Personalised Blood Testing on a Functional Level
Stop questionning what your blood results mean
Leave behind the confusion of interpreting blood test results. With our personalised blood testing service, we offer more than just data. Working with our qualified Nutritional Therapist (MSc) and our private functional testing lab our reports will give you valuable insights which help to identify nutrient deficiencies and system imbalances detecting potential health trends before they escalate.
You are tired of…
Feeling unwell but unsure why
Not knowing what blood tests to ask your GP for
Trying to work things out on your own
Not knowing what the blood tests mean or what to do about it.
Now you’re looking for a better way to regain control of your health and understand your body better!
You want to feel healthier again so…
YOU THOUGHT ABOUT DIY HEALTH....
BUT the lack of clarity about what foods to eat to ease your symptoms left you feeling frustrated. Supplements seemed like a labyrinth of choices, and you were unsure which ones were right for you.
THAT’S WHY YOU SCOURED THE INTERNET ....
BUT you knew there was more to it than that!. So in search of answers, you scoured the internet for nutrition advice, googled signs and symptoms and even experimented with various supplements and the latest diet.
YOU EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT TESTING....
BUT you had no idea where to start! What do you ask for? Will the GP do the array of tests that you really need to find out what’s going on? (Yes there is a limit to what they can ask for) and more to the point. Will you understand the results and know what to do after?
So why not just get a GP blood test?
Here’s some initial questions to get you thinking….
What is your GP actually testing for? Are they looking at one body system – ie the symptom you went in with? Or are they checking other body systems too for a holistic view. Are there any trends and patterns indicating steady decline which could lead to disease and illness?? Once the results are in what are you advised to do?
A comprehensive functional blood chemistry analysis is designed to answer 4 pivotal questions:
Is Dysfunction Present?
Through our in depth blood chemistry analysis we assess potential imbalances in 13 body systems, 7 accessory systems, 7 Macronutrient systems and assess the status of 14 nutrients.
What are the underlying causes?
This report gives an indication of the level of dysfunction that exists in the various physiological systems in your body – for example functions relating to thyroid, immune system, GI tract, blood sugar regulation, adrenal health, sex hormone, liver, red blood cell function, cardiovascular, gallbladder, bone health & kidney function.
What tailored interventions are needed?
After looking at your detailed health questionnaire covering your signs & symptoms, along with your detailed blood chemistry analysis report we can create a personalised nutritional and therapeutic supplement plan. This will be the initial stages to help rebalance the system.
When has the function been restored?
Now it’s essential to monitor and track the progress of the intervention until optimal function is achieved.
Regular testing should be part of this process so comparable figures can be seen.
Why frequent blood testing matters
Monitoring health only once every 2 or 3 years can lead to missed opportunities to detect rapidly changing conditions.
The Human Blood Library
Human blood is an extraordinary repository of information, unveiling insights into your functional health history, it’s current state, and even glimpses of your potential future health. With regular targeted blood testing, we can harness this invaluable resource to detect early signs of dysfunction and chronic conditions, enabling us to intervene and work towards restoring health effectively.
Early detection and Intervention
Using a holistic view of health, examining the interplay between biomarkers, rather than isolated values will give more information on what is really happening inside the body. Systematically assessing the GI organs, gallbladder, liver, kidneys, large bowel, and more helps to uncover trends, patterns, and potential obstacles to optimal physiological, biochemical, and metabolic functioning. By catching these problems in their infancy, we can prevent their progression and work towards restoring optimal health.
For example with cardiovascular disease. Seeing patterns and trends of elevated insulin, glucose, homocysteine, fibrinogen, C-reactive protein, triglycerides, and LDL levels significantly increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and arterial diseases. Detecting dysfunctions early is the key to effective intervention and long-term health.
Helping to unmask prescription drug or supplement related issues.
Taking into account that some of us may be taking prescription medication, it’s crucial to screen for drug-related side effects that may manifest in blood tests.
This can include those taking supplements. For example ones which contain iron. Without knowing, a person may be slowly increasing their iron levels. Testing can really help us identify any iron overload issues.
Our comprehensive approach ensures we don’t overlook these potentially harmful effects.
BUT my blood test has come back “normal”
Normal vs. Optimal: Understanding the Difference
Traditional reference ranges often reflect the averages within populations rather than the optimal levels needed for excellent health. The normal reference values can change, from year to year, depending on the prevalence of disease in the general population.
In contrast, a functional approach and analytical capabilities of the software will use scientific evidence for optimal ranges. Extra sensitivity of reporting for physiological levels helps to identify emerging trends, enabling early intervention and prevention.
“Normal” is NOT optimal
Most people who feel “unwell” will come out “normal” on a blood test. However this “normal” may be a far cry from being functionally optimal. They may not yet have progressed to a known disease state but they are what we call dysfunctional, i.e. their physiological systems are no longer functioning properly and they are starting to feel un-well.
The Blood Test Results Report
Your blood test results will show whether or not an individual biomarker is outside of the optimal range and/or outside of the clinical lab range. Some biomarkers in the Blood Test Results Report that are above or below the optimal or standard range will be hyperlinked into the “Out of Optimal Range Report”, (the red arrow on the picture) so you can read some background information on those biomarkers and why they may be high or low.
So what’s next?
Now let’s check your nutrient status…..
The Nutrient Status results is an in depth representation of an algorithmic analysis of the blood test.
The results have been converted into an Nutrient Status Report based on latest research.
Showing you in depth analysis of :
Along with health concerns which help to guide our intervention…..
We don’t leave you on your own not knowing what to do.
