FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Adverse food reactions (5)

Why do I have delayed food reaction and how it became my ailment?

Researchers still do not know all the answers to this question and there are many uninvestigated causes of delayed food hypersensitivity development. The following are the most commonly considered factors that cause it:
1. Wrong digestion
2. Unbalanced intestinal flora
3. Chronic stress, trauma
4. Immune system congestion
5. Genetic factors

What symptoms cause delayed food hypersensitivity?

Symptoms that are assigned to reaction of delayed food hypersensitivity are caused by toxic substances, like histamine, release from immune cells. Below there is vividly describes sequence of events accompanying it:
1.Identification. Immune system recognizes the food as invader.
2. Mobilizing the troops. Immune and other mechanisms mobilize immune cells to attack.
3. Chemical warfare. Immune cells release chemical substaces, such as histamine, for the destruction of the invader.
4. Adverse effect. Inflammation and damage of tissue.
5. Symptoms. Appearance of clinical symptoms.

What are the most common symptoms of delayed food hypersensitivity reaction?

The most common symptoms of delayed food hypersensitivity are listed below:
Digestive disorders: bloating, flatulence, nausea, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, rectal itching, abdominal cramps.
Physical or mental fatigue Especially after a meal or after a „good night’s sleep”
Non-normalized weight: Swelling or water retention, the tendency to fluctuations in body weight, the difficulty of reducing body weight, even if you think what you eat and count calories.
Unbridled appetite: desire of sweets and refined carbohydrates.
Allergic “black eyes”: dark circles under eyes, puffy eyes, bags under the eyes.
Excessive secretion of mucus: chronically congested nose, runny nose, excess mucus from the respiratory tract, often blowing the nose, blocked or itchy ears.
Chronic pain: Migraine or other headaches, muscle aches, joint pain.
Sleep disorders: Sleepiness during the day, insomnia at night.
Emotional, mental, behavioral symptoms: Sudden changes in mood, irritability without apparent reason, hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating, unexplained anxiety or depression.

What is the difference between food allergy and food sensitivity intolerance?

Food allergies, sensitivity to foods and food intolerance are often used interchangeably and incorrectly. In fact, in scientific and medical communities, there is a debate on how to properly define and use these three terms. It seems that it is the most appropriate to use the terms „food allergy” with respect to IgE-dependent reactions, „intolerance” – the enzyme deficiency, and „food hypersensitivity” to all delayed food reactions IgE independent and not due to enzyme deficiency. Note that there may be adverse reactions to food caused by pharmacological substances (nicotine, caffeine) or toxic substances (eg fish toxin).
Immediate food allergy – IgE-dependent
Perhaps the best known, though quite rare and very dangerous example of immediate food allergy reaction is anaphylaxis. It is acute reaction of the immune system caused by huge quantity of histamine released from basophils and mast cells of tissue under the influence of IgE antibodies against a particular food allergen. The most well-known products that cause an immediate allergic reaction are peanuts, other nuts, fish and seafood, eggs, milk, soy, dairy, wheat. As a result of anaphylactic shock, a person can die within a minute, eating only one molecule of sensitizing food. Immediate food allergy affects about 1-2% of the population and concerns only a small part of all allergic food reactions. Most of the immediate reaction is not life threatening, but causes unpleasant symptoms. People suffering from immediate food allergies, usually can identify allergenic foods without the help of a doctor and tests because of the immediate reaction after ingestion. Note also that the foods that are natural sources of histamine can cause symptoms similar to IgE-dependent allergies without increased levels of IgE.
Delayed food reactions (hypersensitivity)
Delayed food reactions are a different story.
They manifest themselves in many different ways and can concern any internal organ (wherever the blood flows), and symptoms can appear from 45 minutes to 3 days after ingestion and are dependent on the amount of food eaten. The delay in symptoms and a set of mechanisms makes them extremely difficult puzzle to solve, regardless of the diagnostic methods used. Therefore, food hypersensitivity often remains undiagnosed or diagnosed incorrectly. The treatment usually brings temporary relief, which masks the symptoms rather than eliminates the cause of the problems. Food hypersensitivity concerns over 40 % of population.

Food intolerance
Food intolerance can cause symptoms similar to food hypersensitivity but it is not caused by the body’s immune response. Ingested non-tolerable food is not properly digested. The best example of food intolerance is lactose intolerance, which is characterized by bloating, diarrhea, or diarrhea and gas. Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency or absence of the main sugar degrading enzyme of fresh milk. Avoiding fresh milk or lactase supplementation is the best way to get rid of the problem of lactose intolerance. Another example of food intolerance is phenylketonuria caused by an inherited deficiency of phenylalanine hydroxylase (PACH), an enzyme that breaks phenylalanine down. No conversion of phenylalanine causes its accumulation in the brain, and leads to irreversible damage to the central nervous system (mental retardation and neurological disorders). Detection of phenylketonuria in the neonatal period and an appropriate very strict diet allows the normal development of the nervous system.

