Category Archives: Diet

You Asked and We Listened

You Asked and We Listened!

At 5Strands® Affordable Testing, our mission is to empower families with a voice about their own health care and that of their pets. We strive to fill the void of consumer driven needs with our affordable testing. We are continually listening to you, our customers, to ensure that we are meeting your needs. In response to recent feedback, we have added new ways to purchase testing for adults and children to make it more affordable!

While our “Deluxe Test,” which includes the most items tested, is the best value for the cost, we have divided it up so that you can now choose only the parts that your family needs. We are proud to introduce individualized test kits for:

  1. Food Intolerances
  2. Environmental Intolerances
  3. Metals and Minerals
  4. Nutritional Deficiencies

In celebration of this new product announcement, we have a special surprise for our blog readers! Enjoy $10 OFF any of these new individualized test kits! (Use Code: NEW10-valid through December 1, 2018.)

The individual kits and prices are listed below:

Food Intolerance Test ($72) – 550 Items Tested

Proteins (Bacon, Beef, Chicken, Duck, Shrimp, Shellfish, Egg Yolk/White, whitefish, Salmon, etc.)

Grains (Gluten, Barley, Maize, Flour,etc.)

Dairy (Milk Cow, Milk Goat, Cream Cheese, etc.)

Fruits (Apples, Banana, Pineapple Juice, Strawberries, Kiwis, etc.)

Vegetables (Artichoke, Carrot, Tomato, Mushrooms,

Nuts (Almond, Cashew, Hazelnuts, Peanuts, etc.)

Alcohol (Beer, Red/White Wine, Tequila, etc.)

Environmental Intolerance Test ($50) – 100 Items Tested

Grass (Bermuda, Kentucky Bluegrass, Fescue, etc.)

Tree (Beech, Cherry, Elm, Cedar, Pine, etc.)

Animals (Bee, Canaries, Cats, Dogs, Goats, Horses, etc.)

Fabric (Cotton, Leather, Nylon, Rubber, Wool, etc.)

Flowers (Dahlia, Lilac, Tobacco, Tulip, etc.)

Metals & Minerals Test ($46) – 50 Items Tested

Aluminum, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Boron, Bromine, Cadmium, Carbon, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Lead, Lithium, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Platinum, Radium, Scandium, Selenium, Silver, Thallium, Tin, Titanium, Zinc,

Nutritional Deficiency Test ($44) – 115 Items Tested

Amino Acids (Arginine, Asparagine, Cystine, Glutamic, Glycine, Histidine, Methlonine, Ornithine, Taurine, etc)

Ionic Minerals ( Aluminum, Bromine, Cerium, Cesium, Landthanum, Nickel, Rubidium, Thulium, etc)

Vitamins (A, B1, B11, B12, B13, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, C, D2, D3, E, K1, K2)

Omega (3, 6, 9)

Re-Testing Is Now Much More Affordable!

The new individualized testing options enable you to tailor your re-testing process to the area(s) that you feel are most important for follow-up.

As the body is constantly changing, intolerances may be changing as well. A negative result today may not necessarily mean that a food or substance will not create issues in your body in the future. And, what may be a trigger today may become normalized. Intolerances can be better understood and overcome through several different processes including elimination, detoxification, improving your gut health, improving your overall health, reintroduction, etc. Since no two people respond to intolerances or treatments in the same way, periodic re-testing can help keep you on track during your healing process. Re-testing may be beneficial after 90 days. Ask your health professional to guide you.

5Strands® Affordable Testing would like to say thank you for your continued support!

Be sure to stay tuned into our blog and social media for notifications on exclusive offers and discounts.

Brooke's Pumpkin Dilema

Brooke’s Pumpkin Dilema

What’s up Pumpkin 😉 You itchy today?

In anticipation for the upcoming holiday of Halloween, we would like to share a story of one of our clients. This client had a reaction when carving her pumpkin for Halloween!

Who doesn’t like carving pumpkins? Brooke was no different than any other Halloween lover. When she was little, she would always watch her mom carve pumpkins. Her Mom would say, “when you get older, I will let you carve the pumpkins yourself.” When the time came, Brooke was so excited that she would finally get to carve the pumpkin all by herself. Unfortunately, her excitement soon turned into a disaster. As she started to carve the pumpkin, her hands started to itch. She was still so excited and tried to overlook the fact that her hands actually felt like they were on fire. When it came time to clean out the seeds and guts of the pumpkin, she was scooping out the guts with her hands. By the time she was finished, she looked down at her hands and she was covered in a rash all the way up to her elbows. She was pretty upset and felt miserable. She had no idea what had just happened. The anticipation of waiting all this time to carve the pumpkin herself had now turned into a miserable scratching fest! Unfortunately, the connection between the rash and the pumpkin was never even considered.

Several months later, Brooke was having some digestive issues and her mom decided to have Brooke tested for intolerances by 5Strands Affordable Testing. When she received Brooke’s results report, she was surprised to see that Pumpkin was listed as a level 3 (highest) reaction item on the Environmental Report. Now it clicked! She now understood what happened when Brooke was carving her pumpkin!

As much as she enjoyed carving her pumpkin, now Brooke realized that she was not going to be able to carve pumpkins anymore. This test saved her lots of pain and grief.

In honor of Halloween and since Brooke can’t carve her own pumpkin, 5Strands Affordable Testing has decided to have Pumpkin Carving Day at the office. We will dedicate one of our pumpkins to Brooke!

PS: Everyone at the office has been tested and no one has an intolerance to Pumpkin!



American Beer Week

American Beer Week

In honor of American Beer Week and Octoberfest, Affordable Testing is making a toast!

 It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? You’ve had a long day at work and all you want to do is get out of traffic, grab a beer from the fridge and plop your feet up in front of the TV.

Being gluten-free is challenging enough, but beer being on the “do not consume” list makes it more frustrating. Good news! There are many alternative beers made with sorghum, rice, buckwheat, chest nets and millet, rather than the wheat and barley of traditional beer. When it comes to consuming gluten-free friendly beer, those with sensitivities should be diligent, read labels and ask questions. Is it gluten-reduced or gluten-free? Is it manufactured on dedicated or shared lines? Be aware that for a beer to qualify being labeled as gluten-reduced or gluten-free, the producer must test the end product with a result below 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. So, a small amount of gluten may still remain. As with everything else you eat or drink that is gluten-free, consume what tastes best to you and does not have a negative impact on your health.

Next time you need a cold one, here are 12 gluten-free beers to consider that really do taste great!

  • Dogfish Head Tweason’ale
  • Green Dubbel Dark Ale
  • Estrella Damm Daura
  • Stone Delicious IPA
  • Ipswich Ale Celia Saison
  • Lakefront Brewery New Grist
  • Harvester Brewing IPA
  • Omission Lager
  • Glutenberg IPA (my personal favorite)
  • Brunehaut Bio Blonde
  • RedBridge
  • Bard Dragon Gold

Gluten-free beer is great if you don’t want to feel extremely bloated after drinking one. It also helps keep the beer belly away! Potential benefits of beer are: it’s rich in antioxidants, contains vitamins and minerals, boosts heart health, improves immunity, aids digestion, and can reduce risk of diabetes.

When your buddy wants to grab a beer, enjoy raising your glass too! Cheers!