IgG Food Explorer
– Evaluate Over 250* Food Sensitivities With a Simple At-Home Collection!
What is IgG Food Explorer™?
The IgG Food Explorer by Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory is an Elisa-based multiplex food sensitivity test measuring total IgG antibodies to a plethora of foods. IgG Food Explorer evaluates over 250 food antigens using a simple at-home collection. Results help practitioners personalize diet and lifestyle guidance for their patients to reduce and eliminate symptoms related to adverse food reactions.
What are Food Sensitivities?
Food sensitivities are an adverse immune system response to ordinarily harmless foods. These food sensitivities are highly individualized, and symptoms are subtle and often delayed. Adverse reactions can occur from 3 to 72 hours after ingesting the offending food.
IgG Food Explorer Assessment
Why Test for Food Sensitivities?
Elevated IgG antibodies can promote systemic (whole-body) inflammation, leading to a variety of unwanted symptoms.
IgG Food Explorer tests immunoglobulin (IgG) antibodies to a variety of common foods. This extensive food sensitivity test can help practitioners pinpoint which foods may be driving symptoms and best prioritize and individualize a diet and lifestyle plan for patients.
Usually, eliminating foods that promote an IgG antibody response can reduce stress on the immune system, lower whole-body inflammation, and help heal the gut. An antibody-guided elimination diet is more reliable and preferable than generalized diet plans or exclusion diets based on food journaling and diet history alone.
IgG Food Explorer provides in-depth insight into adverse food reactions and the symptoms they create.
What Food Sensitivities Does the IgG Food Explorer Test Look For?
IgG Food Explorer Tests Antibody Response to Over 250* Food Extracts.
Molecular antigens for wheat gliadin and cow's milk are also included for enhanced insight into the sensitivity of those two potentially immunogenic foods.
* Exact number of food extracts may differ from those shown in the illustration.
What Patients Can Benefit from Food Sensitivity Testing?
Food sensitivities are common and on the rise. As a result, most people can benefit from food sensitivity testing. The IgG Food Explorer can help patients who wish to optimize their health and those who have experienced chronic symptoms for years.
The range of symptoms related to food sensitivities is vast and varies for each patient.
Symptoms May Be Gut-Related Symptoms or Extraintestinal, but Are Not Limited to the Following:
- • Bloating
- • Diarrhea
- • Nausea
- • Constipation
- • Reflux
- • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- • Autoimmune conditions
- • Skin symptoms, including:
- – Eczema
- – Atopic dermatitis
- – Rashes and urticaria
- – Bags under eyes
- • Headaches/migraines
- • Blood sugar imbalances
- • Musculoskeletal/Joint pain
- • Food Cravings
- • Behavioral symptoms, including:
- – Anxiety
- – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- – Mood swings
- – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Are You a Patient?
A healthcare practitioner will need to order the test for you. That can be your own doctor, or contact us so we can help you find a practitioner in your area.
Optimizing Your HealthWe know you want to be proactive about your health. IgG Food Explorer can help your doctor evaluate how you function to either optimize your current health or identify health issues that need attention.
At Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory, we believe in the practice of personalized medicine. Our goal is to help you achieve your health goals through research-based testing and treatment protocols tailored to your unique needs.
Ask your practitioner about IgG Food Explorer, and how it can help you achieve better health!
Patient FAQ's (Sample Questions for Proof of Concept)
Understanding Food Sensitivities vs. Food Allergies
Food sensitivities and food allergies are not the same. Different arms of the immune system facilitate both conditions.
Food sensitivities are delayed reactions and elicit IgG antibodies, while food allergies are immediate, potentially life-threatening, mast-cell mediated, and often involve IgE antibodies.
It is best practice to measure IgG and IgE antibodies together as they independently create inflammation and play key roles in symptoms driven by food. A food can elicit an IgG sensitivity response, and an IgE antibody response, or both.
By understanding a patient's food sensitivities, practitioners can tailor dietary protocols that can help resolve uncomfortable symptoms.
NOTE: IgG Food Explorer does not test for dietary intolerances (such as lactose intolerance) and does not test for celiac disease-specific antibodies.
Why Choose the IgG Food Explorer?
Simple, Convenient, and Impactful Insight into Symptoms Caused by Foods
The IgG Food Explorer uses an ELISA-based microarray testing panel that specifically and sensitively quantifies IgG antibodies present within a sample.
Using a simple finger-stick blood collection, the IgG Food Explorer is a convenient collection that offers impactful insight into symptoms caused by foods.
Testing allows practitioners to tie patient symptoms directly back to adverse reactions to foods. Food sensitivities can then be addressed through diet to help resolve symptoms and optimize health.
Food Sensitivities and Gut Health
IgG-mediated food sensitivities are often a consequence of poor gut health, poor digestion, dysbiosis, and inflammation – all of which can result in intestinal permeability or "leaky gut." If the gut barrier is permeable and or digestion is suboptimal, maldigested food proteins can leak across the intestinal barrier.
Since gut permeability is not normal physiology, the immune system may detect food protein molecules as foreign or antigenic. T cells then become sensitized and begin the immune response to produce antibodies against these foods. This phenomenon is called the loss of oral tolerance to a particular food.
Food sensitivities and loss of intestinal barrier function is a well-understood connection in functional medicine. However, it is crucial to keep in mind that the intestinal cell barrier is made up of highly interactive layers, including the following:
- Mucous layers
- Epithelium (includes tight junctions)
- Immune system
A compromise to any of these layers can propagate intestinal permeability. Tight junctions are an important but are not the entire picture when considering a compromised gut barrier.
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IgG Food Explorer testing for food sensitivities can not only help pinpoint trigger foods that may be exacerbating a patient’s symptoms but can provide essential clues about gut dysfunction, digestive insufficiency, and intestinal permeability.
If a patient has a highly reactive food sensitivity test, GI-MAP follow-up testing is warranted.
GI-MAP Patterns that Correspond to the Development of Food Sensitivities
The GI-MAP (Microbial Assay Plus) test can be used in conjunction with IgG Food Explorer when practitioners dig deeper into the root cause(s) of food sensitivities. Key markers on the GI-MAP are especially useful when evaluating gut health and food reactions at the same time.
When evaluating patients with food sensitivities, the following sections of the GI-MAP and key biomarkers that provide further insight include:
- Pathogens: Disrupt intestinal barrier
- Normal/Commensal Bacteria: Maintains a healthy gut barrier
- Akkermansia muciniphila: Maintains a healthy layer of mucus
- Opportunistic Bacteria (Pseudomonas): Interferes with protein digestion propagating food sensitivities
- Digestive Markers: Provides insight into digestive function
- SIgA: Reflects healthy microbial diversity and wards off pathogenic/opportunistic overgrowth
- Calprotectin: Reflects inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, specifically the colon
- Zonulin: Maintains protein regulating tight junction permeability.
- Elisa-based multiplex food sensitivity test
- Finger Stick – Blood
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* IgG Food Explorer™ testing is not intended for disease diagnosis. Information provided by Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory does not constitute medical advice; but is for educational purposes only. Services provided are for laboratory testing only. No charge is incurred for ordering collection kits.