I offer a variety of laboratory based tests. Testing is entirely optional. In some circumstances testing may be recommended to gain more insight into your health status, they can be useful for getting to the root cause of. various symptoms such as chronic digestive complaints, ongoing fatigue and hormonal issues and enabling a more targeted and individualised therapeutic protocol. A test may involve a blood, urine, stool or saliva sample. I partner with laboratories based in the UK and Ireland such as:
For more information on testing please contact me to discuss. Testing must be carried out alongside a consultation. Below you will find further details of some of the testing available:
The GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile can reveal important information about the root cause of many common gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. It can be used to evaluate patients with a clinical history that suggests a gastrointestinal infection or dysbiosis.
It looks at 3 critical areas of gut health.
• Digestion and Absorption
• Gut Microbiome
When should this test be considered?
Imbalances in the gut microbiome have been associated in the scientific literature with a wide variety of common illnesses including, but not limited to:
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Coeliac and Other Malabsorption Disorders
• Mood Disorders
• Autoimmune conditions Assessing and normalising GI function can have profound effects on overall health, leading to improvement in these and other conditions.
Great Plains Laboratory via Biolab
The Organic Acids Test (OAT) is a comprehensive test that gives metabolic insight into a person’s overall health. There are over 70 markers on the organic acids test including
• vitamins and antioxidants • oxidative stress,
• energy production, • neurotransmitter levels,
• oxalates •intestinal yeast and bacteria.
The test is a simple, non-invasive, at home urine test. Organic acid testing (OAT) is often compared to performing an emissions test on a car. For cars, the exhaust fumes that come out of the tailpipe are a byproduct of fuel combustion, and the composition can tell us how efficiently the engine burns fuel.
In the same way, organic acids in our urine are byproducts of our metabolism and can give us information about how efficiently our body systems are performing. Conditions that could benefit from this test
• Persistent fatigue and low energy
• Sleep abnormalities
• Anxiety and mood changes
• Digestive symptoms/gastrointestinal disorders
Pinpointing the foods that don’t suit us as individuals can sometimes be difficult so completing a food intolerance test can be a useful.
Once we’ve identified your problem foods, we help you exclude them in the healthiest way possible, with expert nutritional support and guidance.
- Food intolerances can present as a huge range of symptoms including
- Digestive problems
- Respiratory conditions:Rhinitis/sinusitis
- Skin conditions: urticaria, rashes, eczema
- Fertility and hormone imbalances
- Weight gain
- Headaches and migraines
- Fatigue and low mood
The test itself is a hospital grade laboratory based test and is carried out using a small finger prick blood sample taken in clinic. Turnaround time for results is 2 weeks after which, you will receive a detailed list of your food intolerances and the offer of a dietary evaluation to help you to adapt your diet accordingly, this can include details/demonstration of alternative foods, meal plans, recipes and shopping advice. Once you have eliminated your trigger foods for between 3-6 months, you can re-introduce them and note your symptoms, so you may not have to avoid them forever. Many clients find that once they have eliminated the offending foods for a short time, they can re-introduce many of them in small amounts or on a rotation basis and still be symptom free.
This saliva test can detect imbalances in the daily circadian secretions of the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA.
The human adrenal gland does not secrete its hormones at a constant level throughout the day. The hormones are actually released in a cycle with the highest value in the morning and the lowest value at night. This 24-hour cycle is called the circadian rhythm. An abnormal adrenal rhythm can influence many functions of the body including energy production, immune health, bone health, cravings and weight management and sleep quality.
This test can help determine how best to help clients with the following issues