Common testing procedures
Depending on your presenting concerns, health goals and objectives, testing may be necessary to address your underlying health issues and their root causes. Following are a list of the common testing procedures we use at Blissfully Nourished.
Parasitology and complete stool analysis
Complete parasitology testing evaluates the health and microbial balance of the large bowel. It assesses the bacterial levels present, as well as identifying the presence of parasites and/or yeast overgrowth. This test is a fantastic tool for anyone with long term or chronic gut issues and/or a history of parasitic, bacterial or yeast infection, as it allows me to identify the functionality of your lower bowel on a microbial level.
A complete stool analysis includes the above with additional markers pertaining to acute and chronic inflammation within the bowel, digestive and absorption markers, pH and measurement of secretory IgA, which is an integral marker for deregulated gut immunity in relation to the mucosal layer. This test is pivotal for those with long standing chronic gut issues and for those with systemic symptoms.
Hormone profile testing
Hormone profile testing (for both males and females) is used to assess the status of hormones, such as the reproductive and stress hormones. This form of testing measures an individual’s hormonal status, adrenal function and the potential impact this may be having on one’s physical and emotional health. This form of testing is particularly helpful when assessing one’s fertility status.
Food intolerance and/or allergy testing
This test checks for any inflammatory or immunological reactions to the foods that you are eating. A combination panel of foods are tested and graded for a response. This is a relevant test for those experiencing bloating and gas that can be attributed to certain foods or meal combinations, irregular bowel motions, sensitive skin and/or allergies.