My Intolerance Test



Not particularly eco focused, but thought some of you may be interested to read this anyway.

For the past year and a bit, I’ve been convinced that something has been causing me to feel bloated from time to time and giving me random mini, but  very painful spots on my forehead… I know, hot! And due to a lot of media hype around gluten I thought it must be that which was causing me grief. So I cut it out yet I was still suffering. Feeling increasingly frustrated, a friend of mine recommended an intolerance test where you send off some pieces of hair and they send back the results, letting you know what is highly likely (85% and above) to be causing you any issues. It is then up to me to cut them out of my diet for 2-4 weeks and then reintroduce them one at a time and see if I get a reaction… if no reacton, I can continue to enjoy it as I like and if I react then probably best to reduce it or cut it out completely. I am one week in and in the word’s of Nina Simone…. “I’m feeeeeelin’ gooooooood”.

Previously, to replace wheat and gluten, I had turned to buckwheat as a gluten free option for pasta and noodles…. but guess what…? Turns out I’m all good with gluten…. we even get along well! I’m not, however, so great with buckwheat according to my results! I was also advised to cut out lactose/dairy, eggs, certain types of lettuce (believe it or not, lettuce is often the cause of acne), oats (I usually eat porridge every morning), parsley, rice, soya and some fish (halibut and crab) and berries to name the main things. Interestingly mango appeared on my list and only last week I snacked on some dried mango and then felt super bloated but blamed it on a piece of toast I had also eaten around the same time! Hilariously, they also inform you of some non-food items that may cause irritation, and “parrot feathers” cropped up on my list… my dreams of becoming a pirate have been dashed. I’ll have to return the eye-patch and hook this weekend. I can, however, enjoy a wonderful slice of sourdough toast, without worrying what might happen. The seven seeds over the seven seas wins for now.

I can happily report that I haven’t bloated once this week and my forehead is looking so much clearer (even my husband noticed) and no longer feels sensitive or painful. Hooray! Could this be the answer I was looking for? Well, we’ll see and only time will tell. But it seems to be taking me on the right path for now, so I’ll keep you posted on how I’m getting on.

If you’re at all intrigued, then the company I used was called The Intolerance Testing Group, who are UK based. I also did the nutrient deficiency test to find out what I was lacking in too. All rather nice to know and it cost me around £60.



UPDATE: (Jan 26th 2016)

I LOVE knowing what works for my body and what doesn’t. I know which foods will give me spots and which will give me tummy cramps. Eggs are a no go unless they’re dispersed in cake or a baked good. Egg on it’s own though leaves me doubled over in pain. I can have oats from time to time and I can get away with having a dash of milk in my tea. Cheese makes me look several months pregnant but with no discomfort. Weird. And rice is ok from time to time it just gives me a few painful spots the next day. All in all, having the knowledge about what works for me and having a clear forehead almost all of the time has been the best thing!

Also, I can now just buy regular pasta and bread without packaging (most of the time) instead of purchasing gluten-free alternatives such as brown rice pasta or buckwheat noodles… turns out these were irritating my system and almost always come in plastic packaging.



  1. 30th March 2015 / 9:08 pm

    Hey Kate, thanks for posting your experience! I’ve also been finding something has been bothering my stomach lately (I blame it on gluten or dairy, since pizza near lays me out) but I’m not near any allergy testing centers so I’ve been putting off finding out what the exact problem is. Now that I know you can send your hair away I might give it a try!


  2. katearnell
    31st March 2015 / 4:56 pm

    Could be worth a shot. I felt I was getting so frustrated not knowing what was causing my bloating and skin break outs that I should give it a go. So far, so good. One week without (mostly) intolerance foods (although I’m sure I had something cooked in butter the other day when eating out) and my forehead has def improved. Even my hubby commented on it again yesterday. So we’ll see but going well for now.

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