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Many clients who come to see our Nutritionist’s have had symptoms for years and haven’t had success in resolving them in the past. These issues often include hormonal imbalance weight loss, as well as site specific fat loss working in with your own training at function well, creating a multi-modality feedback system to help you achieve the fitness goal you desire. Here is a breakdown of the exact tests we offer here at Function Well.

IgG Allergy Panels (PDF)

Food sensitivities can cause a wide range of symptoms and disorders. The foods that cause these delayed reactions are often hard to diagnose because of the time between consumption and the physical reaction. The IgG food allergy test offers a useful tool for detecting the foods causing this response. The results are patient specific and provide an easy, precise and effective starting point for dietary manipulation.

Conditions/Symptoms which Frequently have Food Reaction Components

  • Bloating, gassiness, diarrhea, constipation, IBS
  • Fluid retention
  • Weight gain/inability to lose stubborn fat
  • Asthma /Eczema/Psoriasis
  • Migraines
  • Mood swings
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Fatigue

Cost: 96 Food panel – $280 – skin prick test – available here at function well

5 food panel – $100 – blood draw through Healthscope Pathologies in your area

Adrenocortex Stress Profile – Basic or Extensive – Saliva (PDF)

The Adrenocortex hormone profile is a non-invasive saliva test that serves as a reliable marker of stress response and a critical tool for revealing adrenal imbalances. Lifestyle, physical and psychological stresses put constant demands on the adrenal glands. If they become depleted adrenal fatigue or insufficiency may be experienced.

Common Symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction:

  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Poor concentration, ‘brain fog’
  • Fatigue, lethargy
  • Salt cravings
  • Mild depression
  • Lack of stamina
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Irregular sleeping patterns

Cost: $110

Female Hormone Profile – Basic or Extensive – Saliva (PDF)

Hormones are crucial to a woman’s reproductive health. The main hormones affecting the menstrual cycle and fertility are produced by glands in the brain and by the ovaries. Those hormones regulate menstruation, fertility and sex drive (libido) – any one of which can be adversely affected if the production of these hormones goes out of balance. As most women approach mid-life, hormonal changes gradually cause reproductive organs to shut down eventually leading to menopause.

Common Conditions:

  • Hot flushes
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Mood changes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Bone loss
  • Dry skin
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Low libido

Cost: $140

Male Hormone Profile – Basic or Extensive – Saliva (PDF)

The aging male experiences a decrease in testosterone at a rate of 10% per decade from the age of 30. This reduction of testosterone and other androgens experienced as a consequence of the ageing process has been named andropause or androgen deficiency of the ageing male .

Decreased androgen levels contribute to increased fat mass and reduced bone mineral density, muscle mass and muscle strength. Erectile dysfunction and lowered libido are also associated with ADAM. Another major sign of lowered androgen levels include psychological changes including reduced assertiveness, cognition, memory, mood, self-esteem, wellbeing and energy. Lowered testosterone and other androgens may also increase the risk of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Testosterone treatment however may reverse these changes increasing lean body mass, muscle strength, bone mineral density, libido and mood, whilst reducing fat mass. Therefore diagnosing and treating androgen deficiency is vital for improving quality of life and reducing age-related health decline in the ageing male population.

Common Conditions:

  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Low libido
  • Loss of body hair
  • Fatigue
  • Problems building muscle mass
  • Lack of muscle tone
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Cardiovascular conditions

Cost: $110 Basic

Gastrointestinal Function test (PDF)

Seven different CDSA panels are available through Function well which evaluate the following areas of gastrointestinal function:

  • Digestion & metabolism
  • Pancreatic function
  • Gluten sensitivity
  • Inflammation –  Inflammatory Bowel Disease versus Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • H. pylori, Gastritis, peptic ulcers and gastric cancer markers
  • Colorectal cancer markers
  • Beneficial & potentially pathogenic bacteria
  • Yeast & parasites

The CDSA can assist physicians develop earlier, more effective preventive interventions, improve the timing and precision of treatments and reduce the risk of clinical relapse in certain groups of patients. It will also allow physicians to better evaluate and document the medical necessity for more invasive procedures such as colonoscopy.

Cost – $120 Basic (specific markers may be added depending on the patient’s symptoms)

Please note, that you need to book in for a consultation with one of our Naturopaths to have access to any tests through the lab, as a referral from a qualified health care Practitioner is needed.

The Naturopathic consultation is claimable through private health funds – Hi-caps rebates are available here at Function well.

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