Solving the Puzzle of Diet-Induced Symptoms & Inflammation

 

The LEAP (Lifestyle Eating And Performance) program is beneficial for a number of medical conditions and symptoms, most significantly for Irritable Bowel Syndrome with diarrhea, migraine and chronic headaches, and fibromyalgia and other arthralgia.

Food sensitivities can play a role in many common health conditions. Chronic health complaints such as digestive problems, headaches, joint and muscle pain, and fatigue are all symptoms which can be caused by our immune system’s “reaction” to foods, additives, or other substances in our diet. Sometimes the reactive food is something easy to identify, like milk. Other times, there are many reactive food or chemicals. In addition, reactions can be delayed and/or dose-dependent. This means we may not feel the effects until many hours or days after we have eaten the foods, or unless we eat enough of the food. For these reasons, dealing with food sensitivities on your own is very difficult–unless you have LEAP.

If you have food sensitivities, the first thing you need to do is identify which foods and food chemicals are causing you problems. MRT (Mediator Release Test) can do this. MRT is the most accurate and patented blood test that quantifies how strongly your immune cells react to a panel of 150 foods, additives, and chemicals. Even if you have been diagnosed with a known IgE food allergy, MRT identifies non-IgE mediated cellular reactions, which would otherwise go undetected and thus symptoms would persist.

Once you have results from your MRT, the LEAP Immuno-calm Dietary Management Program is implemented. Your dietitian will develop an elimination diet specific to your individual MRT results, and guide you through a 6-Phase food reintroduction schedule while minimizing symptoms.

If food sensitivity isn’t addressed, you will likely remain ill. Testing is essential to identify your food and food chemical triggers, and Medical Nutrition Therapy is also essential to ensure the test results get put into practice. Our dietitians will provide insight, understanding, and practical strategies to enable you to assess the likelihood that diet is playing a role in your illness, and then how to effectively manage the dietary component.

How Does the Program Work?

 

FREE initial consultation: you will sit down with a dietitian and discuss your health concerns, symptoms, answer your questions, and determine if the MRT test is right for you.

Coordination of blood draw: assistance with scheduling a blood draw with our lab. There is a lab conveniently located at our office.

Mediator Release Test: panel of 150 foods and chemicals.

MRT results with informational booklet: provides in-depth guidance about foods/chemicals, shopping and food preparation tips, menu planner, recipes and more.

Visit 1: test results will be reviewed, as well as meal planning to initiate Phase 1 of the elimination diet.

Visit 2: food & symptom logs will be reviewed. We will discuss your progress and work further on meal planning to prepare you for Phase 2.

Visits 3-5: continued guidance through Phases 3-5 of the diet. By this point, your symptoms will be markedly improved! You will begin to add back new foods and expand your variety of foods and recipes. By Phase 6, you will learn how to

E-mail support: have a question or need help finding a good recipe for a yummy snack? Keeping a food & symptom diary and staying in touch with your dietitian helps you stay on track and troubleshoot any issues that may arise in between visits.

Cost: This cost for the blood test and results and informational booklet is $375 and is not covered by insurance. Visits 1 – 5 may be covered by your insurance.

This test is only available at our Green Spring location. Schedule your test now:

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