Cotswold Nutrition offers a whole range of hormonal and gut function tests, all undertaken by professional laboratories. Most tests are non-invasive involving either saliva, stool or urine testing. A full laboratory report is supplied as well as interpretation of the results in a consultation environment.
Among the range of nutritional tests offered are:
Homocysteine testing: Raised blood homocysteine concentrations can both predict the development of heart disease and strokes. Women with high homocysteine levels can find it harder to conceive and are at risk from repeated early miscarriage. Raised levels of homocysteine have also been implicated in migraine and linked to Alzheimer's disease, dementia, declining memory, poor concentration and judgement and lowered mood.
Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis: offers a comprehensive look at the overall health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The CDSA™ is an evaluation of gastrointestinal function assessing a select set of stool biomarkers.
Candida: Candida is a yeast that is part of our digestive flora, however in some individuals the natural balance of the gut is disrupted leading to a pathogenic form of the organism. This results in many symptoms ranging from 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.
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.
Thyroid function: The elevation of thyroid hormone levels in urine, assesses tissue exposure to thyroid hormones over a 24-hour period. The urine thyroid test therefore serves as a valuable tool for detecting those patients that are suffering from thyroid dysfunction, particularly low grade hypothyroidism who might otherwise go undetected through standard blood tests. It is important to use this test as an adjunct to other indicators of thyroid function, such as body temperature, symptomology and standard blood thyroid tests.