many of the foods that bothered her.

Now, imagine if Kristi had never gotten tested! She’d still be suffering!


Here’s What You Need To Know

If you’ve tried diet and exercise but still struggle with your weight, you are not alone. However, there might be one key part of the puzzle that’s missing.

Numerous studies involving humans and laboratory animals indicate that obesity is linked to inflammation and food sensitivities.

In our office, testing for food sensitivities is the first step we take for someone who is chronically overweight. “Mary” was 42 years old when she came to our center struggling with obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis and joint pain, all of which are associated with inflammation. She would try diet and exercise, lose 10 pounds, but then that would be it.

Testing revealed she was struggling with food sensitivities. When Mary eliminated the foods she was sensitive to (along with adding probiotics and supplements), she lost 35 pounds in four months! Her irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis, and joint pain were all relieved! Mary’s story is not an isolated incident — I’ve seen patients lose 20 to 30 pounds simply by cutting foods from their diets that their food sensitivity panels showed they were reacting to!

Don’t Ever Give Up Hope Of Being Well!

It Starts With Comprehensive Testing

You might feel like you’ll never be well again and that you should just give up. Well, don’t! There is too much to lose by giving up and you can never win a battle you don’t fight. You can be well again!

We’ve helped so many patients through food sensitivity testing here in our clinic that we want to extend this service, so no matter where you are, you can improve your life and work towards getting your health back! Otherwise, it’s all just guesswork.

We see so many people who try to do elimination diets but fail, because once you’re exposed to an offending food, you can have a reaction for up to six months! Most people don’t stay on elimination diets nearly that long. I believe in the power of knowing what you’re dealing with, otherwise it’s all just a guessing game.

The test is quick, easy, and requires nothing more than a finger prick you do at home. And, it’s more than just a test.

Your results will include a breakdown of 96 of the most commonly eaten foods and your reaction to each one on a scale of 0 to 3, with 3 being the most severe reaction. We also offer a test that includes 184 different foods, for those who’d like to test for more foods than are included in the 96-food test. Click here to learn more about the foods tested and to order your kit now. 

Once You Receive Your Results

Once you receive your results, you’ll also have the opportunity to schedule a Health Consultation “virtual visit” with our Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Kaley. She can help you understand your results, what to eliminate from your diet and for how long, as well as meal, snack, and grocery shopping ideas to help you kick-start your healthier diet. 

This is an additional way to get the support you need to feel confident in making dietary changes.

We hope to continually inspire and support you on your journey towards better health!

With the power of knowing comes true and lasting wellness.

Yours In Health,

Dr. Josh Shields


Order Your Food Test Now!

Ready to take the guesswork out and really know what you’re dealing with? Find out more about the test by clicking here.


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