As healthcare becomes more and more expensive and life expectancy increases, there’s a noticeable shift towards
Being healthy and staying healthy ‘is a million little things’ and today we need to take everything about a patient into consideration if we really want to improve their health in the long term. That means looking at a patient’s DNA while also considering external factors such as work environment, stress, the food they eat, the water they drink and where they live, among other things.
At Longiva we regularly see patients that have lived with unexplained health concerns for months and even years, visiting doctors and specialists, shelling out money to no avail. This usually leaves patients frustrated and hopeless. But no more – we use
Read on to learn more about the tests we use at Longiva to help our patients improve their health. We spoke to our registered dietician Ezette Oosthuizen who uses these tests daily in her practice to help patients improve
- Genetic Testing
Can anyone have this test done?
The Genetic Testing use to be an expensive test that was only available to a select few people. Today
Why should someone get a Genetic Testing?
Because everyone is unique in their own DNA way. The medicine and diet that works for one person, might not work for another and through Genetic Testing we can side-step the old method of trial-and-error, speed up treatment or even completely avoid the symptoms by acting preventatively. Our family’s health history can tell us a lot but sometimes this type of information is not always available to everyone. With this
How is it administered?
This is this easy part. We take a Buccal swab sample which is the medical term for a cheek swab. The whole procedure is non-invasive and painless.
If Genetic testing is so readily available, can’t I do it myself?
The data you receive from the test can really be
- BOSS – Biotransformation and Oxidative Stress Status
Who should consider a BOSS test?
Anyone suffering from chronic fatigue, chronic muscle/joint pain, Alzheimers or Parkinson’s disease, depression, anxiety, Schizophrenia, ADHD, has a family history of cancer, allergies, sinus problems, metabolic syndrome (weight problems), premature
We also advise patients that are often exposed to automobile fumes, heavy metals, plastic compounds, toxic chemicals (like pesticides, herbicides) eat a lot of fast food, use tobacco products and regularly drink to take this test.
What does the BOSS test do?
This test is developed to give health care professional an indication of oxidative stress levels using liver detoxification and free radical markers. In the
Oxidative stress is what ages us and is at the root of many diseases. If the liver is overloaded or impaired in any way it will not optimally detoxify and oxidative stress levels in the body will increase. This could lead to many chronic and
How is this test administered?
At Longiva we use a combination of urine, saliva and blood test to determine oxidative stress levels.
What happens once you get the results back?
After the results are received we do a full break-down of the results and most importantly we give our patients
- Food Intolerance
What is the difference between food allergies and food intolerances?
Food allergies illicit an abnormal immune response that triggers an immediate or delayed hypersensitivity reaction. Immediate (Type I) hypersensitivity reactions, mediated by Immunoglobin E (IgE), are obvious – histamine is released causing varying degrees of symptoms like hives, itching, swelling, trouble breathing, wheezing and anaphylaxis. There are also the non-IgE mediated reactions to food that are not as obvious or immediate. Food intolerance or food sensitivity does not involve an abnormal immune response. It’s a negative reaction to a certain food, often with a delayed onset. Because these food sensitivities are sometimes less obvious and can take up to 72 hours to develop they can often be at the root of chronic issues.
Could you have
Yes, because the symptoms are less obvious and can take up to 72 hours to develop. It’s also possible to have a food intolerance and live with it for years.
Recurrent exposures to unknown triggers can inflame the gut, activate the immune response, and cause chronic underlying inflammation. This can manifest as anything from skin issues to
What test is used for food intolerance?
We use a
How can Longiva help with food intolerances?
Changing one’s diet and lifestyle after learning you have a food intolerance can be challenging. We offer
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