What is ImuPro and an IgG food hypersensitivity?
The role of the immune system is to protect the body from harmful ‘allergens’ and reacts by producing antibodies against the perceived ‘allergen’. The theory behind the ImuPro test is that repeated exposure to certain food proteins may produce antibodies to food particles in certain situations and in turn, result in allergic-like symptoms or hypersensitivities. These reactions are usually delayed, with symptoms not being evident for hours or even days after the consumption of a particular food, making it extremely difficult to identify. Some scientists suggest that IgG antibodies drive these delayed reactions.
Through an extensive laboratory analysis, the ImuPro test detects and measures the levels of IgG antibodies specific to particular food proteins. Results from a few studies indicate that eliminating the foods identified to have an elevated IgG response results in significant improvement in a variety of conditions.
The ImuPro concept – diagnostics and guidance
With ImuPro, you can explore whether or not elevated IgG antibodies against specific foods could indicate the cause of certain symptoms. Together with the ImuPro test results, you will receive comprehensive nutritional guidelines explaining your results and how to proceed from there.
The nutritional guidelines contain three important building blocks:
- Elimination phase
All foods with high levels of IgG-antibodies are avoided for 5 to 8 weeks during this phase and all the foods without raised levels of IgG antibodies are eaten in a 4-day rotation cycle. The aim is to reduce or even stop inflammatory processes through their avoidance.
- Provocation phase
After the elimination phase, you start a provocation diet and gradually include the recently avoided foods one by one. Through introducing one new food at a time, the provocation phase helps to find the foods you should continue to avoid.
- Stabilisation phase
During the stabilisation phase, the IgG reactive foods identified in the provocation phase are avoided for at least one year so that the IgG antibody level can lower. Then you may start another provocation phase. You may find that there are one or two foods that you may have to avoid permanently.
Note: The results obtained must always be interpreted in combination with the patient’s complete clinical picture and dietary changes must be made in consultation with a qualified health professional. An IgG food hypersensitivity should not be mistaken for a classic food allergy (type I). ImuPro does not detect IgE food allergies. Please refer to the ‘Limitations of the Method’ and list of references on the WellPro website.