Lab Tests & Assessments
Access to Comprehensive Testing
For a better understanding of your health, often specialized testing can provide insights to get a full picture of the root cause of the symptoms you are experiencing. Offered by our naturopathic doctors, these specialized tests are used often to focus treatments for hormonal issues, digestive concerns, fatigue, metabolic health as well as fertility support.
Testing allows us to understand your unique physiological requirements and barriers to health, and ensures we are targeting treatment appropriate.
Types of testing available
From reproductive health to digestive health, without understanding what is happeneing internally, targetted and customized treatment is often not possible. With guidance from our naturopathic doctors, you are able to obtain the necessary tests along the appropriate analysis and interpretation. Available tests:
- Advanced Hormone Testing
- Inflammation Marker Testing
- Food Intolerance Testing
- SIBO Testing
- GI Map
- Metabolic Assessment
- Ferility Testing
- Thyroid Assessment
To find out if functional testing can benefit you, connect with one of our naturopathic doctors today.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Symptoms associated with food sensitivities develop slowly over time, creating inflammation and contribute to symptoms of a variety of diseases.
Common symptoms of food intolerance testing include:
- Systemic: Fever, fatigue, chills, sweating and feeling weak.
- Skin: Acne, itching, redness, swelling, and rashes (including eczema).
- Brain: Mood and memory disturbances and behavioral problems.
- Lungs: Bronchitis and asthma symptoms.
- Musculoskeletal: Joint pain, muscle stiffness and swelling.
- Digestive tract: Nausea & vomiting, diarrhea
- Pain: migraines, headaches
The RMA FST™ measures levels of IgG antibodies to up to 222 different foods via blood draw. Antibodies are highly specialized proteins that bind to specific antigens. All foods have antigen molecules on them, and sometimes these food antigens can trigger the production of antibodies. The exact reason why food antigens trigger the release of IgG antibodies is not known.
Advanced Hormone Testing
When it comes to hormone testing, three available options exist: saliva, blood and urine.
Saliva tests measure the amount of free, unbound hormone available to act on a target tissue. Blood tests for hormones accurately test peptide hormones in the body such as FSH, LH, prolactic and fasting insulin. Urine testing is a more dynamic test which tests the metabolites of hormones. This is useful in understanding how you are clearing hormones and the function of your detox mechanisms.
Conditions Associated with Hormone Imbalance
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Thyroid Conditions
Types of Hormone Testing: Adrenal Stress Test, DUTCH Test, Female Hormone Panel, Thyroid Panel.
SIBO, or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, is caused when bacteria that are normally present in the large intestine start to grow in the small intestine. This causes problems because many of these bacteria and other single cell organisms called archaea ferment sugars to produce gasses.
Symptoms of SIBO:
- Pain in the stomach, especially after eating,
The GI-MAP tests for amounts of good and bad bacteria, H. Pylori, Candida, and other parasites in a stool sample, and in addition, measures leakage due to leaky gut syndrome. It is an improvement on previously standard techniques which relied on culturing a bacteria sample, as unlike a culture, GI-MAP is able to detect species of bacteria which cannot grow under normal conditions. Some conditions that warrant GI Map testing are:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Digestive complaints, diarrhea or constipation
- Brain fog
- Skin problems, like acne and psoriasis
- Mood disorders, depression, and anxiety
- Diabetes and weight loss issues
Ready to get started? Reach out to our team today to book your next appointment.
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