Food Intolerance Test
A food allergy or intolerance can trigger an immune reaction—an inflammatory response—that is the body trying to protect itself from a perceived threat.
Sustained allergen challenge can cause chronic inflammation and can contribute to serious health problems such as cancer, infertility, diabetes, migraine, mood disorders, respiratory conditions, skin conditions, chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, altered mood, weight gain and neurological conditions.
With a gold standard ELISA blood test (fingertip blood prick) we can assess the effect of up to 150 food ingredients on an important inflammatory marker (immunoglobulin, IG). We can then tailor a dietary plan to your personal intolerances, initially eliminating key ingredients before slowly reintroducing them to help you achieve a varied, balanced diet that promotes your health and wellbeing.
Heavy Metal Test
Heavy metals are strongly associated with excessive free radical activity, which can be damaging to health and deplete the immune system, e.g:
• Cadmium: renal dysfunction, obstructive lung diseases, lung cancer, bone defects.
• Copper: anaemia, liver and kidney damage, and stomach and intestinal irritation.
• Lead: problems with synthesis of haemoglobins, damage to the kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, joints, reproductive system and the nervous system.
• Mercury: tremors, gingivitis and/or minor psychological changes together with spontaneous abortion and congenital malformation.
• Nickel: reduced body weight, heart and liver damage and skin irritation.
With a simple 30-minute urine test, we can perform a preliminary evaluation of your exposure to key heavy metals and identify elevate levels of cadmium, cobalt, copper, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, zinc that we can help manage through appropriate dietary planning.
Although homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid, high levels of it within the body can be potentially harmful to health. There is now evidence to suggest elevated levels may be associated with problems such as: infertility, heart problems, Alzheimer’s, dementia, stoke and thrombosis.
Dietary interventions that help to lower homocysteine levels by just 3micromol/L may have substantial impact on risk of cardiovascular conditions such as heart attack, strokes and deep vein thrombosis.
Evaluating your homocysteine level requires a small blood test (fingertip blood prick) and, within a week, we will have a detailed report that will help us advise you as to appropriate dietary interventions
Free Radical Test
When oxygen molecules within the body divides, it splits into two negatively charged atoms (ions) with unpaired electrons. As electrons prefer to exist in pairs, these ions—known as free radicals—scavenge the body to seek out other electrons to pair up with and, in the process, can cause damage to the body’s cells, proteins and DNA.
Stress, smoking, excess alcohol consumption, air pollution and ageing can all contribute to the production of free radicals, but so too can poor dietary choices. There is evidence to suggest that high levels of free radicals are associated with degenerative diseases such as cancers, tumours, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and arthritis.
The free radical test is a simple urine test (using a sample collected early in the morning) that provides a preliminary indication of the levels of free radicals within the body. Test results are available within 2 hours and can inform appropriate dietary planning and adjustment.
Vitamin D Test
Deficiency of vitamin D have been shown to be associated with increased risk of bone fractures, Parkinson’s disease, depression, impaired mood, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
It is naturally present in very few foods, but can be produced within the body when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis or incorporated within the diet through vitamin supplementation.
People living in countries where hours of sunshine are limited and winter days are short can be at risk of Vitamin D deficiency and associated risks. There are evidence to suggest a substantial proportion of the UK population may be affected by insufficient Vitamin D even in summer months.
Levels of Vitamin D can be assessed in 20-minutes with a small blood (fingertip prick) sample, which can be used to guide necessary vitamin supplementation within the diet
Full Lipid & Glucose Profile
Raised levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose can pose significant health risks, but are often symptomless and go undetected until damage and more serious consequences occur:
• Cholesterol: high levels of “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, LDL) are associated with an increased risk of conditions such as: high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease and diabetes.
• Cholesterol and triglycerides: combined high levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides have been associated with atherosclerosis and acute pancreatitis.
• Glucose: elevated levels of glucose (sugar) within the blood can increase the risk of diabetes (and diabetes complications), damage to the retina of the eye, arterial blockages and reduced blood flow, oxidative stress, systemic inflammation, cell dysfunction and cancer risk.
Using state-of-the-art spectroscopy and a small blood (fingertip prick) sample, we can assess your blood glucose, cholesterol (total, high and low-density lipoprotein) and triglyceride levels in less than half an hour and use the results to reduce potential health risks through appropriate dietary interventions.
Body Composition Test
Thorough assessment of the composition of the body—the muscle and fat distribution—is critical to understanding its energy needs and health risks. We use precision instrumentation to analyse the body’s metabolic rates, quality (healthy/unhealthy) and distribution of fat (particularly abdominal or “visceral” fat) and muscle and overall water content, including intra- and extra-cellular water throughout the body. We also assess the thickness of muscle and fat within the body using precision echo-ultrasound devices. The equipment produces cross-sectional and anatomical images of key sites within the body and allows us to determine the morphological features of the body and to monitor closely the effects of diet and exercise so as to develop (and refine) appropriate, personalised dietary plans.