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Testing

Here at TNN we offer a wide array of stool, blood and salivary testing. We work closely with the following companies to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

The most common tests we use are:

This is by far the best and most comprehensive test that will analyse the health of your entire microbiome. You will take a stool test in the privacy of your own home and send your sample to Bioscreen for analysis. Bioscreen’s FMA covers parasites, yeasts, levels of beneficial bacteria and so much more. This type of testing differs from a Complete Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) and is more comprehensive and robust for detecting organisms such as parasites. Tests range from $348-$446.

This is a functional test that provides an overview of the components of digestion, absorption, intestinal function and microbial flora, as well as identifying pathogenic bacteria, parasites and yeasts. Poor digestive function and imbalanced gut flora may play a crucial role in the underlying cause of a number of health conditions. Symptoms such as constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, bloating, abdominal discomfort and bad breath are all indicative of poor gut function.

This monitors the levels of the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA, over the course of a day. This is an important test to determine adrenal function in those presenting with symptoms such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, insomnia, headaches, low energy, stress, hormonal imbalance and poor immune function. An adrenal imbalance is one of the most common barriers to fat loss we see in clinic and is extremely detrimental to performance and recovery.

This provides valuable information on an individual’s hormonal status and the potential impact this may have on physical and emotional health. Hormonal imbalance may result in a symptom picture which includes weight gain, mood swings, night sweats, disturbed sleep pattern, loss of libido and hot flushes. Ideally, this salivary sample is taken seven days post-ovulation in women. In men, this can be taken at any stage and can over beneficial information to health, wellness and performance.

This measures the levels of unbound free hormones which are available to the tissues, and reflects a true measure of the body’s metabolic rate. Disorders of the thyroid are among the most common diseases of the endocrine glands, particularly in women. Thyroid function decreases with age and an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism (myxoedema) is most common in menopausal and post menopausal women. Symptoms of underactive thyroid include dry and coarse skin, weakness and lethargy, constipation, weight gain, slow pulse, heavy and irregular periods and depression. Symptoms of overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism (thyrotoxicosis) include fast metabolic rate, rapid heart beat, nervousness and palpitations, weight loss despite increased appetite and frequent bowel movements.

The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, is a key enzyme required to metabolise or breakdown homocysteine. The most common mutation in MTHFR is called C677T. 5 – 10% of people have two copies of this mutation (i.e. one inherited from their mother and one from their father). These people are more likely to develop high blood levels of homocysteine, particularly when their diets are low in folate.

A second mutation in the MTHFR gene, called A1298C, may also cause high levels of homocysteine when found together with the C677T mutation. High homocysteine levels in the blood have also been associated with neural tube defects, stillbirths and recurrent pregnancy loss. The major cause of high homocysteine levels is folate deficiency. Other factors include insufficient vitamin B12 and genetic mutations in the MTHFR gene.

Please find out more about methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) here.

We work closely with highly qualified Exercise Physiologists and recommend all athletes undertake a baseline VO2max test. This allows us to determine your current metabolic profile (whether sugar burning, fat burning or a mix) and tailor your fuelling protocol accordingly. We can also advise on target heart rates and/or power zones for both training and racing. For athletes in our Elite Performance Program and High Performance Fat Loss program we also require re-testing at 8-12 weeks, to determine the effectives of our intervention and assess your new, adapted metabolic profile. Changes to your fuelling protocol can then take place, based on your adaptation and increased provision of fat as a source of fuel.

We work with the internationally recognised company, ImuPro, and test for Type-III IgG allergies.

Type III reactions are of an immune complex type and result in both IgG antibodies and IgG immune complexes. Reactions take place from hours to days after exposure and result in tissue damage and inflammation.

The symptoms of food intolerances include:

  • Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Dermatological problems, such as eczema
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Gastrointenstial diseases, such as IBS and Chron’s Disease
  • Weight issues, as an activated immune system interferes with the body’s ability to burn fat.

The test begins with a simple blood sample, via any Dorevitch Pathology Lab: www.dorevitch.com.au. The test itself is done using the ELISA test method, a long used standard procedure in laboratory analysis. All batches are tested in 3 laboratories with known sera and then compared to the previous batches to ensure its accuracy.

We have had some fantastic results in clinic and use it to remove the guess work of an elimination diet, which can often create more intolerances due to its restrictive nature.

For more information, please visit www.imupro.com.au

We work closely with smartDNA’s Genomic Wellness Test. This test covers 100 DNA changes and comprehensive analysis for your personalised wellness program.

The test begins with a simple salivary sample, which is sent for analysis over a three week period. Your practitioner will then receive a detailed report and via your consultation you will be taken through the information and action steps required.

In clinic we love to use DNA testing for accurate macronutrient guidelines, supplementation, metabolic information and endurance capacity.

For more information, please visit www.smartdna.com.au

All tests must be preceded by your Initial Consultation or program and do incur an additional cost. To get started, become a client of TNN here.

Additional tests are available so please contact us here to discuss.