Laboratory testing is very essential in determining the root cause of any condition. Naturopathic doctors use lab results as an important element of a thorough and overall health investigation. Listed below is a comprehensive list of lab tests accessible to you via your Naturopathic doctor.
Fasting glucose, cholesterol panel, thyroid panel, complete blood count, liver enzymes, and hormone profiles are some of the commonly available blood tests. Take a look at the complete list of blood tests.
Generally, the symptoms of food sensitivity might take up to 72 hours to appear. IgG antibody, the largest circulating antibody in our immune system, mediates such an immune response and can cross the placenta from mother to child. IgG antibodies are one of the most common forms of immunologic-mediated food responses. As we eat many food items that have many ingredients and go through various processes, it can be difficult to identify the offending food. According to an estimate, around 20% of the population has an adverse reaction to a certain food.
There can be many reasons behind food sensitivity, such as stress, overeating, infections, artificial preservatives, molds, additives, pesticides, antibiotics, and environmental pollutants. Unidentified food sensitivities can lead to a number of health conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, ADD/ADHD, autism, eczema, chronic ear infections, gut malabsorption, insomnia and others.
Food sensitivity testing helps to detect delayed food sensitivities. It measures a person’s response to 120+ different foods through a blood sample. Click here for more information.
Food Sensitivity Test Sample Report
An accurate, non-invasive and clinically useful way of measuring hormones is known as salivary hormone testing. This can be used to identify existing hormone excesses or deficiencies such as finding out that a woman lacks sufficient progesterone to balance high estradiol levels or that high cortisol levels are interfering with the action of progesterone and testosterone. Nutritional or bio-identical hormone therapy may be indicated once a hormone imbalance has been identified.
Cortisol is the major stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Measuring the cortisol levels is very helpful in assessing ability to cope with stress.
Hormonal issues can affect women of any age. Women undergoing menstrual cycles may experience mood swings, infertility, premenstrual syndrome, anxiety, painful periods and other symptoms as a result of hormonal imbalance. Women in peri-menopause and menopause may experience debilitating sleep disturbance, hot flashes, night sweats, accelerated bone loss and many other symptoms related to hormonal changes. The Female Panel helps healthcare professionals treat the specifics of issues caused due to hormonal imbalance.
Other issues associated with hormonal imbalance include depression, weight gain, irritability, difficulty coping, bone loss and even breast cancer.
The five hormones that make up the Female Panel are cortisol, DHEAs, estradiol, progesterone and testosterone. Interactions between these hormones are fundamental to health – which is why imbalances can have a significant impact on well-being.
Female Panel Sample Report
This is a method used to assess your body composition (including percentage of body fat and metabolic rate).
Basic urine dip test is conducted to determine vital information on your urine such as glucose, specific gravity, blood, protein and leukocytes (white blood cells).