This post is sponsored by EverlyWell.
Have you ever felt tired immediately after eating a meal? Do you have uncomfortable bloating or indigestion, or experience frequent headaches? These are all signs of a possible food sensitivity.
Food Sensitivity vs Food Allergy
Though they sound similar, food sensitivities are different than food allergies. A food allergy triggers an immune response that can affect several organs, and the reactions can be serious, or even life-threatening. A food sensitivity, on the other hand, usually results in more mild symptoms that might not even be noticed right away. That’s when testing can come in handy.
I recently tried out the EveryWell Food Sensitivity Test, which tests your body’s IgG response to 96 different foods, to see if I could narrow down some food sensitivities of my own. (I’ve suspected that I’m sensitive to peanuts, as well as gluten and dairy.)
How Does EverlyWell Work?
EverlyWell makes at-home testing easy. You order a test online (be sure to use the discount below) and then it’s mailed to your door. They send you everything you need to perform a simple blood collection at home, then you mail the sample to one of their certified labs using a pre-paid shipping label. You’ll get your results in just a matter of days.
How Accurate is the Food Sensitivity Test?
The food sensitivity test is based on IgG reactions, which are more likely to show up to foods that are currently in your diet. So, it’s possible that you may not see reactions to foods if you haven’t eaten them in a while. If you suspect that you’re sensitive to a food, it’s a good idea to eat it for 4 weeks before taking this blood test, so that it’s more likely to show up in your results. (If you have a noticeable reaction while eating this food, then you already have your answer and don’t need to eat it for the full 4 weeks.)
Just because a food reaction shows up on your test, doesn’t mean you’ll always have a noticeable symptom associated with that food, either. I’d consider this food sensitivity test as a jumping-off point for an elimination diet, which should give you an even more accurate account of how certain foods may affect you.
For example, I recently took EverlyWell’s Food Sensitivity Test and my results looked like this:
So, my next step might be to start an elimination diet by cutting out those top 7 foods for 4 weeks.
Then I’d reintroduce each food, just one at a time so I can identify reactions. For example, I might start with cheddar cheese. I’d eat it once, then avoid it for the next 2-4 days following that to look for symptoms. If I notice a headache, bloating, or stomach pain after eating cheese for the first time– after not eating it for 28 days– that might be a pretty accurate sign that I have a sensitivity to that cheese.
I may consider eliminating some of my mild sensitivities, too. (Though cutting out chia seeds will make me sad, and cutting out lemons may prove impossible for me.) The following are my mild reactivity results from the EverlyWell test:
Is EverlyWell Legit?
EverlyWell works with leading specialty labs in the United States who are all CLIA certified. You can take the same test at a doctor’s office, but insurance doesn’t always cover it, so this is an affordable at-home option.
If you want to try a food sensitivity test yourself, you can use the promo code DETOX for 15% off your purchase at EverlyWell.com.
I’ll be using my own results to start an elimination diet to see which foods affect me and which may not, so stay tuned for that!
Reader Feedback: Have you ever done a food sensitivity test or elimination diet before?