I’m excited to share my experience and test results with the EverlyWell at-home Food Sensitivity Test Kit. Since my mother was diagnosed with Celiac Disease over 3 years ago I have become more aware of how food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities can affect someone’s entire life. I also work with clients that experience unpleasant symptoms all because of an underlying food sensitivity that is often hard to pinpoint. I typically have a client go on an elimination diet for at least 7 days then we slowly add one food back in at a time. This can take a lot of time and effort so I am really excited to have the EverlyWell food sensitivity test kit to refer my clients to.
What is a food reactivity or sensitivity?
A food reactivity is different than an immediately life-threatening food allergy. Food reactivity is an immune response by the IgG antibody, the largest circulating antibody in our immune system and can cross the placenta from mother to child. Some studies suggest that up to 20% of the population may have reactivity to certain foods, and these reactivities contribute to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, headaches, types of arthritis, autism, ADD/ADHD, eczema, chronic ear infections, gut malabsorption, insomnia and many chronic conditions. Identifying possible offending foods can be difficult since we eat so many different types of food. – via EverlyWell’s website
How it works:
After I order my kit online it only took a few days to arrive at my doorstep. It was packaged in this neat little green box and included everything I needed to complete my test – alcohol swap, bandaid, skin lancet, blood collection card, biohazard bag, return envelope with shipping label, and pre-filled requisition form for the lab.
So, I’ll admit it – I was a little squeamish when it came to pricking my own finger. Yes, I know, I’m a grown woman (turning 30 in August even) and I have no problem at the doctor’s office when they do it but for some reason pricking my own finger was beyond my capability. So, what did I do? I had my mother prick my finger for me – ha! Of course, it didn’t hurt at all and I felt really silly about the whole ordeal. Let’s just keep this little story to ourselves, shall we? 😉
Once my finger had a tiny hole in it I was able to squeeze out enough droplets to fill in three of the circles on the collection card which is all you need.
I followed the directions and let the card air dry. I then placed the card and pre-filled requisition form into the biohazard bag, sealed it and placed that inside the return envelope that was ready to go with the address and shipping label. I didn’t even have to add a stamp!
After a few more days I received an email that my results were ready. With EverlyWell’s at-home test kit they make it super easy to complete. Once the lab receives your completed test the results are posted onto your online profile in an easy to read format that is also easy to share with your health practitioner.
I love how the test results were laid out. Very simple and easy to read – unlike traditional test results that included a list of foods with numbers and other medical jargon that can be difficult to understand.
EverlyWell gives each food a rating of 0-3 on a reactivity scale. Class 3 being very high reactivity (a food you definitely want to eliminate for a while) down to Class 0 being low reactivity.
Each of the 96 foods is listed with a symbol showing what class it is in. Here is a little screen shot of what part of my test looked like to get a better idea:
As you can see dairy isn’t jiving so well with me – especially cow’s milk – it’s a Class 2 reactivity food. I was surprised to see pineapple as a fruit that I reacted to – but then again I have noticed when I eat just a few bites of fresh pineapple I don’t feel so well. I always thought it was because of the high amount of enzymes in pineapple. Now I know it’s because I have a mild sensitivity to it.
Another great feature I love about EverlyWell’s online format is that when you click on an individual food it gives you a more detailed explanation with your exact numbers.
My test results were very interesting and some surprised me. I didn’t have any Class 3 reactivity foods. I only had two Class 2 foods, which is great, but I had several Class 1 foods.
Class 2 Reactivity Foods:
- Cow’s Milk
- Egg white
- Egg yolk
Class 1 Reactivity Foods:
- Cheddar Cheese
- Cottage Cheese
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Bakers Yeast
- Brewers Yeast
- White Potato
- Bay Leaf
I didn’t have any reactivity to seafood or animal proteins. I will say I wasn’t surprised about the gluten containing grains. The almonds and cashews weren’t that surprising either since I have been eating quite a bit of those lately. So I’ll mix it up a bit and use walnuts and pecans for a while instead.
So, what am I going to do about the foods I reacted to?
