ALCAT

 

Nine Acupuncture Sarah Norvilas WellnessALCAT is one of the industry pioneers in both food and chemical sensitivity testing.

Food sensitivities have been linked to multiple chronic health conditions involving inflammation. These include, gastrointestinal disorders, eczema and psoriasis, non-seasonal allergies, migraines and fatigue. This cutting-edge technology uses standard blood sample testing that analyzes leukocyte cellular reactivity in whole blood to pinpoint substances that your body cannot recognize and digest appropriately. Additionally, the test analyzes IgG, IgA and IgE responses to food.

Food Sensitivity vs. Allergic Reactions

Food allergies occur when your immune system mistakenly identifies a food, or an ingredient in food (usually a protein), as harmful to your body. In much the same way as your body attacks infections, it is triggered to rapidly release a variety of substances (antibodies IgE, histamine) to fight against it.  Food allergies can range from life threatening (anaphylactic shock) to mild (runny nose or itching eyes); and for many the amount of food ingested will directly correspond to the severity of the reaction.

These reactions are obvious. Your body is immediately triggered to produce a response within minutes.

Food sensitivities are less obvious.

Food sensitivities are not allergies. Sensitivities are brought on by the bodys inability to recognize a component in food. Every cell in our digestive system has thousands of “markers” on the surface which enable our bodies to recognize and process the things that we eat. For many, we may not have all of the markers necessary to identify every food. Additionally, preservatives, additives, pesticides and genetically modified products are also considered foreign to many of our digestive systems.

The small intestine is responsible for absorbing nutrients into our bodies. It is designed to only allows substances it recognizes as beneficial  into our bloodstream.  These unprocessed and unrecognizable substances are viewed as toxic.”Toxic” substances cause inflammation and wear down the intestines ability to regulate what is absorbed.  Once in circulation, theses toxins can set off any number of reactions while many times we are left unaware that it is in fact, our food that is causing the problem.

Headaches can be triggered within hours of ingesting foods that we are sensitive to, while gastrointestinal disorders and skin reactions may be the byproduct of years of the body mounting an inflammatory response to these substances.

ALCAT testing is a valuable tool to identify and address exactly what foods your body can tolerate, and what may be causing your condition.  If you suffer from gastrointestinal, skin, or inflammatory conditions that were not responsive to western therapies, ALCAT may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Inquire about testing on your next visit.

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