Testing - Full List of Tests
Complete list of Biochemical tests available
All tests available via London Nutritionists and our London Clinics. Test kits will be usually be sent out to you after a referral from Yvonne Bishop-Weston or one of the other Foods For Life London Nutritionists.
Blood test kits will need to be taken to your Doctor, practice nurse or one of the clinics in London for a blood draw. Alternatively you can request a confidential evening home visit from the Foods For Life peripetetic phlebotomist within the London Area.
This list is intended as a guide only, tests contstantly being updated, please see below.
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ALLERGY PROFILES / ANTIBODY PROFILES:
- Food Allergy Cellular Test (FACTest): Food intolerance can be an important factor in many acute and chronic conditions, producing delayed onset symptoms ranging from IBS, muscle and joint aches, fatigue, weight problems, hyperactivity, skin irritations and anxiety. The FACTest measures all types of immunological reactions to a total of 233 different foods, including common seasonings, colourings, additives and beverages from a single blood sample.
- FACT Dairy & Grains Profile: This test measures sensitivities against all cow's, sheep's, goat's and soya products as well as all grains and yeast. A marker called tissue transglutaminase (tTGA), which is highly specific at identifying untreated Coeliac Disease, is also measured.
- FACT Additives Profile: This profile measures reactions to commonly found food additives.
- FACT Antibiotics & Analgesics Profile: This profile measures reactions to commonly used antibiotics and analgesics.
- IgE Food Panel: This test measures acute reactions, known as classical allergies, against 20 common foods. Symptoms usually present immediately and include hayfever, asthma, urticaria, swollen/itchy throat, tongue, lips, gums, watery/itchy/swollen eyes, rhinitis, colic, anaphylaxis, eczema and skin rashes.
- IgE Inhalant Panel: This panel identifies classical (IgE) inhalant allergies to 20 of the most common airborne allergens.
- FACTest & IgE Inhalant: This combined panel assesses food intolerances and inhalant allergies together. This is particularly useful for those with hayfever and/ or sensitivities to nuts or fruits.
- Comprehensive Food Allergy Profile: This comprehensive analysis combines the FACTtest, IgE Food Allergy test and the marker tTgA.
- Candida Antibody Profile: fatigue, bloating, diarrhoea/ constipation, muscle aches and headaches, to name but a few. This test is used not only for detecting the presence of the infection but also as an indicator of the stage of the condition.
- Gluten Sensitivity Profile: For the detection of increased sensitivity to gluten, a constituent of wheat, rye & barley leading to digestive problems and coeliac disease.
- Secretory IgA (SIgA): SIgA is an important indicator of digestive immune function. Chronic intestinal infections (due to bacterial, yeast or parasites), food sensitivities, aging, antibiotics, medication and stress all decrease sIgA levels. Low levels can lead to recurrent infections and food intolerances.
- Adrenal Stress Index: This saliva test can detect imbalances in the daily circadian secretions of the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA. Imbalances in these hormones can indicate an inappropriate response that can negatively impact energy levels, emotions, and many other health complaints. These include anxiety, chronic inflammatory conditions, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, depression, migraines, headaches, recurrent infections, menstrual difficulties and infertility.
- Comprehensive Adrenal Stress Index: This profile consists of the Adrenal Stress Index and Secretory IgA tests.
- DHEA Levels: This single saliva sample measures DHEA levels, a stress hormone that decreases with age and can affect all areas of health and wellbeing. It also allows for monitoring of DHEA supplementation, which should be carefully monitored.
- Female Hormone Panel: This 12-sample saliva test measures progesterone, oestrogen and testosterone levels over the monthly cycle to identify any hormonal imbalances. Common symptoms of this can include premenstrual tension, fluid retention, excessive menstrual bleeding, menstrual irregularity, low libido, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, infertility, acne, and excess body hair
- Comprehensive Female Hormone Profile: This profile consists of the Female Hormone Panel, Melatonin and the Adrenal Stress Index.
- 1-Day Progesterone / Oestradiol: This saliva test is used primarily used to indicate menopausal status and to monitor the use of any hormone replacement therapy.
- Testosterone Levels: This saliva test measures the active levels of testosterone for both men and women.
- Male Hormone Profile: This profile measures testosterone, cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin levels
- Estronex™: This urine test measures various metabolites of oestrogen, the levels of which can be used as an indicator of oestrogen-sensitive cancer risk such as breast or cervical.
- Total Thyroid Screen: A comprehensive test to measure the levels of all thyroid hormones and auto antibodies for the early detection of thyroid disease and to assess thyroid function. Both standard medical and optimal ranges are given. Thyroid dysfunction affects system in the body.
- Reverse T3: Reverse T3 levels can be included in the above thyroid screen, or assessed independently.
- Urine Thyroid Hormone (T3/T4): Urine thyroid levels over 24 hours can help identify milder cases of hypothyroidism which may not be detected in standard blood tests.
- Melatonin Profile: Melatonin is a hormone that controls the daily circadian rhythm and is best known for its role in helping to initiate sleep. Imbalances can also include depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), behavioral changes, mood disorders, stress among others.
- PCOS Profile: This profile measures various hormones, which can be helpful in identifying hormonal imbalances in this condition. Symptoms include menstrual irregularities, excess body/facial hair, acne, infertility and weight disorders.
- Menopause Profile: Although menopause is a normal part of a woman's maturation, many experience discomfort both during and after menopause. This profile consists of the 1-Day Progesterone/Oestrogen test, Estronex, and Osteoporosis Risk Assessment.
ELEMENT PROFILES - ESSENTIAL & TOXIC
- Hair Mineral Analysis: Hair has the unique ability to concentrate toxic heavy metals and essential elements. This test can be used as an indicator of long-term mineral levels. A full interpretation guide is provided.
