Have you followed a TRUE Gluten Free diet and still find that something is keeping you from feeling your best?
Food sensitivities might be responsible.
You are unique, and while you may be consuming foods that are completely gluten and grain free, what is perfectly fine, even healthy, may not necessarily be good for YOU.
A healthy immune system serves two important roles in your body: defense and repair. It defends against various foreign invaders, such as environmental toxins, chemical residues from processed foods, viruses, germs, etc. Your immune system also helps your body repair after illness or injury.
A strong and resilient immune system means:
- Your body repairs quickly from daily wear and tear
- Your body fights illness more effectively
- You’re energized, feel well, and sleep easier
- You more easily and healthily digest, assimilate, and eliminate food.
Common foods can overstress your immune system, without you even knowing. Prolonged consumption of these foods can prevent you from feeling your best, and even lead to chronic conditions like chronic fatigue, migraines, excessive inflammation, and more.
Why LRA Testing for Food Sensitivity?
When challenged, there are two ways your immune system responds:
Type 1 – Immediate reactions: called acute allergies and usually occur within seconds to two hours after you are exposed to the allergen.
Type 2, 3, 4 – Delayed reactions: to an allergen can take two hours or up to three weeks after exposure, making them harder to detect.
Only LRA tests look directly at your live white cells (lymphocytes), observing them under a microscope as they are exposed to the 200+ common foods being tested. LRA blood tests provide an evaluation of the body’s delayed immune response; and only the foods that cause reactions are identified.
Our test measures all three types of Delayed Immune Reactions. Your report will identify non reactive, moderately reactive, and strongly reactive foods.
Here is a list of the 222 food items being tested:
- Acai Berry
- Algae (Chlorella)
- Algae (Spirulina)
- Anise Seed
- Artichoke Asparagus
- Baking Powder
- Bay Leave
- Bean, Garbanzo, Kidney
- Bean, Lima
- Bean, Mung
- Bean, Navy/Ninja
- Bean, Pinto
- Bean, Soya
- Bean, String/Wax
- Brazil Nut
- Butter, Clarified (Ghee)
- Cabbage/Brussel Sprouts
- Caraway Seed
- Cheese, Brick (Cow)
- Cheese, Cottage (Cow)
- Cheese, Parmesan (Cow)
- Cheese, Processed (Cow)
- Cheese, Romano (Sheep)
- Cheese/Milk (Goat)
- Cod Liver Oil
- Coffee, Decaf & Reg
- Collard Greens
- Cottonseed Oil
- Cream of Tartar
- Egg, White (Chicken)
- Egg, Yolk (Chicken)
- Flaxseed/Linseed Oil
- Gin (Juniper Berries)
- Grapeseed Oil
- Hydrogenated Oil
- Kombu Lactalbumin
- Lactoglobulin Lamb/Mutton
- Lentils, Red, Green
- Lettuce, Iceberg
- Lettuce, Red Leaf
- Lettuce, Romaine
- Milk, Pasteurized (Cow)
- Milk, Raw (Cow)
- Mustard Greens, Spice
- Onion, Scallion/Spring
- Onion, Yellow
- Palm Oil
- Pea, Black-eyed
- Pea, Green, Snow
- Pepper, Bell
- Pepper, Black
- Pepper, Cayenne
- Pepper, Chili, Red
- Pepper, White
- Poppy Seed
- Potato, Sweet/Yam
- Potato, White
- Psyllium Seed
- Rapeseed/Canola Oil
- Red Snapper
- Rice, Wild
- Roe Hips
- Safflower Oil
- Sugar, Beet
- Sugar, Cane/Sucanat
- Sugar, Corn
- Sugar, Maple
- Tangerine/Mandarin Orange
- Tea, Black
- Turnip greens
- Walnut, English
- Walnut Oil, Black
- Yeast, Baker’s
- Yeast, Brewer’s
- Yogurt (Cow)
The LRA (Lymphocyte Response Assay) tests identify foods that are overburdening your immune system and preventing it from functioning optimally. Before purchasing this test, please review the preparation instructions.
Important Preparation for LRA Tests
YOUR BLOOD CANNOT BE PROCESSED IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO COMPLY WITH THESE PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS. PLEASE REVIEW BEFORE PURCHASING.
Four (4) Days Before Blood Draw:
- STOP taking steroids and cortisone pills and creams. NOTE: you must wait 2 weeks after a cortisone injection before having the LRA test. Ask your doctor for the steroid bridge to assist with the 4 day avoidance of steroids.
