I use a variety of laboratories and tests and keep up with the latest research as much as possible.
There can often be an overlap with testing and I would never recommend testing unless I feel it completely necessary as it comes at an additional cost to your consultation.
Tests can require samples of blood, urine, hair, saliva, stool or breath.
Research has proven that genes can be modified by factors in our environment. These factors include toxicity and nutrition. Testing your genes can identify what are called SNP’s (or single nucleotide polymorphisms). Genes are made up of pairs of nucleotides and SNP’s may affect physiological processes, ultimately affecting our health.
Many think that genetics are ‘set in stone’ but as mentioned above changes in diet and lifestyle have the capacity to modify identified issues i.e. an SNP identified in your gene coding your detox pathways may indicate a need to increase antioxidants glutathione or superoxide dismutase.
Nutrigenomics examines relationships between what we eat and our risk and response to disease. We are all biochemically individual and nutrigenomics allows us to tailor the diet to your individual genetic code.
This area of scientific research is progressing at an astonishing rate. Scientists are finding out more and more about the significance of our microbiome and it’s influence on our health. The gut-brain axis is a widely known phenomenon but our microflora is also associated with behaviour, immunity, chronic pain, infections and autoimmunity.
Gastrointestinal testing has the capacity to examine our immune system, digestive enzymes, pathogenic and commensal bacteria, inflammation, gut permeability, SIBO, candida, H.Pylori and more. By identifying the root cause we are able to work on symptoms such as gas, bloating, pain, constipation/diarrhoea, acid reflux and often support more complicated cases such as ADHD, Autism and autoimmune conditions.
Certain bacteria/pathogens have been linked to specific pathologies and with the tools to identify them, we can then implement an individualised programme to target the source of your discomfort.
Allergies and Intolerances
Tests can identify what dietary and environmental factors may be causing symptoms such as skin irritations, digestion and respiratory problems, fatigue, poor immunity, seasonal allergies, headaches, mood and memory.
These tests look at the antibodies produced by our bodies immune system such as IgE in the case of ‘allergy’ and IgG for sensitivities. It is also plausible to test lactose intolerance via a breath test.
Once factors are identified and eliminated, positive changes in health are usually observed.
Specific nutrients are required as co-factors for a whole host of biochemical processes in the body. A deficiency in vitamins and minerals such as B12, magnesium, vitamin D or folate (to name but a few) can create signs and symptoms that can be easily rectified.
Many clients report eating a healthy diet but with the growing trend in elimination diets, the help of a professional is often required.
Absorption can also be an issue. We have all heard the phrase ‘we are what we eat’ but it should be ‘we are what we absorb’. Optimising absorption allows us to get the very best nutritional input from our diets. Other circumstances can affect our nutrient statuses, such as stress, pregnancy, medication, alcohol and smoking.
Once deficiencies are identified we are able to tackle the cause and rectify the shortfall, helping your body regain its maximum potential.
These tests include antioxidant status, vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids and digestive support.
Our endocrine system produces hormones or signalling molecules that regulate physiology and neurological functioning.
Hormones help to control blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism, reduce inflammation, support fertility, protect the skin, control our appetite, regulate sleep, support bone health and aid cognitive function.
Hormone imbalances can, therefore, affect any of the above and can often leave you feeling tired and lethargic.
The hormone pathways are intricate, complicated and often intrinsically linked. Testing can draw together a unique picture of your physiology and highlight areas that may require some support.
In today’s society, we are exposed to toxins all the time from environmental toxins such as exhaust fumes, cleaning products, mycotoxins (mould), water, plastics and personal care products to pesticides and products found in our food.
The accumulation of toxins in our bodies can have a detrimental effect on health and contribute to a wide range of pathologies including neurodegenerative diseases, ADHD, Autism, cancers, anxiety and cardiovascular diseases.
Functional testing is able to assess levels of heavy metals, chemicals and mycotoxins in the body. Combined with genetic testing to assess our detoxification pathways processes and a nutritional protocol to support this process – toxicity issues can be overcome quite efficiently.