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Food Allergy Vs. Food Sensitivity

Understanding your body and your food choices may help you strengthen your
immune system and prevent chronic inflammation and diseases.
Food Allergies (IgE)
When our bodies are allergic to a certain substance we will usually see an immediate reaction.

We may experience:

food alergies

  • Constant Sneezing
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Congestion in the Sinuses
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Anaphylactic shock (extreme cases)

These foreign substances are detected by immunoglobulin E (IgE).
IgE antibodies have a specific role in our body; to fight foreign substances in our body that
cause allergies or inflammation. For example, if our body is allergic to shellfish IgE would react
the following way:

  1. Allergen is consumed or inhaled
  2. B cells (White blood cells) in our body create IgE antibodies
  3. IgE antibodies begin to attack by binding to the surface of the allergen
  4. IgE initiates inflammation by binding to Mast cells.
  5. Interaction between Mast cells and IgE antibodies causes release of histamine.
  6. Histamine stimulates inflammation to protect the body and brain.

This process will happen within minutes, every time our body encounters a substance our body
is allergic to. IgE allergies can be treated by using supplements that have immunomodulating
effects or simply by staying away from substances that cause allergic reactions.
Food Sensitivity (IgG)
Food sensitivities are related to Immunoglobulin G (IgG).
IgG antibodies do not cause an immediate reaction like IgE allergies. For example, if you are
sensitive to dairy, your body will not react within minutes of consumption. Instead it will lead
to chronic inflammation in the body.

You may experience several of these symptoms if you are consuming foods your body is
sensitive to:

  • Fatigue
  • Bloating and stomach pain
  • Anxiety, depression, mood changes
  • Hyperactivity
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

Having food sensitivity or intolerance just means that your body cannot properly digest it and
therefore discomfort is felt after consumption. Many people live with food sensitivities their
whole life, not knowing what is causing their stomach pains.
Common Foods that cause Food Sensitivity:food alergies

  • Dairy products (milk, cheese, butter, yogurt)
  • Eggs
  • Gluten
  • Corn
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish (shrimp, lobster, oysters, clams)

How do I Know What Foods I am Sensitive
There are IgG food sensitivity tests that allow you to know the foods your body is sensitive to.
Dr. Regina Oyarce offers the test at Benessere Miami. The test used is the Antibody Assessment
Panels from US BioTek. It test around 96 foods and a blood sample is collected from a simple
finger prick.

*For more information about the IgG test contact Benessere Miami




Benessere Miami is located in Doral, Florida and serves the surrounding areas of Hialeah, Pembroke Pines, Medley, Fountainebleau, and Miami. Established and run by Regina Oyarce, Benessere Miami provides a variety of services for wellness, relaxation, and holistic traditional medicine, focusing on Oriental Medicine. Regina Oyarce is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM), and licensed in the state of Florida as an Acupuncture Physician. Regina is also a Health Care Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, and Certified Natural Health Provider. Benessere Miami provides the following wellness and therapeutic services:Hydrafacial, Acupuncture, Acupuncture for Kids, Acupressure, Massage Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish massage, Therapeutic Massage, Iridology, Nutrition Consultations, and Chinese Herb Supplements. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Benessere Miami at 305-599-0770.

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