Could you have a food sensitivity and not even know it?
Why Run a Food Sensitivity Test?
- Because foods that produce inflammatory responses in an individual are one of the most prevalent “hidden stressors” contributing to Metabolic Chaos.™
- Any food can trigger an inflammatory response
- Symptoms may be delayed for many hours, days or up to 6 weeks after ingestion, or a person may have no noticeable symptoms
- Rotation diets are difficult and time consuming
- Testing is simple and allows the FDN Practitioner to quickly assess the client’s diet and make recommendations
- Damage from hidden food sensitivities can lead to intestinal permeability, which then can lead to malabsorption and nutrient deficiencies. This may cause other diseases.
I am sure you are wondering, what you need to do if you have foods that you are sensitive to. This would mean your test results showed some foods appeared either in the Yellow/Moderately Reactive, or in the Red/Highly Reactive column. Keep in mind a reaction IS a reaction. So even though the foods in the yellow are less reactive than the red, your body is still reacting negatively to the foods you are consuming. This may explain why those that have tried the SCD, Paleo or Autoimmune Paleo diet do not feel better. They removed a good bit of offensive foods, but now they need to fine tune, and remove the foods they personally are reacting to.
During the first 3 months, eat only Low-Reactive foods (Those that are highlighted in green) and see what you notice. Pay attention! Use the list provided in the green, which are safe for you to eat, to make your store list. Then make a meal plan so you are prepared.
Reactive (Red) and Moderately Reactive (Yellow) foods and food chemicals need to be strictly avoided for at least 3 months, in some cases longer. (For others it may be a lifetime.)
How strict do I have to be?
Eating foods from the red or yellow list one time, can potentially set you back weeks to months in your program.
Can I feel worse at first?
Yes, you might during the first few days. Headaches, fatigue, moodiness, etc. may come in the first week of removing offending foods. But be encouraged, these are withdrawal symptoms that indicate you are moving in the right direction.
A natural pain reliever may be used temporarily to take the edge off, but only if absolutely necessary. (Such as ginger or white willow bark.) We do not want to block valuable feedback from the body. The easiest way to feel better is to drink plenty of water. (The best solution for pollutions is dilution.)
Should I take supplements while on the program?
Avoiding non-essential supplements during the early phases of the plan is recommended; especially if the supplement contains any ingredients you are reacting to. You can reintroduce them one at a time and look for any negative reactions.
What about personal care products?
Many products today use extracts from food. Check ingredient labels on everything including chewing gum, personal care products and medicine. Anything that enters your mouth needs to be approved.
How long will it take before I notice results?
Most people see results within 1-2 weeks, but it can take as long as 6 weeks or more. Your results depend on several factors:
- How closely you follow the MRT program. Cheating will set you back in your progress.
- How long-standing your condition has been. Sometimes it takes a bit more time to reverse the damage caused by years of improper eating, inadequate nutrition, and adverse food reactions.
- The degree to which the food sensitivity plays a role in your condition. Your food sensitivity can either be the direct cause or a contributing factor to your health problem.
- How much additional gut repairing you are doing. Removing inflammatory foods is *part of the overall process and aids in sealing the gut, improving digestion, and restoring function. (*During the Health Coaching process we will uncover all the other areas that need to be addressed as well.)
Retesting is normal and should be done as often as every 3-4 months. As you heal your food sensitivities very well may change! After 4 months you may have a new set of foods that you will need to avoid as well as foods you are no longer reacting to. You can add those foods back into your diet on a rotational basis.
The Oxford Mediator Release Test (MRT) – Food Sensitivity Tests: Tests for 150 different foods including: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Beans/nuts/legumes, Seafood, Meats & poultry, Dairy, Chemicals and Flavor enhancers. The MRT measures volumetric changes in white blood cell populations (neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils, lymphocytes) in response to antigen challenge. The food does not need to be in the diet in order to be detected as reactive.
*No food sensitivity test is 100% accurate, but it is still helpful. The results may not show a lot of reaction if you are on immunosuppressant medication.
If this sounds like something you or a loved one are interested in, give me a call so we can set up your Free Health Consultation 717-781-7098 or Email Transformation@AmandaGoodwin.Biz
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Infographic on how food sensitivities lead to autoimmune diseases.
Resource: This information was obtained during training at Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®
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