Food & Medical Testing at Body TLC

Our Food & Medical tests give you back control of your health by skipping long NHS waiting times and offering testing at an affordable price and what's more it only requires a simple drop of blood. Body TLC offers the following tests: Food Intolerance, Coeliac, Candida, Vitamin D, Thyroid Testing and FoodPrint60

 

Food Intolerance Testing

How is the Food Intolerance Test performed?

The Food Intolerance Test measures the IgG antibodies which are linked to inflammatory conditions in the body and result in a range of medical conditions such as: Fatigue, Joint Ache, IBS, Bloating, Cloudy Thoughts, Runny Nose, Mood Swings, Low Engery, Diarrhoea and Skin Conditions. The test begins with a small blood sample being taken from the tip of your finger, this is then diluted and added to a tray that has been spotted with food protein extracts. Your therapist will then use a detector and developer solution to identify the presence of food antibodies throughout the tray and the foods causing antibodies to be formed can then be eliminated from your diet. Results for this Food Intolerance test are therefore immediate. Should you need further help and assistance with the results of the Food Intolerance Test a contact number will be supplied for guided advice, we also reccomend contacting your GP.

What Foods are Tested?

  • Cereals: Corn, Durum Wheat, Gluten, Oats, Rice, Rye and Wheat.

  • Meats : Beef, Chicken, Lamb and Pork.

  • Nuts & Beans: Almond, Brazil Nut, Cashew, Cocoa Bean, Peanut, Pea, Lentil, Haricot, Soya Bean and Walnut.

  • Fish : Salmon, Trout, Shrimp, Prawn, Crab, Lobster, Mussel, Tuna, Haddock, Cod and Plaice. 

  • Vegetables: Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Leek, Peppers, Mushroom and Potato.

  • Fruits: Apple, Blackcurrant, Grapefruit, Cantaloupe Melon, Water melon, Olive, Orange, Lemon, Strawberry and Tomato

  • Other: Egg (whole), Cow's Milk, Garlic, Ginger, Tea and Yeast.

 

Food Print 60 Intolerance Test

How does the Food Print 60 Intolerance Test Work?

 

The CNS FoodPrint® 60 service utilises a new, state of the art immunoassay based on microarray technology to detect food-specific IgG antibodies. A finger prick sample of blood is taken from the tip of your finger and placed into a heparinised blood collection tube, diluted and then dispensed onto a microscopic glass slide covered in nitrocellulose pads and food protein extracts. Food IgG antibodies bind to the food extracts, the antibodies are then detetcted through the use of immunoassay reagents which generate a blue colour in the presense of IgG antibodies. The density of the reagents is then measured using a high resolution scanner which creates quantitative results that identify the severity of the intolerance. An optimal dietary regime is then created based on food antibody levels. Results are given in U/ml and will be available in 10 working days. 

What happens after the Food Print 60 Intolerance Test?

Each food is classified under 'Avoid' , 'Borderline' or 'No Reaction' , foods under 'Avoid' column should be avoided for up to 3 months after which they can be reintroduced one by one. After the introduction of foods back into your diet, should symptoms return, the food should be eliminated indefinitley. Intake of foods under the 'Borderline' catergory should be moderate

 
 

Coeliac Disease Testing

What is Coeliac Disease?

 

Coeliac Disease (CD) is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of essential nutrients from food. People who have CD cannot tolerate gluten - a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten may also be found in everyday products such as medicines, vitamins and lip balms. CD affects approximately 1 in 100 people and can occur at any age. Under-diagnosis, however, is a major factor. According to Coeliac UK, only 10-15% of sufferers are clinically diagnosed.

What are the consequences of Coeliac Disease?

The consumption of gluten by people with CD triggers a severe auto-immune response which damage the villi in the lining of the small intestine. Villi enables nutrients to be absorbed into the blood stream and therefore damage caused by Coeliac Disease, left undiagnosed, can lead to a person becoming malnourished. 

Despite the fact that Coeliac Disease is inurable, damaged to the villi can be reversed should patients follow a gluten free diet.