Following your results and the identified need of nutrient support we need to help you get your body back into some state of equilibrium.
Just get you feeling better, because that is the whole purpose of you starting this journey isn’t it?
You will have contact with Sonia Hollis – qualified Nutritional Therapist (MSc) who will design a personalised health improvement plan & supplement plan based on your blood test results and your health questionnaire (the process is explained once you’ve booked your blood test)
Sonia Hollis (MSc)
I haven’t always been a nutritional therapist – my other occupation is as a British Sign Language interpreter. However, my direction in life dramatically changed in 2015 after losing my gorgeous twin sister, Tania, to cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer).
At that time I was overweight, eating unhealthy foods and drinking far too much wine! In May 2016 I made the decision that it was my TIME to finally take my health and fitness seriously and “get back on track”.
This saw me engaging the services and receiving amazing support from my PT Darren Wright (from Fitness Ambition) who helped me lose a lot of weight, become stronger, eat healthier and finally gain back control in my health and fitness, both in body and mind.
During this time, I was encouraged to return to University in 2017 and study for my MSc in Personalised Nutrition to retrain as a Nutritional Therapist and NLP Practitioner.
This has been a developing journey and is close to my heart – so that my sister’s journey was not in vain.
Hence the internal push I feel in myself each day to be the best I can and to help others. It keeps me close to my sister as I honestly feel she has sent me people in my path for a reason.
MSc Personalised Nutrition
Functional Blood Chemistry Advanced Mastery Training (Taught and assessed by Dr Weatherby)
Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma (NTPD) (Centre for Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management (CNELM)
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP Practitioner) awarded by the UK College of Personal Development
Cancer: Nutritional support before, during and after treatment and beyond - accredited by Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) run by Institute of Optimum Nutrition
What others say……
Testimonials from my clients
So let’s get started and see what your blood is really saying about your health
3 in depth blood panels
to help you get your health on track
Covering 71 biomarkers assessing multiple body systems. Checking glucose regulation, kidney health, electrolytes, enzyme activity, metabolic health, liver & gallbladder health, iron health, lipids, thyroid, inflammation, vitamin & minerals, hormonal health, immune health and full blood count.
Covering 90 biomarkers assessing multiple body systems. Checking glucose regulation, kidney health, electrolytes, enzyme activity, metabolic health, liver & gallbladder health, iron health, lipids, thyroid, inflammation, vitamin & minerals, hormonal health, immune health and full blood count.
Covering 103 biomarkers assessing multiple body systems. Checking glucose regulation, kidney health, electrolytes, enzyme activity, metabolic health, liver & gallbladder health, iron health, lipids, thyroid, inflammation, vitamin & minerals, hormonal health, immune health and full blood count.
The process explained…..
Book your blood test online with us. Choose from our 3 extensive panels above.
You will receive a phone call from our private lab to book your FREE phlebotomy appointment at one of their nationwide clinics.
You will receive an email invite from Personalised Nutritional Therapy (Sonia Hollis) to join our Free practitioner platform Healthie.
This is to reveive blood test results in a secure platform and be sent your Health questionnaire and documents.
You will receive your full blood testing kit through the post. Please allow enough time to receive your delivery before your blood test time slot.
You will need to take your full blood testing kit to your appointment. Please leave the kit at the clinic for the courier to collect directly.
Your blood test results will take up to 14 days to be processed due to the specialist nature of some biomarkers.
Once we have received and processed your blood test results you will receive notification and the opportunity to book your consultation with a qualified Nutritional Therapist to interpret.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Which blood test requires fasting?
A: All of these blood tests require fasting of 12 hours. This means no food or drinks 12 hours before the test. You are allowed to drink water.
Q: Why should I fast?
A: When we consume any food or beverage, with the exception of water, our body initiates the digestion process, allowing nutrients to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Consequently, this results in elevated levels of various nutrients, including sugars, amino acids, cholesterol, minerals like iron, and the release of specific enzymes like GGT into the bloodstream. In order to effectively diagnose conditions such as diabetes, liver disorders, kidney issues, and heart disease, it becomes crucial to precisely measure the levels of these aforementioned nutrients.
Q: Can I still drink coffee?
A: Coffee should be avoided during fasting periods because it can speed up digestion.
Q: Anything else I need to avoid during fasting?
A: Chewing gum – chewing gums speeds up digestion. Most chewing gums contain sugar. This can alter the level of blood sugar.
Alcohol – alcohol can affect the accuracy of a blood test. It affects the level of sugar and fat in the blood.
Q: Do I need to stop taking my medications?
A: Do not discontinue any medications without prior consultation and agreement with your GP. The test results will help assess if your medications are functioning at the correct levels, and discontinuing them may lead to inaccurate readings.
Q: Do I need to stop taking my supplements?
A: Self prescribed supplements: In general, it is advised to stop taking vitamin and mineral supplements for a brief period before the test (for a minimum of 24-48 hours before the test). For example, you should not take any iron tablets for 24 hours before the test. Iron is absorbed rapidly from food or tablets, and can make your blood iron levels falsely high.
A: If you are on prescription vitamin or mineral supplements, follow your healthcare provider or GP instructions closely. It may be necessary to continue as prescribed.
Q: Can I still exercise?
A: Exercise and other strenuous activities – exercise increases metabolic reactions in the body. An increase in metabolic activity can speed up digestion and absorption of nutrients. This can affect the result. Please do not exercise for 48 hours before the test. For male clients undertaking PSA testing please avoid vigorous exercise, especially riding a bicyle, along with sexual activity for 48 hours prior to testing as this has been associated with elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels.
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