Want to understand the underlying cause?
There are many laboratory tests that can be used to identify underlying causes of symptoms and health conditions. Some of these include measuring nutrient deficiencies and hormonal imbalances, others can look at digestive and absorption markers to identify whether you are able to process nutrients from food effectively.
Appropriate tests can help to more quickly identify underlying causes of unpleasant symptoms and to determine most appropriate recommendations for you.
All the tests below are carried out by accredited scientific laboratories in Ireland, the UK and the USA. Your nutritionist can interpret the findings of these tests for you and will provide tailored recommendations based on your results.
Gastrointestinal health and IBS
* GI Map Digestive Test
The most accurate and comprehensive analysis of the microbes in your gut using the latest DNA sequencing technology. This test examines levels of good and bad bacteria including H. pylori, yeasts, viruses, worms and parasites along with critical markers of intestinal health and your immune system. Just one sample is required for this simple yet extremely informative look at your microbiome. There is an option to add-on zonulin, a reliable marker of gut permeability or ‘leaky gut’, which may be implicated in inflammation, autoimmune disease, mental health issues, liver disease and suspected food intolerance. See more information here.
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*SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) test
SIBO is now believed to be the most common cause of IBS symptoms and has been related to a wide range of other conditions, from anxiety to rosacea and food intolerances. A simple, non-invasive breath test can confirm if you have SIBO and identify the gas that is causing your gut symptoms, allowing your Nutritionist to put a plan in place to resolve your symptoms in the long term
* Functional Nutritional Profile (blood test)
A comprehensive analysis of your nutrient levels: assesses your levels of crucial vitamins including vitamin D, minerals, antioxidants and essential fats. This allows us to tailor your recommendations specifically to what you need. This is useful for anyone looking to identify deficiencies or optimize their diet but particularly for both male and female fertility.
* Vegan Nutrient Profiles *NEW*
If you are following a vegan or largely plant-based diet, you are at greater risk of certain deficiencies that can cause longer-term health issues. Blood and urine tests will help you to understand if you are getting enough of the nutrients you need. Your Nutritionist can then tailor your diet based on your test results and advise you on where you would benefit from supplementation. See more information here.
* Vitamin D test (blood test)
Ireland has one of the lowest rates of vitamin D in Europe. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with immune imbalances, autoimmune disease, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer and fertility problems.
* Omega 3 deficiency/Omega 3:6 ratio (blood test)
These essential fats need to be in balance to address inflammatory disorders such as autoimmune conditions, heart disease and other immune imbalances including those related to fertility and pregnancy.
Hormone Health Men & Women
*Hormonal Tests (urine test)
The DUTCH test is a urine test that takes a very comprehensive look at your hormonal balance. This measures oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and their break down products which can give valuable information about how you are processing hormones in the body and in the liver. This can be important for breast cancer risk. This test also looks at a number of markers of stress which is often a major factor. It also includes some B vitamins and neurotransmitters which are important in mood and energy. You can also opt to track your fluctuating hormones over one menstrual cycle which is often more informative than measuring on just one day. This test can also be useful to identify underlying male hormone issues. See more information here
* Osteoporosis bone turnover tests (urine test)
This is a very useful marker of bone turnover to find out if you are losing bone too quickly and need to support your bone health and strength. Very useful in between DEXA scans, if you are following a restrictive diet or suspect nutrient deficiencies or malabsorption due to digestive issues. This can help determine if what you are currently doing is enough to maintain your bone density. If not, we will tailor your nutritional and lifestyle recommendations to support your bone health. See more information here
* Adrenal Stress Profile (saliva test)
This test can detect imbalances in the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA and identify if your body is coping with the stresses and strains you are dealing with. This can be helpful with unexplained fatigue, fertility, hormonal imbalances and immune issues. See more information here
*Immunology and immune-related fertility issues (blood test or biopsy)
Your immune system plays a critical role in tolerating conception, the implantation of an embryo and a healthy pregnancy. You may have been given the title of ‘unexplained infertility’ or perhaps you have had multiple failed IVF treatments or miscarriages with no real explanation. It could be that your immune system is out of balance. We work with Dr Lyuda of Sims IVF carrying out cutting edge testing on your immune system. We can then modulate the immune system using nutrition, lifestyle and supplements. We have excellent experience using medicinal mushrooms such as mesima, cordyceps and reishi in the right combinations and see positive changes in the immune balance in 8 weeks. Read more about immune-related infertility here
Underactive thyroid and Hashimotos
* Thyroid profile (blood & urine tests available)
We can measure all thyroid hormones and auto antibodies including TSH, free T3, free T4, reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies. Our specific Thyroid Nutrients profile has been tailored to test for nutrients critical for thyroid health including iodine, selenium, zinc and magnesium. These tests are useful if you have symptoms of thyroid issues such as fatigue, weight changes, dry skin/hair, brittle nails, digestive issues, depression, hormonal imbalances and fertility problems. It is also useful if you are already diagnosed, to help to tailor your nutritional protocol dependent on the root cause of thyroid dysfunction.
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Fatigue, energy, other
* Nutrigenomix – DNA analysis
Your DNA can give you an insight into how you obtain nutrients and energy from food, helping us to tailor your dietary advice specific to you. This test covers 45 genes which give important information concerning weight management, nutrient metabolism, susceptibility to food intolerances, factors relating to cardiometabolic health and about your preferences, eating habits and motivation to exercise.
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* Metabolic syndrome/Insulin resistance (blood test)
Measures a number of factors associated with maintaining normal blood sugar levels including HbA1c (a measure of your sugar control), insulin, cholesterol, triglycerides and the inflammatory marker C-reactive Protein. These may be useful markers for weight management, management of diabetes or high blood pressure and those at risk for cardiovascular disease, fatty liver disease or stroke.
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* Chronic fatigue screen (saliva and urine tests)
Combines the Adrenal Stress Profile and Metabolic Analysis tests to provide a comprehensive analysis of various factors that may be implicated in chronic fatigue and other related conditions. Due to the complex nature of chronic fatigue and its symptoms, we highly recommend that you speak with one of our nutritionists regarding the applicability of this specialized test. There may be other tests that may be more useful to you depending on your particular symptoms.
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* Other tests
We often recommend standard blood tests such as a full blood count, iron studies, hormone levels, cholesterol monitoring amongst others. We can work with your GP or you can avail of these tests privately. We also facilitate a number of other more specialized functional medicine and conventional tests. Why not give us a call and ask us how we can help you?
Want to know more?
For more information about the tests we use please call us on 01 4020777 One of your nutrition team would be happy to speak to you about the most relevant test to support your health.