Functional Testing

I run functional testing ranging from stool tests, food intolerance testing and nutrigenomics/genetic testing. Here is a summary of some of the frequent tests I run in my practice:

Nutrigenomics testing – LifecodeGX

A fascinating way to pinpoint how your genetic variants or polymorphisms / SNPs affect your health and how they can be mitigated through food and lifestyle. For example are you a slow or fast metaboliser of caffeine, do you have a higher propencity for lostose intolerance, do your SNPs make vitamin D absoprtion less efficient, how do your SNPs effect appetite, your stress response and oestrogen detoxification. The inital DNA test + one test is £399 and for every further test costs £150:

Nutrient Core Report – This test analyses how gene variants can affect food tolerance (and intolerance), appetite control and blood sugar balance, vitamin and mineral needs, detoxification ability, and susceptibility to inflammation and infection.

Hormone Report – This test analyses genes involved in the regulation, synthesis, signalling, transport and metabolism of stress and sex hormones. It looks at how gene variants affects hormones imbalance and details the nutrients and environmental factors that can influence and improve their balance.

The Menopause Package includes the Nutrient Core and the Hormone Report along with a session with myself – £790.

APOE Report – APOE E4 being the biggest risk factor for Alzhemier’s disease – although this does not mean you are going to get it. 50% of Alzheimers sufferers do NOT have this genetic SNP. The Apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene is best known for its role in fat metabolism by helping to remove cholesterol from the bloodstream. It can exist in three main forms known as E2, E3 and E4. The E4 form of the APOE gene has been associated with increased plasma cholesterol and triglycerides and susceptibility to cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. However, having an E4 genotype is one of many risk factors and does not mean you will develop any of these conditions.

Histamine Report – histamine intolerance is the body’s reaction to an imbalance between accumulated histamine and the capacity to break it down. It can often manifest at menopause due to it’s link with oestrogen. When the body is unable to break histamine down quickly enough it becomes toxic. Symptoms of histamine toxicity may include skin irritation or breathing difficulties (mimicking an allergic reaction), digestive problems, headaches, insomnia and anxiety. The Histamine Intolerance test analyses the genes and nutrients needed to breakdown and remove histamine, showing where disruptions occur and how to support optimal function.

Genova GI Effects Comprehensice Stool Test looks at digestive markers, inflammatory markers, yeasts and parasites, bacteria and imbalances in gut microflora – £375

Genova Organix which is a urine test which includes B vitamins, zinc, magnesium and manganese but it does include some gut support markers as well as antioxidant glutathione – £245

Food Intolerance Testing – food intolerance tests assess 200+ foods for an IgG reaction which is different from a IgE true allergy reaction which is there for life. It can be useful in cases of bloating and ezcema too which is often related to food intolerance. It’s a simple at home pin prick test – £139