Health tests are valuable in that they help us understand the root cause of ill health. If you are suffering from any chronic health condition, testing can be helpful in expediting your journey to health.
As everyone is biologically unique, the reasons for a particular health symptom may differ from one individual to another. For example, gut pain could be due to many factors such as an imbalance in microbes in the gut, a lack of digestive enzymes to effectively break down nutrients, low stomach acid which impacts digestion, thyroid dysfunction which affects gut motility, and many more. Testing is often essential in discovering the root causes, and understanding these can guide us in creating an effective diet and lifestyle protocol uniquely tailored to you.
Your GP practice may offer a range of tests and we recommend, where possible, to make use of those. It is worth noting that tests ordered through your GP are often detecting clinical imbalances and that, although results may be in the ‘normal’ range, they may not necessarily indicate optimal function.
We have partnered with some of the world's leading functional testing laboratories to offer the tests listed below, many of which we regularly use in clinic. This is not a comprehensive list of all our tests.
Please note that the cost of the tests are not included in the pricing of our programmes. If you would like a detailed interpretation of your results and recommendations to correct any imbalances, we would recommend that you sign up to one of our programmes.
Once purchased, the test kits are shipped directly to you to be done in the comfort of your home.
- GI EcologiX
GI EcologiX™ is the ultimate gut health and microbiome stool test using qPCR & ELISA technology to provide a comprehensive analysis of the gastro intestinal (GI) ecosystem and chronic disease-related microbial (bacteria, yeast, parasites) markers, which are backed by the clinical literature, alongside host health markers.
- Fructose Malabsorption Test
A breath test to assess fructose malabsorption, a digestive disorder where absorption of fructose is impaired. This results in an increased concentration of fructose in the intestines.
Occurrence is often seen in clients identified to be suffering symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, due to the similarity in symptoms, clients with fructose malabsorption often fit the profile of those with IBS. A small proportion of patients with both fructose malabsorption and lactose intolerance also suffer from celiac disease so testing is valuable in these instances.
- Lactose Intolerance Test
A breath test to assess lactose intolerance, an inability to digest lactose, the sugar found in dairy products. The hydrogen breath test is a simple non-invasive procedure, and which has greater reliability and acceptability than the blood test, according to many reports. The lower dose of lactose usually does not cause the discomfort and explosive diarrhoea frequently seen by malabsorbers who are given the larger dose required for the blood test. Intolerance to lactose typically leads to symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhoea or cramping when dairy products are digested. These symptoms are a result of the body’s lack of lactase, an enzyme normally produced by the small intestine that is needed to digest lactose.
- SIBO Test (Glucose)
A Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) breath test using glucose as the substrate. The breath test measures hydrogen and methane gasses in response to glucose, a monosaccharide. This simple carbohydrate is readily absorbed in the first section of the small intestine. For this reason, there should not be a rise in gas, as it typically does not reach the colon where bacteria metabolise carbohydrates. If SIBO is present, the bacteria will begin to metabolise glucose, producing hydrogen and/or methane gas. Due to its rapid absorption, glucose may not reach the distal section of the small intestine; therefore the glucose test is best used alongside lactulose to assess the entire small intestine.
- SIBO Test (Lactulose)
A SIBO breath test using lactulose as the substrate. The breath test measures hydrogen and methane gasses in response to lactulose, a disaccharide (consisting of fructose and galactose) which is poorly absorbed by the intestine. If SIBO is present, the bacteria will begin to metabolise lactulose before it reaches the large intestine, causing an early increase in gas production. The remaining lactulose will then reach the large intestine, causing a second increase in gas production. The lactulose test is best used alongside glucose to reduce the likelihood of false-negative test results.
- GI Health Markers Only
The GI EcologiX Host Health markers only profile is a non-invasive stool test, which measures 7 key gut, immune, inflammatory and digestive health markers. This test can be used to provide a clinical picture of how a client is responding to their microbiome, as well as a comprehensive overview of GI and digestive function. It is valuable in the assessment of:
• Maldigestion/weight loss
• Abdominal pain/cramping
Using a simple blood test, IBS-smart measures the levels of two validated IBS biomarkers, anti-CdtB and anti-vinculin. These biomarkers are elevated in a majority of IBS clients with diarrhoeal symptoms and can diagnose diarrhoea-predominant or mixed-type IBS (IBS-D or IBS-M).
- Coeliac Profile
The Coeliac Profile uses widely accepted immunologic biomarkers to aid in the diagnosis of Coeliac disease. It is a blood test that measures important markers including Total IgA, Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase IgA (tTG IgA), Anti-Deamidated Gliadin IgA (DGP IgA), and reflex Anti-Endomysial IgA (EMA IgA). Gluten sensitivity is assessed via Anti-Gliadin IgA and Anti-Gliadin IgG.
The Metabolomix+ is a unique combination of nutritional tests that provides an analysis of key nutritional biomarkers. A first morning urine collection, with optional add-on bloodspot finger stick and buccal swab, the Metabolomix+ nutritional test is a non-invasive, client-friendly way to assess the functional need for antioxidants, B-vitamins, minerals, digestive support, fatty acids, and amino acids.
A Comprehensive Test for Identifying Functional Nutritional Deficiencies and Insufficiencies.
The NutrEval FMV® is both a blood and urine test that evaluates over 125 biomarkers and assesses the body's functional need for 40 antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, digestive support, and other select nutrients.
- DUTCH Plus®
The DUTCH Plus® takes hormone testing to a whole new level. In addition to sex hormones and their metabolites, the DUTCH Complete™ looks at the overall diurnal pattern of free cortisol, and the total and distribution of cortisol metabolites. The DUTCH Plus® adds the Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) to bring another important piece of the HPA-axis into focus.
Please message us below detailing which test you would like to order, or if you would like advice on choosing the most appropriate tests for your health issue.