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My visit to Aspire Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa to get the results of my ALCAT blood test surprised me, to say the least. The ALCAT test that I had looks at 100 different foods to see what my body does not tolerate well. The test breaks down food sensitivities into severe, moderate and mild. It identified 47 foods that my body does not tolerate well. Thankfully, only six were in the severe range. The disheartening thing was that most of those are very healthy foods that I eat often, such as bananas, avocados, broccoli and carrots.

The educator sat down with me for more than an hour to talk about the results and answer a lot of my questions and concerns. I asked her why it is important to eliminate these foods from my body if they are not bothering me. This is how she explained it: If you are continually bringing in foods to your system that irritate your particular makeup, it causes the body’s natural defense system to work overtime and develop inflammation. Recent studies have shown that low systemic inflammation can weaken cholesterol deposits in the coronary arteries, leading to heart disease and asthma or setting the stage for abnormal cells to proliferate and become invasive cancers. Inflammation can also cause weight gain.

She also explained the need to eat the right foods to help balance my body’s pH level. The pH level is the balance between acidic and alkaline levels in your blood. Whether your blood is acidic or alkaline will determine whether you are susceptible to diseases such as cancer, arthritis and heart disease. By decreasing acidity in the blood, you can cut your risk of disease, feel energized and shed excess pounds.

She went on to say that the rate at which you age is determined by the acidity of your blood. Graying hair, wrinkling and sagging are all worsened by acid in your body. The reason cholesterol levels soar is to repair the damage caused by acidic blood. She told me most people would experience significantly less pain if their pH were balanced, even when suffering serious disorders such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.

So after doing much more reading and digesting the information they gave me, I thought I really needed to make some changes in my diet. I also found out I don’t tolerate gluten and dairy. So I have my work cut out for me. There are not that many food choices left. But I figure my health is worth the effort of figuring out a diet plan. The educator did say I would be able to try reintroducing foods to my diet after three months.

After the test, Aspire gave me a shopping list of foods I could have and foods to avoid. I also get to have a phone consultation with the people who administer the ALCAT to learn more about my results and how to come up with a meal plan.

So that’s my story. I am trying to take it a day at a time and learn all I can. I did ask her how my results compared to others, and she said I actually had fewer intolerant foods than others, which is kind of scary. I am hoping to find a way to get my children tested as well. I have always believed that prevention is the best medicine.

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