WHAT IS TESTED FOR IN THE ALCAT 50 FOOD PANEL?
The ALCAT 50 Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Panel is a simple blood test that measures the body’s cellular reactivity to 50 highly reactive foods including Apple, Baker’s Yeast, Banana, Barley, Beef, Black Pepper, Broccoli, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Cane Sugar, Cantaloupe, Carrot, Casein, Cauliflower, Chicken, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Corn, Cottonseed, Cow’s Milk, Egg White, Egg Yolk, Fructose, Garlic, Gluten/Gliadin, Grape, Green Pea, Iceberg Lettuce, Lamb, Lemon, Mustard, Oat, Onion, Orange Peanut, Pear, Pork, Rice (Brown/White), Shrimp, Soybean, Strawberry, String Bean, Sweet Potato, Tomato, Tuna, Turkey, Vanilla, Wheat, White Potato, and Yellow Squash.
AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?
WHAT IS THE PRICE FOR AN ALCAT 50 FOOD SENSITIVITY AND INTOLERANCE PANEL?
*Price may vary by location – contact your local ANY LAB TEST NOW®
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LAB TEST RESULTS?
It takes about 5 business days for your store to receive the printable color results from the lab to provide to you; and in 10 business days ALCAT will mail the store a folder that includes your test results plus more information about the company, and the science behind the test, which you can pick up from your ANY LAB TEST NOW location at your convenience.
Intolerances differ significantly from allergies. Unlike allergies, intolerances may vary from situation to situation, while an allergy always produces the same reaction. Intolerances are caused by the body’s inability to process specific substances and may cause bloating, digestive problems such as gas and/or diarrhea, fatigue, headaches and even the inability to lose weight or weight gain.
Symptoms may be difficult to link to specific foods, environmental substances or food additives because they may not occur until hours or days later. To complicate the situation, each individual has a different tolerance for specific foods, so even if a person has an intolerance, it may be mild so that a small amount of the food doesn’t cause a reaction until enough of the food is eaten or is consumed consistently over time.
WHY DO I NEED IT?
Are you experiencing headaches, rashes, chronic digestive discomfort and diarrhea, obesity or the inability to lose weight?
Trying to identify the cause of chronic discomfort can be complicated when it doesn’t seem linked to a specific food, but the intolerance and sensitivity test can help. Pinpointing specific foods and food additives that should be avoided can produce dramatic relief of uncomfortable symptoms.
Because food intolerances develop later in life due to compromised digestive functions brought on by stress, alcohol intake and the use of NSAIDs, adults may find that they have developed intolerances to foods they have been eating their whole lives. In addition, digestive functions become more sluggish as we age so it is common for lactose intolerances, for example, to develop after 40.
Some common food intolerances in are:
- Dairy products (lactose)
- Food additives and preservatives
- Red wine
Food intolerance is much more common than allergies and dietary changes to avoid the offending food can help you feel better quickly.
OTHER RELEVANT TESTS:
People who purchased the Food Sensitivity and Intolerance – 50 Food Panel also considered the Basic Check Up or one of the other Sensitivity and Intolerance tests to Molds, Environmental Chemicals or an expanded Food Panel.
The test results will provide a report that graphically represents foods in groups:
Green: Indicates acceptable foods / no reaction (This is not an allergy test so allergens may be listed here.)
Yellow: Indicates a mild intolerance and these foods should be avoided if possible or be placed on a 4 day rotational diet, to decrease the food sensitivity within the body
Orange: Indicates a moderate Intolerance and these foods should be avoided for a minimum of 3-6 months
Red: Indicates a severe Intolerance and these foods should be avoided for a minimum of 6 months.
WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD I SEE?
You should see your primary care physician or a gastroenterologist.