Could you have food sensitivities?
Do you ever get that feeling after you eat? Like you need to unbutton the top of your pants?
That bloated feeling may be your body attacking your favorite foods.
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Since March is National Nutrition month, Liz Quirantes of WPEC shows you how to tell if you have food sensitivities.
For Teri Barbera, every meal ended badly.
"I would feel bloated. I would barely make it through an afternoon, after having lunch, without being sick or having to run the restroom."
She suffered with digestive issues for years.
Today, it's called Toxic Food Syndrome.
Certain foods and chemicals trigger an inflammatory reaction in the body, which makes you sick.
The Mediator Release Test (MRT) is one of the tests available that reveals food sensitivities.
It works by measuring how your blood reacts to different foods and chemicals.
The levels of reactivity are broken down into three categories:
Green is non-reactive
Yellow is moderately reactive
Red is reactive
"It's hard to stop the immune system from working because we need it, but when it becomes hyper active or over reactive, it makes us sick."
Julianne Koritz is a registered licensed dietitian. She says this is not a food allergy.
Those reactions are swift and severe.
These results are for food sensitivities which are chronic and involve dozens of foods and chemicals.
"So what you ate three days ago, could affect you today. What you ate today will affect you three days from now."
For Teri, the test was eye-opening.
The first phase of her diet was very restrictive.
"I couldn't do bread anymore, I couldn't do alcoholic drinks anymore. I had to change my whole life."
Slowly, the more reactive foods are reintroduced into the diet.
Patients say the digestive issues, the skin rashes and the migraines disappear.
"Now, the gut's working, absorbing all the nutrients, all the different organs start functioning together better and so you just feel better."
Teri doesn't have those problems after lunch anymore and even lost 15 pounds.
"This saved my life. I feel like a new person."
The MRT is for food sensitivities and not allergies.
If you would like to be tested, ask your doctor.
If you need to find a doctor, you can contact one the testing laboratories and ask for practicing doctors in your area.