Laboratory testing is often recommended to understand your possible imbalances and nutrient deficiencies. It frequently takes the guesswork out of the analysis of your case and may lead to faster results.
Not testing can often be a false economy particularly in the case of digestive issues where specific bacteria, parasites and yeasts can be identified and which respond to specific supplements at precise doses over a defined period of time.
I use various laboratories that send you test kits to do in the comfort of your own home. They vary
between stool, urine, breath or blood prick tests.
Common lab tests are:
- Comprehensive stool analysis (evaluates digestion, absorption, gut metabolism, gut flora,
colonic immunology and inflammation)
- Intestinal yeast/candida
- Intestinal parasites
(The most common test I run is a combination of all three above)
- Organic acids
- Intestinal permeability (leaky gut)
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
- Helicobacter Pylori
- Coeliac disease
- Gluten cross-reactive proteins
- Lactose intolerance – primary (genetic) and secondary
- Adrenal stress test (cortisol)
- Total thyroid screen
- Omega 3:6 ratio
- DUTCH hormone testing
- Vitamin & mineral deficiencies
- Vitamin D
- Toxic heavy metals screen
- Viral screen
Where possible I suggest you get tests done by your GP on the NHS.
Functional test costs are additional to the consultation fee. However, as an added benefit of working with me, evaluation and interpretation of the results plus research time are included in the test cost.