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EverlyWell at home lab tests review

REVIEW – Do you have questions about your health? Maybe you wonder how your body reacts to stress or if you’re sensitive to certain foods. Maybe you want to check your levels of vitamin D or even take an HIV test. Going through your family doctor for a variety of lab tests can be very expensive especially if they are not covered under you your health insurance plan. Is there another way to get health tests done quickly and without a huge expense? EverlyWell thinks so. To try their service, they sent me two of their at home lab tests to try, let’s check out the tests, the experience, and the results.

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What is it?

EverlyWell is a company that offers physician-approved lab tests that you can do yourself in the privacy of your home without requiring a visit to your doctor’s office.

EverlyWell offers a wide variety of health tests like an HIV test, cholesterol test, Vitamin D test, Lyme disease test, and many more. I was sent a stress/sleep test and a food sensitivity test.

Sleep & Stress Test

EverlyWell sent me their Sleep & Stress Test which provides some guidance on how four hormones that deal with stress and sleep change throughout the day and can affect your sleep.

This test requires that 4 urine samples be collected throughout the day. Oh boy, I get to pee in a cup! Basically, you collect urine first thing after you wake up, again in 2hrs, again at dinner time in the evening, and one last time before going to bed.

Special filter paper is included with this test kit along with a collapsible cup. So you pee in the cup, place the paper in the cup, remove the paper, let it dry, and place all the dated/timed sample collection papers in a biohazard bag and ship them back to EverlyWell for testing.

Results

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I mailed the completed test kit to Everlywell on a Monday and received the results four days later on Friday.  The sleep and stress test results provided levels info on the hormones Cortisol, Cortisone, Melatonin, and Creatinine (not a hormone) for each of the 4 collections. Although the results showed the levels, I was confused about what I should do with the info. Luckily, EverlyWell provides free help to understand the test results. They have online chat or one on one phone calls from a health professional who can answer questions and provide insight into the results.

I was able to schedule a call at a time that worked best for me and was called promptly at the scheduled time. I was able to ask all the questions I needed to ask to understand the results. It was interesting that she was asked if I watch a lot of screens before I go to bed because she could tell that one of the hormones was low at the before bedtime reading and suggested that I try to stop screen use 1-2hrs before bedtime. I don’t really have sleep issues, but I may try that tip just to see if my sleep can be improved even more.

Food Sensitivity test

First of all, it’s important that you understand that this test does not tell you if you are allergic to a food. Unlike food allergies, food sensitivities aren’t life-threatening, but they can cause a body immune response like skin problems, GI problems, headaches, body aches, bloating, etc hours, and even days after the food is consumed.  For example, if you are lactose intolerant, you won’t die if you drink a glass of milk or eat some ice cream, but doing so might leave you feeling bloated or cause other GI issues.

The EverlyWell Food Sensitivity Test tests the IgG reactivity to 96 foods that are commonly found in western diets. IgG stands for Immunoglobulin G which is an antibody which circulates our immune system and can trigger to show sensitivity to certain foods that we eat.

Each kit contains everything you need to collect the bio samples needed for the test and then mail them back to EverlyWell. Depending on the test, the package contains different items. The food sensitivity test includes:

  • Alcohol prep pad
  • Collection card
  • 2 lancets
  • Bandaid
  • Gauze pad
  • Biohazard bag
  • Return envelope and a paid return label
  • Instructions

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