What are the symptoms of Coeliac Disease?

  • Weight Loss

  • Tiredness

  • Vomitting

  • Headaches

  • Abdominal Discomfort

  • Anaemia

  • Mouth Ulcers

  • Diarrhoea

  • Breathlessness

If left undiagnosed, patients with CD are more susceptible to life threatening conditions such as internal haemorrhages and osteoporosis.  ​

How is the Coeliac Disease Test Performed?

At your appoinment, a blood sample will be taken from a prick in the tip of your finger by a therapist, this sample will then be sent to the CNS Laboratory who will test for antibodies commonly associated with CD. The Coeliac screen test (tTG) is an ELISA based methods for the detection of circulating IgA and IgG antiobodies raised against tissue Transglutaminase (tTG): tTG IgA students have shown that IgA antibodies to tTG (an enzyme present in the connective tissue of the gut) are strongly associated with the presence of CD. tTg IgA antibodies are highly sensitive (95%-100%) and specifically 90-97% for CD. Result from CNS Laboratory will be available within 10 working days. The ELISA Method is the most effective un invasive diagnosing method of CD currently available.

 

Patients with CD can exhibit IgA-deficiency. In such cases, the tTG IgA test will produce a negative result. A tTG IgG test is then recommended to prevent false negative results being obtained

- (NICE clinical guideline 86).

 

Candida Testing

What is Candida?

 

Candida is a yeast that in health does not cause a problem hoewver if your body becomes run down Candida may become established and cause you to feel unwell. Candida is normally present in the skin, gut and mucous membranes such as the vagina, mouth and rectum. When a person becomes dysbiotic, Candida can morph to become a pathogenic invasisve fungis and cause Candidiasis. Candida overgrowth is encouraged by the following factors: Antiobiotics, Oral Contraceptives, Steroid Drugs, Multiple Pregnancies, Smoking and Sugar Consumption. 

What are the symptoms of Candida Overgrowth?

  • Fatigue

  • Weakness

  • Muscle & joint aches

  • Headaches

  • Feeling of being "hung over"

  • Gastrointestinal disturbances - diarrhea, constipation, nausea, bloating after eating

  • Psychological disturbances - depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings

  • Cognitive dysfunction - poor memory, lack of concentration

  • Recurrent vaginitis

  • Menstrual Disturbances and Infertility

  • Allergies

  • Skin irritations/rashes/acne

  • Recurrent throat/ear infections

  • Hypoglycemia

How is the Candida Test Performed?

Following a consultation, a small sample of blood will be taken by your therapist from the tip of your finger, this sample will then be sent to CNS labortory to be tested for elevated levels of both IgM and IgG antibodies. The combined test is an effective diagnostic and treatment monitoring tool as IgM results indiance an early stage of infection and IgG results indicate an activley ongoing infection. The results from CNS laboratory will be returned to us in clinic within 10 working days. 

What happens after the Candida Test is Performed?

Should your results indicate Candida overgrowth is present, we reccomend contacting your GP for dietary advice, as Candida overgrowth can cause predispostion to food intolerances and a course of anti fungal therapy may be nessasary. Body TLC would recommend undergoing a food intolerance test which we offer in clinic in order to avoid long NHS waiting times. 

 

Vitamin D Testing

What is Vitamin D?

 

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which is more appropriately catergorised as proporone which is a collective term for a group of secosterorids. Vitamin D is metabolised by hepatic 25-hydroxylase into 25 hydroyvitamin D and by renal 1a hydroxylase into the active form 1.25 dihyroxyvitmaind D. Vitamin D is repsonsible for the modulation of calcium absorption which is required for normal bone mineralisation, muscle contraction, nerve conduction and general cellular function. More specifically 1, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D is a strong steroid horome that plays a crucial role in calcium homeostasis, bone metabolism, cell regrowth adn replication. Low circulating levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D is the most reliable marker of a Vitamin D deficiency. 

What are the consequences of a Vitamin D deficiency?

