General Nutritional Therapy Consultation

Testing

I work closely with leading UK, European and U.S based labs to bring cutting edge diagnostic testing services to my clients.   I have found good functional and nutritional tests to be of paramount importance when working with chronic health conditions.

Prices available on request and are subject to interpretation/consultation fees.

Why do lab testing?

Lab testing may be recommended  to provide a more complete understanding of how your body is functioning.

Testing enables the us gain a more thorough understanding of key health markers in an effort to gain insight into the possible factors contributing to your current health issues. Whilst functional Medicine focusses on interventions it has a primary focus on prevention which is where testing can really come into its own.

Most of the tests you can do yourself and dispatch samples direct to the lab to save time. The labs supply test kits with instructions. Some tests will need a doctor or nurse to take a small sample of blood for you.

Here are some of the most popular tests used in my practice.

 

Digestive Health Testing

SIBO – Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

Technically, SIBO is an overgrowth of bacteria or organisms in the small intestine – where digestion and absorption take place. When you hear “microbiome” or “gut flora”, it’s generally in relation to the millions of bacteria in your large intestine – we should only have about 10,000 bacteria in our small intestine – the small intestine should have relatively low counts.

A Lactulose Breath Test (LBT) is an easy, in-home test. It’s easy, painless, relatively inexpensive considering what an endoscopy or colonoscopy costs (which doesn’t specifically identify bacterial overgrowth)!

The breath test will provide greater insight what is going on in the 22 feet of your small intestine. Getting to the root cause is vital and SIBO can contribute to a myriad of digestive and systemic issues.

Test takes 3 hours to complete at home and is a simple breath test.

Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis –An in depth test of the digestive tract and large intestine, including bacteria, candida/yeasts, friendly gut flora, parasites, digestive and absorption function, inflammation, immunity (SIgA) – which is a marker of gut mucosal barrier integrity,  The test also has some inflammatory markers like lysozyme and lactoferrin. It measures stool pH and very importantly short-chain fatty acids like butyrate; beneficial bacteria;

 

Genetic Testing

Genetic profiling – Utilising MyDNA Health just one easy saliva swab can open the lock on your genetic tendencies. The Comprehensive Panel assesses genetic variants for food cravings, sugar metabolism and sensitivity to carbohydrates, fat over-absorption and sensitivity, fat release, liver detoxification pathways, methylation, oestrogen imbalance, inflammation, caffeine sensitivity, lactose intolerance, iron over-absorption and the requirements for vitamin D, vitamin B and folate, magnesium, glutathione and vitamin C, and antioxidants. This combined approach highlights your genetic and lifestyle risk factors which may be impacting your gene expression and  can add another layer of detail to your health optimisation strategy.

A simple saliva swab.

 

Metabolic Health and Nutrition status

Urinary Organic Acids– Urine contains a great number of waste products from the body and by analysing these one can learn an awful lot about what is going on in the internal workings of the body.

The Organics Acid Test is an important clinical tool for examining imbalances underlying metabolic, nutritional, and neurological disorders. This test assesses four main areas of metabolism: gastrointestinal function and dysbiosis markers, cellular energy production, neurotransmitter metabolites and an assessment of nutrient sufficiency. The output of this test can help inform more comprehensive, customised Nutritional therapy suggestions to optimise cellular and metabolic processes.

A simple urine home test.

Vitamin D Testing- There is increasing evidence to show vitamin D deficiency is widespread in Ireland and the UK. It is especially important to monitor for vitamin D deficiency both 25-hydroxyvitamin D2 and D3 are measured in this test.

A simple home finger prick test.

Essential Fatty acids (omega 3:6) – Having optimal Omega-3 levels is really important for optimal function of heart and brain. The optimal ratio is between 8{036693f2eff325130fa1e28f01273a9efa9ed2a0f27e288c217695baef0a3b4f} and 11{036693f2eff325130fa1e28f01273a9efa9ed2a0f27e288c217695baef0a3b4f}.

A simple home finger prick test.

 

Hormone Testing

By far one of the most comprehensive urinary hormone tests is the DUTCH – Dried Urine Testing for Comprehensive Hormones. The most advanced test for sex and adrenal hormones on the market because of the richness of the data it provides. So many women are seeking to uncover the hidden causes behind  their hormonal health concerns and can point to root cause factors helping me your practitioner develop a personalised protocol to help support the systems in the body out of balance.

A Simple home urine test – so couldn’t be easier.

 

Prices

Pricing for individual and package options available on request.

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