Key Benefits

  • Simple ‘positive or negative’ indicator of food intolerance*
  • Convenient home to laboratory testing service with FREE delivery and return
  • If positive, the price is deducted from the cost of your Complete YorkTest Programme
Introductory Test

FirstStep Test

The FirstStep Test is a simple and convenient home to laboratory test. The test will give you a clear 'positive or negative' indicator of food intolerance*. If you have a positive result you may then choose to purchase one of our full programmes to investigate your individual problem foods under our expert guidance. 

  • Free return post to our laboratory
  • Convenient home to laboratory testing service
  • Expert laboratory testing and analysis

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About the FirstStep Test

As individuals, our reactions to foods and drinks vary a great deal. An ingredient which may cause problems for one person could be completely acceptable for another. At YorkTest, we like to refer to this as our ‘food fingerprint’.

Understanding your own personal food and drink intolerances, and the effects they could have on your health and wellbeing, is important to ensuring you make the best possible choices for your diet.

The YorkTest FirstStep is ideal for discovering whether food-specific IgG antibody reactions are present in your blood before progressing to one of our complete YorkTest programmes. Learn more

Why Choose the FirstStep Test?

  • The test is a pre-screen for IgG antibody reactions to foods
  • If positive, progress to either the comprehensive FoodScan, Food&DrinkScan, Ideal Weight Programme or IBS Diet Programme
  • Easy to use, finger prick blood test which can be taken in the comfort of your home
  • Laboratory analysed results
  • Customer care support and advice
  • Convenient mail order postal service; no need to visit our laboratory

What to Expect from the FirstStep Test

The YorkTest FirstStep kit contains all you need to take a small blood sample (2 – 3 drops) in the comfort of your own home. Simply return your sample in the pre-paid envelope provided (UK only) to our York laboratories for expert analysis. Your confidential results are then posted to you within ten days.

If you get a positive result* you will be able to progress on to one of our tailored complete programmes. Our complete programmes are supported by essential guidance and advice from our BANT** registered Nutritional Therapists to enable you to eliminate your trigger foods and optimise your diet.

If you get a negative result then you do not have food-specific IgG reactions present. Our Customer Care Team will talk you through other testing options available to you.

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  • Suffering from a blood borne disease such as Hepatitis or HIV
  • Under 2 years old
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding

N.B. Raised levels of food-specific IgG antibodies within your blood indicate that an IgG antibody reaction to a particular food or foods has occurred. If you have already taken the decision to eliminate a particular food or foods from your diet they may not show up as a reaction on your results. If you know of foods that trigger your symptoms then do not start eating them; we do not encourage you to eat a food or foods which you already know are a problem to you.

**British Association of Nutritional Therapists

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Customer reviews

24 reviews -0001 - 2016

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Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Joanne Shaw

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I took this test because I was sure I had intolerances. I thought why not pay the £15 and even if it came back negative it wasn't a lot of money. Was not surprised when the results came back positive. I paid £285 for the next stage which was the food & drinks scan and was very surprised to learn I had a Gluten/wheat/yeast & egg intolerance especially at 41 yrs old. I am so glad I took the test now, I had a folic acid deficiency around the same time and I think this may have been connected, my energy was very low. I have since cut out all of the offending foods and I have seen a massive improvement in my general health and I have also lost 19lbs. I don't find it hard when I go out to eat because usually there is something you can eat and there are lots of gluten free options too. I recommended to my daughter and her results have come back positive so when she has the spare money she will also get her second lot of testing done. As I recommended her she will get £50 off her test and I will receive a £20 M&S vouchers. Well worth the money. Do it if you have been thinking about it for a while, I waited far too long and have suffered for years. Thanks

Tuesday 19th April 2016

Valerie Knott

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After being diagnosed with ibs and struggling with work from it, I took the first step test, resulting as positive for intolerances. I took the next step and found what I was intolerant too and had a brilliant consultation with a nutritional therapist. I can honestly say it is the best money I have spent. I h ave had only a couple of episodes due to my own over confidence. I highly recommend this if you need to m ove on with your life and not live around a toilet and your doctors are rubbish.

Thursday 17th March 2016

Philip Danby

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I was very satisfied with the testing procedure - easy to understand and do. The results came back on time. Very good.

Saturday 30th January 2016

Carey Middleton

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After many years of IBS symptoms - bloating, constipation, etc - and not really getting anywhere with my GP, I decided to try the York Test. It was well worth it - my profile came back with several intolerances of pretty major food groups and I was at first worried about how I'd cope. The nutritionists were very helpful and gave sound advice on the way to approach dealing with my particular intolerances. Since cutting out these foods I have been much better - no bloating or cramps (other than when I ordered an old/me meal one day and paid for it with severe cramps within 40-50 minutes!) Well worth the money for establishing potential problem foods and I was very glad I took the plunge.

