Do you suffer from bloating or recurring headaches? Everlywell’s Food Sensitivity Test may help explain your issue. Read this review to learn how it works.
Product description: Everlywell Food Sensitivity Test
Everlywell’s Food Sensitivity Test is designed for people that experience unexplainable fatigue, bloating, headaches, indigestion and other similar symptoms. After you take a small blood sample, you send it in to Everlywell. Then, the sample makes its way to one of the telehealth service’s partner laboratories. In about four business days, the company sends you your results via the internet.
The majority of people who have tried the test describe it as easy to use. Everything you need to take the blood sample and seal it up for delivery is included in the box. Everlywell says that its tests are 95% to 99% accurate. However, certain activities– like eating a large quantity of a certain kind of food– can throw off the results. For these reasons, most doctors advise that you shouldn’t make dramatic dietary decisions based on the results of this and other similar food sensitivity tests.
Everlywell Food Sensitivity Test key details
- It checks for sensitivity to 96 different foods. The test lets you learn whether or not you have a sensitivity to common foods and food ingredients like eggs, gluten, nightshade vegetables, nuts and various kinds of spices.
- A blood sample is required. The kit comes with three single-use lancelets, which you can use to take a blood sample.
- There’s no need to fast ahead of time. You don’t have to abstain from eating before you take your blood sample.
- No extra fees or charges. There is no extra charge for delivery. In addition, Everlywell builds the price of shipping the blood sample into the price of the test.
- 95% to 99% accuracy. Even though various eating habits can sometimes skew the results, Everlywell’s partner labs are routinely inspected by the CMS (Center for Medicaid Services) and are CLIA certified.
- Processing takes two to four business days. You can get your results in under two weeks after you send in your blood sample.
- A more expensive test checks for sensitivity to 204 different foods. For an even more robust– but also more expensive– food sensitivity screening, Everlywell offers the Food Sensitivity Comprehensive Test.
How should I interpret my results?
Everlywell will provide some suggestions along with the results that you get and you can receive additional advice by opening a chat with Everlywell’s support team. The telehealth service usually suggests that you try a temporary elimination diet to confirm whether or not you in fact have an issue with one of the foods that the test identifies. If you stop eating a certain kind of food for a short period of time and your symptoms go away, you may have found the answer to your problem. Of course, it isn’t always a good idea to stop eating a food altogether just because you have a small degree of sensitivity to it. You should always check with a nutritionist first before making any dramatic changes to your diet.
Food allergy vs. food sensitivity: what’s the difference?
The main differences boil down to reaction time and symptom type. People with food allergies often react shortly after coming into contact with a certain type of food. They sometimes break out in hives, for example, or begin coughing. Food sensitivity symptoms are more subtle. Moreover, the reaction is sometimes delayed by several hours or even days.
What is food intolerance?
A food intolerance occurs when your body isn’t able to properly digest a certain type of food. For example, someone with lactose intolerance can’t digest milk because they lack the gene that produces lactase. Typical reactions include diarreia, bloating and nausea. Caffeine, gluten and salicylates can also cause food intolerances.
Which is better, the Food Sensitivity Test or the Food Sensitivity Comprehensive Test?
It depends on your diet. If you don’t usually eat the additional foods that are covered in the Food Sensitivity Comprehensive Test, the basic Food Sensitivity Test should be sufficient. Check the list of foods that both tests cover on the Everlywell website before you buy.
What are some other symptoms of food sensitivity?
In addition to the symptoms described above, there’s also acne, brain fog, eczema, rashes, itchy skin and acid reflux. Some food sensitivities can even cause joint pain.
What is IgG reactivity?
IgG stands for immunoglobulin G antibody binding. When the body is sensitive to certain foods, it will produce IgG. But when there’s an allergic response, the body produces IgE. IgE causes immediate symptoms, but IgG is associated with delayed onset symptoms. Another difference between the two compounds is that IgE is linked to histamine release. Because IgG doesn’t release histamines, its effects are not as obvious.
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