- STOP taking Enbrel (etanercept), Humira (adalimumab), Remicade (infliximab), and other TNF inhibitors.
NOTE: Theophylline and aminophylline may, on rare occasions, interfere with the tests due to its mild antihistamine activity and should be avoided for 48 hours.
IMPORTANT: Speak to your doctor before stopping any medications he/she has prescribed.
Two (2) Days Before Blood Draw:
- STOP taking all over-the-counter antihistamines, antihistamine-containing prescriptions, and aspirin (acetyl-salicylate)-containing compounds such as:
- Alka Seltzer
- Arthritis Pain Formula
- Bayer Aspirin
- Talwin Compound
NOTE: Some shampoos, lotions, creams, etc. contain salicylic acid. While these should not interfere with the results, they should be avoided if possible during the 48-hour period prior to the blood draw.
Twelve (12) Hours Before Blood Draw:
Do NOT eat or drink anything except for water.
Do NOT take any vitamins or medications (list of exceptions found below).
Do NOT use any deodorant, body lotions, creams, saline solution, scented hand soap, lip balm, hair products, make-up, or other beauty products.
Do NOT use toothpaste.
Do NOT smoke or expose yourself to second-hand smoke.
Twelve (12) Hours Before Blood Draw:
DO drink plenty of water.
DO shower with non-fragrant, simple soap.
DO take any of the following medications if absolutely necessary.
- Birth Control Pills/Estrogens
- Insulin or Other Hormones (such as Thyroid)
- Heart Medications, EXCEPT quinidine
- Zovirax (acyclovir)
- Blood Pressure Medication or Water Pills
- Coumadin (blood thinners)
- Advil, Motrin, Tylenol, and other NSAIDS, EXCEPT Aspirin
Day of Blood Draw:
Do NOT shower or use any beauty products or toiletries.
Do NOT Eat breakfast.
Do NOT take any medications or supplements.
Day of Blood Draw:
DO rinse your mouth with water.
DO drink plenty of water. (It is very important that you are hydrated for the blood draw)
AGAIN, YOUR BLOOD CANNOT BE PROCESSED IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO COMPLY WITH THESE PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS. PLEASE REVIEW BEFORE PURCHASING.
Where and How To Your Get Blood Drawn
If you are able to comply with the preparation instructions, the next step would be to find a location that can properly draw your blood. You will be provided with the test kit and it includes all of the materials needed for the phlebotomist.
Please keep in mind that a blood draw fee will likely be charged to you at the time of your draw. Every location charges a different amount, depending on the area and lab. We recommend that you ask for the cost prior to scheduling your appointment.
NOTE: Many phlebotomy labs will take care of shipping the specimen using the included prepaid UPS label and shipping envelope. If the lab does not provide that service, you can also call UPS directly and schedule it to be picked up from your home by calling 1-800-PICK-UPS.
Here are some labs options that you can utilize, but you are certainly not limited too:
Option 1 – Any Lab Test Now
Use the link to find the closest location by entering your zip code – https://www.anylabtestnow.com/locations/
Option 2 – CTs Phlebotomy Services, LLC (Traveling Phlebotomy)
Phone: (541) 890-0072 Fee: $50.00 + mileage ($0.45/mile)
Option 3 – Check with your local doctors office
If either of the above options are not available to you in your area, we recommend asking your local doctor for a phlebotomist or draw site referral.
NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT HAVE BLOOD DRAWN FRIDAY-SUNDAY. BLOOD DRAWS SHOULD ONLY BE SCHEDULED MONDAY-THURSDAY IN THE MORNING. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND ANY APPOINTMENTS AFTER 12:30PM AS THAT DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SAME DAY PICK UP.
New York Disclaimer
If you are living in New York, you will not be able to perform this blood draw as the lab cannot accept any samples drawn within the New York state limits. Please do not order this test if you are located in the state of New York.
When to Expect Results
Results are typically available between 2-3 weeks. They are delivered electronically via email.
Your results will include:
- Strong Reactions (if any)
- Moderate Reactions (if any)
- Non-Reactive Items
- Description of Reactive Items
Final Checklist for LRA Food Sensitivity Test
- Review Blood Draw Instructions (to make sure you are eligible to complete this test)
- Schedule Your Blood Draw at Your Nearest Location (Monday-Thursday AM ONLY)
- Fill out the Requisition Form prior to appointment (it must be mailed out with your kit)
- Mail out the Kit and Requisition form (using UPS overnight label that is provided to you)
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