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Understanding Food Sensitivities and their Impact on Your Health

Nicole Cunningham, FNTP, RWP, MBA. Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner/Restorative Wellness Practitioner

Have you ever wondered how the food you consume can affect your overall health and well-being? Food is not just a source of energy; it plays a significant role in the complex web of interactions within our bodies. These sensitivities can have a profound impact on our health, especially when they go unnoticed or unaddressed.

Food sensitivities occur when our immune system responds negatively to certain foods or food components. Unlike food allergies, which produce immediate and often severe reactions, food sensitivities trigger a more subtle, chronic response. This immune response can lead to inflammation in the gut, a crucial area of our bodies responsible for various functions.

The Gut’s Vital Role

Our gut, also known as the gastrointestinal tract, is a central player in our overall health. This remarkable system has a multi-faceted job: breaking down food, absorbing essential nutrients, and distributing them throughout the body. A healthy gut also houses a substantial portion of our immune cells, which function as a protective barrier against harmful pathogens.

When the gut is compromised by inflammation, it can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including pain, fatigue, digestive issues, and skin reactions. Furthermore, if this inflammation persists, it can contribute to the development of chronic diseases, as mounting evidence suggests that many chronic conditions have a connection to gut health.

Identifying Your Food Triggers

If you suspect that certain foods are causing you discomfort, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional to address your symptoms. Food sensitivities can be tricky to pinpoint, as they often manifest differently in everyone. Thankfully, there are tools available to help identify these sensitivities and improve your gut health.

One such tool is the Mediator Release Test (MRT), a patented blood test offered by Oxford Biomedical Technologies, Inc. This advanced test is designed to assess your body’s reactions to over 176 foods and food additives, helping to uncover which specific items are causing adverse reactions and symptoms. This invaluable information can provide critical insights into your gut health and dietary choices.

Guidance from a Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner

At The Oxford Center, we have a dedicated Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner, Nicole Cunningham, who is passionate about helping individuals understand the profound impact of their diet on their body and overall health. Nicole can guide you through the process of forming a healthy relationship with the food you eat, empowering you to make informed choices about what foods are best for your unique body and lifestyle.

It’s essential to remember that each person is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. However, with patience and persistence, you can explore ways to manage your food sensitivities and improve your overall well-being.

Learn More About the MRT Test

If you’re eager to learn more about the MRT test, including which food sensitivities can be tested, how the test works, what to expect during the testing process, and how to interpret the results, we invite you to take the next step. You can schedule a FREE discovery session by calling us at 248-486-3636 or filling out the form on our Contact Us page.

Your journey toward better understanding your food sensitivities and improving your gut health starts with taking that first step. We’re here to support you on your path to a healthier, more vibrant you.


“For 6 years I struggled with abdominal issues. I saw so many different doctors and they all said the same thing – take anti-gas pills, stool softeners, eat more salad, etc.. And then I met Nicole. I decided to start with the RESTART program (March 2023) and while detoxing my body of sugars and eating completely clean, we found out how sick I really was. She is the first person in 6 years to fully listen to my symptoms and my story, run tests and give me answers. I learned my body was not able to absorb nutrients properly, I have multiple food sensitivities, a gut fungal infection, and giardia parasites that made me gain 25 lbs out of nowhere. Since working with her and starting my healing protocol with supplements and diet adjustments, my abdominal issues have disappeared, and I am on my way to having a healthy body again! I cannot say enough great things about Nicole or put into words how thankful I am for her knowledge, help and guidance through my healing process.”

Check out our Podcast to hear more from Nicole Cunningham and the impact of food sensitivities on your health.


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