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Is your body fighting you?

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Top executives are joining athletes in the quest to ferret out any food allergies that could be sapping their performance.

The antigen leukocyte cellular antibody test, or Alcat, is supposed to see which foods trigger your immune system, so you can avoid them. It screens for hundreds of antigens to foods, additives and molds.

Although the test’s effectiveness is unproven, several athletes swear by it.

Last season, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz lost 20 pounds when the Alcat advised him to drop chicken, grouper and shrimp. Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau shed 14 pounds by giving up dairy, gluten and sugar. NBA all-star Steve Nash laid off dairy, gluten and certain vegetables.

Some of her best results come from executives, says Linda Partida, an Alcat practitioner in California.

“It’s important for them to be on point,” she says. “They need energy and focus. They’re business athletes.”

— Adapted from “Breakfast of Champions,” Steven Leckart, Bloomberg Pursuits.

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