Functional Testing

GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Test

Collection Method: Stool

Our gut health is paramount to our overall health and wellbeing. Not only is 70% of our immune system located in our gut, but research is continuing to be published of the importance of our gut health with other body systems such as the gut-skin connection or the gut-brain connection.  

This advanced stool test uses cutting-edge technologies and biomarkers, offering valuable insights into digestive function, intestinal inflammation, and the intestinal microbiome.

 

This test will assess your:

- Permeability of your gut lining

- Microbiome balance - including a break down of a wide range of beneficial bacteria as well as revealing markers for yeasts, moulds and other bacteria

- Digestion of fats & proteins

- Pancreatic Function

- Any pathogenic bacteria or yeasts 

- Markers for any present or past parasites

- Markers for allergic reactions, immune function or chronic inflammation​​ 

Our microbiome is as unique as our fingerprint, being made up of  10-100 trillion different bacteria of all varying quantities, some of those bacteria and species we definitely want an abundance of, others we want less or none of - that is why it is so important to get tested. 

A GI Effects Stool Test would be appropriate for anyone who experiences:

  • Bloating

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhoea 

  • Abdominal pain & cramping (especially after eating)

  • A false urge to have a bowel movement

  • Flatulence

  • Frequent burping

  • Heart burn / Acid reflux

  • Indigestion (it feels like your food is sitting around in your stomach & not digesting)

  • Intolerance to high-fat foods

  • Pale stools that float

  • Nausea (especially after eating)

It may also be suggested when you experience: 

  • Skin Issues such as Eczema, Psoriasis or Rosacea

  • Allergies

  • Histamine Intolerance

  • Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Crohn's or Colitis 

  • Hormonal Imbalances such as PMS, Endometriosis or PCOS

  • Brain fog

  • Fatigue

  • Persistent  sugar cravings

Or

  • You have been on frequent or recurring antibiotics

The kit will be ordered through me, then upon payment by yourself it will delivered to your door with clear instructions on how to collect your sample . Your sample will then need to be sent on next day post back to the lab where it will be tested, with the results being disclosed to me first to then be explained to you. Find a sample report here.  

In order to make the most of this testing, you would need to book onto one of my packages here.

You can also book in for your free 15 minute discovery call here where I will be able to explain more about the what and why behind this test and also discover more about you and your health journey. 

FDX Ultra

A 90+ biomarker In-depth general health investigation including hormones

Collection Method: Blood Draw

This test is the most overall comprehensive test that I offer in my clinic. It provides a really clear run down of nutrient status, organs that are under pressure and shows what specific bodily processes need supported. 

You are not going to find a more rounded, thorough test than this.

 

Fatigued and experiencing low energy?

Worried about immunity or concerned with your vitamin or mineral status?

If you want to determine the specific needs, deficiencies, and imbalances of your client, then this panel is for you.

The FDX Ultra offers the most in-depth analysis of your health condition, helping detect or predict various chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, inflammation, and so much more.

 

This test assesses over 90 biomarkers including ones for:

  • Blood Chemistry

  • Electrolytes

  • Enzymes

  • Hormones

  • Inflammation

  • Iron

  • Kidney Function

  • Lipids

  • Liver & Gallbladder

  • Metabolic

  • Minerals & Metals

  • Prostate

  • Proteins

  • Blood Sugars

  • Thyroid

  • Vitamins

This is the most comprehensive and in depth panels. Further to offering a complete analysis vitamin mineral, thyroid, cardiovascular, protein, iron, sugars, liver, and gallbladder status. It also includes a full series of hormones and sex hormones and prostate assessment. These serve as important tools in the evaluation of several systems including immune, liver, prostate, male and female hormones, fertility, bone health and glycemic management.

This panel is ideal for anyone who: 

  • Those who need to identify undiagnosed or unidentified underlying health issues

  • Those that already have displaced long term chronic symptoms or have an existing diagnosis/conditions

  • Those who wish to have an Entry Level full health MOT

  • Those who want to find the root cause of their symptoms

  • Those who want to dive deep into what is going on in their bodies

The kit will be ordered through me, then upon payment by yourself it will delivered to your door with clear instructions on how to collect your sample . Your sample will then need to be sent on next day post back to the lab where it will be tested, with the results being disclosed to me first to then be explained to you. 

In order to make the most of this testing, you would need to book one of my packages here.

You can also book in for your free 15 minute discovery call here where I will be able to explain more about the what and why behind this test and also discover more about you and your health journey. 

You can find a sample report of what you would expect to receive here.

You can also find test kit instructions here. 

Advanced Thyroid Panel 

Collection Method: Fingerprick or Blood Draw

Your thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland at the base of your neck and plays a vital role in regulating vital body processes, including breathing, heart rate, energy metabolism, body weight, menstrual cycles, immune function, hair, skin & nails, digestion, body temperature, central and peripheral nervous system, mood, cholesterol levels and the list goes on.

 

When we have an under active thyroid it basically means a slowing down in all of the processes listed above. It affects a person hugely from the inside out.

 

This test will assess your:

  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

  • Free Thyroxine (FT4)

  • Free Triiodothyronine (FT3)

  • Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TGAB)

  • Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO/TPEX)

  • Thyroxine (T4)

I always advise my clients to do the full thyroid panel as it is so important to know the antibody levels so as we can rule out any autoimmunity. I, as much as you need to know what we are working with so that I can help you as best as I can. Antibody tests are usually difficult to access in mainstream ways, so this is where functional testing really comes in handy. 

