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Before & After… Jake’s Testimonial

At 5Strands® Affordable Testing (2019), our mission is “to empower families with a voice about their own health care and that of their pets.” We love hearing our customers’ “aha!” moments and their testimonials, knowing that we helped provide the keys to unlocking a healthier lifestyle that is catered to their unique bodies! Along with creating a lasting relationship with our customers, we also allow them to tell their story through case studies. 

Our most recent testament is from our wonderful customer, Jake Smith. Jake is 25 years old, enjoys sports and working out, and leads a relatively active and healthy lifestyle. Prior to taking his 5Strands® Deluxe test, Jake was experiencing “headaches, joint soreness, rashes, bloating and fatigue.” He was also frequently getting sick with sinus infections, the flu, and a cold. He eventually went to the doctor where they tested him for Crohn’s disease, ulcers, adrenal fatigue and a multitude of other things but they could find nothing. Their recommendation was to drink less caffeine. Jake decided to make additional changes by eliminating processed foods and being on a stricter diet, recording his macronutrients, and intermittent fasting. Also, when working out, he made sure to burn more calories than he was consuming, but he was still gaining weight and not feeling better. Then he decided to take a different route by trying our 5Strands® Deluxe test (Smith, 2020). 

After receiving his test results, he noticed that “egg whites, spinach, ground beef and ground turkey, honey, a color additive, and a sweetener” were all listed on his results. These were food items that he was consuming on a consistent basis. He then decided to eliminate all level 3 items and some level 2 items as well. After one week, he noticed that his bloating decreased. After about two weeks his headaches decreased. After three weeks, not only did his rashes disappear, but he also found that sports and working out was more enjoyable. Within a month, he also saw that his headaches were gone, and he was becoming less and less tired throughout the day. One of the worst symptoms he experienced prior to the test was “a foggy mind,” so he has been taking supplements such as “fish oil-omega 3, 6, and 9, probiotics, and Vitamin D3, as well as eating brazil nuts to help with selenium.” He also mentioned that when he gets more Vitamin D through natural sun exposure, he can feel the difference.  He used to incorporate naps into his weekly routine because he was feeling so fatigued, but weeks after the elimination process, he has been feeling more energized and naps were no longer a weekly occurrence (Smith, 2020). 

A takeaway that Jake received from this life-changing experience is that “food affects people differently.” A piece of advice he stated in a 5Strands® interview was “if you’re going to try to make efforts in your health, you want to make sure that your efforts pay off” and that “if you’re not at peace with yourself and not feeling good, you are not living at your full potential.” At 5Strands® Affordable Testing, when we hear amazing stories like Jake’s, it makes us grateful for the opportunity to make a helpful change in another satisfied customer’s life (Smith, 2020)!



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Smith, J. Phone interview with [L. Mihok]. (2020, January 21).

Donuts Make You Go Nuts

Who doesn’t love to indulge in the occasional doughnut…or two? Many times, we find ourselves craving the sweet, fried, satisfying taste we get with each bite of a freshly made Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ doughnut. While we’re delighting in the taste of the deep-fried food, do we stop and consider how much we’re hurting our body? Chances are, no. When we fulfill that craving and consume the sugary dessert, it could contribute to a number of health risks like weight gain and diabetes. Instead, we should try to find other tasty, healthier treats to eat.

Reader’s Digest Editors (2017) listed doughnuts as one of the worst foods you can eat because they contain the “unholy trinity of unhealthy ingredients…trans-fat, sugar, and refined flour.” In order to make us a little more conscientious of the possible health risks of eating doughnuts, here are a few reasons why we should resist the cravings:


  • LOADED WITH SUGAR. This sugary food can be quite addictive like many other sweet treats because it contains a lot refined sugar in it. Oddly enough, whenever we eat sugary foods like doughnuts, neurotransmitters excite the brain just like it would if you were to have cocaine. Dopamine receptors spike and over time of constant doughnut consumption, tolerance levels rise, and you crave even more sugar in order to reach satisfaction. Some people have classified sugar as a drug because, like a drug addiction, may people will have cravings, binges and even withdrawals.  
  • LOADED WITH FAT. Along with lots of sugar, doughnuts contain a large amount of trans-fat, which is an unhealthy fat. Doughnuts can contain up to “10 to 20 grams of fat each and between 250 to 300 empty calories” (The Worst Foods You Can Eat, 2017). This can raise your cholesterol levels and can increase your risk of having heart disease or a stroke.
  • DOES NOT FILL YOU UP. Some people love having a doughnut with their morning coffee. They are comfort food for some, but they are also empty calories that should be avoided. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so consuming that much sugar, carbohydrates that turn into sugar, and fat so early in the morning is not the best choice of a meal. No matter how many doughnuts you eat, they will not fill you up, but instead cause you to have an unnerving stomachache, which no one wants at the start of their day. 
  • IT’S HARD TO EAT JUST ONE. As previously stated, doughnuts contain loads of sugar, so it is very hard to only have one at a time when there are many different flavors and fillings to choose from. Just ask your local police officer! If having just one doughnut were so easy, then they probably wouldn’t have the option for you to buy a dozen at a time and mix-n-match what kinds of doughnuts are in that dozen.
  • COULD CONTRIBUTE TO MULTIPLE HEALTH ISSUES. Due to the high amounts of sugar (carbohydrates) and trans fats, eating doughnuts on a consistent basis could contribute to a number of health risks like weight gain, Type II Diabetes, heart disease and stroke. When blood sugar levels are spiked and bad cholesterol levels are increased multiple times throughout the week, over time, these levels could contribute to multiple health issues (Picincu, 2018). 


Many of us enjoy a tasty, satisfying doughnut but we should always be mindful of what

we are putting in our bodies and asking ourselves, is it worth the risk? I’m not saying that having a doughnut once or twice every so often will contribute to health issues but too much sugar and trans fat consumption can eventually hurt the body. Instead, turn to more natural sugars or healthier dessert options to fulfill your sugary cravings, and try not to go nuts for doughnuts!



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