imupro australia & nz

Identify foods causing low grade inflammation and chronic symptoms

IgG (immunoglobulin G) antibodies are one of 5 types of antibodies in the immune system (the others are IgE, IgM, IgA and IgD). Circulating within blood plasma, their role is to protect the body from invading pathogens like viruses and bacteria by initiating the normal inflammatory process. However, this process can also occur when the body recognises certain food proteins as a threat. Inflammation is, after all, a protective mechanism to clear pathogens and repair damaged tissue. Chronic activation of inflammation is now recognised as a common driving feature of a whole host of diseases and symptoms.

If the food forming the immune complex is eaten regularly, a chronic inflammatory reaction is induced in the tissue concerned, creating or exacerbating different symptoms depending on the individual. Symptoms do not appear immediately as with IgE classic allergic responses. It may take several months before a symptom becomes apparent even when it was eaten regularly with no problems. Then the challenge becomes pin pointing the food to the specific symptom – a difficult task given that it’s rarely just the last food you ate causing the problem. People often end up eliminating too many foods, unnecessarily restricting themselves to a few “safe” foods because they have become too sensitive.

IgG antibodies exist in blood plasma only, so a blood test (not a hair sample) is the best way to determine which foods you have developed accumulated antibodies towards. Not all foods that show up on the test are clinically relevant – this is why you need to eliminate the positive foods for 5 weeks and then reintroduce them one by one. This is the most accurate way to determine which foods are triggering your symptoms.  I have seen too many positive results with this method to attempt guessing a clients’ food intolerances. This test is suitable for those with:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Migraine
  • Skin problems
  • Excess weight
  • Sinusitis and hayfever