Wednesday 27th January 2016

Julie jones

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I was very pleased with the help I received when I did my test, everyone that I spoke to were very professional but friendly and helpful. I received good advise and help all through the process.

Sunday 17th January 2016

Susan Wilson

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It has been six months now since I took my first step test and with the excellent help of Angela your nutritionist my life and health has changed dramatically. My test showed I am intolerant to cows milk. With the superb consultation with Angela it was suggested that I have the condition known as Non Celiac Enteropaphy and advise me to go dairy and gluten free. As my grandson had recently been diagnosed with Celiac disease and I had suffered with many of his symptoms for years it all made sense. Going dairy and gluten free is not an easy option but as long as I feel the way I do I am happy to continue. I can not list all my symptoms as there were so many but almost all of them have been irradiated which has left me losing weight which I have battled with for years, my body shape has changed so much or people have noticed and my health has improved I can do things now I only ever hoped of doing. My only regret is that I wish I had done the test years ago but better late than never. Thanks to York Testing and Angela my life has been turned around and is worth living again.

Wednesday 28th October 2015

Nige Worth

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Easy process to follow. Speedy response and clear help on the phone when needed.

Monday 15th June 2015

abby

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I purchased the allergy testing. All I can say is absolutley brilliant! Great service :-) thank you york testing.

Sunday 14th June 2015

Leila Hudson

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Very easy to use. Testing pack arrived very swiftly. Information was easy to read and the results came swiftly.

Wednesday 27th May 2015

Kathryn Moore

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I have been really impressed with the service I have received. The initial test identified that I did have a food intolerance but there was no pressure to go ahead with the next stage of the process. I did go ahead and received a really useful list of foods that are 'red', 'amber' and 'green' to help me understand what to avoid. My hands are much better since following the advice and I hope that they will soon be back to normal.

Wednesday 13th May 2015

Ann Rogers

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excellent delivery very easy instructions was kept informed every step of the way I have changed my eating habits to gluten free food.I feel so much better in myself since i have taken out the foods that i am intolerate to.Would recommend that everyone should do the test as it does help ,espcially if you are suffering from loads of different conditions.Mine for example were bloating,headaches fatigue etc

Friday 8th May 2015

Jake Allison

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I was apprehensive regarding the usefulness and validity of the services offered by York Test. However after completing the IBS Diet Programme Test, i can confirm that i am very very delighted and relieved, by putting into practice the results and suggested remedies of the test, and experiencing instant relief from my problems.

Tuesday 28th April 2015

Deborah Richards

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I paid for the test because I was having problems with my memory and my blood pressure was higher than it should have been. The blood test took a while to arrive but proved easy to do. I waited in trepidation for the result as I was convinced that my homocysteine levels must be high and that I was going to get Alzheimer's. I had been to my GP and had the standard memory test and she said I didn't have Alzheimers, I had stress from work, but I didn't believe her. The result of the blood test came back within about two weeks and it was good! I was stunned. The report said to continue doing whatever I was already doing - which is a cheap multivitamin supplement of 100% RDA on all vitamins and iron and oily fish a couple of times a week. I was very relieved and glad I'd paid for the test.

Saturday 25th April 2015

Stephanie Summerton

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Easy to perform and very clear instructions. Results were fast and the service from York Test was excellent

Friday 17th April 2015

Gwyneth Marilyn Edwards

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I wonder how long it would have taken the NHS to discover my yeast intolerance?!My condition began to improve straight away.I am 90% free from the irritating rash.I have made mistakes along the way but am getting there.The follow up nutritionist Sandra, was very helpful and caring.I showed my test result sheets to a doctor colleague who was very impressed.Money well spent.Thank you so much for your help.

Monday 13th April 2015

JAYNE OCONNOR

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I am so pleased that I took the test as my health has improved so much now I know what foods to avoid.

Tuesday 7th April 2015

elane heart

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Twas a very good experience. I found it very useful and once I have the money I'll definitely go further with the test.

Friday 3rd April 2015

Eileen Johnson

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Prompt efficient service. Easy to use. Liked the 'personal' phone call to establish what the next steps might be and also to help with clarification.

Wednesday 31st December 2014

marion cager

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Tuesday 16th December 2014

james moss

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Hi York test, I was quite sceptical in doing this test in the first instance. But after finding out I was intolerant to Tree Nuts, Soya & some seeds and cutting these out of my diet I have had a massive improvement in my overall health. I suffer from Chrons disease and have been suffering with severe joint pain, where I have been visiting a gastro and rheumatologist for 2years at the NHS with still no conclusion or positive treatment. By removing certain foods this has certainly given me more energy and the pains have all but gone at the moment after approx. 8weeks Thanks James
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