Last week, I completed the EverlyWell Food Sensitivity Test. I was interested in taking this test because I have been curious about how specific foods are affecting my body for awhile now. I have recently noticed some negative reactions my body has had to certain foods and wanted a more scientific way to learn about how these foods may be impacting the way I am feeling. I have seen many individuals use this test and have really positive things to say about it, so I decided to give it a try!
The EverlyWell Food Sensitivity test measures your body’s IgG immune response to a wide variety of popular foods in the western diet. IgG stands for Immunoglobulin G and is the most common type of antibody found in blood circulation. The test does not tell you foods you are allergic to but does show what level of reactivity you have to 96 different foods. It can be helpful in understanding what types of food may fuel your body best and what types of food may give you some issues.
Food sensitivities can trigger an immune response in your body that show up as a variety of physical symptoms. The most common physical symptoms due to food sensitives include skin problems, joint pain, fatigue, inflammation, digestion issues, and headaches. Other symptoms may include stomach pain, feeling bloated after eating, and having dry or itchy skin.
The EverlyWell Food Sensitivity test was very easy to use. Once you order the test online, they send you a little box with instructions and everything you need to complete the test. You will give them a small blood sample through several drops of blood you obtain from pricking your finger. You then send the sample back to them and receive the results within a week.
My results are as follows:
The EverlyWell Food Sensitivity test was not cheap ($199), however, I believe it was worth it because it taught me a lot about the foods affecting my body. Some of the foods I tested as having a high reactivity to I was already suspicious of, but not 100% sure about (eggs, yogurt, & milk). Other foods I tested as having a high reactivity to surprised me (gluten & wheat). This test has definitely helped to make me more aware and intentional about taking notes on how I feel after eating certain foods.
The EverlyWell company encourages customers to do an elimination diet for any food that came back above a low reactivity level. They suggest customers to avoid those foods for 30 days and then slowly reintroduce the foods to see how they feel. If you do not eat eggs for 30 days and try eating them again on day 31, Everlywell suggests not eating eggs again on days 32-35. This helps to observe exactly how a food may be fully affecting your body and deciding if it is something you would like to reintroduce to your diet or not.
So what is next for me? Based on my food sensitivity results and what I most commonly eat, I am going to first focus on the foods that came back as highly reactive. The six foods that came back as highly reactive are foods I eat pretty regularly. I would like to try to eliminate these foods for 30 days and do the reintroduction process I explained above to see how I feel. I was already fairly confident in having a sensitivity to dairy and eggs based on having some stomach aches after eating those foods. However, I am curious to see how I will feel without gluten or wheat. I have never noticed a specific symptom but they may affect me in a way that is a little less obvious than a stomach ache.
While this test is helpful in pinpointing specific foods that may give me issues, it is not the be all end all. Will I ever eat ice cream again? DUH! Will I have eggs for breakfast at times? Yes, absolutely. However, I would like to do some further digging into these foods affecting my body now that I know I have a high sensitivity to them. Once I am able to get a better grasp on how these foods affect me, I will move on to the moderate and mild reactivity foods.
The food sensitivity test gives me a very helpful starting place in identifying potential problems foods for me. What will determine how often I decide to eat those foods are my own experiments and research. This test is definitely not needed in identifying foods that you may be sensitive to, but it is a helpful tool to use if it is in your budget and something you are really interested in learning more about.