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Functional Testing

Are you struggling to get to the root cause
of your symptoms?

 

Many of the women I coach are often experiencing a range of symptoms from period problems (heavy, painful, irregular or non-existent!), PMS, headaches, digestive problems fatigue, bloating, mood swings, anxiety, sleep issues, breast tenderness, fertility problems or hormonal conditions such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts or fibroids. With these women, I almost always recommend they undertake some form of functional testing to give us real insight into what factors may be driving these issues.  Functional testing can help provide you with reassurance to explain why you may be struggling with a particular condition or symptom... even if previous investigations have come back 'normal'! Testing can be done in the comfort of your own home, at your convenience and results (depending on the test) can take as little as three days to be analysed.

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Why test?

  • Get to the root cause quickly; a functional test allows us to identify the underlying causes of your health condition and take the guesswork out. 

  • Convenient testing done in the comfort of your own home.

  • You suspect you have an imbalance but aren't getting anywhere with your Doctor.

  • You want a targeted personalised health improvement plan that addresses your unique test results and health history.

I work with the leading private medical and functional testing laboratories to help us to determine the right course of action for you. Each testing programme includes carefully selected medical, nutritional and functional tests that give an overview of body systems including hormonal health and nutrient status.

When the results are in, I’ll then create a personalised health improvement plan to address your hormone, digestive or other nutrient imbalances (rather than just the symptoms) to get the results you want. If you want to find out more about functional testing and whether it will help you, feel free to book in a free discovery call and I’ll be happy to help.

Functional Tests Available

Claire Winning

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Well Woman Blood Test
GI EcologiX™ Stool Analysis Test
DUTCH Complete™ Hormone Test

I use the DUTCH COMPLETE™ hormone urine panel by Precision Analytical which gives a comprehensive overview on hormone levels and also the metabolism of hormones (e.g., how hormones are being broken down) within your body. Key markers include 3 types of oestrogen, progesterone, androgen hormones DHEA, stress hormones cortisol and cortisone, neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin and key nutrients such as B12 and B6.

Who might benefit?

If you are struggling with anxiety, irregular or heavy & painful periods, fatigue, irritability, poor sleep, vaginal dryness, low libido and weight gain. This test can also be extremely helpful for anyone with PMS, long-standing fertility issues, PCOS, Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, Fibroids, period irregularities, multiple miscarriages, those with a higher risk of breast/ovarian cancer and more than one cycle of IVF. There are some cases where the DUTCH test is not recommended (e.g., when on oral contraceptives) so please get in touch to discuss whether it is suitable for you.

The GI EcologiX is an innovative stool test uses cutting-edge technology to provide a comprehensive assessment of a client’s gut health and microbiome. Key markers include: 

  • Beneficial and Pathogenic bacteria 

  • Yeast & Fungal Markers

  • Parasites and Viruses

  • Inflammation

  • Enzyme Status

  • Immune System Markers

  • Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut Marker)

Who might benefit?

This test is useful for those suffering with digestive issues such as IBS, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion, joint/abdominal pain, inflammation, nutritional deficiencies or food sensitivities. It can also be helpful for those who have been diagnosed with IBD/IBS or any other inflammatory bowel condition. Gut imbalances may also drive hormonal conditions due to the role it plays in regulating oestrogen.

The Well Woman Ultra Vitamin Blood Screening Test is an advanced blood test which gives a comprehensive look at 50 different markers for optimal health including;

  • Vitamin D

  • Vitamin B12

  • Liver Health

  • Cholesterol Status

  • Thyroid Hormones – Free Thyroxine, Free T3, TSH

  • CRP HS (Inflammatory Marker)

  • Folate

  • Iron status

  • Magnesium

  • Blood sugar; fasting insulin

Who might benefit?

A nutrient imbalance or deficiency can throw any one of your hormones out of whack as well as affecting gut health and energy levels. If you have had any blood work done via your GP within the last 3 months, I am also happy to review these as part of my coaching programme.

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Claire Winning

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Vitamin D Test
Advanced Thyroid Panel
Vaginal EcologiX™ Microbiome Test

An innovative and ground-breaking at-home swab test, the Vaginal EcologiX assesses the vaginal flora, also known as the vaginal microbiome as well as host inflammatory markers and pH.  A healthy vaginal ecosystem is essential for female health and if in good shape, may help to lower risk of bacterial vaginosis, recurrent UTI’s, thrush and fertility complications. This test provides a vital insight into a women’s health and vaginal microbiome.

Who might benefit?
- Those struggling to get pregnant  
- Those who are preparing for IVF/ICSI and want to optimise their chances for a successful outcome by supporting their vaginal health 
- Those who experience recurrent infections, thrush or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease 
- Those with endometriosis  
- Those who want to optimise the health of their vaginal bacteria  

The Advanced Thyroid Panel which can be done in the comfort of your own home and gives a detailed overview of your thyroid function, including antibodies which are often missed off in standard blood tests.

 

This key thyroid test assesses a few key vitamins needed for optimal thyroid health. Markers tested include:

  • Thyroglobulin Antibodies

  • Thyroid Peroxidase

  • Free Thyroxine

  • Free T3

  • TSH

  • Ferritin

  • Vitamin D

  • Folate

  • Active Vitamin B12

  • CRP HS

It’s estimated that approximately 1 in 5 of us experience low levels of vitamin D with this being more prevalent in winter months. I recommend my clients assess their baseline vitamin D levels at least once a year and supplement accordingly. If you are struggling to get this tested via your GP, we can do this fairly inexpensively via a private laboratory.  

 

A simple finger-prick blood test for vitamin D which is vital for strong bones, sleep, healthy immune function, energy, digestive health and mood.

Q: But I’ve already had some tests done with my GP, and everything is normal with 'no further action required'. However, I'm still feeling rubbish so would it still be beneficial for me to do some testing?

Answer: You may well have had some tests done by your GP (which I am more than happy to review as part of the programme, as long as they have been done within the last 3 months) that have come back with 'no further action required'. However, one thing to note is that what we often see when looking at normal blood test results is that they may well be normal, but are far from optimal!  You can still have unwanted symptoms such as low mood, stubborn weight gain, fatigue and hair loss and still have normal blood work, as your levels aren’t ‘optimal’ - it's just not something that many health professional look at. Check out my article on normal vs optimal blood test ranges for more information on this. Many of the tests I offer are incredibly comprehensive due to the cutting-edge technology used by the private testing laboratories and will often far surpass other standardised tests due to the high level of detail in the results.

How the testing process works

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Book you free discovery call

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Bespoke test recommendations
given 

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You do the test in the comfort of your own home

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Wait for your results

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First consultation
is booked

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Your health improvement plan is emailed over to you 

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For as long as I can remember, I have suffered with very painful and heavy periods. More recently, I had been experiencing severe PMS – which included anxiety and low mood. My anxiety had gotten so bad (especially the week or two before my period) that I was even told by my doctor to try anti-depressants.  After Hayley’s recommendations, I did a DUTCH test to find out the root cause of my problems. After getting the results, Hayley advised me on some changes and additions to my diet as well as supplements to help correct my hormone imbalance that addressed the root cause of my PMS, hormonal acne and periods that had run my life for so long. In just a matter of months with Hayley’s amazing work and knowledge, things completely changed. I am now feeling better than I have in such a long time and I feel like my cycle is no longer running my life! Hayley - you are absolutely amazing, professional, passionate and I am forever grateful for your help. Thank you so much.

Kayleigh S

Want to find out more?

If have any questions about which test right for you or want to explore working with me, please feel free to either get in touch or book a free 30-minute discovery call to see if we’re a good fit.

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