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FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING

Content: Side effects and symptoms

If you have experienced any of the following, food sensitivities may be ruining your overall health and causing inflammation. This is just one of the tools that I use to clean the body out and allow the immune system to take a deep breathe. This allows us to see what is under the surface of a low grade chronic inflammation. Maybe food sensitivities are just the cusp of why you are feeling so bad, tired and just plain blah.

Here are some of the most common side effects and symptoms related to untreated food sensitivities.

  • Restlessness, Irritability, Depression, Anxiety, Mood Swings
  • Sinus Pain, Runny Nose, Stuffy Nose, Post Nasal Drip, Sore throat
  • Fibromyalgia
  • IBS and Crohn’s Disease
  • Asthma
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Heartburn or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Muscle or Joint Pain, Aching, or Stiffness
  • General Malaise (feeling lousy), Fatigue, Sleepiness during the day
  • Frequent Urination
  • Frequent yeast infections or Eczema
  • Flushing of the skin, “rosy cheeks”, blemishes or acne
  • Lack of concentration, Brain Fog
  • Weight Fluctuations Frequently in large quantities. ( example, gain 5lbs in 1 night)

Have you tried various doctors and medications without finding a lasting cure for your chronic condition?

Inflammation is the Root of Much Chronic Disease.

Commonly asked questions regarding food sensitivity symptoms:

Q. What are migraines?

A. Inflammation/dilation of the blood vessels in the head.

Q. What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

A. Digestive malfunctions due to inflammation of the stomach and bowels.

Q. What is fibromyalgia?

A. Inflammation of the tendons and joints.

The immune system starts in the gut, often times this barrier is compromised when food sensitivities are present, leading to a number of chronic health conditions.

Page highlight: What is MRT and LEAP

What is MRT?

The Mediator Release Test (MRT) is a simple blood test for food sensitivities. MRT is different from skin prick/scratch tests that test for IgE-mediated food allergies. Food sensitivities are dose dependent, meaning that small exposure to the trigger food may be tolerable, but the same food in larger quantities can cause symptoms. In addition, symptoms may take up to 72 hours to appear. The MRT tests 150 foods and chemicals to see which ones are causing inflammation. Every person has different food sensitivities and symptoms. Even if a food is considered healthy or “anti-inflammatory”, if someone is sensitive to it, it will still cause symptoms. A blinded peer-reviewed scientific study showed MRT to have the highest level of accuracy of any food sensitivity blood test: 94.5% sensitivity and 91.8% specificity (better than RAST, ELISA or ALCAT- the “older” version of MRT).

What is LEAP?

LEAP stands for Lifestyle Eating and Performance and is the three-phase, eating program based on your individual MRT results. The goal of phase one is to get you to be symptom free (no migraines, no diarrhea, no pain, etc.). This phase lasts for seven to 28 days and you only eat the least reactive 20 to 25 foods. In phases two and three, you introduce one food at a time and track how your body reacts. The goal of phases two and three is to build a list of foods you know for sure are safe and can enjoy. You will also know how much of a certain food you can tolerate. In phase four, you learn a long-term eating plan that prevents new foods from becoming highly reactive and causing symptoms to recur.

Content: FAQs about FST

Commonly asked questions regarding food sensitivity tests:

Q: What’s the difference between food sensitivities and food allergies? Does MRT test for food allergies?

A: Food sensitivities and food allergies are both immune responses; however, there are different mechanisms involved. Food allergies are mediated by immunoglobulin E (IgE) and involve mast cell activation. Symptoms of food allergies often occur in a matter of 30 minutes or less and the reaction can be very severe. Food sensitivities, on the other hand, are non-IgE immune reactions and can involve a wider range of white blood cells and mechanisms. Symptoms of food sensitivities can be delayed up to three days (sometimes more). Due to the different mechanisms and cells involved, MRT does not test for food allergies.

Q: How is the LEAP/MRT food sensitivity test different from other allergy tests available?

A: Other allergy tests look for Type I and Type II hypersensitivity reactions that result in antibody formation. These tests look for those antibodies to determine an “allergy”. Unfortunately, antibodies don’t tell the whole story. Since Type III and IV hypersensitivity reactions don’t create antibodies, the MRT looks instead for an indication of an inflammatory reaction resulting from release of mediators like histamine into the blood.

The Lifestyle Eating and Performance (LEAP) program is customized to include only the safe foods shown on the MRT. This eliminates the frustrating “guessing game” of trying to pinpoint trigger foods.

Q: What’s the difference between MRT and ALCAT? How do I know which test I should take?

A: MRT and ALCAT were invented by the same person, but MRT is a more “advanced” version that measures food sensitivities with much more accuracy and reliability. MRT, when utilized appropriately by a Certified LEAP Therapist, helps to produce the best possible outcomes/symptom relief for clients suffering from food sensitivities.

Q: What happens after I get the test done?

A: Typically, after you receive your MRT results, you will start on an elimination diet program that is tailored to your needs. This program is called LEAP, which stands for Lifestyle, Eating, and Performance. The first phase of LEAP is the most restrictive, but luckily, it usually only lasts for a couple of weeks. The focus of phase one is to get you feeling well by only including 20-25 of your low reactive foods. Phases two and three will gradually add more foods into the diet (usually one new food per day). The reason for the gradual reintroduction of food is to help identify problems more easily (if you add several new foods at the same time and experience symptoms, it is more difficult to determine which food(s) contributed to the symptoms). After phase three, you can start gradually introducing foods into your diet that were not tested through MRT.

One thing to note: MRT only tests for food sensitivities. There could be other things at play besides food sensitivities that may cause/exacerbate symptoms in certain medical conditions. For this reason, the diet may need to be altered further (beyond food sensitivities) to produce optimal outcomes/relief.

Q: If MRT showed that I have food sensitivities, will I always have the same sensitivities?

A: Maybe, maybe not. Many people with food sensitivities have found that, months down the road after the immune system has had plenty of time to “calm down”, they can once again enjoy the foods that they were sensitive to, as long as they aren’t over-consumed. This is not true for everyone, however. Some people who were sensitive to certain foods may always be sensitive to those foods. The results vary on an individual basis. There is also a possibility that new food sensitivities could develop.

One of the most important things that you can do to help prevent new sensitivities from developing is to vary your diet as much as possible. One theory about food sensitivities is that they may develop when the body is bombarded with the same food over and over again. A varied/diverse diet is also important to help ensure that you are receiving a variety of nutrients that your body needs, which, among other things, can help support a healthy immune system.

Another thing to note: This is the reason why it is very important to work with someone who understands LEAP and food sensitivities to get you feeling better in the best way possible and address everything that needs to be addressed during this time. Your body will thank you.

For more information on LEAP MRT testing visit: go to www.nowleap.com

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