We believe testing is an important part of a health assessment. As well as providing the normal range of pathology testing, we also use functional testing. As the name suggests, this type of testing investigates how nutrients function within the body. It identifies imbalances and interactions of physiological systems including digestion, metabolism, and detoxification. Rather than waiting for disease to strike, we can identify and treat a functional imbalance before it becomes a real illness and also identify the underlying cause of disease.
There are myriad tests available to help us assess the functioning of your digestive system, including:
- how well you are digesting and absorbing macro nutrients;
- what the balance of good and bad gut bacteria is like; and
- if you have an overgrowth of bacteria, yeast, parasites, or fungi.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and Helicobacter Pylori are common digestive infections for which we can provide a referral for testing at another facility.
OAT (organic acid testing)
OAT provides an accurate metabolic snapshot of what is going on in the body. Besides offering the most complete and accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria, it also provides information on important neurotransmitters, nutritional markers, glutathione status, oxalate metabolism, and much more. The test includes 74 urinary-metabolite markers that can be very useful for discovering underlying causes of chronic illness.
Comprehensive testing is available for both female and male hormone levels. Other hormones that can be tested include cortisol, insulin, and the thyroid hormones.
food intolerance and allergy testing
Food intolerances can present with almost any symptom, including irritability, bloating, insomnia, constipation, diarrhoea, headaches, tummy pain, wheezing, skin rash, nausea, weight problems, or feeling tired after a meal. The test involves a simple finger prick which is conducted in the clinic. The sample is then sent to a lab for comparison against 96 different foods. Results indicate the level of sensitivity to each of these foods, and we then provide dietary recommendations to help you reduce and overcome the identified hypersensitivities.
We are constantly exposed to heavy metals in the foods we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Heavy metals or toxic metals can have an impact on the metabolism and availability of many nutrients. So even if you are eating a well-balanced diet, it is possible to suffer the symptoms of nutritional deficiencies as a result of a heavy-metal load. Depending on the client, this can be measured from a sample of hair, urine, or blood. If heavy metals are identified, it can take a period of months to fully and safely remove them from your body.
hormone testing: dutch test
This is a game changer in the world of hormone testing. It provides the most comprehensive look at adrenal and sex hormones available in one test, which means more accurate diagnoses and more effective treatments.
comprehensive stool analysis and parasitology
The ability to digest and absorb nutrients from our foods is one of the cornerstones of good health. Impairment of the gut microbiome can result from a number of suspected causes, such as: leaky gut; low stomach acid; chronic maldigestion; food hypersensitivities; bacterial overgrowth or imbalances (dysbiosis); pathogenic bacteria, yeast, or parasites; and the use of medications such as OCP, NSAIDS, and antibiotics. Impairment in intestinal function can contribute to the development of systemic illnesses, autoimmune disease, and toxic overload.