First, I’ll eliminate them for a few months (starting with the Class 2 foods) and then add them back in one by one to see how I feel. You can form a sensitivity to any food that you eat frequently. That’s why we’re encouraged to eat a wide variety of foods – not only for the different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients they offer but to keep your body from forming a sensitivity. I look forward to taking the test again in 6 months to see how things are going! Overall I was extremely pleased with the
Overall, I was extremely pleased with the EverlyWell test kit and experience. It’s great to have a company make testing like this easier to access and at such an affordable price! At the $199 price point, this test is a great value when compared against other tests available on the market (often $500-$1,500).
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I was given the opportunity as a SweatPink Ambassador to write an article sponsored by EverlyWell. I received a test kit and was compensated for the exchange of my honest opinion in this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine unless otherwise noted.
- Why test for food sensitivities?
- What's unique about EverlyWell?
- What tests does EverlyWell offer?
- What are the specific features of the food sensitivity test?
- What foods are tested?
- Do I need to fast or avoid certain foods before my food sensitivity test?
- Other points
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- Health testing is important to understand what’s really going on with your body
- Testing key markers like metabolism, stress, sleep, food sensitivities and others can help you change your diet & workouts to what really works for you
- Checking key wellness markers can help you measure improvement over time and ensure you know exactly what’s going on with your health
- Tests are taken at home, on your time
- You can order whatever test you’d like
- You get results you can actually understand and use
- We work with a network of board-certified physicians and labs around the country to ensure your results are accurate and reviewed by a doctor
- We are the only company providing a suite of regulatory-compliant tests without a lab visit
Food allergies and food sensitivities are abnormal responses to a food component triggered by the immune system in the form of immunoglobulins (IgE, IgG, IgA, IgM), representing either an immediate or delayed response. For our test, specific IgG ELISA food panels are arranged in a comprehensive panel of 96 foods consumed in the typical western diet. Food sensitivities differ from food allergies in that an allergy is an immediate, life-threatening reaction to a specific food. A food sensitivity may cause various physical symptoms over a period of time, and your level of sensitivity can change over time.
There is significant clinical research supporting the benefits of eliminating IgG reactive foods from the diet. IgG food sensitivities have been implicated in migraine headaches and irritable bowel syndrome (alternating diarrhea and constipation). Bloating and indigestion are also common food sensitivity reactions, as is fatigue. Continued consumption of reactive foods may contribute to weight gain and/or difficulty losing weight. Eczema is also commonly associated with food reactions. Because IgG food reactions take hours or days to develop, this makes it difficult to determine which food is responsible for the reaction without doing testing — thus causing frustration with elimination diets without supporting testing.
EverlyWell’s Food Sensitivity kit tests for 96 common foods and ingredients in the American diet, including:
Almond, Apple, Asparagus, Avocado, Banana, Barley, Basil, Bay Leaf, Bean, Green, Bean, Lima, Beef, Blueberry, Bran, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrot, Cashew, Cauliflower, Celery, Cheese, Cheddar, Cheese, Cottage, Cheese, Mozzarella, Chia, Chicken, Cinnamon, Clam, Cocoa, Coconut, Codfish, Coffee, Cola, Corn, Crab, Cucumber, Dill, Eggplant, Egg White, Egg Yolk, Garlic, Ginger, Gluten, Grape, Grapefruit, Haddock, Honey, Kale, Kelp, Lamb, Lemon, Lettuce, Lobster, Malt, Milk, Cow’s, Mushrooms, Mustard, Oats, Olive, Green, Onion, White, Orange, Oregano, Pea, Green, Peach, Peanut, Pear, Pepper, Bell, Pepper, Black, Pineapple, Pork, Potato, Sweet, Potato, White, Rice, Brown, Rye, Safflower, Salmon, Scallop, Seaweed, Sesame, Shrimp, Sole, Soybean, Spinach, Squash, Strawberry, Sunflower, Swordfish, Tarragon, Tea, Black, Tomato, Tuna, Turkey, Walnut, Black, Watermelon, Wheat, Baker’s Yeast, Brewer’s Yeast, Yogurt.
No, it is not necessary to fast prior to your food sensitivity test. It is also not necessary to adjust your diet in any way prior to your test. The food sensitivity test involves taking your blood and exposing it to various foods.
• We cannot offer testing in NY, MD, RI, or NJ due to regulatory restrictions
• We do not provide medical advise and always recommend sharing your results with your primary care physician