Vitamin D deficiency increases susceptibility to a number of moe serious conditions and diseases such as:

  • Viruses

  • CVD

  • Osteoporosis

  • Rickets

  • Osepomalcia

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Strokes

  • Parkinsons Disease

  • Diabetes

  • Depression

  • Cancers for example: Colon, Breast and Prostate

What are the causes of a Vitamin D deficiency?

  • Deficient Production

  • Decreased input due to season fluctuation in sunlight

  • Interference of penertartion of Solar UV Radiation into the skin which will reduce production of Vitamin D3

  • Dietary intake is low

  • Decrease in the capacity of human skin to produce Vitamin D in the elderly

  • Impaired absorption due to kidney or digestive diseases. 

What foods contain Vitamin D?

Naturally foods do not provide adequate levels of Vitamin D, therefore sun exposure is the only dependent source, foods with the hghest levels of Vitamin D are:

  • Flesh of Fish such as Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel

  • Beef LIver

  • Cheese

  • Egg Yolks

  • Mushrooms

  • Fortified Cereals

  • Yogurts

Vitamin D found in these foods in primarily in the form of cholecalciferol and its meabolite 25(OH)D3.

How is the Vitamin D test performed?

A pin prick blood test will be performed by your therapist within the clinic. Body TLC work in cooperation with CNS to use Elisa Based technology to determine levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and other Metabolites in serum or plasma. Your blo0d sample will be diluted with biotin 25-OHD and incubated for 2 hours at room temperature before washing. Avidin enzyme is then added which binds with selective Biotin which is then developed into colour using TMB. The development of colour produced is proprtionate to the concentration of 25-OH D. Results are available 15 working days from the date of your blood sample appointment at a FREE follow up appointment or via Royal Mail.

 

How is the Vitamin D Deficiency Treated?

Vitamin D Deficiency is treated with supplements and adequate exposure to sunlight. 

CNS participates in the DEQAS external quality assessment scheme for Vitamin D testing.

The Vitamin D test has not been verified for use with clients under the age of 18. In some cases, under 18s may have different blood protein levels which may affect the results of most Vitamin D tests currently available.

 

Autoimmune Thyroid Testing

What is a Thyroid?

 

The Thyroid is a small gland that lies at the front of the neck. The primary function of the thyroid is the production of horomones Thyroxine (T4), Triiodothyronine (T3) and Calcitonin which act on almost all tissues and organs within the body. T4 and T3 play a crucial role in brain maturation during foetal development. T4 is also critical to regulate your metabolish. Calcitonin stimulates the movement of calcium in the bone. 

When causes Autoimmune Thyroid Disease?

Autoimmine thyroid diseaase occurs when the immune systems destorys the cells of the thyroid. 

What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism?

  • Weight Gain

  • Depression

  • Mania

  • Sensitivity to Cold

  • Fatigue

  • Panic Attacks

  • High Cholestrol

  • Reactive Hypoglycemia

  • Constipation

  • Migraines

  • Muscle Weakness

  • Cramps

  • Memory Loss

  • Infertility

  • Hair Loss

What are the symptoms of Hyperthyroidism?

  • Weight Loss

  • Increased Appetite

  • Palpitations

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Sweating

  • Hand Tremors

  • Enlargement of the Thyroid Gland

  • Muscle Weakness

  • Eye Problems including swelling of the tissue surrounding the eye

How is the Auto Immune Thyroid Test Completed?

A blood sample will be taken from a pin prick finger test by your therapist in clinic at Body TLC, this sample will then be sent to CNS Labratory where it will be tested for autoanto bodies to human thyroid Peroxidase. Thyroid Peroxidase in an enzyme involved in the multiple steps of thyroid hormone synthesis. The Presence of anti TPO autoantibodies unequivocally confirms autoimmune thyroiditis. Results are available within 10 working days at either a FREE follow up appointment or via Royal Mail. 

How is the Thyroiditis Treated?

If levels of TPO are above the normal range you will need to consult your healthcare professional. Hypothyroidism can be treated with hormone replacement drugs whilst hyperthyroidism is treated with radioactive iodine treatment, drugs or surgery. Once treated most people can lead a normal life. 

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