Know the Difference
There is a big difference between food allergies, food intolerance’s and food sensitivities. Having a food allergy is completely different than having food sensitivities. So here is a simple explanation..
Food allergies usually affects airways, skin and gastrointestinal tract. Allergic reaction can be seen from 1 second to 1 hour after ingestion of the food. Symptoms could be anaphylactic, breathing problems, throat tightness, hoarseness, coughing, vomiting, abdominal pain, hives, swelling or a drop in blood pressure.
Even 1 molecule of allergic food can cause a reaction and many cases it can be life threatening.
Example – Peanut allergy, other nut allergies, celiac – Wheat allergy. If you would like to get Food Allergies tested, I would highly recommend to see a physician or a doctor specializing in food allergies. Food allergies can be life threatening so take it seriously.
In food sensitivities any organ system can be affected. Food sensitivity reaction can be seen with in 45 minutes to up to 3 days or 72 hours. Patient may have IBS, GERD, Functional Diarrhea, Ulcerative Colitis, Migraine, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Atopic Dermatitis, Psoriasis and other autoimmune disorders that can be related to different food sensitivities. Usually food sensitivities are not life threatening but can trigger various complications. Food sensitivities can be caused by any food. In our practice we have seen that some people are sensitive to blueberries, tomatoes, turmeric and many other foods which are actually considered super foods or anti-inflammatory.
Food intolerance are not related to allergies or food sensitivities. Food intolerance simply means that you are not able to digest certain food due to lack of enzyme. For example lactose intolerance. It usually happens because people are not able to digest lactose in milk or they lack an enzyme called ‘lactase’. It can give people certain gastro-intestinal issues like gas, bloating or diarrhea. This can easily be resolved by lactaid milk or non dairy milk. Certain milk products, such as cheddar cheese are low in lactose and are well tolerated by lactose intolerant people. Not all dairy products have high lactose content. Some are very low in lactose and are very well tolerated by many. It’s best to first identify what you have.
How Food Sensitivities cause Symptoms?
Are you eating food that is Right for you? Food sensitivities can be caused by any food, it can be the most healthiest food or a super food if you want to call it, like kale, broccoli, berries, turmeric or may be Tylenol or Motrin. Anything can cause symptom….like headaches, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, brain fog or much more..Checkout this video by Registered Dietitian and Food Sensitivity Expert – Susan Linke
Sample LEAP Results
We test for 170 foods and chemicals. This includes most common vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, meat, poultry, fish, all the grains – including all gluten free grains like amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, rice, corn, soy. We test for all the nuts and seeds, all the different dairy products. Also test for most common herbs and spices, cocoa, coffee, tea, coconut. All the food dyes, coloring, artificial sweeteners like saccharine, aspartame, preservatives like sorbic, benzoic acid, polysorbate 80, sodium sulfites, nitrates and nitrites as well.
As we always say – one size doesn’t fit all, same exact way ‘one diet doesn’t fit all’. You may be living in the same family and may be eating same healthy organic foods but one person is losing weight like crazy and you are just upset because you are not losing at all. That’s where foods sensitivities play a big role. One food that is healthy for someone doesn’t mean that it will be healthy for you. So don’t be confused or frustrated just get started with your own blood test and see for yourself.
Who can benefit from LEAP MRT Food Sensitivity Testing and in what medical conditions does food sensitivity play a role?
- Gas & Bloating
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Functional Diarrhea
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Microscopic Colitis
- Lymphocytic Colitis
- Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Restless Leg Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Frequently Asked Questions
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How long do I have to stay on this diet?
The dietary management strategies used in the LEAP Program are not the same as those found in fad diets. The LEAP Program is an individually tailored dietary wellness program which can be used for your whole life. Most of our patients find that after a few weeks of sticking to their program, LEAP becomes a habit and becomes a natural part of their day-to-day living. In addition, our patients usually feel so much better they don’t want to return to their old eating habits. I have also seen that people who stick to the protocol for at least 3 months and than challenge themselves with untested ingredients or reactive foods, may show a better response as their immune system has renewed and gotten much better.
What if I feel worse during this diet?
Sometimes, when food sensitivity patients eliminate their reactive foods, they begin to feel temporarily worse than they did before the diet. Maybe they have less energy, more aches and pains, headaches, more irritability, or they just feel that they are getting worse instead of better. If this happens to you during your first week on the program you should actually get excited because that is one of the main signs that you are on the road to recovery.
Food sensitivity has been likened to food addiction, and physicians who treat food sensitivities have observed for years that patients often go through temporary withdrawal symptoms when they avoid their reactive foods. This is thought to be a kind of “cleaning up” of all the allergens in your system, and a simultaneous re- calibration of your biochemical equilibrium.
Withdrawal from caffeine may also cause headache, drowsiness and fatigue. Reducing your caffeine intake PRIOR to Phase 1 of your elimination diet may help limit these symptoms. The most important thing if you are experiencing these withdrawal symptoms is to be in contact with and follow the advice of your doctor. In many cases, a simple OTC pain reliever like Tylenol or Advil can help “take the edge off” so to speak if you are not reactive to any of the ingredients. Also, extra water consumption can also help minimize the temporary symptoms of withdrawal.
I eat out a lot; will I be able to stay on this program?
You can stay on the program while eating out; however it will require more planning and a thorough knowledge of hidden sources of your reactive foods. It is also important to ask your waiter or the chef about ingredients in the foods available. Refer to the sections on Common & Hidden Sources of Test Substances and Restaurant and Travel Tips for more information.
How long do I have to avoid my red and yellow reactive foods?
It is important always to avoid foods that cause your immune system to react. The best way to be sure that a reactive food is safe again is to “challenge” it after a period of abstinence, usually three to six months. This should be done under the care of your healthcare provider. In some cases, it may be important to retest to see if reactions have changed, as is often the case with sensitivity reactions; but retesting is usually a matter of clinical need (i.e. you begin to feel sick frequently again, even though you are following your plan carefully)
Should I keep taking my prescription and over the counter medicines?
You should always follow the advice of your doctor regarding prescription medications you are taking and never stop the medication on your own, as this may have serious side effects. You may however find that after following the LEAP Program that your symptoms have diminished to the point where you may need to consult with your doctor to adjust the dosage of your medication. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you to check to see if your medications contain any of your reactive ingredients and advise you on any needed changes.
What if I can’t follow my diet; can I eat foods from my reactive list?
When you consume reactive foods, the physiological, immunological, and biochemical effects in some cases can set back your progress by weeks. Therefore, we never advise our patients to eat foods that test reactive or that are known to provoke symptoms. If you are in a situation where it is impossible to follow the specific phase of your program, the next best thing is to be sure to limit your diet to only those foods on your low-reactive list. This may work until you can go back to your original plan. Remember that your results will be compromised the more you stray from your eating plan.
By following your LEAP Program your cravings should subside considerably within the first 5-10 days on the program. Remember that cheating on the program cannot bring about any long term benefit and usually results in short, medium, and long term problems. Another thing that may make it easier to give up foods you crave is to understand that in reality, your reactive foods are poisoning you. Many people crave chocolate. But how many people would eat chocolate covered poison? So if you can understand that your reactive foods are poison, it becomes easier to find an alternative.
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