If you’re considering a food sensitivity test but aren’t sure where to start, this one is for you. The Essential Food Sensitivity Test* gives a simple, straightforward overview of your sensitivities by measuring your reactivity to 96 common foods and spices.
*Please note that this test is only for those age 18 and older.
You should take this test if you regularly experience:
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Headaches or migraines
What this test tells you:
Food Sensitivities vs. Food Allergies:
While food allergies trigger a reaction from your immune system, food sensitivities stimulate a response from your digestive system. With allergies, your body treats a specific food as an invader, often resulting in reactions such as hives, swelling and anaphylaxis. Food sensitivities, however, are much more common and are associated with your gut’s inability to break down certain foods, resulting in stomach pain, bloating and other digestive issues.
In simple terms, food sensitivities can be translated as your digestive system’s inability to process certain foods. It’s estimated that up to 20 percent of the global population may experience food sensitivities, but the broad range of symptoms often leaves them undiagnosed.
Fatigue, weight gain, abdominal discomfort and headaches are just a few symptoms that may be attributed to unaddressed food sensitivities or intolerances. Because your gut microbiome is constantly changing, food sensitivities can also change over time.
Food sensitivities are often correlated with other health issues, including (but not limited to):
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Indigestion (including bloating, diarrhea and constipation)
- Acid Reflux
The proper screening, identification and elimination of reactive foods often provides relief for those with undiagnosed food sensitivities. However, if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, we recommend first consulting with a healthcare practitioner.
The Essential Food Sensitivity Test is comprised of these 96 foods and spices:
1. Activate your kit
After your test kit is delivered to your door, activate it online at www.notch.health/activate using the ID included in your package.
2. Collect your sample
Complete your sample collection by following the step-by-step instructions included in your kit and return it to us with prepaid shipping.
3. Get your results
You’ll receive your test results in 5-10 business days, as soon as they’ve been reviewed by an independent, board-certified physician.
Who is Notch for?
Notch is for anyone over the age of 18 who is looking to complete a lab test from the comfort of their own home. Our health tests cater to those who are looking to pinpoint food sensitivities, vitamin deficiencies, airborne/environmental sensitivities and more.
Do I need a prescription to use Notch?
No, you do not need a prescription. Notch works with a physician network to authorize test requisitions in each state that we offer test kits.
Where do you ship to?
We currently ship to most U.S. addresses and U.S. territories, excluding New York State, New Jersey and Rhode Island. We do not ship to PO Boxes/APO/FPO addresses.
Is my information safe?
Are Notch health tests the same tests you would take in a doctor’s office?
Notch health tests are the same tests as you would take in a doctor's office. Samples are sent to our CLIA-certified lab and analyzed by qualified laboratory technicians. The only difference is the method in which we collect your blood. We collect blood with a capillary blood sample (finger prick) instead of a venous blood sample (taken from the vein).
Is this replacement for visiting a doctor?
If and when possible, we encourage everyone to use their own doctor and health insurance for health tests. Home health testing is often more convenient and flexible than traditional health testing. However, we are not a replacement for visiting a doctor and do not diagnose, prescribe, treat or provide personal medical advice.