The Science Behind Food Sensitivity Testing

The Leaky Gut Syndrome

  • Increased permeability of stomach and intestinal lining causing large undigested food molecules to be released into bloodstream.
  • Immune system sees food molecules as “foreign invader” and mounts cellular response. Sends white cells to destroy undigested food proteins which are now lodged into vascular tissue.
  • Cells destroy not only food molecules but surrounding tissue as well.
  • This process is your body’s inflammatory response. The body is spending time neutralizing toxins, resulting in slowed metabolism.
  • Normal gaps in the epithelial lumen of the gut widen allowing undigested food proteins to pass through.
  • This results in an immune response.
  • This leads to a state of inflammation.
  • Over time if the leaky gut is not healed, this will lead to a constant state of inflammation.
  • This will eventually lead to chronic disease (autoimmune disease).
  • Thus, the connection between chronic inflammatory disease and the gut has been established.

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Why Focus on the GUT?

  • 70% of all Americans have gut symptoms or disease!
  • It is the most sensitive organ to insults, resulting in dysfunction.
  • The most efficient clinical outcomes across all disease spectrum results from normalization of the GUT.

What causes an unhealthy gut?

  • Poor diet
  • Medications
  • Infection
  • Toxins: metals, molds, pesticides, household chemicals
  • Inadequate enzyme production
  • Imbalanced flora ecology
  • Impaired gut permeability
  • Altered autonomic function

The Reactive White Cells Under a Microscope

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The reactive white cells release chemical mediators that will affect target organs that may result in symptom manifestation typical in chronic conditions such as obesity, gastrointestinal conditions, skin conditions, migraines, ADHD, Chronic fatigue and more.

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Common Conditions Linked to Inflammation & Chronic Activation of the Immune System

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders-IBS
  • Skin Disorders-Eczema, Psoriasis
  • Respiratory Disorders-Asthma
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • ADD
  • Infertility
  • Hyperactivity
  • Mood Disorders
  • Inability to Lose Weight
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Premature Aging
  • Arthritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Muscle Pain
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