FUNCTIONAL TESTS

Finding the root cause.

Specific tests can really help give an understanding of what's happening in your body. That knowledge can then be used to design effective and personalised nutrition and lifestyle plans. I've listed just some of the tests available below. 

 

Vitamin D Testing (blood spot): Whilst it's very common in the UK to have low levels of Vitamin D, finding out exactly where levels are at can ensure an appropriate level of supplementation.

Comprehensive Stool Profile (single stool sample): This provides a myriad of information about what's happening in the digestive system including:

- Presence of pathogens and parasites, including H.Pylori

- Gut bacteria profile

- Levels of inflammation

- Gluten tolerance

Adrenal Stress Profile (saliva): This tests levels of the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA at 4 points in a single day and provides an indication as to whether or not the patterns of these hormones are as they should be. Imbalances in stress hormones are linked to poor energy levels, emotional difficulties and many health complaints.

Reproductive Hormone Testing (urine): This looks at the reproductive and stress hormones, taking 4 urine samples across 24 hours. As well as looking at hormones directly, this test looks at the substances made during the breakdown of these hormones, giving a useful picture of what's happening in the body, and how best to support any hormonal imbalances. 

Thyroid Hormone Testing (blood draw): As well as basic thyroid hormone levels, this test can establish how effectively the body is converting inactive forms of thyroid hormone into their active form. It can also show whether antibodies that suggest an autoimmune component thyroid problems are present. This information is really helpful when working out what nutritional and lifestyle changes to recommend.

Organic Acids Test (urine): This test provides a good picture of overall health. It reveals the presence of yeasts and bacteria, looks at markers for vitamin and mineral levels, levels of oxidative stress as well as neurotransmitter levels. 

Genetic Testing (cheek swab): Genetic variations can affect our tolerance to certain foods, our liver's detoxification capacity, the activity of various neurotransmitters and our capacity for different types of exercise. We know that genetic predispositions are strongly affected by the food and lifestyle choices that we make, so this information can be helpful when it comes to creating bespoke nutritional advice. 

 
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