What is Nutrition Response Testing? I think a lot of people have heard of muscle testing though aren’t familiar with the idea. Nutrition Response Testing is a form of muscle testing that will tell you what glands and organs are (enter your word of choice here) struggling/fatigued/tired/stressed. Once we know what areas of the body are affected, we answer the question of what is stressing them out by using our test kits of stressors. These include various immune challenges (and levels of), food intolerances, metal and chemical toxicities and scar therapies. From there we find the foods and supplementation that will heal the body at a cellular level and create a designed clinical nutrition program to support you in that healing.
We use your arm to establish a “lock/unlock” as a gauge for the response of the body, testing against reflex points on the body for your glands and organs.
It’s no blood work — no needles aspect is what has many families turn to this non-invasive way of testing the body.
If you are deemed a candidate for the designed clinical nutrition program (I find that about 10% of people are not), your program consists of follow up visits where you get the coaching and support you need for the lifestyle changes you are making.
“Before coming to see Nichi, I was struggling each day to maintain living a healthy live in the face of Crohn’s Disease. Each day brought a nervous stomach, and anxiety around what I would eat and how I would feel after eating.
From the first visit with Nichi, I felt that my voice was being heard and the concerns that I had would be what guided the testing that was done and the way we went about working with my ailments.
Never once did I feel that the protocol I was given was just given to me, but rather Nichi and I talked about how each of the organs in my body was or was not working and ways that we could support them. I have found that while my main concern coming into NRT was to get a better handle on my Crohn’s Disease, that secondarily I was able to see great strides in my struggle with anxiety and lack of energy/sleep that I had.
Each visit with Nichi brought lifestyle questions and appropriate changes that are continually made throughout the treatment.
During our first meeting, Nichi explained that there were quite a few systems in my body that were out of line. Never once was there talk about wow you have a lot of problems or I don’t know if we can do this. It was a safe environment where we could talk about which problems I felt were the most important to deal with first and then we came up with a plan of how we were going to go about them.
With finding several different food intolerances, Nichi talked me through ways of getting rid of those foods that were a challenge for me, and suggested alternatives and other ways to go about getting the same value from different foods.
It continues to be a great relief to have a practitioner who stands by my side no matter what questions or crisis seem to come up during my sessions with Nichi. She is a great resource and has a huge heart, which coming from a full Western medicine regimen is a huge relief.
Since working with Nichi, I have seen changes in my Crohn’s disease and can happily say that I am now off all of my medicine, including those for flare ups. Even with starting a new job and experiencing several different stressful situations through the program, my Crohn’s is yet to flare up! I have also been given the gift of no more anxiety! The anxiety medicine has also been checked off the list and have not needed to reach for emergency back ups as well! My sleep has greatly improved and I am able to wake up with a sense of readiness for the day and less of a foggy mind.
Nichi and NRT is a great way to get your life back and live in a way that you are truly listening to what your body needs. It truly is a healthy beginning!”
— Katy Swimelar
My interest in muscle testing came back when our oldest daughter, Sunny, was a baby. From the age of 6 weeks on she had a rash from candida we were struggling to control, and back then I didn’t realize how much what I was eating had an effect on what this wee little breastfed one was eating. I tried making changes on my own and didn’t see enough of a shift until we started muscle testing and found out exactly what foods to avoid and what both our bodies needed to heal over time.
A friend of mine, renowned Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Kristy Hughes, had referred me to a pediatric chiropractor who did this work. She knew my background and knew his muscle testing would be a great fit. I now offer this testing in my practice as a way to continually support my clients in their path towards health and healing.
Many of these issues may be alleviated, if not eliminated, with Nutrition Response Testing:
- stomach aches
- neck pain
- mid waist weight
- chronic ear infections
- bowels (too loose or too hard)
One of the common inquiries I get is this: “Will you help me with my food thing?” As vague as that is, when we get into deeper conversation, the concern is with all the labels out there. “My moms says I should go gluten-free, my friend swears by eating no dairy, but my sister is paleo and is so healthy. I’ve tried all of it and it doesn’t make a difference.”
Food always makes a difference, whether it’s good or bad. My goal isn’t to have you walk away with a label, my goal is to have you walk away knowing there is a way your body needs you to specifically eat. It might be different than what you’re familiar with, or similar to what a friend does, but you’ll know it’s because you need it versus trying it when you may not need to eliminate that particular food or foods at all.
“I have been following your recommendations for 5 days now and haven’t had one single headache! I hardly know what to do with myself! I can tell my mood seems a little more stable now, too, which I’m sure my kids appreciate.” — Kristy K.
If you’re ready to make a difference in the quality of life for your children or yourself, try Nutrition Response Testing.
And since we’re talking about food, what is a food you wouldn’t eat as a child but now love? Mine were peas-I used to hide them under my mashed potatoes!