Blood Brain Barrier Permeability: What is that?

First, let’s talk about what neurological autoimmunity is and how it might it affect you… Neurological autoimmunity is a misguided immune response to virtually any structure within the central nervous system (CNS) or peripheral nervous system (PNS). Studies show that neurological antibodies may have connections with a variety of neurologically related diseases that can progress…

How Gluten Free Are You?

Gluten Free Eaters Unknowingly Eat Up to 5 Times More Gluten Than What is Safe! Even strict gluten free eaters may continue to have symptoms after going gluten free. The average American eats about 5-15 grams of gluten daily- that’s 5,000-15,000mg of gluten. However, just 50mg of gluten daily can cause symptoms in people who…

Micronutrients: The Gut Barrier and Malabsorption

The small intestine and large intestine are where the majority of vitamins, minerals, and other important micronutrients are absorbed after a meal. The health of your intestinal cells and the protective coating above them called the mucosa directly impacts how efficiently you digest and absorb nutrients from your food and supplements. If you have been…

Lyme Disease: A nationwide concern

Lyme disease is an infection transmitted by ticks. The infected tick bites a host (in this case a human) and transmits an infectious microorganism, Borrelia burgdorferi, to the host and causes highly inflammatory symptoms, which altogether are classified as Lyme disease. Common symptoms of Lyme disease include: Fever and/or chills Headache Bell’s palsy Neck stiffness…

What are the symptoms of toxic mold exposure?

Mold is something we encounter every day without knowing it. Some molds are harmless to humans, while others are toxic and can cause serious disease, even autoimmune disease and cancer. In your daily life, you are most likely to be exposed to mold on contaminated, spoiled food or in water-damaged buildings in which you live…

Could Neurological Decline be Caused by Common Infections Like Viruses?

Millions of Americans live with neurological and cognitive disorders every year (1). These disorders are often difficult to treat because they are multi-factorial, meaning they present in different ways for different reasons in different people. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with or is suspected of having a neurological disorder, you may…

The Wheat Zoomer Now Has Pediatric Ranges!

If you’re a parent of child with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, you know how much of a struggle it can be to keep your child compliant to a dietary restriction, especially when you have some doubt as to whether that diet is necessary. Luckily, the Vibrant Wheat Zoomer is the most sensitive and specific…

Connective Tissue Disorders and Wheat: A New Connection

What are Connective Tissue Disorders? Connective tissue disorders (CTDs) are diseases that affect the parts of the body that connect the structures of the body together, such as collagen and elastin in the joints. Collagen, however, is also found in the skin, cornea, bone, and blood vessels. Elastin is found in skin as well, but…

Dairy Sensitivity and Autoimmunity: What’s the Connection?

Kefir. Homemade yogurt. Ghee. Have you heard of these referred to as healthy alternatives to conventional dairy? Some experts in the nutrition world commonly suggest that the best dairy products are sourced from raw, unpasteurized, grass-fed, organic sources. But should we consume dairy once we outgrow our childhood? Or should we consume dairy at all?…

Asthma and Allergy Awareness

May is Asthma and Allergy awareness month, and at Vibrant, we have worked hard in research and development to create an expanded allergen panel that includes 96 food allergens and 46 inhalant allergens — one of the most comprehensive tests on the market for detecting allergy responses. Because allergies and allergic rhinitis can often exacerbate…

Celiac Disease: Are You Aware?

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month and at Vibrant, we are passionate about both disease management and early detection for Celiac Disease. Vibrant’s proprietary test for Celiac, gluten sensitivity, intestinal permeability, wheat sensitivity, and wheat allergy, aptly name the Wheat Zoomer, has been a staple in the practices of countless progressive healthcare providers who want…

Are you Dairy Sensitive or Lactose Intolerant? What’s the Difference?

With it being Food Sensitivity Week, let’s talk a bit about a common dietary sensitivity that is often not well understood. Symptoms of a food sensitivity include, but are not limited to, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, skin rashes, headaches, fatigue, runny nose, allergy-like symptoms, and joint pain. Because cow’s milk is such a widely consumed food…