Healthy Living Assessment and Enhanced Healthy Living Assessment
Who should consider this testing: This testing looks at all of the main factors that contribute to chronic metabolic diseases including blood sugar regulation, nutrient levels, liver and kidney health, thyroid health, inflammation marks, and cholesterol levels. It is an ideal assessment for anyone looking to asses their current overall health and susceptibility to chronic metabolic diseases.
What is the difference between the regular and the Enhanced Assessments: The Enhanced Assessment has several extra tests included that look at your status of: B12, Vitamin D, folate, insulin sensitivity and inflammation. We may decide to chose this over the more basic panel if you experience fatigue, difficulty with weight loss, or have pre-diagnosed chronic medical conditions.
Who should consider this testing: Anyone experiencing symptoms of thyroid dysfunction who has not been tested or to monitor the effects of thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction can include: fatigue, low mood/anxiety, weight loss/gain, constipation, dry skin, hair loss, tremors, heart palpitations, bulging and dry eyes, bulging at the thyroid gland in the neck.
What does it test: This is a through assessment of all of the thyroid hormone marks and shows the active full picture of how the thyroid is functioning, if there are any autoimmune thyroid concerns, or if stress is contributing to a lowered metabolic rate.
Male and Female Hormone Panels
Who should consider this testing: Men/women who are struggling with fertility concerns, women with menstrual cycle irregularities, women experiencing perimenopause or menopause who need hormonal support during the transition.
What does it test: The panels look at necessary hormones for sexual function in men and women and menstrual cycle health as well as peri/menopause status in females.
Anemia and Fatigue Assessment
Who should consider this testing: Anyone with fatigue, especially if you are sleeping and eating enough and still feeling tired.
What does it test: Markers of red and white blood cell health including number, shape and concentration of hemoglobin, as well as other common factors that can contribute to fatigue including: B12, thyroid health, folate.
GI MAP Testing
Who should consider this testing: Anyone who has chronic digestive disturbances and has received preliminary testing and done dietary modifications and some basic naturopathic treatment but still struggles to maintain normal, discomfort free digestion. Also, anyone who suspects they have been exposed to a parasite that has not shown up on normal stool testing for ova and parasites.
What does it test: This test looks at concentration of beneficial and problematic bacteria in the gut as well as past exposures (through PCR testing) to parasites and viruses that affect the GI tract. It also looks at markers of inflammation and absorption to determine what areas of digestion are contributing most to an individual’s symptoms.
Who should consider this testing: This test can be used to confirm an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine in individuals experiencing symptoms of bloating, gas, and constipation.
What does it test: This test is a breath test that looks at the amount of hydrogen or methane gas produced by bacteria in the small intestine following oral consumption of lactulose, a type of sugar, which acts as food for these bacteria.
H. Pilori Testing
Who should consider this testing: This test can be used to confirm the presence of H. pylori bacteria in the stomach. H. Pylori is associated with increased stomach acid, acid reflux, gastritis, burning pains in the stomach, stomach ulcer formation and an increased risk of stomach cancer in the long term. It is a common bacterium and very easy to pick up, especially when travelling outside of North America. Around 50% of the population of the world has this bacterium and it may be completely asymptomatic in many people. It only needs to be treated if it is causing gastric irritation.
What does it test: This is a breath test that measures your breath output of carbon dioxide before and after oral consumption of urea, which is a food for the bacteria.
Customized individual Lab Tests for your specific needs based on assessment of our Naturopathic Doctor may be recommended outside of one of the panel options above.