My allergy test results are in! The list of food items and non-food items was a bit of a surprise. I thought I was going to test for typical stuff like wheat, dairy, tomatoes or something along those lines. Not the case at all! Drum roll, please…
So the testing took a little bit longer than I had originally anticipated because I hadn’t realized that my sample was actually being sent to a lab in the UK. The address provided on the form that I downloaded is in Texas, but the company headquarters and lab are located in England so they forward the samples sent to the Houston location immediately to the lab in the UK, which took about 7 business days. My results were then emailed to me a few days after that.
If you haven’t read my first post explaining why I did these tests and what food intolerances and allergies are then you should probably read that first by clicking HERE.
I received 3 reports in total. One for the food and non-food items, one for dietary/nutritional deficiencies, and one for heavy metals. I found them all very easy to read. They give a short explanation of each item and what the overall handling is.
Here is a snapshot of what the intolerance report looks like –
Disclaimer: Again, I am not a doctor and all of the information included here is based on my personal test results and is written purely from my own personal experiences. It is not intended to be or substitute for medical advice from a licensed professional.
Intolerance Test Results
The list was much shorter than I thought it would be (yay!) and the items on it are pretty random. Test My Allergy only lists the items that tested at over 85%, which is nice because chances are I don’t need to avoid things that I am only 0.0002% intolerant to. Haha. Some tests include it all and it can get very confusing and overwhelming, so I totally okay with that data being left out.
- Portobella Mushrooms
- Lima Beans
- E 122 Carmoisine (a red food dye)
- E 250 Sodium Nitrite
- Pomegranate Juice
- White Rice
I already eat a pretty clean diet and despite that, I was still experiencing digestive upset, gas, bloating, and mild to moderate contact dermatitis. I have mostly cut out dairy and I tried almond milk a few times and even though I like the taste it always left me feeling nauseous and bloated. I originally blamed this on the carrageenan and gellan gum that is so often found in nut milk, but now I know that nope! It was the almonds.
My dermatitis was almost completely gone and then yesterday I accidentally consumed something with almonds in it and boom! It came right back. So, that really confirmed it for me. I love almonds so this is really the only item on the list that I am bummed about. However, I don’t like having itchy, bumpy, rashy skin and digestive issues so they are just going to have to go bye-bye.
- Fungus (all molds, mushrooms, and toadstools)
- Pollen (all tree pollen)
Okay, I know you are probably having the same reaction I did when I first read this list… Cotton?? Really??
After looking into that a little more it is more likely that I am intolerant to the pesticides and chemicals used on non-organic GMO (genetically modified organism) cotton. I live in the Southeastern United States which is pollen and mold/fungus central so this didn’t surprise me at all. And wool has always made me itchy so again no big surprise there.
Nutrition Test Results
I was probably looking forward to the results of this test the most. My hair has been shedding a lot which is partly due to the fact that I have PCOS. I also have chronically dry cracked lips and heels. Unfortunately, with today’s modern farming methods and the fact that most of our food has been hybridized for longer shelf life, the nutrients they once contained have been drastically reduced. So, vitamin and nutrient deficiencies are pretty common nowadays.
The report I received tells me exactly which vitamins and nutrients I am deficient in and which foods contain these nutrients as well as the symptoms these deficiencies can cause. Ironically, some of the food items included are the ones I am intolerant to. Luckily there are plenty of other foods that I can have that also include these nutrients.
Here is what my report looks like –
So as you can see it is very clear and easy to read. I have already been taking supplements but I obviously need to concentrate a lot more on getting enough of the above.
Metals Test Results
The third and final test results I received was for heavy metals. Substances such as mercury and lead are known toxins that you don’t want floating around in your system so this is something that is definitely good to get tested for. In this report, the intolerance level is ranked from low to high. Green being low, Yellow is medium, and Red is High. Other information included is a brief explanation of what these elements are as well as possible sources of these contaminants.
As seen here –
I tested for the following…
Heavy Metals –
- Beryllium – Medium
- Cadmium – High
- Chromium (Cr) – Medium
- Copper – High
- Magnesium (Mg) – Medium
- Manganese (Mn) – High
- Platinum (Pt) – High
- Strontium (Sr) – Medium
In addition to writing for and running this blog, I am also an artist and used to paint with oils so the fact that cadmium and manganese appeared on my report was no shock. When I was younger and didn’t know any better I wasn’t very careful about getting paint on my skin. The colors are labeled cadmium orange, red, etc for a reason! Duh! You live and you learn, right? 🙂
The platinum is a mystery to me so I will have to research that out more to see if I can narrow down how I was exposed to that. I live right down the street from a baseball field where they like to set off fireworks several times a year so that’s where the strontium is coming from. That is a key ingredient in fireworks in case you didn’t know. I had no idea until I saw it on my test results.
So now that I have all of the above information from my test results where do I go from here? Well, like I mentioned above the reports are pretty detailed. For the food intolerances I am now following an elimination diet – meaning that I am cutting the food items I tested for out of my life probably for good. I seem to be okay with nuts other than almonds but I am going to pay closer attention to them to see if I get any kind of reaction from them as well. I may end up having to cut out all nuts from my diet.
As far as the fungus/mold intolerance goes I am planning to move to a much drier climate as soon as I can. I am originally from the western U.S. and have never liked a damp climate. I only ended up in the Southeast because my family moved me here when I was a kid. I escaped for 3 years and stupidly came back thinking that maybe it wouldn’t be as bad as I remembered it. WRONG!
Occasionally we get some cool dry days here and when they happen I literally feel like a different person. It’s like I have been half-dead and I suddenly come fully alive. So, yeah definitely time to move to again.
And another thing I am doing to help get rid of the mold is to also cut out any foods that contain molds such as – fermented dairy, pickled foods, and vinegar. I love lemon so for me that is a perfectly adequate substitute if I want to add some zing to my food.
Pollen exists pretty much everywhere so during allergy season I am just going to boost my immune system by diffusing essential oils and by taking herbal supplements like stinging nettle. I can’t live in a bubble so this should do the trick.
To handle the nutrient deficiencies I am taking vitamin and mineral supplements and I am also working my way up to consuming 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day to help flood my system with vitamins and minerals.
As for the heavy metals, I can get them out of my system by doing an herbal cleanse, getting enough fiber in my diet, sweating in a sauna and via exercise. And of course by being more aware of what I am coming into contact and putting on and into my body.
I am really glad that I did these tests. Overall I am really impressed with testmyallergy.com and I do highly recommend them. It is going to take a little while for my body to adjust and since I am not living in an ideal climate I probably won’t experience any miracles at this point in time, but every little change I make will add up and I should definitely start noticing some major improvements in my overall health in the near future.
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Lora is a native Californian currently living in the Southeast. She is an artist, designer, blogger and nature lover. Her hobbies include herbalism, cooking, baking, creating DIY aromatherapy recipes, sipping wine and listening to music. She also loves to go hiking and camping.