Have you ever wondered what’s causing you to feel terrible? Maybe you experience frequent diarrhea, migraines, eczema, or joint pain. You have likely tried various diets, supplements, and medications to find symptom relief, but overall feel frustrated that the symptoms have not resolved. If this scenario sounds familiar, you could be suffering from food sensitivities.
Food sensitivities occur when your body’s immune system reacts to a specific food and then releases chemicals, known as mediators, in the blood. Mediators cause inflammatory responses in the body that can be directly associated with the symptoms you are experiencing.
Food sensitivities are unlike food allergies, as they do not involve IgE antibodies. While food allergies typically result in rapid onset of symptoms, food sensitivity reactions are often delayed and dose dependent, making it difficult to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. In most cases, symptoms associated with food sensitivities may not appear for up to 72 hours after exposure.
Common conditions associated with food sensitivities:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Every person’s immune system is unique and may react to different foods. Even generally “healthy” foods like spinach, tomatoes or garlic can be the cause of your unwanted symptoms! Can you imagine if you ate these foods every day, not knowing they were the root cause of your symptoms?
How do we test for food sensitivities?
The Mediator Release Test (MRT) is a patented blood test that exposes samples of your blood to 170 different food and chemical antigens, and determines which ones trigger the release of inflammatory mediators in your body. Most importantly, it can highlight the foods that are least likely to cause symptoms.
Not all food sensitivity tests are created equal. MRT is more comprehensive than other IgG food sensitivity tests on the market because it measures both Type III (IgG, IgA, and IgM) and Type IV (cell-mediated) reactions.
What type of diet will I follow?
Using the results of the MRT test, we will then formulate a personalized meal plan incorporating your least reactive foods. This elimination diet is called Lifestyle Eating and Performance, also known as LEAP. The entire LEAP protocol will typically last from 6-8 weeks, and will involve the slow reintroduction of foods and monitoring of any symptoms. Most patients see a reduction in symptoms within the first 2 weeks on the protocol!
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