Tri Holistic Nutrition incorporates a variety of take-home testing kits to help further assess your nutrition and health status. Recommendations for stool, blood, saliva and/or urine testing are made, depending on your symptoms and needs. While testing is not required, it can be helpful in exploring underlying issues that may be affecting your symptoms.
The foods you eat may be impacting your health in more ways that you know. Food sensitivities can occur at any age, triggering many different symptoms and contributing to a variety of disorders including but not limited to:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Weight gain
- Foggy thinking
- Joint inflammation/Joint pain
- Skin problems/Eczema/Dry skin/Acne
- Mood swings/Depression
The Blood-spot IgG Food Antibody Profile testing measures levels of IgG antibodies in 96-208 commonly consumed foods, identifying foods causing reactions.
Food sensitivities and intolerances are different than the classic immediate food reactions or true allergies. The latter happen immediately or within three hours of eating. However, food sensitivities are delayed reactions. For example, eczema that appears days after exposure to an offending food could be related to various foods consumed. Testing for food sensitivities is an efficient way to find out which foods your body does not tolerate well. Eliminating the offending food often helps to reduce or eliminate symptoms.
Once a test is performed and the lab results are obtained, a specific diet will be designed to meet your needs and the offending food will be eliminated for a given period of time. Often a food that has been completely eliminated from the diet can be reintroduced back later.
When we consider adverse food reactions, we typically think of hive, swelling, or even anaphylactic shock – the immediate response associated with allergies to common offenders like peanuts or shellfish. Known as Immunoglobulin E (IgE)- mediated reactions, these food allergies are easy to identify because of their immediate onset.
But what about less obvious symptoms caused by the foods we eat? Unlike food allergies, reactions from food sensitivities may occur hours or even days after eating the offending food. Delayed food sensitivities, known as IgG- mediated reactions, are sometimes blamed on aging or other environmental factors.
The GI Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP™) by Diagnostic Solutions testing was designed to assess the microbiome from a single stool sample, with particular attention to microbes that cause disease or that disrupt normal microbial balance and contribute to dysfunctions in the GI flora.
The panel is a comprehensive collection of microbial targets as well as immune and digestive markers. It screens for pathogenic bacteria, commensal bacteria, opportunistic pathogens, fungi, viruses, and parasites. In addition to assessing the micro-flora, the GI-MAP test looks at markers of gut inflammation, gut immune functions, pancreatic function, antibiotic resistance genes and and more. It primarily uses automated DNA analysis to give the clinician a better view into the gastrointestinal microbiome.
Saliva Testing is used for measuring hormones like cortisol, estrogen and testosterone, and its non-invasive collection asks you to spit into a plastic tube. This sampling method allows clients to collect saliva at home.
Why do we test hormones in saliva? Steroid hormones in the bloodstream are 95-99% bound to carrier proteins, and in this form are unavailable to target tissues. Saliva testing measures the amount of hormone available to target tissues – the bioavailable amount. For this reason, saliva testing better relates to specific symptoms of excess or deficiency.
Dried Blood Spot is a form of collection in which clients place blood drops on a filter card after a finger prick with a lancet. Once dry, blood spot cards are extremely stable for shipment and storage, and the dried blood format offers excellent correlation with serum tests.
Why measure in blood spot? Blood spot is ideal for measuring hormones and other analytes such as insulin, blood lipids, Vitamin D, thyroid hormones, and elements like lead and magnesium. It eliminates the need for a blood draw – saving you time and money.
Dried Urine is a form of collection in which clients saturate a filter card with a urine sample. Once dry, urine cards are extremely stable for shipment and storage, and this method eliminates the need for jug urine collection.
Why measure in urine? Urine testing is the best way to measure adrenal and sex steroid hormone by-products and their respective metabolic pathways, providing a gauge for understanding the body’s hormone metabolism. Urine testing is the most common method for testing neurotransmitters.
SpectraCell’s Micronutrients test provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available by measuring functional deficiencies at the cellular level. It is an assessment of how well the body utilizes 33 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites, while conveying the body’s need for these micronutrients that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth, development, and good health. This is not a take-home test. You will need to go to a lab to get your blood drawn.
Tri Holistic Nutrition offers an Organic Acids Test (OAT) by Great Plains Laboratory which can help discover the underlying causes of chronic Illness. The OAT offers an accurate metabolic snapshot of what is going on in the body including yeast and bacteria overgrowth, neurotransmitter, oxalate metabolism and more.
The Organic Acids Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a client’s overall health. It provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria. Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue and immune function. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids in their urine.
The test also includes markers for vitamin and mineral levels, oxidative stress, neurotransmitter levels, and is the only OAT to include markers for oxalates.