They can be invaluable in identifying what may contribute to health issues and therefore result in faster successful outcomes by facilitating the development of personal targeted nutritional programmes. I may recommend a specific test after a consultation and arrange the test for the client.
A test can involve a breath, blood, saliva, urine or stool sample. Some samples can be taken at home but a client may be asked to the laboratory to take samples. All tests are done in reputable laboratories and results will be sent back via email prior to our next nutrition therapy session.
Digestive complaints are among the most common reasons that clients seek help from a health professional. A stool analysis test can help me to pinpoint imbalances, provide clues about current symptoms, and warn of potential problems should imbalances progress. There are several tests available and I would help the client to choose the right one for their needs.
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Optimal menstrual health in women is vital to overall wellbeing. Abnormal hormone patterns may be associated with menstrual dysfunction including infertility, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and endometriosis. An analysis of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone can reveal ovulatory function and trends in hormone production. Imbalances such as unopposed estrogen, high follicular progesterone, anovulation and luteal phase defects are easily identified.
Many people think they may have food intolerances to certain foods or are allergic to them. The truth is that this is often not the case. Part of this rise is due to the marketing of ‘free from foods’ and in some ways it has become fashionable to say that we are intolerant/allergic to certain food groups, for example gluten due to various reasons.
The difference between an allergy and intolerance is that an allergy is an almost immediate reaction with anaphylaxis shock to say a peanut being at the extreme end. At the other end would be, say your get a serious rash after eating an apple. Intolerances on the other hand are characterized by a delayed response which will normally be a few hours and reactions tend to be milder, for example, you feel bloated or experience loose stools after consuming dairy products.
Our daily nutrient requirements vary depending on our lifestyle factors. The “one size fits all” idea is a very old-fashioned approach and the fact is that our bodies are unique. In different phases of our lives – during pregnancy, going through stressful periods, loss, trauma or living in a polluted area – can affect our nutritional needs hugely. During pregnancy your requirements of iron, vitamin C, Zinc and folic acid (just to name few) are increased and if becoming depleted, lack of these nutrients can lead to several symptoms. For example, stretch marks and postnatal depression are clear signs of Zinc deficiency.