In a week or so I’ll officially start my journey to get healthy from the inside out.
As my dear family + close friends know, I’ve been battling some gastrointestinal issues that could no longer be ignored (that’s as TMI as I’ll get, I promise☺).
Until a few weeks ago, I was at the end of my rope, frustrated, lost, and very uncomfortable.
I started noticing my GI issues here or there during my last two years of college and once I got married & moved to Minnesota the symptoms slowly started to increase and occur more often. But I always brushed it off or attributed it to something else – stress, lack of exercise, overeating, unhealthy eating, drinking, etc.
Finally it got to the point where my symptoms were screaming at me and I was swearing back at them and something had to be done. I was miserable. I mentioned my troubles to my general physician who referred me to a GI doctor…but it was going to be many, many months before I could get into see him and I needed something now.
Thankfully, my coworker told me about something that really turned her life around and I hope it does the same for me!
The MRT test (Mediator Release Test) is a specialized blood test that checks your immune system response (or non-response) to 150 foods and chemicals. The MRT test does a live cell analysis that identifies foods and chemicals which provoke the release of mediators that cause pain and inflammation.
Once results from the MRT are obtained, the next step is to follow an individualized LEAP (Lifestyle, Eating, And Performance) plan which systematically builds a healthy diet of foods that can be tolerated.
Common symptoms of food sensitivities can include:
- sleepiness after eating
- mental fog
- high blood pressure
- skin disorders
- weight problems
- sinus issues
- join & muscle pain
- gas & bloating
- acid reflux
- mouth sores
- food cravings …. and more!
In addition, many chronic conditions may be made worse by food and chemical sensitivities.
A few examples include:
- Irritable Bowl Syndrom (IBS)
- Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Autism Spectrum disorders
- Skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, acne
- Arthritis (osteo or rheumatoid)
- Any autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, celiac disease, hashimoto’s, lupus, etc.)
However, the MRT test is a test for food sensitivities NOT allergies. I know, it’s weird because it seems like they would be so similar right? But, from what I’ve read, food sensitivities apparently activate a different component of the immune system than food allergies. The MRT test looks for non-IgE immune responses to food and may reveal a more delayed reaction to the foods/chemicals a body is sensitive to. Food allergies on the other hand react to IgE mediators in the immune system. So, the MRT test is not a test for food allergies, just as a food allergy test will not test food sensitivities.
Anyway, after lots of research and chats with other individuals who did the MRT or similar testing, I knew this would be a really good option for me.
So, I followed my gut (pun intended☺) and contacted a wonderful, local Twin Cities dietitian, Komel, who also thought I’d be a good candidate for the testing + elimination diet plan.
We recently sent my blood off to get tested and Komel is currently is working analyzing the results + creating my personalized LEAP meal plan.
Since this is going to be such a big part of my life for the next 6+ months, I am of course going to be documenting my LEAP journey on this blog. Not only is it something I’ll want to remember but if I am able to help someone else who is in a similar situation then that will be great too!
To be continued….
Click here for Part 2 where I reveal the results of my MRT test!