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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. Dorienne Evans

    February 6th, 2018 at 9:56 am

    I suffer from constant headaches and after several attempts we still have not been able to pinpoint all of my triggers. I would love to be able to take the EverlyWell food sensitivity test to rule out any possible foods that may trigger my headaches.

  2. Dani

    February 6th, 2018 at 10:00 am

    I would love to have this testing done! While reading about your experience with your son is a total reflection on my life lately! I feel like my immune system is always down! And I’m always getting sick! It’s so frustrating. Especially when I have little ones that pass around germs like candy in a jar!

  3. Renee

    February 6th, 2018 at 10:11 am

    It would be great to try this food sensitivity test inorder to try and pinpoint potential causes of my migraines and joint pain!

  4. Jeannette Turin

    February 6th, 2018 at 10:30 am

    As I have aged my matabolisom has changed. My schedules haven’t. My body just isn’t reacting the same to foods as they used to. Also I have a daughter that as she has grown up she just is always run down and has adult breakouts. This test would be wonderful to see what is different in our systems.

  5. Mie

    February 6th, 2018 at 10:34 am

    I have been wanting to figure out my own food sensitivities for a long time! I have had bad gas issues for as long as I can remember. I am excited to understand my body better and live a healthier and happier life!

  6. Adrienn Mertz

    February 6th, 2018 at 10:35 am

    When I eat bread – I think it is bread but might be coffee, I get bloated like I am 5 months pregnant and otherwise I have a normal body shape. The EverlyWell would hopefully help me to find the trigger points and where am I missing!

  7. Jolene Johnson

    February 6th, 2018 at 10:36 am

    I have Ulcerative Colitis and find that too much dairy, especially milk, can sometimes cause nausea and bloating. I’ve eliminated it for several months before and it kind of reset my body and I could handle it after working it back in. But I’ve been curious about other sensitivities, I’ve always had a kind of sensitive stomach. My five year old daughter has sinus allergies and persistent eczema, I’d like to try it with her as well!

  8. Terri

    February 6th, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Anything I can do to improve my overall health is beneficial. I would love to try this test

  9. Cristina

    February 6th, 2018 at 10:56 am

    This would help me out so much! I have never really been able to pin point what causes my bloating and joint pain and I feel like this would be a big help to help me eliminate those foods.

  10. Lacey Helton

    February 6th, 2018 at 11:01 am

    I struggle with having nasal drainage constantly and I have been on different prescription allergy medicines with no relief. I am also being treated for migraines. I try to eat mostly organic when it’s feasible and minimal processed foods. I am curious to see if I have a sensitivity that could be the root of my problems.

  11. Mathilde Grannec

    February 6th, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I was just trying to find a doctor to do a food allergy test where I live but there are none around me. It is so great that we can do it from home now and that it is accessible to so many people! Love it!!

  12. Christine

    February 6th, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I have been dealing with skin issues for a few years now, and I would love to get to the root cause.

  13. Ally J

    February 6th, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I am so intrigued by symptoms we become accustomed to because of food sensitivities. I am in the reintroduction phase of a Whole30 that lasted for 93 days and recently saw very clearly how much lentils irritate me. I would love to hear from someone who has completed this testing!

  14. Heather

    February 6th, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I’ve always wondered if my son has sensitivities. Would be a good reason and time to explore. Thanks

  15. Kristin

    February 6th, 2018 at 11:53 am

    I would love to win this kit. I have felt off since my 2 pregnancies and would be curious to find out if food sensitivities have anything to do with it.

  16. M

    February 6th, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Really interested in looking more into this. Thanks for sharing the info!

  17. Antonia Kenney

    February 6th, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    I’d love to win it and try it out. I feel like I just don’t tolerate certain foods well but my doctor basically calls me crazy

  18. Victoria R

    February 6th, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try Everlywell for a while. This kid of how healthy we could all be if we knew how our individual bodies handled different foods!

  19. Dana Coughlin

    February 6th, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I already was dx with Celiac but I would love to know what else is going on with me.

  20. Jessica

    February 6th, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Almost two years ago I found out I have a dairy sensitivity (thanks PCOS) and I suspect a slight gluten sensitivity. This test would be interesting to see what else, if anything, I am sensitive to!

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