Food allergies, when they exist, can play a major role in the lives of our family’s health. If you have ever suffered a severe allergic reaction, you know that it can be most uncomfortable or even life-threatening. Many people keep an Epi-Pen on hand in case of accidental ingestion of common allergens like peanuts, shrimp, and lactose to name a few.
Food sensitivities are not the same as food allergies. They are not a full-blown allergy, however, they can create havoc in our gastrointestinal tract and how we feel, physically and mentally. Food sensitivities and intolerances, however, are now becoming a growing problem to a greater and greater number of people. Most people go through life not even knowing they have these sensitivities even though they suffer chronic inflammation and gastrointestinal problems.
You may have food sensitivities or intolerances if you have issues like:
- Rashes, psoriasis, eczema, arthritis
- Autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s disease
- Joint aches and pains
- Lethargy or fatigue
- Bloating, gas, diarrhea
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other GI disorders
- Brain fog
- Weight gain and the inability to lose weight
These are just some of the symptoms you may experience. In order to pinpoint and rule out food sensitivities, Renewed Vitality uses the ALCAT Test which is the leading source for food sensitivity testing. This test will identify 150 foods, 20 different molds, and 30 food additives and colorants that you may be sensitive to so that steps can be taken to restoring your health and alleviating your symptoms.
HOW THE TEST IS PERFORMED
You are provided a test kit from ALCAT which requires a small blood draw. You can get this lab work done right in our office lab or you can take it to a lab to get your blood drawn. It is then sent immediately to the test lab, that performs the testing. White blood cells are tested for immunoglobulin reactions against as many as 200 plus different foods, chemicals, and other environmental substances. This is much more cost and time-effective than the lengthy test of doing it a little at a time.
Results are quick, accurate, and very easy to read in a color-coded format. Sensitivities and intolerances have been shown to be associated with many types of chronic and acute illnesses. Those who suffer from such illness may benefit by knowing exactly how possible food and chemical intolerances are affecting their bodies. ALCAT testing allows cutting-edge technology to create personalized nutritional planning resulting in improvements you can see and feel.
ALCAT test results are compiled into easy-to-use lists showing any foods or chemicals with mild, moderate or more severe reactions. Along with this comes a nutritional plan that is specifically designed for you based on your immune responses. Your provider will go over your results with you and help you come up with a plan to eliminate the offending foods from your diet, and when it may be appropriate to add them back in. This gives you the ability to remove foods that give you problems and as a result, many clinical symptoms may be substantially improved and possibly be prevented altogether. Medical studies have shown that by using these dietary guidelines, over half a million people have been helped in improving their health.
Your ALCAT test results include:
- An easy-to-read and understand color-coded test report.
- A list of foods to avoid.
- A comprehensive “Understanding your ALCAT Test Results” guidebook.
- A personalized rotation plan.
- A practical shopping guide and restaurant card.
Here at Renewed Vitality, we are always looking to find the root causes of adverse symptoms and chronic conditions. This may include testing for immune system reactions you may be having to certain foods or chemicals. The Alcat Test has proven very valuable in uncovering food sensitivities or intolerances in some of our patients that can be relieved by dietary changes.
Contact us about Alcat Food Sensitivities Testing.
Celiac (Gluten) Testing
Celiac testing is a blood serum test through Quest Diagnostics. Celiac disease is an auto-immune disorder in which the body attacks itself with its own antibodies when triggered by ingesting gluten. Gluten is a protein that’s found in wheat and barley. In people who have Celiac disease, the immune system attacks the small intestine which can cause some very unpleasant digestive issues such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
Additionally, a compromised intestine and gut microbiome can lead to other autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and more. Celiac can also cause your entire immune system to be compromised since up to 70% of your immune response is located in the gut.
Free Phone Consultation with our New Patient Coordinator
Renewed Vitality is a place of hope. Our knowledgeable providers are experts in their field and take the time to find the underlying causes of hormonal imbalances and illness. We will work with you using proven, scientific-based technology, in a warm and compassionate environment, to help you restore your health so that you can live a life of vitality and wellness.
Please contact our New Patient Coordinator for your Free Phone Consultation. She can answer any questions or concerns that you may have and give you additional information about our providers, our protocols and fees, what is covered by insurance and what is not and any other details you may need. She can also get you booked for your first appointments, if you decide we are a good fit for you. There are no obligations to book an appointment.
Please call 214-740-4703 to learn more, or complete the form below, and we will contact you. We would love to hear from you!