How delayed food allergy affects overweight?

Research has shown that people with delayed food allergy who identified and removed the reactive foods from diet not only lost on weight, but in many cases increased the muscle mass. There are the following reasons why delayed food allergy causes problems in controlling body weight.
1. Body water retention. Significant changes in body weight in short periods of time are typical of food hypersensitivity. Water retention in the body is an attempt to neutralize the effect of the release of pro-inflammatory mediators by leukocytes.

2. Abnormal fat metabolism (lipolysis). Certain released mediators have a direct effect on the metabolism of fat in the body. One of them, Prostaglandin E2 inhibits the body’s ability to properly Lipid, lipolysis, which allows the body to release the excess of fat.

3. Food addiction and appetite. Food hypersensitivity is often compared to food addiction. The patients tend to have unbridled appetite which satisfied during eating causes momentary impression of well-being and relieves the unpleasant psychical and physical symptoms. There is a theory of organism reaction on mediators released from immune cells. They cause temporary biochemical imbalances, raising the level of certain hormones and neurotransmitters. Body is forced to find a way to restore the balance and desires sweet food in the form of sugars and other carbohydrates, producing a cycle that leads to exceeding the number of calories consumed or uncontrolled eating.

Dietetics and Nutrition (6)

What are the refined carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates refined is processed food rich in simple sugars which should be consumed in small amounts, since it has far less nutritional value than their natural counterparts, and must be consumed in small quantities. White sugar, white flour, corn syrup, and food containing them (bread, cookies, candy, etc.) are examples of refined carbohydrates. If simple sugars are consumed frequently, the residue of the not used or processed by liver sugars will be stored as fat.

I do not eat breakfast. Is it good?

Eating breakfast is highly recommended. Breakfast is an important meal of the day, because it will start our metabolism, helps control body weight and provides the energy required for daily activities. Light meals should be postponed for the evening.

I only eat one meal a day, is that right?

For optimal performance, your body requires a steady stream of calories and nutrients, and one meal per day does not provide it. It is best to eat three normal or 5 smaller meals a day, starting with breakfast.

Can I eat as much as I want?

It is best to use well known standards of body demands for essential nutrients. The suggested amount of each category in the normative portions is given below:

Protein: 2 – 3 portions a day
Grains: 6 – 11 portions a day
Vegetables: 3 – 5 portions a day
Fruit: 2 – 4 servings a day
Fats and oils: 1 – 2 portions of additional fat per day

Remember that your LEAP program was developed on the basis of information provided by you, your health goals and the results of your test. Any questions regarding product portioning and calories should be directed to the Program dietician.

Is there a food that when eaten causes weight loss?

Consuming foods that according to the LEAP Test result were classified as non-reactive (Green), composed respectively by your dietician is a safe and secure way to control body weight.

Should I take vitamins during the program?

Vitamin supplementation can be a good way to make sure that the body is supplied with the minimum of required vitamins and minerals. Your doctor may suggest an appropriate set of vitamins and minerals, according to the list of reactive substances and the course of the program. In the era of modified food and pollution of the environment supplementation with vitamins and micronutrients is suggested regardless of diet.

General questions (5)

I have mycosis. Will the program help?

If you suffer from mycosis (candidiasis), rotational diet and other restrictions from the program will help you fight this disease.

I have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level). Will it be considered during LEAP Program?

Yes, just inform your dietitian – your program will be integrated with hypoglycemia diet.

I am diabetic. Can I take the Test and join the program?

Yes. LEAP Program can be adjusted to diabetic patients’ needs. Just tell your dietitian that you are diabetic.

Should I continue my diet on vacations?

During your holidays you should keep your diet if it is possible. If you need to make some changes, contact your dietitian, who will offer you some modification and substitute products.

Can my family „use” my diet based on LEAP Program?

This diet can or cannot be suitable – depending on your family members’ food intolerance. The best way to be on a diet as a whole family is to perform the MRT Test on everyone and make diet plan that suits everyone’s needs.

LEAP Program functioning (13)

How do I start the program?

The best way to start the program is the first visit to the selected LEAP Program Consultant with who you can also discuss the questions about food preparation, portioning, food substitutes and recipes. Then, carefully read all the material contained in the LEAP report questions and answers, test results, known and hidden sources of the tested substances, etc. And finally begin the first phase of the program chill out the immune system.

Why this diet will make me feel better?

