Mediator Release Testing
Did you know that food sensitivities affect up to 75% of the population? Did you know that you can have a delayed reaction to a food you are sensitive to up to 72 hours after you eat it? This means the headache you have when you wake up Thursday morning may be caused by the bread you ate Tuesday evening.
Nicole specializes in helping people identify hidden food sensitivities and create meal plans to remove them from their diets. Food sensitivities cause inflammation in the body, which contribute to many different symptoms and health conditions, such as IBS, migraines, chronic fatigue, and autoimmune conditions, among others. It’s important to note that food sensitivities are not fixed and may change over time. Often, when people heal underlying gut issues, food sensitivities are significantly reduced or eliminated.
Nicole has found Mediator Release Testing (MRT) to be the most accurate and reliable food sensitivity test currently available. To ensure her clients have access to the testing, she became a certified leap therapist and is specially trained to analyze MRT results and help people make associated dietary changes.
What Are Food Reactions?
Generally, there are four types of food reactions:
Type 1 (IgE) immune response – This is considered a true food “allergy” that involves an immediate immune response. Reactions usually occur within one hour after eating a food and may cause life-threatening anaphylactic reactions, such as throat swelling, trouble breathing, and tachycardia.
Type 3 (IgG, IgA, IgM) immune mediated, delayed response – This is generally referred to as a food “sensitivity” (some refer to them as “non-IgE allergies”). It involves a delayed immune response and reactions occur hours or days after eating a food. Identifying delayed food sensitivities can be tricky for people because it is not always obvious to them which food actually caused the reaction.
Type 4 (sensitized T cell) reactions – This is also a delayed immune response that generally occurs 2-3 days after eating a food. It is considered a “cell-mediated” response.
Non-immune response – This reaction is not mediated by the immune system and usually is caused by a lack of a particular digestive enzyme. Examples of this type of reaction include lactose intolerance and certain histamine intolerances. People cannot break down these foods because they lack the digestive enzymes needed to do so.
What is MRT?
MRT measures the release of chemicals called “mediators” (e.g, histamines, prostaglandins, cytokines, etc.) into your blood after your blood has been exposed to a particular food or food chemical. It is the only food sensitivity test currently available that tests both Type 3 and Type 4 sensitivities. Reactions are classified as “reactive (red),” “moderately reactive (yellow),” and “non-reactive (green).”
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How Can Nicole Help?
Nicole is a certified leap therapist and is specially trained to analyze MRT results. She can order you a test kit for 150 foods and food chemicals. Once you complete the MRT test, she will help you interpret the test results and create a meal plan and recipes that remove reactive foods and chemicals from your diet and reintroduce lower reactive foods and chemicals in phases.
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