Identify Your Food Sensitivities
Let’s say you are in a group of 10 people who try any of the other top strategies for quick weight loss. Everyone except you seems to do well, and your weight loss is occurring at the slowest rate of all. What’s wrong with you?
Some experts may label you as someone who has emotional or psychological blocks to weight loss. This type of label is not only hurtful; it’s also ignorant. What these “experts” did not realize is that the approach to weight loss strategies has not been personalized. Your body – for whatever reason – is still holding onto inflammation instead of letting it go or letting the metabolism get healed.
Personalized medicine experts will decide to identify your food sensitivities, concluding that it’s possible and likely your body is reacting to food – and that’s keeping the weight on you.
Validity of Food Sensitivities as Causing Health Issues
Food sensitivities are not food allergies. A food allergy initiates a response in your immune system that can affect one or more of your internal organs. It can cause anaphylaxis that ends up in death. A food sensitivity causes the body to have symptoms that are linked to inflammation.
Many of the symptoms of food sensitivities are delayed and can occur up to four days later. Food sensitivities are linked with the following:
- digestive disorders such as IBS and Crohn’s disease
- Crohn’s disease.
The following metabolic disorders are known to be linked to food sensitivities:
- inability to lose weight
- inflammatory skin or joint disorders (eczema, psoriasis, arthritis)
Conditions that appear out of nowhere such as asthma, autoimmune disorders, headaches and migraines, fatigue and cognitive impairment are ones that also may be caused by food sensitivities.
A food sensitivities test, such as the ALCAT test, is one that tests your immune system’s reactivity towards foods with a blood test. The test measures how your cells are reacting to foods, chemicals, molds and other substances. After identifying which foods are the culprits to your body’s inflammation, you are asked to eliminate or reduce the consumption of them for a period of time.
Medical studies have shown that the ALCAT Test results used in the planning of a diet has shown significant improvement of many symptoms, including the inability to lose weight. In the first few months, weight loss occurs easily and without any effort counting calories or exercising.
How the Method Specifically Works
To start this method, you’ll locate a practitioner that works with the Cell Science Systems Company, which runs the ALCAT blood test. The practitioner may be a medical doctor, osteopathic doctor, chiropractor, or clinical nutritionist. You’ll find them at the website, cellsciencesystems.com.
- A test kit is obtained from a practitioner that utilizes the food sensitivities test. The blood sample is taken and sent to the Cell Science Systems Company, which analyzes it for white blood cell reactions. This test does not test for IgG or IgE, which are immunological reactions. It’s testing white blood cell reactions.
- Foods, chemicals or substances are identified that are causing adverse reactions within the body.
- A complete test results packet is created and given to the patient’s practitioner. Results are discussed with the patient in a one-on-one consultation.
Here’s an example of what test results look like:
The test results are based on the specific type of testing selecting. In the sample above, only food testing was done.
However, you could choose to test 273 foods and include the testing of 20 antibiotics, 21 molds, 30 food additives, colorings and environmental toxins, 40 preservatives, and 50 herbs.
The report shows four different types of sensitivities you may have for every item tested. They are color coded – red means severe reaction; orange is moderate reaction; yellow is mild reaction; and green is no reaction. Any items that are color-coded red means they should be avoided for at least six months.
Any moderate reactions should be strictly avoided for between 3 and 6 months. Mild reactions should be avoided for only three months, and may be rotated in the diet every four days. Any items you did not react to at all may be consumed as often as every other day.
A complete diet plan is given to each patient, making it easy to follow. The diet plan takes the guesswork out of creating a plan that considers the interaction of different foods and food groups.
For example, mild gluten sensitivities mean that not only wheat but also rye, oats and barley may not be eaten more than once every four days. Eating them more frequently helps you avoid a cumulative sensitizing reaction / effect in your body. It allows your body to clear or “detox” the food from your system so your body won’t go into an overload situation and create inflammation.
The diet plan may be called a rotation diet, and over time, foods that are in the mild reaction category may be brought back into the diet. Over a longer period of time, moderate reaction foods and even severe reaction foods may be tested to see if your body can handle them once again. The body changes over time, and it’s possible that several severe reaction foods are not permanently going to cause a severe reaction.
- Next you will begin initiating your rotation plan. It will take a few weeks to get used to the plan, as our normal diets often include the same foods day in and day out. Keeping a food and symptom diary helps your practitioner – and you – to make discoveries on how your weight and symptoms have been related to your sensitivities.
For example, let’s say you “cheat” on the rotation diet and eat a food you are sensitive to daily for three days. The scale will show a two or more pound increase in weight, and you will most likely experience symptoms that will become obvious.
Often, food sensitivities don’t express themselves well because of other reactions that are occurring in the body. But with the food rotation diet, you are decreasing these other reactions, exposing the food’s reaction for what it is truly doing inside your body. At this point of identification of the food and the reaction, you can make a choice of not consuming that food again.
You should follow this plan for at least 12 weeks. In the beginning phases, you may not feel well because your body is going through a withdrawal process from the sensitizing foods. However, these reactions will clear within 12 hours up to a few weeks.
Determining your food sensitivities on your own is an impossible task since foods stay in the body for up to four days. Thus, if you believe you are sensitive to the milk protein casein and remove all milk products from your diet, you may feel better temporarily. If you are also sensitive to wheat and sugar and leave these foods in your diet during the milk protein “test”, your results are skewed, as your body is reacting to the wheat and sugar. This is why a whole panel of tests have to be done at one time to locate the hidden sensitivities.
The ALCAT test is an expensive test (up to $1200 and not covered by insurance), but it’s nowhere near the expense incurred from lap band surgery. The ALCAT test provides great insight into your body’s internal functioning on a cellular level, and your health – and weight – improve automatically when changes are made. With lap band surgery, your health declines over time although you lose weight.