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.
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.
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.