This post will cover how I used a blood test for food allergies/sensitivities to make dietary changes in order to boost up my immune system to naturally reverse my CIN 3 high-grade cervical dysplasia.
Even better, I’m going to let you know how to identify what dietary changes you should make for YOUR body specifically.
Sometimes the same “healthy diet” is not a “healthy diet” for everyone.
You might be wondering, what do I mean by that? Several years ago I did a blood test for food allergies and sensitivities. I learned there were certain foods that I would have considered healthy for my body, which was actually causing unwanted inflammation and unnecessary immune responses from my body. At this time, I was trying to naturally boost up my immune system so I could reverse the effects of HPV and high-grade cervical dysplasia, so I needed all the healing help I could get.
For example: For me, eating pineapple was triggering an immune response in my gut and found in my blood test for food allergies with IgG markers. Every time I ate pineapple, my body had to dedicate part of my immune response system to healing small amounts of damage that pineapple was causing, rather than on cervical dysplasia I was trying to fight.
How I got a blood test for food allergies.
I went to my doctor and spent hundreds of dollars on this blood test for food allergies and results to be reviewed and received. It was incredibly helpful for me to know at the time, but boy was it a financial commitment to do this. My doctor drew my blood and looked for any IgG markers against dozens of different common foods. Don’t get this confused with a true “allergy” test or a food intolerance test, she was simply looking for food sensitivities that were causing an unnecessary immune response.
When I had my tests done with my doctor, it was back in 2014. So I JUST missed the boat on having the ability to do this test from the comfort of my home with Everlywell.
Why you should care about getting a blood test for food allergies (even if you have no adverse reactions or symptoms).
Let’s chat about why this is an important step if you are looking to address your health from a holistic standpoint. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “you are what you eat.”
One of the reasons this is so true is because the cleaner your diet is, the better internal environment you create for your body to do what it does best: to heal and regenerate all the cells and tissues in the body.
The caveat is that every BODY is different. For example, just because kale is good for one person, it may not be for someone else. In some cases, a food that someone might consider healthy could be causing an irritating environment inside the gut of someone else. When you have extra irritation and inflammation within your system, your body, including your immune system cannot function and heal at its full capacity.
When you eat foods that trigger an immune response, your body has to allocate part of its healing energy towards that food. For example, let’s say it turns out that after you do a blood test for food allergies from home, you learn that your body has a hard time with the following foods: almonds, oranges, egg whites, and kale. This means that every time you consume these foods, you lose a small percentage of your immune systems ability to fight REAL diseases, viruses, and conditions.
You might have food sensitivities that cause unpleasant symptoms, but you may do not realize they are connected to foods.
You might have food sensitivities causing unpleasant symptoms that you do not realize are connected to foods. Here is a snapshot from their website about some related symptoms to food sensitivities:
How do these blood tests for food allergies work?
You might be wondering, well, how the heck do I find out if kale is healthy for me or if it’s causing my body to heal less effectively?
Here’s how we find out what those foods are: a doctor will look for something called IgG markers in your blood and match it to certain foods you have eaten in the last 4 weeks. IgG markers are a defensive immune response that is triggered by foods your body is sensitive to.
Remember, we want your body’s immune response to be working on healing the body from whatever chronic condition you’re experiencing. In my case I wanted to be sure my body was working to target and attack the HPV and cervical dysplasia, and not on that kale I ate last night 😉
So on top of eating a healthier diet, I found out that foods like pineapple and egg whites were foods I should stay away from if I want to maximize the healing powers in my body.
How you can get a blood test for food allergies – from home!
Here is the coolest part for you. Science has come a long way in the last few years. Now, you don’t HAVE to go to a doctors office and request a test like this.
EverlyWell was founded in 2015. This company is pretty cool- they make about 35 different blood panel tests that you can do from the comfort of your home. One of their most popular tests is their blood test for food allergies.
EverlyWell has a super easy kit you can order and it will test against 96 different foods. There is also an extension pack if you want to add an additional 88 foods to test for. You just order the kit, and they send you everything you need. You prick your finger and blot a card a few times. Then you just register your kit and send it back with the prepaid label they send you. A board-certified physician in your state analyses your kit and you get your results back in a super easy to understand digital chart. Included in your purchase is even a review of your results with someone from their clinical team. Super cool.
How the at-home process works
- Order a blood test for food allergies online, it gets shipped right to your door.
- Register your kit online.
- Prick a small area on your finger and blot it on their testing cards.
- Pop our samples back in the mail (they give you prepaid shipping labels to make this easier).
- A physician will analyze your results once they return from the lab.
- You receive your results in a few days on their digital portals.
Results come with:
- Your specific levels of sensitivities to 96 different foods. These levels range from “low to high” on an easy-to-understand chart.
- Information about how to take action and make changes necessary. You can even take the test in a few months and they will compare and track the changes.
- Resources and articles selected by their physicians with the latest information to keep you educated about resources available to you.
What to do: Be sure you are eating a healthy diet to begin healing your gut and fueling your body properly. To go above and beyond this step like I did, identify what dietary changes you should make for YOUR body specifically.
Why do it: The reason you want to do this is to eliminate any unnecessary inflammation or irritation in your gut lining. By doing this your are maximizing the healing abilities in your body to target the stuff that’s doing real damage.
How to do it: You can find a naturopath or a functional medicine doctor and request an IgG food sensitivity blood test. This will likely be the most comprehensive version of this test as I had done. You can also order a kit from a company like Everly and do it from the comfort of your own home and will likely save you many pennies as well.
The information contained in this post is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any diseases. It is not a substitute for regular medical care. If you are on medications, or have any medical conditions, please consult with your primary healthcare provider before making any changes to your healthcare approaches.
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