Are you struggling – without relief – from chronic diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, or migraine? You may have sensitivities to certain foods in your diet. The role of reactive foods in chronic, inflammation-related pain conditions is under-appreciated but gaining recognition.
In the past, an elimination diet by trial and error was required to figure out which foods were causing symptoms. Now, with advances in food sensitivity testing, the trial and guesswork can be replaced with a personalized roadmap.
In addition to IBS, fibromyalgia and migraines, food sensitivities can be involved in a WIDE range of other conditions including gastritis, reflux, esophagitis, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, sinusitis, interstitial cystitis, eczema, psoriasis, asthma, hypoglycemia, ADHD, autism, epilepsy and more.
All of these conditions have varying levels of immune activation in common, much of which occurs in the gut. Food intolerance can develop and add to a cycle of chronic inflammation. Identification and removal of reactive foods and chemicals can help balance the immune response and reduce symptoms.
Thorough medical evaluations for chronic and persistent symptoms are always advised. However, if good medical workups fail to find a cause, yet your symptoms persist, you may benefit greatly by looking to diet as a missing piece of the puzzle.
A trained dietitian with expertise in a directed elimination diet can help bridge the gap between what you eat and how you feel. This practice utilizes Mediator Release Testing (MRT), which offers the best clinical utility for food sensitivity. (http://wp.me/PvPaO-E)
MRT results are accompanied by the LEAP diet protocol for optimal outcomes for each individual. LEAP stands for Lifestyle, Eating And Performance as this protocol was originally tested in athletes to improve pain, fatigue and athletic performance. It is a very structured, clinically tested approach to determine degree of food involvement in an individual’s symptoms.
In Rhode Island, this customized anti-inflammatory diet is offered by Andrea Nero, registered and licensed dietitian and certified LEAP therapist (see About/Contact link).
Here’s someone told to just stop doing what she loved to get rid of her pain: http://kdvr.com/2013/05/22/test-finds-foods-that-can-cause-your-aches-and-pains/
Why not try diet instead? Read through the site for more information. If you’re suffering without a cause, consider giving food a try.
PS Oh, and you may have seen the “O” diet or Oligoantigenic diet on Dr. Oz. An oligoantigenic diet is one least likely to trigger an adverse reaction. Take the “O” diet, personalize it to the individual, and you’ve got…LEAP. The O diet is pretty extreme and may be overly restrictive. With LEAP you often have much more to work with plus it is targeted to your own body, rather than giving the same general guidelines to everyone.