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I reacted to apples?  Nonsense.  I’m fine with apples.  I eat one every day.”

It is not uncommon for us to hear someone say something like this.

The confusion regarding adverse reactions to foods is understandable. People know all about allergies and the immediate and significant symptoms produced… hives, wheezing, anaphylaxis.  For a food “culprit” that is revealed by the Alcat Test, the immediate onset of symptoms is expected when it is consumed. But that is not characteristic of a food sensitivity reaction which is what the Alcat Test is assessing.  Consuming food sensitivities contributes to chronic inflammation and unlike allergies, leads to symptoms that may be noticed hours after ingesting the offender or even days later.

Remember what prompted the testing for food sensitivities in the first place? Very often the answers are unexplained GI issues- diarrhea, bloating, constipation, joint pain, fatigue, headaches, skin issues, struggles with weight, inattentiveness, and more.  Because the symptoms produced tend to be more vague, delayed, and chronic and because more than one or two frequently consumed foods are likely problematic, it is challenging to identify triggers without testing.   With this understanding comes acceptance …”I really need to avoid apples!“

Also consider that symptoms may not be detected at all.  Do we always feel inflammation? Think about this… can we feel our cholesterol level increasing?  Do we feel plaque building up in our arteries?   Sometimes people do not report symptoms but want to be tested for sensitivities knowing that silent inflammation, a prolonged production of inflammatory messengers produced by immune cells, and the negative impact on health is happening whether we feel it or not.  Consuming an anti-inflammatory eating pattern by identifying foods that do not make the immune cells react and preventing damage is the goal.

The contributors to inflammation are multifactorial.  An individual could have more than one thing going on.   Target these pro-inflammatory factors by first identifying the individual’s foods that are non- reactive, those not causing an immune response, and incorporating that repertoire into an anti-inflammatory meal and supplement plan.    The goals of the customized plan and ongoing nutritional guidance are to help achieve weight goals, improve insulin sensitivity, improve digestion, decrease free radical production,  and ultimately decrease inflammation.

No two nutrition plans identified by the Alcat Test are alike.

You are unique.  Eat like it.