Hi Debbie, there is not a simple answer to your question regarding food allergie testing. Digging a little deaper for you, the following links may be useful http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/using-the-right-lab-test-to-identify-food-allergies/ and http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/page/diagnosing-a-food-allergy.aspx.
I’m also not certain that the high cost of a gut bacteria test is always justified. Even the recently developed stool test is going to cost $500 or more at http://www.vibrant-wellness.com/
How can we restore the microbiome? Do you have a Whole Foods Market, or a Food Co-op near by? Look for fermented food such as sauerkraut, kefir, etc. Ozuke beets, dulse & kale is a mild and useful probiotic. Try this at first and then consider using a variety such as Ozuke ruby calendula kraut.
Start out slow, just a teaspoon the first day can be added to other foods that are lukewarm, never hot or cold. They can be pureed and added to other foods as well, if the taste is not acceptable. The first day, or so, one will experience some gas. The gas should decrease within a couple days, unless there are other issues that should be addressed by a qualified naturopathic physician. Gradually increase to 3 doses a day if well tolerated. It should be mentioned that these are simplified suggestions throughout this communiqué. All issues should be addressed by a qualified physician of naturopathy.
It should be noted that grains and nightshades can be a problem as well. Avoiding all animal products is a start. Refined Sugar should also be avoided.
Please keep in mind that digestive disorders are often directly related to many diseases by way of the inflammatory pathways that result and the imbalance of bacteria also know as dysbiosis. There is a new company that can actually test for imbalances in the gut microbiome that may be causing problems that lead to cancer and other digestive disorders at http://www.vibrant-wellness.com/.
The gut lining is like a new shag carpet, if it is healthy. As we age and consume wheat, potatoes and other ‘nightshades’, that are sometimes ‘ripened’ with glyphosate, the chemicals and nightshades (such as wheat) cause the shag’s of our small intestine to become damaged. Eventually, they slough off causing ‘intestinal permeability’. This is commonly known as ‘leaky gut syndrome’ and may cause digestive problems that are rarely understood by conventional doctors. Dr. Tom O’Bryan – Autoimmunity And Leaky Gut – is a must listen at https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ar8TrlEg066zlIUkmwWzl4CGQsOTmw
“Many, if not most, autoimmune diseases – including celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease – are characterized by abnormally high levels of zonulin and a permeable gut barrier (leaky gut).” http://solvingleakygut.com/
Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Brain-Maker talks to Steve Paikin about the link between the stomach and the brain. https://youtu.be/ClcENEEqn3A. Dr. Perlmutter is a renowned neurologist whose expertise includes gluten issues, brain health & nutrition, and preventing neurodegenerative disorders at http://www.drperlmutter.com/.
The hundred trillion organisms that live within the gut, the human microbiome, regulate every aspect of our metabolism, as well as such important life sustaining functions as immunity and inflammation. Each of these activities plays a crucial role in keeping the brain and gut healthy, functional, and disease resistant.
Undoing the damage AFTER eliminating meat, sugar, wheat, milk and refined starch may be paramount to your health. Learn more at http://tiny.cc/glycop-hope.
Please pardon my assertiveness with the impeccable credentials of those I often quote. They are the real heroes, for they have taught me well.