Leaky Gut Syndrome Natural Health Advice for Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Apr

    What Other Foods Are Causing Your Symptoms?

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    Most people who suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome are already figuring out that many of the common food allergies such as wheat, dairy, and soy play a big role in the severity of their chronic symptoms. And while removing these foods alone can oftentimes provide some significant relief there are typically many more food allergies that need to be addressed as well.

    This is because as leaky gut develops, your intestinal lining loses its structure and holes or gaps develop that allow small particles of undigested food (as well as bacteria, pathogens, toxins, etc) to pass from your digestive tract and directly into your bloodstream.

    And while in the bloodstream, your immune system does its part to fight off these invading food particles while building up antibodies for future encounters.

    It’s these antibodies that your immune system stock piles that can make you allergic to a food that you eat. And in the case of leaky gut, since any food particle can pass through your intestinal walls, you can become allergic to any food that you eat.

    The point I’m trying to make here is that you can and oftentimes do become allergic to the very foods that you eat most often.  In fact, I find the biggest problems are oftentimes with my clients who like to eat the same foods every single day.

    Your immune system has no bias so it doesn’t matter if the food is healthy or not. So you can become allergic to chicken just as easily as carrots.

    And this can create a big problem because how are you supposed to heal your gut when you could be reacting to so many foods that you eat. And no, the solution is not to starve yourself.

    The solution is to determine your food allergies so you can eliminate those foods from your diet.

    There are a few ways to do it and I’ve done them all myself.

    Food Journaling

    This technique involves writing down everything that you eat while noting any adverse reactions a half hour after you eat. Then you look for patterns over time.

    And while food journaling can be extremely effective it does have drawbacks.

    First of all, it can be daunting having to write everything down but once it becomes habit, it’s not too difficult. But the bigger drawback is that you’re looking for more immediate reactions and it’s well known that many food allergies are delayed and can take up to 48-36 hours before you fully react.

    So oftentimes, if your food allergies are delayed then they can be difficult to pinpoint which can be quite frustrating.

    Muscle Testing

    One technique that I have found to work very well is the use of Applied Kinesiology or Muscle Testing. This is a fast, easy, and no cost technique that involves using muscle strength in response to various foods as an indicator of an immune reaction.

    After I learned this technique and started using it my own practice, I found that I was getting great results. And because it’s so easy to do, I teach you how to do it in my Leaky Gut Cure program.

    And there are lots of practitioners out there that are using this technique very effectively so if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself then you can always find a professional to do it for you.

    As far as drawbacks are concerned, because muscle testing is subjective there will always be room for error. So you do need to be aware of what you are eating and watch for possible reactions.

    But some people need more concrete evidence which is when I recommend the last option.

    Food Allergy Testing

    Food Allergy Testing via blood sample is the quick, easy, and concrete way to figure out which foods you are allergic to. This involves providing a blood sample and sending it to a lab who introduces various foods and analyzes it for immune reactions.

    This is not the same as the skin prick test done by doctors for IgE antibody reactions. That test is only for severe allergies that are likely already known.

    And there are various food allergy tests available and not all are created equal. One of the more common tests that you may have heard of is for IgG food allergies.

    But you have to understand that there are many different immune antibodies outside of IgE or IgG which also come into play but are not measured by many of these tests.

    This is why I use a test called the Mediator Release Test (MRT) which works in a different way. Instead of looking at individual immune antibodies it looks at the cumulative effect of all immune antibodies for much more accurate results.

    If you’re interested in running the MRT Lab, you can contact me directly.

    Eat This, Not That

    Eat: Cooked vegetables that are easier to digest.

    Not: Raw vegetables which can be difficult on the digestive tract and provide the body fewer nutrients.

    Bonus Tip – Rotation Diets

    Rotation diets are a great way to reduce your body’s immune response to any given food allergy created by your leaky gut. By rotating the foods you eat, you reduce the occurrence of these foods in your bloodstream and thus your immune reaction. This is any easy way to help control your chronic symptoms.

    Both food allergy testing and rotation dieting are discussed in depth within the Leaky Gut Cure program. If you want to learn more about these techniques then you can get the entire program here:

    Leaky Gut Cure

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25 responses to “What Other Foods Are Causing Your Symptoms?” RSS icon

  • I was interested in running the MRT lab. How do you go about doing that??

  • Dolly Ann Ramirez

    I’m interested in doing the MRT allergy testing. Please let me know how to go about having this done. I had already emailed you a while ago about it, but hadn’t heard back from you.

    Dolly Ann

  • Hi, From other pages and people I learned that raw food is much better, also when it comes to nutrition. Feeling a bit confused now.
    Practitioners recommend only raw food to heal candida overgrowth and leaky gut…

    Any explanations or points of view?


  • This is a common misconception and matter of bad science. Yes, you can argue that a raw vegetable has more nutrients than the same vegetable that has been cooked. However, that has little to no consequence because what truly matters is what nutrients you’re actually able to digest and absorb. Raw foods are extremely difficult to digest so you extract far fewer nutrients. Cooking helps to break it down and make it more digestible so you actually extract more nutrients.

