At-Home Allergy Testing with Helix
If you’re following me on Instagram, you may have seen that just a few days ago I got the coolest thing in the mail. A company called Helix sent me their DNA test and DNA-powered EverlyWell Food Sensitivity+ kit. Together, they’ll tell me if I have elevated levels of immune antibodies in my blood, plus measure my genetic predisposition to metabolize and absorb foods and vitamins. What does that all mean? Well simply said, the Food Sensitivity+ needs just a few drops of blood (plus some saliva for the DNA part of the test) and it can test for reactivity to 96 foods (like gluten, wheat and dairy) as well as genetic influences on lactose intolerance, caffeine, vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, and magnesium. That’s pretty rad!
Besides the long lines and crazy-out-of pocket expenses that can accrue when going to the doctors office, who knows where healthcare will be in a year or four? This test is a quick (results come within about a week!), safe, and effective way to figure out what your food sensitivities are without dealing with lines or overpaying for healthcare. Helix’s proprietary technology, called Exome+, reads every letter of all 22,000 protein-coding genes in your body, which produces 100 times more data than most consumer genetics companies. Then, once you’ve taken and sent back your DNA sample, they’ll store and protect your genetic data so you can access and share it with any partner of your choosing without ever having to provide another DNA sample. And if you’re interested in finding out more about your DNA, Helix offers other tests to help you dive further into that information, too. They offer cool tests for ancestry, family planning, hereditary cancer screening - all kinds of different things if you’re interested in exploring further!
Two years ago I was diagnosed with ‘IBS’ after blood and stool tests plus an endoscopy, colonoscopy and an ingestible camera found nothing but healthy organs with a lot of inflammation. Eventually, after many tests and dietary restrictions, doctors finally figured out that I was having allergic reactions to soy. They figured that was what was causing all of my abdominal pain, content bowel movements, and eczema breakouts - and they were mostly right. Now I’ve been soy-free for almost two years now and while the abdominal issues, cramping, and overall IBS symptoms have stopped, the eczema and adult acne have only gotten worse. And while I’ve tried tweaking my diet here and there, it can be really hard to pinpoint when you’re shooting in the dark. With Food Sensitivity+, you’ll learn your body’s sensitivity to many common foods AND the impact your DNA may have on your ability to digest certain foods and nutrients. That’s pretty awesome, because it also gives you the tools to create long-term meal plans and food awareness for yourself, plus know which foods are triggering you and causing your symptoms. You’ll know which foods your body should be getting more of and what you may want to be removing from your diet altogether. And hopefully I’ll be able to end these eczema flare-ups and see what smaller triggers could be causing unknown stress on my body.
The process was super easy. I ordered my kits online and they arrived within just a couple days. For the Helix DNA test I just needed a simple saliva sample. Spit in a tiny tube, add some liquid, and shake it up! For the FoodSensitivity+ test I did a simple finger prick, then put drops of my blood onto a biomarker collection card. Then all I had to do was drop my samples into a pre-addressed, safety sealed envelope and drop it into a mailbox! Two days later I got an email that my results had been received by the lab, and now I’m just a few days out from my results. And I can’t wait! (Because this product includes a biomarker test, EverlyWell will provide a physician to review my health history + biomarker results once they’re ready.) You can get 30% OFF any purchase on any Helix product with code: Helixivhk. But HURRY - only the first 25 unique users get the discount! And stay tuned - my results will be back soon and I’ll share them here!
See the video below for a sneak peek at contents of the FoodSensitivity+ blood test!
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