Functional testing

Functional testing tells us how your body is working at a biochemical level and helps to inform the development of a targeted and personalised approach.  Your tests will be explained and and how test results can be translated into specific dietary or lifestyle recommendations

Tests come from selected medical laboratories, including:

Genova Diagnostics
Functional DX

Food Allergy testing

This is a blood test that measures whether there are antibodies (IgG) in your blood to proteins found in over 200 commonly eaten foods and drinks. In the context of addressing inflammation in the gut that may be responsible for a range of symptoms from gastrointestinal discomfort, tiredness and fatigue to skin conditions, it is helpful to know whether there are foods that may be triggers.

Gut health and microbiome assessment

A comprehensive stool analysis provides an assessment of the different microbes that are in the gut, including pathogenic bacteria, viruses and toxins, yeasts, worms, and parasites, as well as markers that assess the general health of the gut, including levels of inflammation and of some digestive enzymes.

Breath testing which measures levels of methane and hydrogen gas in the breath at intervals over a 3 hour period after consumption of a carbohydrate provides information about the numbers, location and types of certain bacteria in the gut.

This type of testing helps to guide protocols that by addressing the root cause of the problem may provide longer lasting resolution to gastrointestinal issues, and may also avoid the need for unnecessary elimination diets.

Nutritional testing

An assessment of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fatty acid sufficiency can be made from analysis of urine metabolites, which together with results from blood tests can guide dietary protocols including use of short-term nutritional supplementation.

Hormone analysis

Adrenal hormones and their metabolites may be assessed over a 24 hour cycle to understand issues around tiredness, feeling unable to get up in the morning, or sleep at night in order to guide an appropriate dietary and lifestyle plan. These assessments are also relevant in consideration of digestive issues, higher incidence of common colds, and medical diagnoses of prediabetes or raised cholesterol.

Testing is generally recommended in conjunction with a clinical assessment. If you are interested in testing or have a test that you would like to do, schedule a free call with me to discuss it.

Genetic Testing

Although the human genome can be mapped in its entirety, the research in support of what your genetic make-up means for your disease risk and how you should live your life is still in very early stages. However genetic testing may allow for prevention of disease by early intervention with targeted therapies in some cases. There are a number of nutrigenomic tests available where there is supporting research that has clinical application.

The CardioGenomic Plus Profile

uses genomic testing to identify the risk of genetic susceptibility to cardiac related diseases and conditions including high cholesterol and raised blood pressure.

The EstroGenomic Profile

uses genomic testing to identify susceptibility to diseases and conditions such as breast cancer, osteoporosis, and heart disease.

The ImmunoGenomic Profile

evaluates genetic variations in genes that modulate the immune response including mechanisms underlying chronic, overactive inflammatory responses.

The NeuroGenomic Profile

evaluates genetic variations associated with increased risk of impaired detoxification capacity especially when exposed to environmental toxins.