    Then there’s a matter of many raw foods being flat out bad. Take broccoli for example. Broccoli in raw form contain thyroid inhibitors which can only be eliminated by cooking it. And inhibiting thyroid function is far from healthy.

    There’s even more to it so I could go on and on but I think that you get the point.

  • i am interest for MRT test ,for food alergie

  • I am interested in the MRT test. Can you help me with information?

  • joanne weissman

    What about NAET to eliminate food allergies?

  • Karen Brimeyer

    NAET can be effective but takes a long time and is very costly. There are better options out there in my opinion.

  • I had a blood sample taken for food intolerances through ALCAT worldwide. Are you familiar with this lab? I am supposed to reintroduce my slightly intolerant foods after 3 months, one at a time. I have felt slightly better not eating gluten, dairy, brewers yeast, soy, etc. However, I stopped taking my prescription GERD medicine a few weeks ago and I feel almost back to normal again. I have no more bloating, gas, or any IBS symptoms. I think long term use of acid blocking drugs should be banned. GERD can be managed with diet as so many things can. Thanks for all your helpful info.

  • Hi Karen,

    Can you please send me the info on MRT test?


  • I am interested in keep MRt test

  • Carolina Gutierrez

    Hi Karen,
    Can you please send me information on the MRT food allergy test?
    I would like to know how and, where to have it done and how much it would cost me. Thank you

  • What about fermented vegetables? I have heard that cruciferous vegatables need to be cooked or fermented to digest. L

  • Just sent you an email. 🙂

  • I would like info also, I find that eating the same thing seems find for a while because sometimes theres nothing else, but when a few triggers hit at once , like to much sun, to much of hidden surgars, then I have to change what I eat, what ever yours or some one elses triggers are. another one is not enough sleep, if this happens all at once then its down for the feww days till I can turn the switch off if you know what I mean…

  • Please send me info regarding mrt testing. Thanks

  • Hi there, I would like to hear about the MRT test please. Thanks a lot

  • I had the allergy testing done and only came back with 3 mild intolerances and 1 moderate. So I started back on dairy (since I didn’t test intolerant) and my symptoms, which were almost completely gone, are coming back. Could this be from my gut not being completely healed? I’ve been on the diet for 2.5 months. Really frustrating and I’m disappointed that I bothered to do the testing.

  • Karen Brimeyer

    You have to be careful as there is a difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance. For example, dairy and gluten intolerance generally do not show up on allergy testing. It has more to do with an issue properly digesting it.

  • I highly recommended NAET to address food allergies. It’s helped me a lot! I’ve gotten over the majority of my food allergies like eggs, citric acid, vinegar, vegetable oils, almonds, garlic, fennel, etc. and now I’m reacting to the environment. For example, the freon in air conditioning gives me a headache and makes me nauseas. I’m working on this with my NAET practitioner but I’m assuming these sensitivities are symptoms of leaky gut. I can’t wait for my gut to heal.

  • Karen Brimeyer

    NAET can be very beneficial but that particular technique can also take a long time and be quite expensive. I’ve used a similar technique myself with my clients with great results as well. But you desensitize many foods at a time as opposed to just 1.

  • hi karen,

    My son of 6 has gluten en milk allergy and food allergies. Just as you explain…the food allergies changes the whole time and regarding the IGE test 4 month ago, he is allergic for soo many foods now that he also receives neocate milk as a basic so that he receives his proteins and vitamins.
    It’s very difficult especially for a child to refuse him so many foods. He is a difficult eater and i wish i could find a cure for him.
    I would like to receive information about the MRT test. Is this test only available in the states because we donot live in the states. We are expats living in dubai but we are also often in europe (the netherlands) looking forward to your reply. greetings shirley van erven

  • Karen Brimeyer

    Hi Shirley,

    Unfortunately, the MRT Test can only be run in the US as blood samples are not allowed to be shipped internationally.

  • Hi Karen!

    I have an autoimmune condition, sadly I dont live in USA but on Latin America. I havent worked for several months because of health issues, so I am looking forward to buying your program as soon as I start working, have gone to several doctors in my country before and has been a waste of money, also on the Internet your program has the best reviews and seems logical to me. On the meanwhile I am avoiding gluten, nuts, sugar and processed foods, I do avoid dairy but I am eating organic goat cheese and yogurt, was wondering what where your thoughts on that? I have read goat milk is different and very safe for people that dont eat any dairy products.
    I used to be allergic to citrics and some sea food when I was younger but I dont really have any symptoms that I know of nowadays except for soy, which really caused me obvious havoc.
    I eat only organic food, in my country these foods are almost nonexistent so I am pretty much eating the same vegetables and couple of fruits every day, also organic chicken and fish.
    I know that to follow your program rotation of foods is very important, this is not going to be possible for me to do, because there is not much variety for me to buy, would I still get good results with your program if I do the other things you suggest?

    Thnaks a lot!

  • Good stuff here on MRT, please send me the info for blood test. Can I also test for parasites at same time?

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