The Roman poet Lucretius said, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” More than ever, diet plays a crucial role in preventing disease and premature aging.
The immune system is a double-edged sword. It protects against infection when confronted by harmful invaders or “infectious agents” like viruses or bacteria. Unfortunately for many, exposure to common foods, chemicals and molds may also trigger the immune system, leading to inflammation and a chronic "always-on" activation of the immune system.
Chronic immune system disorders due to food intolerance have been linked to:
- Digestive Disorders
- Chronic Fatigue
- Aching Joints
- Skin Disorders
- And many more…
So what is the solution? Understanding what your body is reacting to is the first step. One way to efficiently accomplish this is through ALCAT Food and Chemical (Intolerance) testing.
ALCAT testing measures your body’s cellular response to challenges from food, food additives, food coloring, molds, environmental chemicals, medicinal foods and herbs.
ALCAT testing is not an “allergy” or IgE test. The difference between a food allergy and intolerance is usually in the severity of symptoms. Food allergies usually trigger an immediate and sometimes acute reaction. An intolerance may create subtle but chronic symptoms such as fatigue, joint swelling, runny nose or headaches. The symptoms may be delayed so the person doesn’t always associate it with a certain food. Common problems such as migraines, gastrointestinal disorders, eczema, hyperactivity, ADD, asthma and even obesity have been linked to food sensitivity and chronic activation of the immune system.
ALCAT tests measure personalized nutrition at the cellular level. The test is a simple blood test that identifies food and other factors that induce innate immune system activation. It measures changes in size and volume of white blood cells in response to ex vivo challenges with foods, chemicals and other environmental stimuli.
The results are presented in an easy to understand, color-coded format. Results identify the foods which are non-reactive or “safe” foods to levels of “severe intolerance”.
The test has been validated by Baylor Medical College where they reported 98% success for weight loss and/or improvement in body composition from patients that followed the recommended ALCAT Rotation Plan.