Laboratory tests evaluate and investigate client health issues or assess their nutrient or hormonal levels. 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.
A client suffering from numerous GI issues, including any of the following, may benefit from comprehensive a stool analysis:
√ Gas and bloating
√ Abdominal pain
√ Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Intestinal permeability (leaky gut)
- Helicobacter pylori
- Candida profile
- Gut Immunology
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.
Clients suffering from any of the following may benefit from a female hormone test:
√ Menstrual cycle irregularities
√ PMS, Mood Swings
√ Low sex drive
√ Amenorrhoea (lack of period)
√ Ovulatory pain
Thyroid hormones are essential and primary regulators of the body’s metabolism. Thyroid function has a profound effect on overall health and imbalances can affect virtually every metabolic process in the body. Symptoms of poor thyroid health are a common reason for clients to seek help from healthcare professionals, and a total thyroid screen can reveal imbalances that often go undetected with more limited assessments.
A total thyroid screen will allow me to determine whether thyroid dysfunction lies within central thyroid regulation, peripheral conversion of thyroid hormones and/or with immune system interference in the form of auto-antibodies.
Thyroid imbalances may elicit a wide range of symptoms, and clients suffering from any of the following may benefit from a thyroid screen:
- Poor skin
- Fluid retention
- Weight gain
- Anxiety/panic attacks
- Decreased memory and concentration
- Muscle and joint pain
- Low sex drive
This test evaluates the important estrogen metabolites as well as their methylated by-products which provide valuable information about estrogen-related diseases. Because hormones exert great biological activity in small doses, it is very important that the body effectively eliminates them. In addition, the ratio of estrogen metabolites is an indicator of hormonal balance in women and men, affecting the health of breast, prostate and other tissues.
Improving estrogen metabolism can be of benefit in women and men with various conditions and family histories of certain cancers.
Imbalances of estrogens have been found in the following conditions:
- Breast, colorectal, prostate, uterine, ovarian, and cervical cancers
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Uterine fibroid tumours
- Fibrocystic or painful breasts
- Cervical dysplasia
- Menopausal symptoms
- Premenstrual symptoms
Stress is one of the main reasons that clients seek alternative treatment from a health professional. An adrenal stress profile test can help me to pinpoint imbalances, provide clues about current symptoms, and warn of potential problems should imbalances progress.
This guide aims to help you select appropriate nutrients to support your adrenals according to the results of their adrenal stress profile, and should be used in conjunction with the Interpretive Guidelines provided for the test.
Who might benefit from a stress test?
Any clients suffering from the following symptoms may benefit from an adrenal stress profile:
- Sleep disturbances / Insomnia
- Central obesity
- Impaired immunity
- Chronic fatigue
- Panic disorders
- Male impotence
Allergies & Intolerances
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.
Daily exposure to foods you are sensitive to can cause several unpleasant symptoms such as:
- Irritable bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Fluid retention
- Eczema and other skin disorders
- Food intolerances
- Food allergies
- Coeliac Disease
- Gluten sensitivity
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.
- Vitamin Levels
- Mineral Levels
- Amino Acids Profile (Proteins)
- Essential fatty acids profile
- One: optimal nutrient evaluation test (sports people)