Food hypersensitivity is the cause of more than 75 different health problems and affects approximately half of the population of highly civilized populations! The „disease” and the accompanying symptoms are caused by pro-inflammatory chemicals such as histamine that are released when the immune system begins to attack macromolecules of the reactive food, which go beyond the intestines. By identifying and eliminating foods and chemical additives that release an immune response, we may experience significant improvement in well-being. Most patients, after a week of the program, reported increase in energy, better digestion, weight loss, reduction of unbridled appetite, decrease in pain, increase of clarity of thought and better feeling.

When the diet will bring the desired results?

Most patients see significant differences within 1 to 4 weeks from starting the program. In your case, the answer will depend on the following factors:

  • How thoroughly you realize you nutritious program. If you are acting exactly according to the plan, you have the best chance of success in the shortest possible time. In implementing the program too freely or carelessly, you will achieve a result fitting your commitment.
  • How long do you persist in your habits and addictions. Sometimes it takes a little more time to reverse the damage caused by years of improper nutrition. The vast majority of our patients observe significant changes within 2 months of the exact fulfillment of the recommendations of the program.
  • The extent to which food hypersensitivity affects your condition. Some of the patients after joining the program experienced complete disappearance of symptoms for as long as they maintain their diet. Others should expect only relief. This is because food hypersensitivity may be a direct cause of your health problems OR can only co-exist with other diseases not connected with food.

How long should I keep the diet?

Nutritional strategy used in the program is different from the well-known weight loss diets. LEAP is individually designed program which can be used for a lifetime. The majorities of our patients, after a few weeks of recommendations adherence patients get used to the program and treat it as a natural part of their everyday life. In addition, our patients tend to feel much better and do not want to come back to old eating habits.

How long should I avoid reactive (red and yellow) food?

The most important is to avoid foods that our immunological system reacts on. The best way to ensure that the reactive foods are already safe for us is gradual and cautious, putting them into your diet one by one, over the course no shorter than 7 days and observing the organism reactions. The first test can be taken no earlier than 6 months after the withdrawal of reactive foods from your diet. ATTENTION. Sensitivity to certain foods (even those yellow) may stay forever.

What is a 3-day rotary diet and how it works?

What is a 3-day rotating diet and how it works? Rotation Diet is a widely accepted method of treatment of food hypersensitivity. 3 – day rotary diet limits occurrence of a product from the specific group of products to one per three days. For example, if chicken and eggs are non-reactive for you, you can eat them without restriction on Monday, but next time you can eat them on Thursday. This limitation in contact with the food reduces the chance of developing a new sensitivity. Usually, there is a formation of abnormal response to food that we eat too much and too large quantities. Too much quantity of food and eating too often cause abnormal food reactions. One of the theories explains this phenomenon in this way: when we eat the same food for a long time, we lose the ability of proper food break down and assimilation. When the improperly broken down molecules are assimilated during digestion process our immunological system recognizes them as an enemy and attack them every time they are eaten. The best way to prevent new hypersensitivities is to reduce the frequency of dietary products. 3 – Day rotary diet meets this demand.

Why do I feel worse with this diet?

Sometimes, when a patient with food hypersensitivity eliminates reactive foods, temporarily starts to feel worse, may experience a decrease in energy, worsening symptoms, irritability, or worsening of feeling, instead of the expected improvement. If it happens in the first week of the program, it is an important sign that everything is all right. Food hypersensitivity is often compared to the food addiction and doctors treating delayed food reactions very often observe so called withdrawal symptoms when you give up the reactive foods. This can be seen as a „cleansing” the body from reactive antigens at the same time restoring the biochemical balance and calm the immunological system.

What happens if I eat food from my red list?

Eating foods from Red (or Yellow) List hamper progress in the implementation of the Program. Red food indicates the highest level of reactivity among Test results and is the most likely cause of your health problems. So eating foods from red list is the best way of wasting the achievements arising from the implementation of the program. Patients who admit to occasional consumption of red or yellow foods perceive that it is often accompanied by worsening of symptoms as evidence of their wrongdoing. Back to eating reactive foods cause water retention and sudden weight gain, troublesome headaches, fatigue or general malaise.

Should I continue taking the prescribed medications?

Regarding taking prescribed medication, ALWAYS follow the advice of your doctor and never stop taking your prescribed treatment. Implementation of the program may reduce some of the symptoms, and you may want to consult with a doctor that fact to change the medication dosage.

I often eat out. Will I be able to participate in the program?

You can participate in the program, but this will require increased attention and knowledge of the hidden sources of your reactive foods. They will also need consultation with the waiter or chef about the ingredients of the dishes that interest you, or choosing the right catering company that will prepare your meals individually according to your nutritional program.

If I cannot follow my diet, can I eat the products from the list of reactive foods?

Consuming reactive foods causes psychological, immunological and biochemical implications, which in some cases may result in loss of benefits gained from the implementation of the Program. That is why we always discourage our patients from eating reactive products and those that can cause adverse symptoms. If you find it impossible to continue 3-day rotary diet, the best solution is to strictly limit food intake to occurring only on the green list to the time when it will be possible to return to a rotary diet. Remember, your results depend on level of compliance with the recommendations of the program.

