At Spriggs Nutrition we can give you access to a wide variety of functional testing through trusted private laboratories. Typically, it is at your Report of Findings appointment, that any recommendations or referrals for tests would be made. Examples of the types of tests available through us include:
- Vitamins & minerals
- Thyroid function
- Liver function
- Hair Mineral Analysis
- Omega 6 : 3 ratio
- Parasite, bacterial, viral infections
- Gastrointestinal imbalances
- Food sensitivities & intolerances
- Genetic testing
- Please note: we do not provide paternity testing
If you have existing/recent test results, including those via your GP, you are invited to bring these along to your appointment.
Why do we utilise testing?
In some situations being able to use functional testing can be incredibly helpful to add extra pieces to the puzzle to build a more complete clinical picture. It can be particularly useful to uncover the underlying cause for symptoms or conditions. Rather than focusing on the presence of specific markers functional tests give the opportunity for us to review the body at a molecular level, or assess how an organ or tissues are working.
The type of sample you would have to provide will depend on the test. Usually, either saliva, urine, stool or blood are collected which are sent directly to a laboratory for processing. Results will be sent to your practitioner, so they can discuss and explain them with but you will always be given a copy of the them. Costs do vary between tests, we will happily go through options with you and discuss this. However, we will always look to get maximum information from the minimum tests, if required at all.
Genetic testing is becoming an increasingly utilised and accessible approach. However, it can be a daunting prospect with many options to choose from including some on the high street. We use specialist laboratories to provide you access to both genetic testing and importantly the interpretation of the results.
What does genetic testing show? Some choose to undertake this type of testing to identify if they have a predisposition to a condition. Our main focus is to identify efficiency of specific pathways in your body that can be influenced by modifiable factors. Whilst our genes plant the seeds to our health and wellbeing, it is the environment, food and surrounding influences that either help or hinder how some of our genes are expressed.
If you already have results from companies such as 23andMe and need assistance in the interpretation, we can help, please Contact Us.