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What is a food sensitivity test?


Have you ever felt that afternoon slump, or struggled to get going in the morning? Do you often feel like you can’t focus, or find yourself saying, “what was I going to do?” Or maybe you just haven’t been able to shake that “cold” that’s been lingering for weeks, or maybe it’s been months.

If any of these feeling sound familiar, you may have a food sensitivity to blame.

Food sensitivities are your body’s reaction to various foods and can result in many different forms. Fatigue and brain fog, as mentioned above, are two of the symptoms often felt, but here’s a more comprehensive list:

  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin problems (rashes,
  • Joint pain
  • Stomach pain

Food Sensitivity vs Food Allergy

When I first heard of the term, food sensitivity, I thought it was just another way of saying food allergy… but I was wrong. A food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects organs in the body. It can be severe to life-threatening, causing various symptoms. A food sensitivity, on the other hand, is less serious most of the time and can lead to some unpleasant symptoms. Food sensitivities are not as quick to occur as food allergies and may take days to cause any visible reactions, often making them difficult to diagnose without adequate testing.

Top food sensitivity tests to help you thrive

Tests for a food sensitivity can help alleviate symptoms and to help you get back to feeling awesome. There is so much power in food!

Three ways I’ve tested for food sensitivities:

Elimination diet: At Simple Green Smoothies, we have a few different cleanse and reset programs which also act as an elimination diet for a specific period of time. In just a few days, we’re releasing a brand-new product: Thrive 7-Day Reset! It’s a seven-day reset that offers full day vegan meal-plans, including recipes, shopping lists and more that remove gluten and dairy, two of the most common triggers. This reset is a great starting point for determining whether these foods are causing issues for your body. Check our website starting February 12 to learn more about Thrive 7-Day Reset!

  • Pros: It’s affordable and self-controlled; all of the planning is laid out in an easy-to-follow format.
  • Cons: It can take lots of time to pinpoint it + rework your diet.

Blood test: Within the last few weeks I took the Food Sensitivity Test from EverlyWell, and I did it all right in my own home. I ordered the kit online, and it shipped directly to my house. The kit spells out the next steps very clearly. I took a slight prick of my finger (no pain at all!), sent in 5 blood samples (droplets on a card), and received my results within a few days.

  • Pros: This test gives you quick results to 96 of the most common foods in a Western diet that are known to cause sensitivities; results reviewed by board-certified doctors; EverlyWell provides information on elimination diets that can be done based upon reactivity levels.
  • Cons: It’s a financial investment (see below for your chance to win a free kit!).

Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing: Applied Kinesiology (AK), according to the International College of Applied Kinesiology, is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. In testing food sensitivities in this manner, foods and other substances are “tested” against the patient by placing them under their tongue or in vials that are held/placed on the patient. The doctor, which is often a chiropractor, naturopath, etc., then tests muscle weaknesses that are found when those food sources come in contact with the patient. My son, Jackson, had this testing done and we had a great experience with it (keep scrolling to read more about that).

  • Pros: This process can give you immediate results and suggestions for a dietary change + may be covered by insurance. Retesting can determine if those dietary changes are making a difference.
  • Cons: You must find a reputable practicing doctor and make office visits. Validity of testing is sometimes in question.

Whatever you decide to do, finding out if you do have a food sensitivity can be life-changing. It was for my son, Jackson, when he was two years old. We found out through an elimination diet + muscle testing that he was sensitive to corn. Up until that point he had been on a monthly dose of antibiotics to kick his “cold” that just wouldn’t go away. Yet since we found out his sensitive and try to avoid all forms of corn, for the past 8 years he hasn’t been on antibiotics once. Note: EverlyWell tests are not meant for anyone under the age of 18.

The quickest way to pinpoint food sensitivities

Once you pinpoint a food sensitivity, it can dramatically change your life. We’ve partnered with EverlyWell who makes it easy to help you decipher which foods may be causing issues and to assist in creating a clear elimination plan.

You may recognize EverlyWell from their appearance on SharkTank in November 2017. Their ease of ordering and taking the test makes finding out about your food sensitivities so easy that it’s a perfect tie-in to what we at SGS try to help you do—feel your best!

I tested the Food Sensitivities, because I wanted to know which of the 96 most common foods in a Western diet may be hindering me from feeling my most desired self.

The kit was delivered to my door within a couple days of ordering. The box had clear instructions that guided me to do a simple prick of my finger (didn’t hurt one bit!) and 5 tiny blots of blood. I sent this back, and it was reviewed by a board-certified physician. I was emailed a notification and was able to view my results easily online. Pretty awesome, huh?!

The results show you how your body reacts to each of the foods tested on a class scale, which runs from 0-3; 0 is low reactivity and 3 is high reactivity. It’s important to note that EverlyWell tests IgG antibodies, which are generated in response to a trigger but are continuously metabolized (broken down) by the body. This means that if you have recently eliminated triggering foods from your diet, you may not have any elevated IgG reactivity to report. This does not mean that an IgG response to the triggering food was never present.

