Did you know that allergy testing might be the answer to solving your stubborn chronic pain, digestive issues, and even mood imbalances?
More than 50 percent of Canadians are affected by allergies that create far-reaching symptoms—yet many are unaware these side effects are actually a reaction to a specific food, chemical or airborne allergen.
It’s time to reclaim your health.
Allergy testing services at Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine utilize serum blood testing to most accurately identify your unique sensitivities and get your health back on track.
Allergies are a reaction of your body’s natural defense system. When a foreign substance enters your environment, either by touch or consumption, your immune system must determine if the substance is friend or foe. If your immune system believes the substance is harmful, it will cause a type of allergic reaction to protect itself.
Substances that cause an allergic reaction are referred to as allergens. There are three primary types of allergens:
Bear in mind that allergens aren’t dangerous by nature—even something as delicate as a rose can delight the senses of one person and elicit an allergic response from another. However, depending on the type of allergen, they can create various unpleasant symptoms throughout your body.
For example, an inhaled allergen like pollen may cue your immune system to initiate a runny nose or an anaphylactic response. An ingested allergen, like seafood, can create an allergy triggered by the digestive system that can affect your gut, cognitive abilities, and general comfort level.
All too often, the practitioners at Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine see patients living the majority of their lives completely unaware that their reaction to a food or airborne allergen is what’s causing the chronic symptoms troubling them. While a runny nose or itchy eyes may signal obvious allergies, getting to the bottom of food/airborne allergies and how else they may be impacting health is less apparent.
If you’re currently allergic to an allergen in your environment, your symptoms will not improve until the allergen can be removed or you can learn how to avoid it. Allergy testing is paramount to understanding which next steps to take to improve your health and benefit your overall lifestyle.
An allergy test is especially important for those struggling with:
Your immune system produces specific proteins called antibodies to counteract the effects of an allergy. An allergy test measures your levels of allergen-specific antibodies to determine what foods or airborne substances you may be allergic to. In particular, allergen-specific Immunoglobulin E (IgE) testing at Neurvana carefully monitors the presence of IgE antibodies already circulating in your bloodstream to determine what initiated the reaction.
While airborne allergic reactions can cause more obvious symptoms—like hives—allergies can cause significant chronic symptoms that are less easy to trace back to their origin. It’s a common misconception that you must suffer through uncomfortable skin-prick tests, during which allergen is directly introduced to the skin, to identify allergies. However, skin-prick tests are not ideal for some patients, especially those with extensive dermatitis or dermatographism, those who cannot discontinue antihistamines, or those with a history of anaphylactic reactions.
Instead, Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine utilizes Meridian Valley Lab Testing to painlessly identify immune-specific reactions happening in your blood.
“Amazing results. Was not feeling myself and my doctor couldn’t give me answers. Corey and his team identified my issues and a couple months in and I feel way better. I would definitely recommend and it’s worth the money if you are hesitating over the cost.” Chad Clay