Vitamin D Testing (blood spot): Whilst it's almost assumed that up here in Scotland we have low levels of Vitamin D, especially in wintertime, 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 breakdown products of hormones which can give a useful picture as to what is happening in the body, and how best to support 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 and whether or not antibodies are present that would indicate an autoimmune component to thyroid problems, all of which would inform a dietary approach.
Organic Acids Test (urine): This test provides a good picture of overall health. It will reveal 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 genetic information can be really useful when it comes to personalising dietary recommendations.