Our immune system is like a double-edged sword. It protects us against bacteria, viruses, parasites and other harmful invaders. Unfortunately, exposure to common foods can trigger chronic activation of the immune system. This creates a cascade of inflammation or as we call in the medical field “inflam-aging” that can lead to a variety of health problems. Symptoms can show up hours or days after consuming a particular food. This makes it impossible to connect the dots and tell which food is causing your health issue. At the Medical Health Institute, we can help you identify the foods causing you to feel sluggish, groggy, your weight goals impossible to achieve. We do this with our food sensitivity test – The Alcat Test.
Our main food sensitivity test is known as the Alcat. The Alcat may help uncover which foods and other substances trigger chronic inflammation and its related health issues. It measures cellular reactions to over 450 substances. In additioon, medical studies using the Alcat Test to guide diet have shown significant improvement in many common symptoms.
A small sample of your blood is sent to the laboratory overnight. Upon receiving the sample, the blood goes through a multi-step quality assurance process. During testing, your white blood cells are tested against foods and other substances in a process known as flow cytometry and cell impedance methodology. After testing, the results are presented in a clear and easy to read color-coded format.
There is a new paradigm in health and medicine – personalization. Health can be improved and maintained by knowing how food plays a role in your body. The Alcat Test enables you to take advantage of leading technology to create a personalized nutrition plan resulting in benefits that can be seen and felt. The results from the Alcat Test can help determine which foods and other substances may trigger unwanted inflammation. The personalized nutrition plan based on your immune response can assist with food choices that are better for your health and well-being. When complying with the Alcat Test results, many clinical symptoms associated with food sensitivity may be substantially improved or possibly prevented altogether.
An allergy is a reaction that triggers the release of antibodies that results in immediate symptom onset. A true food allergy causes an immune response that can affect multiple organs and in some cases, be severe or even life threatening. Food sensitivity symptoms are delayed and are typically limited to digestive problems, but they can lead to chronic inflammatory health issues.
Symptoms such as migraines, aching joints, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, and others have been linked to food sensitivity and chronic inflammation. The Alcat Test is designed to assess sensitivities to over 450 food, chemical and environmental substances. These sensitivities are shown to be associated with both acute and chronic conditions.
Utilizing Alcat Test results to create an individualized nutrition plan, based on your immune system, enables you to make food choices that are better suited for your health and well-being. With the Alcat Test many clinical symptoms associated with food and chemical sensitivities can be substantially improved or prevented altogether.
Test results include:
Over 650 individual foods can be tested. The Alcat food sensitivity test includes testing for additives, colorings, molds, functional foods, medicinal herbs, and chemical substances. Environmental, chemical and pharmaceutical substances are tested as well to ensure we place you on an accurate road map to better health.
These are the reaction of your lymphocytes (from the blood) when exposed to foods
RED – Indicate severe intolerances (avoid for 6 months)
ORANGE – Indicate moderate intolerances (avoid for 3 months)
YELLOW – Indicate mild intolerances (you can eat and rotate every 4 days)
GREEN – Indicates zero reactions or intolerances (you can eat as much as you like)
We made it simple and easy for you. At your convenience, give us a date and time and we’ll have one of our phlebotomists drive to your home or office to have your blood drawn. This test does not require any fasting as well. Once your blood is drawn, you will receive easy to read test results within 10 days. Once you have your results, one of ALCATS certified dietitians will walk you through a FREE 30-minute consultation to explain to you your results with a specific tailored diet based on your individual results. In addition, you will get a list of recommended “pharmaceutical grade supplements” to optimize your immune and metabolic function. Now, that you have science working to your individual needs, your weight-loss goals will be easy to achieve.
The ALCAT test is the gold standard in food sensitivity testing. Call us today for a free consultation and speak to one of our health care specialists for more information.
If you would like to go more in depth as how effective the Alcat test could be for you, please watch this 20-minute interview, by the founder himself (CEO, Roger Deutsch). He will explain food sensitivities, allergies, the ALCAT test from start to finish, and the process your blood goes through in order to identify your unique necessities.
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