Should I take vitamins during the program?

Vitamin supplementation can be a good way to make sure that the body is supplied with the minimum of required vitamins and minerals. Your doctor may suggest an appropriate set of vitamins and minerals, according to the list of reactive substances and the course of the program. In the era of modified food and pollution of the environment supplementation with vitamins and micronutrients is suggested regardless of diet.

Why do I have unbridled appetite, and whether the diet will help me to take control over it?

Food hypersensitivity is often compared to food addiction. Patients usually have unbridled appetite. The appetite satisfied during eating causes momentary impression of well-being and relieves the unpleasant psychical and physical symptoms. There is a theory of body reaction on mediators released from immune cells. They cause temporary biochemical imbalances, raising the level of certain hormones and neurotransmitters. Body is forced to find a way to restore the balance, it desires sweet food in the form of sugars and other carbohydrates, producing a cycle that leads to exceeding the number of calories consumed or uncontrolled eating. Following the PROGRAMME you will notice a significant reduction in unbridled appetite within two weeks. Remember that self-deception in the program does not provide any lasting benefit, and usually results in short – and long-term problems.

MRT Test (6)

Is the test accurate?

The LEAP test is the most accurate blood test available for food hypersensitivity. Research has shown that the sensitivity of MRT Test in detecting reactive foods is 94.5%.

What is the difference between the MRT test and other tests of delayed food allergy?

Significant differences between the MRT test and other laboratory tests are as follows:
1. The MRT test measures the response of all lymphocytes, granulocytes and platelets. Other cellular tests are restricted to a specific population of lymphocytes or granulocytes.
2. The MRT test provides the most comprehensive information classifying substances on reactive and non-reactive. Serum tests, such as ELISA IgG and other IgG type have limited ability to measure the immune response. Research indicates that food hypersensitivity starts at least 7 different mechanisms causing immune cells reaction. The MRT test measures the reactions at the cellular level, and other tests measure the effects of individual release mechanism, which may not cause any reaction of cells.
3. The MRT test measures direct reaction of your living immune cells. Serum tests measure static level of antibodies in the blood, regardless of the reason causing the reaction of cell.
4. The MRT test is a quantity measure. It measures the total reaction caused by food identifying changes in cell count.

What is a reactive test result for products which I’ve never eaten?

There are the following explanation of reactive test results for food consumed occasionally or never:
1. Genetics. It has been shown that food allergies and hypersensitivity have a strong genetic component that can be passed from generation to generation.
2. Cross reaction. Your immune system identifies and differentiates antigens substances on the bases of their molecular structure. The food from some family of foods often has a similar structure of proteins and may sometimes cause the cross reaction during tests. Another situation conducive to cross-reactivity occurs when reactive chemical bonds are formed with non-reactive food causing its immune identification with reactive substance.
3. A false positive test result. Even the most accurate laboratory test can give a false result. The MRT test sensitivity is 94.5%, leaving a small margin of potential measurement errors.

I know that I’m allergic to certain foods, but the MRT test shows no reaction. Why?

MRT test identifies food and chemical food additives that cause food hypersensitivity and is the most reliable blood test for the type of reaction. The MRT test may not detect your certain food allergies, due to the immune response of releasing mechanism. Direct food allergies, released by IgE antibodies, usually cannot be detected by the MRT test because they cause other immune mechanisms. Sometimes your “allergy” is not real allergy but rather food intolerance of enzymatic origin that can be not detected by the MRT test because of lack of immune’s system reaction. If you know the foods that causes adverse reactions to your body, it would be the best to avoid them.

How can I be allergic to this product – I eat it all the time?

One of the food hypersensitivity problems is that potentially it may be caused by any type of food or chemical food additive. Most frequently the reason of our problems is one or more foods consumed regularly. Hypersensitivities often develop over a relatively long period of time and slowly increasing ailments are treated as „normal”. Consumption of reactive products in such circumstances cannot cause a dramatic reaction. Stopping eating reactive food and its reintroduction into the diet can cause violent reactions of the body. If we know that the product is not good for us, then there is no justification for its consumption. Foods such as garlic, fresh vegetables, fresh fish, provide important nutrients and usually are healthy. However any product which can release immune system reaction isn’t good for us even if the media promote it as a good for health.

Why milk, cottage cheese and yogurt have different reactivity?

Although milk, cottage cheese, yogurt and other cheeses belong to the same family of products (dairy) protein antigenic structure changes when the milk changes into another product. According to this, some people allergic to milk tolerate yogurt and selected cheeses. The practical advice is to avoid the whole family of foods if you are allergic to two or more products from this family.

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