Back in February I decided I needed to take some sort of a test to see which foods I was intolerant to. It had been almost 6 years since I had last been tested and the body changes quite a bit in just a year alone…so, it was time. I did a bit of research and finally landed on Pinner Test, one of the most accurate at-home Food Intolerance Testing Kits. I mean, if I don’t have to leave home to go to some creepy building to get blood tests, AND it’s still accurate, count me in! (Jk about the creepy building..maybe haha.) On February 6th, I received my Pinner Test and went straight to testing this bad boy out. I’m sure all of you are keen to know about how this whole ordeal went…right? Well, before we get into that, let’s chat about what Pinner Test is and how it works.
What is Pinner Test?
Pinner Test is a Food Intolerance Test Kit. Specifically, a finger stick lab test performed with blood. THANK GOODNESS for the advanced technology of it though, only a few drops of dry blood are enough to perform the test. So, it’s queasy-free for a sensitive gal like me! If you’re not familiar with food intolerances – read more HERE, HERE and HERE. Food intolerances, unfortunately can lead to acne, weight gain, bloating, eczema, psoriasis and many more symptoms and ailments. Sheesh…not so great. With this Pinner Test, you are able to detect food intolerances by testing your blood sample against 200 different foods. (Click Here to view a list of all of the foods that are tested.) So, why is this good? Well, knowing what foods you are intolerant to allows you to modify your diet and live a more comfortable lifestyle. I mean, if you’re suffering from weight gain, IBS, bloating, migraines (that’s me some months), headaches, chronic stomach aches, hives, psoriasis, eczema and more – you’re sure to benefit from this test.
Who’s Behind Pinner Test?
Pinner USA Inc. is a division of the Arrayit Corporation, which is headed by CEO Mark Schena. Arrayit had an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and no closed complaints as of 1/26/17.
How does it work?
No having to drive over to a lab, this at-home test is super easy and yes, painless! (Unless a little prick causes you pain, hah!) You’ll purchase your kit, receive it in the mail within 2-3 business days and then follow the simple instructions on the pamphlet.
Pinner Test will provide you with 2 lancets (the little green + white guys you see above in the package) and all you’ll need to do is prick your finger once and allow 3-4 drops of blood to collect in the collection pad that’s included in the kit. I’m typically super squeamish when it comes to anything blood related, but this was actually not bad at all. No faint spells or upset tummies haha. Once you’ve finished, all you have to do is send it off to the self-addressed envelope included in the kit. The shipping is totally covered both ways (international included), with a tracking number – a nice little perk!
How long until I receive my results?
I waited about a week to receive my results, and they come in the form of an e-mail. (They also update you whenever they receive your blood sample, so you know it’s being processed!) Totally easy to understand and super informative. It basically told me which foods make me sick/cause discomfort and which ones I was able to consume.* Let me quit trying to explain and let me just show you…
*Keep in mind, this test is for permanent food intolerances and does not test for food allergies (two very different things).
So there you have it! Wheat +3, Kidney Beans +2, and Broccoli +3!
Wheat +3 (high): I was not in the least bit surprised, I’ve always known that I’ve had a wheat intolerance ever since 6 years ago when I was getting migraines 3-4 times a week. Not only that but other symptoms that were just horrible. Even though I just got wheat intolerance, I’ve been off of gluten and on a gluten-free diet for 6 years now and have seen tremendous results with the way my body has reacted. WAY less inflammation, bloating, skin issues, seasonal allergies, and more.
Kidney Beans +2 (moderate): Okay, this one came as a total surprise. Not that I eat kidney beans a whole bunch…but, and oddly enough, I had recently had some homemade chili at a friends house and later that day got a migraine. Come to think of it, any time I was at that house and had some of that chili (they make it quite often), I would get a random migraine or just feel crappy. Pretty crazy…
Broccoli +3 (high): Another shocker! And at a +3 at that! Every kids dream, amirite? So, this is another food item I rarely eat. I couldn’t really tell you the last time I ate broccoli, but then again, it could have been mixed in a stir-fry or in some sort of paleo cauli rice? Either way, I am not that sad about this one. To be quite frank, I’m not sad about any of these..I do feel bad for the people that get mango, almonds, onions, eggs…strawberries…(I have a friend who got that). I mean, whatcha gonna do?! I guess it’s up to us to decide whether or not we want to steer clear of them or continue having symptoms whenever we eat them! Thankfully, some are low reactions..so I suppose that’s better than moderate to high. (Little miss optimist over here.)
Would I recommend this test?
Abso-freaking-lutely! It was great to be able to take a simple test, get quick results and have knowledge of which foods I’m intolerant to. It sort of gives me a peace of mind now, when I’m eating anything else. I don’t know if I’ll ever incorporate dairy back into my diet (as most of you know, I am dairy-free and drink plant-based milks and eat plant-based “cheese”), just because I still feel gross whenever I’ve eaten dairy. It may just be more of the fact that we seem to be the only species of mammals that drink milk after infancy, and definitely the only species that drinks another species’ milk. Cow’s milk is not designed for human consumption. But, I won’t get into all of that on here. ;)
Anyways, with all this being said, I highly recommend taking a look into trying out Pinner Test! I’m definitely making my husband Davey do one! I know they’re not cheap, but any blood taken for intolerance testing is going to cost a pretty penny anyhow. This is so quick, convenient, super accurate and you don’t even have to leave your home! Plus, I’ve got a discount code for you!
Use code HULLOSAM for $60 off of your Pinner Test purchase!
I plan on updating you all on how I feel after eliminating these two (new) foods (Kidney Beans and Broccoli) in a few months – plus how Davey’s test goes as well..so, stay tuned for that! Happy Testing!
*Pinner Test was provided free of charge for me to review. All photos, opinions, thoughts and words are my own.