My favorite thing about EverlyWell is how easy they make food sensitivity testing—I didn’t even have to leave my house! I plan to take a food sensitivity test again later this year, because our bodies tend to change over time and so do our sensitivities (I also want to see if they change based on the season).

So, you have a food sensitivity. Now what?

Along with your results, EverlyWell provides information on elimination diets that can be done based upon reactivity levels.. You can try their suggestions and see just how much better you feel; why not, right?! Of course if you choose to not eliminate some of the foods that are causing reactions, you’ll at least have some further insight on what may be making you feel badly. Knowledge is power!

A Food Sensitivity Kit is the perfect companion to our brand-new Thrive Winter Reset. They give you the powerful and helpful information on the foods that are problematic to your body, and we deliver the recipes that will help you follow through with their suggestions. Thrive is filled with green smoothies (of course!) and delicious plant-based meals + snacks that are free of gluten, corn and dairy – perfect if any of the glutenous, dairy, corn or egg foods show up on your EverlyWell test as potential triggers. We’re going to start sharing more about Thrive Winter Reset toward the end of this week, so now is the best time to take action on step one: get your EverlyWell Food Sensitivity Kit.

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  1. Lisa

    February 5th, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    I’ve been having food sensitivities crop up, and I’d like to get a clearer picture of what all I’m sensitive to.

  2. Chelsea

    February 5th, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve felt sick in the stomach after nearly every meal I’ve consumed for the past 10 years. I’ve tried to eliminate things such as diary etc from my diet but with crazy modern life I’ve found it challenging to eliminate every diary product from my life. I would love to find out exactly what the culprit is for my own (and my husbands) sanity haha. This kit sounds amazing, I would love to give it a go and share my results with you all!

  3. Corrine Castro

    February 5th, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I would love this for my 10 year old. She’s suffered from severe asthma and gastritis for years. I’d love some answers.

  4. Lisa

    February 6th, 2018 at 12:02 am

    I’ve been curious lately if I have food sensitivities & this would be a wonderful way to answer that question.

  5. Heather

    February 6th, 2018 at 12:21 am

    I would love to do a test just to see what foods I should avoid and how that change would make my body feel better!

  6. Deanna

    February 6th, 2018 at 12:58 am

    Wow! I would be so grateful for the opportunity to take this food sensitivity test. I’ve been struggling with food sensitivities for years and as soon as I think I have it pinned down to what’s going on, I feel like I have to start all over again. I just want to feel healthy again. The green smoothies are a godsend but even some of the fruit I wonder about. I’m ready to be The mom that my five kids need me to be. But I’m constantly consumed with trying to figure out what’s going on with my body. What a blessing this would be!!

  7. Shantelle

    February 6th, 2018 at 8:38 am

    This is amazing! And so simple! I’d love to try it out!

  8. Hope

    February 6th, 2018 at 8:38 am

    I would love to take a food sensitivity test! I have celiac but also know my body doesn’t respond well to other foods. This would be so helpful in pinpointing those other foods!

  9. Jessica

    February 6th, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Would really love to figure out why I’ve been so fatigued. This could really help me.

  10. Katie Carr

    February 6th, 2018 at 8:48 am

    I’ve eliminated animal products but I’ve lately been more in tune with my body and have noticed differences in how I feel after I eat different meals. Sometimes my psoriasis on my scalp acts up, I bloat, my energy levels lag. I’m interested in finding out what might be triggering this!

  11. Kristine Morris

    February 6th, 2018 at 8:56 am

    I have been gluten-free for 3 years now due to a suspicion of gluten sensitivity. But I’m not convinced gluten is my only food sensitivity. I suspect dairy is to blame for my symptoms as well. This kit would help guide me in learning exactly what foods to avoid.

  12. Jennifer

    February 6th, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I have some idea as to what foods I’m sensitive to, but I think I’m only scratching at the surface. This test could be a game changer.

  13. Melissa

    February 6th, 2018 at 9:04 am

    I would love to figure out what gives me stomach aches and makes me so chronically tired! This sounds amazing!

  14. Menahal

    February 6th, 2018 at 9:17 am

    I’d like to do a food sensitivity test because despite clean eating and consistent working out, I’ve been stuck at the same (over)weight place. It gets really discouraging to see that I put in far more effort than the average person without seeing half the results. I think a food sensitivity might be playing a part in this process and it would be such a relief to finally figure it out.

  15. Deb

    February 6th, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Hoping this might help my nephew find out why he is having seizures. The doctors don’t have a clue!

  16. Dawn

    February 6th, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Good luck to all in the contest

  17. Kristin

    February 6th, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Would love to try this for myself and my son!

  18. Cortney Cox

    February 6th, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I have been gluten free for over 10 years. I would love to know if there are any others causing me havoc!

  19. Mindy Taylor

    February 6th, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Definitely going to check into this.

  20. Jules

    February 6th, 2018 at 9:52 am

    This would be awesome to win. I have had vitiligo for 10 years and recently (3years) ago it has spread so much. I’ve been wanting to do a food sensitivity/allergy test to start changing my diet. I know it will be hard but in the long run it will be worth it.

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