Identifying a food allergy, intolerance or sensitivity can take time and/or cost a lot of money. One of the most effective ways to identify an intolerance or sensitivity is to do an elimination diet, but this method can take several months. There are different food allergy tests on the market too, but these tests are not always accurate and can cost a lot of money. There is a much simpler test that you can do yourself at home. This test is known as the Coca’s Pulse Test.
The Coca’s Pulse Test is an easy and effective option for testing for food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities. The idea behind the test is simple, stress. Stress causes your pulse to rise, foods that your body are sensitive to cause a stressful situation in the body, which will cause your pulse to speed up.
Here is how you perform the Coca’s Pulse Test:
You will need a pen and paper for recording, a place to sit and relax and a small piece of the food that you will be testing (use individual foods not food with multiple ingredients so you are able to pinpoint the food that is an issue). After resting for several minutes and allowing your pulse to drop to a resting rate, check your pulse for 1 full minute. Count how many beets you feel, which will be your resting pulse rate. After establishing your resting pulse rate, place a piece of the food on your tongue and hold it there for at least 30 seconds. After at least 30 seconds, recheck your pulse rate for another full minute, keeping the food on your tongue the entire time. Record your test pulse rate and discard of the test food, do not swallow it. Compare the difference between the two pulse rates. You may repeat the test with a new food once your pulse has returned to its resting rate.
Evaluating the results:
If your pulse rate increases 6 or more beats per minute, the food you tested is causing a stress response and it is an irritant to you (allergic, intolerant or sensitive).
If your pulse rate drops, this is also a sign that the food is an irritant. In this situation the nervous system is acting backwards. Some people’s reactions go from a sympathetic state (“fight or flight”) to a parasympathetic state (“rest and digest”), instead of the typical parasympathetic to sympathetic.
Rules to follow while testing:
Rule 1: Because accuracy is important, you must always take your pulse for one full minute. Do not do 15 seconds and multiply by 4 or 30 seconds and then multiply by 2.
Rule 2: If your pulse rate when standing is at least 6 points greater than your pulse-count when sitting, this is a positive indication of a food or environmental sensitivity.
Rule 3: If at least 14 pulse-counts are taken each day and if your daily maximum pulse-rate is constant (within one or two beats) for three days in succession, this indicates all “reactive foods” were avoided on those days.
Rule 4: If your daily maximum pulse rate varies more than two beats (example: 72, then 78, then 76, then 71), you are reactive provided there is no infection.
Rule 5: If consuming a frequently eaten food causes your pulse rate to accelerate at least 6 beats, then that food can be considered “reactive” for you and should be removed from your diet.
Rule 6: If you are sensitive to things in the environment, you most likely have an underlying food allergy that needs to be addressed.
Rule 7: If your minimum pulse-rate does not regularly occur “before rising” after a night’s rest, this is usually an indication of sensitivity to dust, dust mites, or possibly something in the sleeping environment.
If after performing the Coca’s Pulse Test you find you are reacting to a certain food or foods, it is recommended that you avoid that food for a minimum of 6 weeks before reintroducing that food and re-testing it.
If you are a smoker or take beta-blocker, calcium-channel blocker or any medication that affects the heart rate this test will not give you accurate results.
You can find a chart to track your results, provided by the Nutritional Therapy Association HERE.
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