Functional Health Testing
Functional Health Testing
Functional health testing can be a helpful tool in evaluating your current health, nutritional status, food intolerances, hormone balance and digestive wellness. Health tests are always optional, but in some situations they can offer important information that may facilitate a faster outcome.
GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Testing – DIGESTIVE Function Test
GI Effects is a comprehensive asessment of your Gastrointestinal health, assessing the root cause of many gut complaints.
If you suffer with symptoms of IBS, such as diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, pain or acid reflux you may benefit from a stool test. This test may also useful for people who feel that they have never fully recovered from a bout of food poisoning or a trip to another country.
This test looks at overall digestion and absorption of food, inflammation markers as well as giving a full breakdown of your unique gut microbiota as well as identifying overall bacterial levels and dysbiosis. This is the term given to an unbalanced microbiome, which too can play havoc with your health. This can also help to identify intestinal permeability.
This test also tests for the presence of any parasites, pathogenic bacteria, amoebas, protozoa, candida and yeasts which may be behing your health problems.
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What is included in the test?
- Digestion and absorption (pancreatic elastase, SCFA, Metabolic Markers, products of protein and fat breakdown)
- Inflammatory markers (Calprotectin, Eosinophil X, Faecal SigA)
- Microbiota analysis – tests against 24 Commensal Bacteria for diversity and abundance as well as thier activity in the gut (e.g. methane production)
- The GI Effects Microbial Ecology Profile is the most comprehensive stool test that assesses the gut microbiome pathogens
- Parasitic investigation (candida, parasites, bacteria, amoeba and protozoa and worms). Genova uses a combination of PCR, culture, and microscopic methods to ensure any and all relevant organisms are identified
- Identification of the following 6 protozoans, Blastocystis spp. , Cryptosporidium spp., Cyclospora cayetanensis, Dientamoeba fragilis, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia
DUTCH Testing – Dried Urine Testing for Comprehensive Hormones
This test may be recommended for individuals who are suffering with hormone related health issues or feel that stress is affecting their health. PMS, Menopausal symptoms, PCOS, Heavy, Irregular or Painful Periods, Acne, Difficulties conceiving and Adrenal Stress/ Fatigue are all conditions which might benefit from this test.
This hormone urine test is the gold standard if you want to really understand how your hormones are affecting your health. The DUTCH test uses a combination of adrenal and sex hormones over a 24 hour time-frame. It is comprehensive, reliable and actionable. The test is also easy and convenient. The DUTCH test provides test strips to collect urine which are allowed to dry before sending to the laboratory so that the test can be completed in your own home.
Adrenal Stress Hormones – the DUTCH test shows cortisone and DHEA levels and shows a cortisol awakening response, as well as a free cortisol pattern over the course of the day and cortisol metabolites.
The DUTCH test can identify, Oestrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, Melatonin and Serotonin. In addition DUTCH looks at active Oestrogen metabolites and their metabolism in the body, rather than simply showing overall oestrogen levels. This is very important when looking at the way we metabolise and remove oestrogen from the body.
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Cyrex™ is a Laboratory specialising in Autoimmune conditions. Cyrex™ has developed innovative tests known as arrays through continuous work partnership with leading experts in medical research and clinical practice.
Cyrex™ offers multi-tissue antibody testing for the early detection and monitoring of today’s complex autoimmune conditions. They provide a range of tests that can be used as stand-alone tests or can be combined to offer a more comprehensive look at your health.
Cyrex™ testing can be extremely helpful in accurately pinpointing food triggers that could be exacerbating symptoms of autoimmune disease. All samples are double tested for IgA and IgG antibodies and are one of the few laboratories that look at the foods in their cooked and raw state.
Cyrex™ also offers accurate testing for Coeliac disease and non-coeliac-gluten-sensitivity NCGS, using over 20 different markers for tissue transglutaminases as well as gluten and gliadin fractions.
SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and is characterised by an increase in the number, or a change in, the type of bacteria found in the small intestine. The detection of hydrogen and methane in the breath can help determine if SIBO is the cause of gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, cramping, nausea, reflux, flatulence and belching.
These symptoms, are often non-specific and indistinguishable from those seen in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other functional digestive disorders, can be the result of bacterial fermentation of short chain carbohydrates in the small intestine. Risk factors for SIBO include use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), pancreatitis, diabetic neuropathy, migrating motor complex (MMC) impairment, gastroenteritis, motility disorders, Crohn’s Disease, IBS and Coeliac Disease. This simple test is non-invasive, performed at home and requires a 1-2-day preparatory diet and a 12-hours fasting period.