Mediator Release Testing for Food Sensitivities​

Is your food making you sick?

Digestive disturbances, migraines or other headaches, weight imbalances, chronic fatigue, joint pain, skin eruptions and brain fog are just a few common symptoms caused by a reaction of our immune system to foods and food additives/chemicals in our diet. This is often related to the health of your gut as 70 percent of your immune system resides within your gut. When it comes to food sensitivities “trigger foods” can be quite challenging to identify because:

  1. Food sensitivity reactions can be delayed (up to 72 hours). Which means you may not feel the effects of a reaction for numerous hours, if not days, after you’ve eaten the reactive food.
  2. Food sensitivity reactions can be dose dependent. Therefore, you may not see a reaction with a small consumption of the food. Yet when eaten in larger quantities, the same food could cause a significant reaction.
  3. Even foods that are considered “healthy” and “anti-inflammatory” such as garlic, salmon, blueberries and turmeric can be reactive and cause symptoms.

For all these reasons, food sensitivities can be difficult to navigate which is why working alongside a Certified Lifestyle Eating and Performance (LEAP) Therapist trained in the MRT test and immuno-calm diet is key to helping you find relief from your symptoms. 

If you suspect you have food sensitivities, the first thing we will do is identify which foods and chemicals are causing you issues.

The Mediator Release Test (MRT) is a blood test used to identify sensitivities to foods, food additives, and food chemicals. The MRT blood test quantifies the inflammatory response to foods and food chemicals by measuring volumetric changes in the white blood cells that release pro-inflammatory mediatory such as prostaglandins, cytokines, leukotrienes and histamines. Because the MRT test is able to quantify the degree of the inflammatory response to a wide range of foods and chemicals it is able to identify your body’s “safest” foods in addition to your “reactive” foods.

After we receive your results from the MRT we will work together to develop an individualized eating plan using the LEAP (Lifestyle Eating and Performance) approach to help decrease your diet-induced inflammation.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The MRT is designed to identify sensitivity reactions only. The MRT does not measure food allergies (which are tested via a food allergy test, measuring IgE) or Celiac disease (best diagnosed via a specific blood test or intestinal biopsy). If you have known food allergies, celiac disease, lactose intolerance, fructose malabsorption, or any other known food sensitivities it’s important to make me aware so that I can take the proper additional steps necessary to create your personalized nutrition plan for healing.

Watch an animation on how the MRT test works

The following 170 foods and chemicals are tested in the MRT 170 Profile: 

How can food trigger an inflammatory immune response and cause your symptoms?

Check out this great explanation by fellow RD and Certified LEAP Therapist, Susan Linke

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