Your body has a way to tell you if it will not tolerate certain foods or if it will be sensitive to those foods. In almost every case, this reaction is not “normal,” though the response occurs for different reasons. Your body may not have enough of a specific enzyme to digest the food properly. Sometimes, your immune system creates substances called antibodies that work against proteins in some foods.

If your body reacts this way, the process can lead to irritation and inflammation, especially in the intestine. In a few cases, this might be life-threatening. In many situations, the results are diarrhea, bloating and gas. Allergic reactions are separated into four categories. A food-allergy profile can detect certain response types, such as Type II and Type III.

Tests can show the level of sensitivity to specific foods, preservatives and additives. If you suffer from diarrhea, gas, bloating, fatigue, constipation or hives because of foods, a doctor can use special tests to pinpoint which foods, preservatives or additives may be causing the problems. Tests can measure wheat, soy, diary, eggs, MSG, several food coloring products, Aspartame, saccharin and several others.

Ask your doctor about these tests and the Food Allergy Profile so you can find out which foods you should avoid, so you’ll feel better. Contact your doctor to schedule your food-sensitivity testing appointment.