Understanding Your Body
Sanas Health Practice can run a full array of tests and lab work to get a complete picture of your health. By running these thorough tests we are able understand the underlying causes of your condition and custom tailor a health plan suited to your exact needs.
We offer a variety of testing option to our clients, depending on the results of your consultation we may recommend one or more of the following:
- Food Sensitivity
- Complete DSA
- Conventional Labs
- Body Metrix
- Heavy Metal
- Organic Acid
- Live Blood Cell
Food Sensitivity/Allergy Testing
Have you ever wondered if what you are eating might not be making you feel your best? Do you eat all the “right” foods but still feel sluggish and bloated? Food sensitivities and allergies are very common and can emerge in young infants and children or manifest in adulthood. Many people believe that they outgrow their food sensitivities or intolerance, but the reality is that you never really do, unless you take steps to reduce the irritation that those foods have caused in your body. You may have a reduction of symptoms over time, but your reaction to these foods simply changes and manifests in deeper more irritating symptoms.
Food allergies and sensitivities can display themselves in a variety of symptoms including:
- digestive upset, bloating
- constipation or diarrhea
- heart burn
- headaches and migraines
- eczema, hives, psoriasis
- chronic sinus congestion
- frequent ear infections
- joint and muscle pain
- anxiety, depression
- weight gain, especially around the abdomen
- swelling and water retention
Sanas Health Practice can test your food sensitivities and allergies using a blood test that analyzes antibodies (IgG/IgE and sometimes IgA) against 180 different foods, seasonings and additives. This test is often recommended to all of our patients. Finding out what foods are best for you is an important part of optimizing your health, reducing inflammation and stress on your system. Get started and book your appointment today and choose to eat the absolute best for your body.
Your genes tell us everything we need to know about what is happening inside your body. You can learn the intricacies of how your metabolism is working, your predisposition to certain diseases, your inherent ability to detoxify and eliminate toxic compounds from your body and what foods and nutrients are best suited to you. It is the roadmap, that helps you work preventatively and proactively with your health. It guides all types of treatment aspects and never changes because it’s your blueprint. In an ideal world every patient would have this testing done in order to speed up their health journey and optimize their health. Book your appointment today and find out what is best for your blueprint.
Hormone Testing – Salivary Hormones and Urinary Hormone Metabolites
Are you feeling hormonal? Sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and DHEA must rise and fall in a methodical fashion for optimal health and wellbeing. When your hormones are imbalanced, you can be left feeling emotional, exhausted, sluggish, and like “something just isn’t right”. Both men and women can experience hormonal imbalances at various points in their lives. At Sanas Health Practice, we use your saliva and/or urine sample to assess hormone levels so that we can recommend specific lifestyle practices, supplementation, and detoxification treatments to address your unique hormonal needs and restore overall hormonal balance. Feel like you are not hormonally balanced? Book your appointment and get your natural balance back.
Complete Digestive Stool Analysis
Your overall health depends on the health of your digestion. Without gut health, it is impossible to achieve optimal wellness. 80% of your immune system lies within your intestine and good gut bacteria help you to break down and absorb your food and restore overall immune and digestive health. Bad gut bacteria, can make you extremely bloated, gassy and weaken your immune system. Your digestion of foods must be well tolerated and broken down effectively so they can be efficiently absorbed and utilized. This comprehensive test is useful for the detection of bacteria, yeast, fungi and parasites in your stool. This panel also measures functional markers such as undigested fat, foods (protein & carbohydrates), vegetable fibers, red blood cells and short chain fatty acids. The test also checks for inflammatory factors such as WBCs, mucus, lysozyme and lactoferrin. It will help you in understanding the ins and outs of your digestion and how enhance this vital process.
Conventional Lab Testing
Did you know that normal ranges for labs are determined by taking an average of the group of people who are tested. Typically in Canada, healthy people are not tested as frequently as those who are sick, therefore skewing the average towards an unhealthy range. When reading and interpreting labs if you fall within the normal range you are comparable to the median of unwell people. As a Sanas Health Practice Patient, we analyze your labs from a functional medicine perspective and strive to enhance your health by aiming for values within what we call the optimal healthy range of labs. We requisition these conventional lab tests on your behalf as they help us with ruling out conditions and strategizing your treatment plan.
We also aim to track you over the years to get a trend of what your optimal health looks like. Should something change, we as your health optimization team are the first to know and address this with you. This is how we create optimal health and prevent disease.
Common lab tests we request include: CBC, liver enzymes, kidney function, ferritin, thyroid function, thyroid antibodies, B12, vitamin D, etc. Contact us if you are interested in tracking your health over the long term.
Ever wonder why you gain weight in certain places in your body? This is likely because certain hormones are elevated or imbalanced. The Body Metrix system is an assessment tool that is useful for helping identify your hormonal imbalances by measuring the amount of fat vs. muscle tissue on various parts of the body. If you tend to gain weight in your abdomen, your cortisol levels could be high. If you gain weight on your hips or love handles, your insulin levels could be elevated. If testosterone is high, you will carry more weight on the back of your arms and if estrogen is dominant, you will have heavier a buttock and thighs.
There are many reasons why your hormones go off track. It can be due to chemicals, heavy metals and environmental toxicants or unhealthy lifestyle practices. At Sanas Health Practice, we use the Body Metrix system to assess and track your progress as you improve your health, hormonal balance, and body composition via cleansing and detoxification techniques.
Heavy Metal Testing and Chelation
Industrialization has revolutionized the world and in the process, has had a major impact on your health. Mercury, lead, cadmium, and thallium are some of the metals that you are exposed to daily in your environment. Researchers estimate that everyday, the average person is exposed to 700,000 chemicals and heavy metals in cleaning products, personal hygiene products, food supply, air, water and the workplace. Breathing normal city air for just 90 days can actually cause our genes to be turned on and off, thereby affecting risk for the development of genetic related diseases such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s, and even Parkinson’s disease.
Heavy Metals inhibit your immune, nervous and hormonal system, can cause a variety of symptoms and problems, and can mimic many health conditions. Proper assessment of your health may include investigating the effect of heavy metals in your system. Your heavy metal chelation assessment includes provoked urine testing for assessment of your current metal exposure and lifetime cumulative exposure. Your treatment will include oral chelation with supportive IV and colonhydrotherapy sessions, oral supplementation and dietary modification to further support detoxification and metal elimination.
Organic Acid Testing
This easy but comprehensive test uses your urine sample and analyzes the various metabolites in the body. This test has the ability to show your levels of candida and fermentable yeasts, fungus, other intestinal bacteria, B vitamins, CoQ10, vitamin C, neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine. This test is helpful for assessment of your baseline nutritional/vitamin status as well as assessing for candida, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Health Systems Mapping HRVHQ
Your body has many regulatory systems and our Health Systems Mapping tool is designed to give insight into how they are functioning. We can look deeply at the functioning and balance of your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, “fight or flight” response, hormonal system, heart and blood vessel health, Chinese Meridians and Chakra systems. With this powerful assessment it serves as a way to map out if your treatments are moving your health in the right direction or if you need to change your course. This tool provides an assessment of your present biological age which can be quite drastically different from your real age. It is a simple test done in office through the measurement of your heart rate and electrical currents within your body. The results help your naturopathic doctor modify and personalize your protocol.
Live Blood Cell Microscopy
Your blood is a messenger for your body and a window into causes of imbalance and dis-ease. Blood cell analysis requires a small sample of your blood, which is examined under a microscope and gives a picture into your body. Each tells a very different story.
A complete picture of your health is obtained through a combination of live blood cell analysis and all other assessments including your health history. Come see what your blood reveals about you!