Food Intolerance Testing (IgG)
Are food sensitivities at the root of your health concerns?
Food intolerance can cause digestive upset & inflammation, which may play a role in numerous diseases and conditions. Eliminating IgG reactive foods may help alleviate numerous health concerns including fatigue, weight gain, headaches, IBS, diarrhea & constipation, gas & bloating and eczema.
Your testing includes a full report with any reactive foods, and their degree of reactivity, clearly outlined. Amy will review your results and help you implement dietary changes to improve you symptoms, will ensuring all nutrient needs are adequately met.
Vitamin D is essential for immune function, strong bones and has also been implicated in mood and autoimmune disease. Many of us do not receive adequate vitamin D especially in the winter time in northern climates. Vitamin D may be decreased by sunscreen, dark skin, age & medications.
The vitamin D test is a finger prick test you do at home. Once levels are determined appropriate recommendations will be made in your follow-up visit.
Fatty Acid Panel
The Fatty Acid Profile measure the percentage of faatty acids in red blood cells. Measurements include omega 3, ratio of arachidonic acid to EPA as a marker of inflammation, total omega 6 fatty acids along with mono-unsaturated fatty acids, transfatty acids and saturated fats.
The essential fatty acid family includes omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are considered essentialbecause they only come from food. Most of us get plenty of omega-6 fatty acids from grains and grain fed animals, but our diets often lack omega-3 fatty acids. A few of the more important omega-3 fatty acids are: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosohexaenoic acid (DHA) and alpha linolenic acid (ALA). The right balance of omega-3 fatty acids has been proven to reduce the risk of heart attack, and having the right balance of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation.
Trans fatty acids (TFAs or trans fats) are a chemically altered form of good fatty acids. Food manufacturers began altering fatty acids to increase stability to improve shelf life. Saturated fats occur naturally, usually in animal meat, and are solid or semi-solid at room temperature. Unfortunately, we now know that both trans fats and saturated fats raise the 'bad' LDL cholesterol and thus increase risk for heart disease.
Why get A Fatty Acid Profile Test?
Preventing a heart attack starts with knowing which risk factors you have and correcting what you can. The Fatty Acid Profile helps by measuring your fatty acid levels and letting you know how your numbers stack up compared to a normal population.
Additional testing may be recommended depending on your current symptoms and conditions.