While using the 5R program (remove, replace, reinoculate, repair, rebalance) to restore and maintain GI health, one size does not fit all.
By telling you what foods, phytonutrients, and botanicals are reactive and those that are not, the Alcat Test provides a good foundation to design your patient’s 5R program.
Below are four components of the 5R program that the Alcat test can address:
- What to REMOVE?
It’s not always the common culprits that are entirely to blame for the innate immune system’s inflammatory response.The Alcat Test tells what pro-inflammatory, adverse reactive foods to REMOVE from patients’ eating patterns. Even when your patient appears to be doing everything right by avoiding common offenders- dairy, wheat, soy, corn, sugar, artificial sweeteners, additives- and emphasizing plant based fresh, organic foods, why do they continue to struggle with bothersome symptoms? Even health promoting foods that are considered “anti-inflammatory” in general are PRO-inflammatory if the WBCs react to them. For example, you may have suggested walnuts as a plant- based protein source providing omega-3 fatty acids, but if they provoke your patient’s immune cells to react, those “anti-inflammatory” nuts are actually contributing to inflammation and may be working against your efforts for gut healing. The Alcat Test can also provide a clue regarding candida overgrowth and whether or not you need to REMOVE an overgrowth of this yeast-like fungus.
- What to REPLACE?
Besides knowing whether or not to replace HCl, digestive enzymes, and depleted nutrients to restore GI health and function, you need to know what foods to REPLACE the reactive foods with…those that do not provoke an innate immune response. By focusing on a variety of the non-reactive foods, you can select correct fiber sources and an individualized anti-inflammatory repertoire of foods to effectively customize each of your patients’ nutrition plans.
- How to REINOCULATE?
Knowing the reactivity or non-reactivity to particular foods and ingredients, gives you insight regarding the best probiotic and prebiotic containing foods to reintroduce beneficial bacteria into the GI tract. Soy (miso/tempeh), cabbage (sauerkraut), brewer’s yeast, dairy (yogurt/kefir), inulin, artichoke, chicory, dandelion, garlic, and leeks are all available to test in Alcat panels.
- What phytonutrients to use to REPAIR and regenerate the gut mucosa and reduce gut permeability?
Besides suggesting vitamins and minerals for gut healing, you can take the guesswork out of which gut-repairing compounds/phytonutrients to choose for your patients. How about omega-3 fatty acids? Double check the fish sources (also flax) that are non-reactive to make the right suggestion. Perhaps you can consider curcumin, whey, resveratrol, green tea, aloe, flavonoids from grapes, onion, polyphenols from apples and pomegranate, and/or sulforaphane from cruciferous vegetables. By testing them and using the sources that are non-reactive, you can feel confident your individualized plan for gut healing will be effective.
By eliminating a great deal of guesswork involved with identifying the best repertoire of foods/nutrients to suggest, the Alcat Test supports you and your efforts to use effective therapies in your patients.
To start using the Alcat test with your patients, visit our portal connect.cellsciencesystems.com and create an account.