A advanced thyroid panel would be appropriate for anyone who experiences 3 or more of these symptoms:

  • Weight gain

  • Brain Fog

  • Dry hair

  • Puffy face

  • Constipation

  • Depression / anxiety

  • Eyebrow thinning

  • Enlarged thyroid gland

  • Slow heart rate

  • Cold intolerance

  • Dry skin

  • Fatigue

  • Forgetfulness

  • Menstrual disorders

  • Infertility

  • Muscle aches

  • Weight gain

  • Brittle nails

  • Blood sugar imbalance

  • Insomnia

You may also want to be tested if: 

  • Your have a family history or a close family member with hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

The kit will be ordered through me, then upon payment by yourself it will delivered to your door with clear instructions on how to collect your sample . Your sample will then need to be sent on next day post back to the lab where it will be tested, with the results being disclosed to me first to then be explained to you. 

In order to make the most of this testing, you would need to book one of my packages here.

You can also book in for your free 15 minute discovery call here where I will be able to explain more about the what and why behind this test and also discover more about you and your health journey. 

Comprehensive Adrenal Stress Profile 

Collection Method: Saliva

Your adrenal glands are two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys. They are responsible for the body's hormonal response to stress. 

Your adrenals produce adrenaline, stimulating that instant stress hormone response (fight or flight reaction) that we are all familiar with. However they also produce two other hormones; cortisol and DHEA, which create the short and long term stress hormone responses.

 

Cortisol suppresses the immune system, breaks down tissues but has potent anti-inflammatory effect. Another of its primary functions is to raise blood sugar. However, high amounts of these sugars can suppress thyroid function, mainly preventing the conversion of T4 into the active T3. The precursor to cortisol release that is produced in the brain can also inhibit thyroid function by suppressing TSH release. 

 

However, cortisol balanced out by DHEA, which has the opposite effect on the body. DHEA activates the immune system and builds up tissues., it also has a very powerful anti-aging effect 

If one, or both of these vital hormones are out of balance, it can greatly effect our health and wellbeing, which is why it is great that we have access to testing. What we want and restore is balance between DHEA and cortisol. 

Imbalances between DHEA and cortisol can effect;

- Our pro/anti inflammatory pathways

- Immune function

- Thyroid function

- Hormonal balance 

- Memory

- Skeletal health

- Detoxification efficiency 

Our cortisol and DHEA levels should be the highest upon waking and then gradually decrease as the day goes on as we get ready to wind down again and go to sleep. 

 

Symptoms of imbalance include:

  • Chronic stress throughout the day

  • Tired upon waking 

  • Weight gain around mid-section

  • Craving salty, sweet or carb rich foods

  • Poor sleep

  • Chronic sickness

  • Poor recovery after exercise 

  • Anxiety or depressive symptoms

This test will assess your:

  • Cortisol levels throughout the day 

  • DHEA levels throughout the day 

The kit will be ordered through me, then upon payment by yourself it will delivered to your door with clear instructions on how to collect your sample . Your sample will then need to be sent on next day post back to the lab where it will be tested, with the results being disclosed to me first to then be explained to you. You can find a sample of the test results here

In order to make the most of this testing, you would need to book onto one of my packages here.

You can also book in for your free 15 minute discovery call here where I will be able to explain more about the what and why behind this test and also discover more about you and your health journey. 

Metabolomix+

Collection Method: Urine

 As a Nutritional Therapist, I always refer back to 'you re no what you eat, you are what you absorb.' We could be eating all of the right things, but is our body absorbing and utilising them like it should be?

It is not surprising that we end up with nutritional deficiencies, it is not as rare as you would think. Our modern agriculture, soil quality and processes actually leaves our food more depleted than ever in some vital nutrients. 

 

Symptoms of imbalance include:

  • Mood changes

  • Poor sleep

  • Fatigue and weakness in extremities

  • Dizziness

  • Shortness of breath

  • Weight loss

  • Nausea or poor appetite

  • Sore, red, or swollen tongue

  • Pale or yellowish skin

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Chronic Stress and/or anxiety

  • Inflammation

  • Chronic ulcers

  • Cracking around the mouth

  • Brittle hair and/or nails

  • White spots on nails

  • Brain fog and/or confusion

Metabolomix+ is one of the most comprehensive functional and nutritional assessments available. It provides a an in-depth analysis of key nutrient markers including antioxidants, B-vitamins, minerals, digestive support, fatty acids, and amino acids.

Why a urine test instead of a blood test? Well, whilst blood tests are effective, it only gives us a snapshot of nutrient levels within the blood. When we test the urine, it shows how our nutrients are being absorbed and used by the body, not just their levels in our blood. 

This test will assess over 80 biomarkers including:

  • Malabsorption and Dysbiosis Markers in the gastrointestinal microbiome

  • Cellular Energy & Mitochondrial Markers, biomarkers of carbohydrate and fatty acid metabolism, and the citric acid (Kreb's) cycle

  • Vitamin Markers used to assess functional levels of vitamin cofactors

  • Neurotransmitter Metabolites (downstream byproducts of epinephrine, norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine)

  • Toxin & Detoxification Markers relating to certain toxic metabolites and the body's detoxification capacity

  • Oxalate Markers relating to kidney stone formation, oxidative stress and metabolic dysfunction

The kit will be ordered through me, then upon payment by yourself it will delivered to your door with clear instructions on how to collect your sample . Your sample will then need to be sent on next day post back to the lab where it will be tested, with the results being disclosed to me first to then be explained to you. You can find a sample of the test results here

In order to make the most of this testing, you would need to book onto one of my packages here.

You can also book in for your free 15 minute discovery call here where I will be able to explain more about the what and why behind this test and also discover more about you and your health journey. 

For any questions, you can find me at hello@joyfuellednutrition.com