- Nutrient & Toxic Elements: This test measures blood levels of key minerals as well as certain toxic or heavy metals, including aluminum, mercury, lead and cadmium.
- Antioxidant Profile: This profile measures the antioxidants vitamins A, E, beta-carotene and coenzyme Q10 as well as the minerals selenium and zinc. Patients with a history of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, periodontal disease and diabetes in particular should consider this test.
- Vitamin & Mineral Profile: This screen can be used to identify deficiencies and/or excesses of many minerals and vitamins.
- Urine Toxic Metals Random/Timed/24 Hour: An assessment of heavy metal status in the body using urine. Please note this test must only be carried out with a referral from a qualified practitioner.
- Amino Acids Bloodspot: This finger-prick test provides an insight into the body's stores of the essential amino acids, allowing for deficiencies to be identified. A customised supplement is also available to purchase following this test.
- Amino Acid 40 This blood test measures all essential and non-essential and various metabolic products of amino acids.
- Urine Amino Acids: This test measures all essential, non-essential and various metabolic products of amino acids as found in urine. This test can help to identify protein adequacy, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, protein intolerance, and disorders of metabolism. It can also assess vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
- Osteoporosis Risk Assessment: This test requires a single urine sample to measure the rate of bone loss, which is an important predictor for the risk of developing osteoporosis.
- Fatty Acids Screen: This test assesses the nutritional status of the critical essential and non-essential fatty acids. Symptoms include dry skin, dry eyes, hair loss, poor wound healing, depression, fatigue, hyperactivity, ADD, allergies, PMS, breast pain, and weight gain.
- Organix: The Organix urine test measures various important nutritional and metabolic processes (including those of liver detoxification, neurotransmitter and antioxidant status, as well as intestinal yeast/ bacteria. In addition, many vitamin, mineral and amino acid deficiencies can be identified using this test.
- Organix Basix: The Organix Basix includes all of the above except intestinal markers and antioxidant status.
- Organix Dysbiosis: The Organix Dysbiosis Markers test only assesses bacterial & yeasts markers.
- Homocysteine: Total plasma homocysteine levels are widely implicated in a variety of clinical conditions and are an independent risk factor for cardiovascular, atherothrombotic and cerebrovascular disease. Certain key nutrients, including vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and folic acid, are necessary for homocysteine metabolism; therefore this test can also provide valuable information about a patient’s nutritional status relating to these nutrients
- Insulin Resistance Profile: Insulin resistance/ insensitivity is closely linked with obesity, and occurs when the body stops being responsive to insulin. This leads to higher and higher levels of insulin being secreted by the pancreas in
Digestive and Stool Profiles
- Comprehensive Stool Analysis: A comprehensive assessment of all areas of the digestive tract including gut flora.
- Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasites: As above with the additional analysis for parasites.
- Comprehensive Parasites Test: A comprehensive assessment of digestive flora including beneficial, dysbiotic, pathogenic flora as well as yeasts and parasites.
- Parasitology: A comprehensive assessment of parasites.
- Gut permeability Test: A urine test used to assess the permeability of the gut wall (leaky gut syndrome), which is associated with the development of food sensitivities and candida infections in addition to a build up of potentially damaging toxins.
- Helicobacter pylori: A bacteria that is the major cause of chronic gastritis and gastric ulcer formation.
- Chronic Fatigue Screen: This test combines the Adrenal Stress Index and Organix tests to provide a comprehensive analysis of various factors that may be implicated in chronic fatigue and other related conditions.
- Cardiovascular Risk Assessment: A comprehensive evaluation of cardiovascular risk, measuring various important markers such as cholesterol, triglycerides, homocysteine, coenzyme Q10 vitamins and minerals, as well as key inflammatory markers. This unique test combines both traditional and cutting-edge indicators of cardiovascular health that can often be corrected with nutritional intervention.
- Epstein Barr Virus Profile: This test accurately assesses past, present, and re-activation of the infection stages by measuring antibodies produced against the virus.
- Trio Profile: This combination test measures 3 markers providing an assessment of liver detoxification, overall antioxidant protection, and intestinal dysbiosis.
- Detoxification Capacity Profile: The functioning of the liver's detoxification pathways is assessed from a saliva and urine sample. Signs and symptoms of toxicity include acne, bad breath, chronic fatigue, headaches, cancer, eczema, itching skin, and IBS.
- Kryptopyrroles: Kryptopyrroles are naturally occurring chemical that can be measured in the urine. These compounds can become elevated and lead to deficiencies in the essential nutrients vitamin B6,and Zinc. Symptoms can include depression, anxiety, addictions, poor dream recall, stretch marks, white spots on nails, recurrent infections, fatigue and nausea.
- Histamine: Histamine is an important brain chemical and is involved in all sorts of reactions including allergies, mucus, saliva and tear production, and is also an important factor in mental health.
- Functional Blood Chemistry Profile: This biochemistry analysis is a full haematology and biochemical assessment.
- Vitamin B12 & Folate:
- Anaemia Profile: The Anaemia Profile measures blood levels of three important nutrients, which are often implicated in anaemia. These include folic acid, vitamin B12 and iron levels (measured in the form of ferritin).
- Profile: The ION Profile is the most comprehensive test available reporting over 100 different markers that provide a valuable insight into one's nutritional and metabolic status.
This list is intended as a guide only. Biochemical Tests are constantly being reviewed, changed, improved, stopped, added to and superceded. With more research into genetics new discoveries and deeper insights into exactly how our bodies work is growing almost weekly. Contact your nutritionist to find out the latest options, ensure which test is right for you and to know why and explain what in practical terms it will discover.
Tests available in London, Clinics in London - Allergy Testing , food intolerance and other biochemical tests.