Mast Cells and Mediators: a common thread among pain, Covid Long Haul, histamines, IBS, and other GI Symptoms

1️⃣ Mast Cells are a type of white blood cell (WBC).

2️⃣ WBC’s are part of your immune system.

3️⃣ When triggered, Mast Cells and other WBCs release “mediators”

4️⃣ In balance, Mediators help protect you and your immune system fights for you (think: getting a fever, aches, or nausea to fight off the flu)

5️⃣ But if hyperactive or overly triggered, excess Mediators can lead to:

  • IBS and other GI problems
  • Pain and cramping
  • Fatigue
  • Long Haul Syndrome
  • Histamine Sensitivity
  • and so much more

And a very common trigger for over-producing mediators are certain foods. But which ones? Fortunately, we can test which foods your body is hyper-reactive to with the Mediator Release Test (MRT). It’s more than just a typical “food sensitivity” test, and most people can start to feel better within 10 days of starting a specialized dietary protocol.

Published by Kate Cline, RD

Registered Dietitian with a focus on Gut Health, Inflammation, and Functional Nutrition. Personal Trainer with a focus on corrective exercise. Yoga teacher, traveler, empowerment coach.

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