Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is surprisingly common. According to the stats, between 13-20% of Canadians are affected by IBS at any given time.
There are many potential causes, but one of the most common is a food intolerance.
A food intolerance is often a result of what’s called an IgG food sensitivity–a delayed, hyper-sensitivity reaction to a specific food.
In this immune reaction, an IgG antibody attaches itself to a food protein. This creates an antibody-antigen complex. These complexes are generally removed from the body by special cells, but sometimes there are too many complexes for the body to clean up. When that happens, the antibody-antigen complexes build up and deposit into body tissues, resulting in inflammation that can play a role in many diseases and conditions.
There is a growing body of evidence to support the clinical benefits of eliminating IgG reactive foods from the diet, especially in IBS. You can find studies, here, here, and here. The trick is to find out if you’re reactive to any foods, and which ones.
How to Find Out if Your IBS is Related to a Food Intolerance
To find out, we use a simple IgG Food Sensitivity blood test covered by many extended benefits. Once you identify your reactive foods, you can try removing them from your diet to see if your IBS symptoms improve!