- Are you suffering from a chronic health condition with little or no relief?
- Are medications merely masking symptoms but not addressing the underlying cause?
- Have you been told it’s all in your head?
- Have you ever been tested for food sensitivities?
Did you know that 60-80% of your immune system is in your gut?
Your immune system is unique, and what it reacts to is just as unique as you are. You can even react to “healthy” foods like chicken or salmon, bananas, blueberries, or apples, lettuce or asparagus, or spices, like black pepper, oregano, or onion. Without food sensitivity testing, which is based on blood work, it is extremely difficult to figure out what foods you are sensitive to.
What are Food Sensitivities?
Food sensitivities are also unique because they can be dose and frequency dependent, and unlike an allergic reaction, signs and symptoms are often delayed. Although some reactions can occur directly after consumption, other reactions could take 72-96 hours. This makes food sensitivity cause and effect patterns difficult to study.
In addition, food sensitivity reactions can take many forms. Although most of the immune system is in the gut, reactions to foods aren’t necessarily confined to digestive symptoms. When you eat a reactive food, the immune system sends out special “chemicals” called immune mediators all throughout the body. These mediators can affect any organ or tissue, even the brain. Some people experience headaches, others joint pain, fatigue, cramping, insomnia, eczema, or even mood swings. The types of symptoms that food sensitivities can trigger can be extensive. In fact, even though you may not be able to feel “sub-clinical” inflammation, it can contribute to many chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, IBS, migraine, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis and many others.
Medical research has shown that sensitivities to foods and food-chemicals can produce inflammatory chemicals that, if not removed, can lead to chronic inflammatory conditions such as:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Abdominal or intestinal pain
- Bloating, Distention, Gas
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Chronic diarrhea
- Thin stools
- Crohn’s, Colitis, Ulcerative Colitis
- Migraines or chronic headaches
- Chronic fatigue or sleepiness during the day
- General malaise (feeling lousy)
- Muscle and joint pain
- Chronic pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Skin conditions such as Eczema and Dermatitis
- Fluctuating weight, water retention
- Brain fog
- GERD, Heartburn, Reflux
- Chronic sinusitis, Post Nasal Drip, Chronic Drainage
- Irritability, Depression, Anxiety, Mood Swings
- Autism spectrum disorders
What is LEAP/MRT?
LEAP stands for Lifestyle, Eating, And Performance. It is an effective protocol that combines the Mediator Release Test (MRT) with the skills of a Certified LEAP Therapist to produce a patient-specific anti-inflammatory diet designed to lower inflammation, and by doing so, reduce or eliminate your symptoms.
The patented Mediator Release Test (MRT) is a blood test that measures your immune reaction to 120 foods and 30 chemicals. We use those results to identify a safe list of foods to eat that will not trigger inflammation, so your symptoms can improve.
Click here to watch an animated explanation of how the blood test works:
MRT Accuracy: 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.
Mediator Release Test – Principles and method:
Foods from every category are tested (fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, legumes, spices, etc) so that you have a generous amount of safe foods from which to choose when you start your LEAP Personalized Immunocalm Diet. You will receive a bar chart (such as this one to the right) for each food group. The bar chart will illustrate which foods you are not reactive to, as well as which foods you are reactive or highly reactive to.
How long does it take for someone to start seeing improvement in symptoms?
Most of my clients experience significant improvement within the first 10 days on the program. Symptoms then continue improving during the next 4-6 weeks. Many clients experience complete symptom resolution. Your particular response may vary depending on:
- How closely you follow your LEAP protocol.
- How long-standing your condition has been and what other factors need to be addressed.
- Many people have dysbiosis (imbalance in gut bacteria), vitamin or mineral deficiencies, celiac disease, low glutathione levels, malnutrition, etc.
- As a Certified LEAP Therapist, I have extensive training in nutrition and adverse food reactions and also conduct Micronutrient Testing to address the degree to which food sensitivity plays a role in your condition, as well as other underlying conditions:
- Vitamin D deficiency – Do you suffer with pain?
- Vitamin B12 – Do you suffer with fatigue or numbness?
- Maybe you are taking too many supplements?
Since the immune system is as unique as a fingerprint, there is no one-size-fits all anti-inflammatory diet. What might give one person a migraine doesn’t necessarily give someone else a migraine.
Based on your results, I provide a personalized approach by combining nutrition, laboratory analysis and supplements (if needed). Most importantly, I listen to you because YOU know your body better than anyone else!
Together, let’s develop an approach that works best for you.