The latest technology in gut microbiome testing reveals the previously hidden world within...
If you have ever experienced bloating, food intolerances, allergies, skin problems, low energy, brain fog or even weight management and mood disorders...
You may be surprised to learn...
That all of these symptoms, and more, have been linked to an imbalance in your gut bacteria (aka Gut Dysbiosis).
There are more than 600 species of bacteria present in your digestive system and the latest research is beginning to reveal their vital role in your health.
We are also discovering that the imbalance of gut bacteria has also been linked to depression, anxiety and weight issues.
Over the years I have had many clients come to me experiencing ongoing discomfort that they have simply learned to live with.
Terrible symptoms such as bloating, gas, indigestion, constantly feeling tired and sluggish, irregular bowel motions, skin reactions, food allergies, migraines, inflammatory bowel disease...
All of which can ultimately lead to feelings of embarrassment, depression, anxiety, and even cause feelings of uncertainty about the future.
Hi, my name is Amanda Ledwith and I have been involved in the health industry for 15 years, a decade of which I have been working as a qualified Naturopath.
I have owned my own business for the last six years, and have consulted with thousands of clients during that time.
The issue I have seen my clients suffer with more than anything else, during that time, by far would be digestive complaints.
Which is why I was so excited when I came across this way of eliminating digestive issues at the source.
It has been incredible to see my clients thrive and be released from their suffering once and for all.
Once I saw the kind of results they were getting...
...I knew I had to get this information into the hands of as many people as possible.
I had my own health struggles about 15 years ago...
For years I struggled with constant sinus allergies and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
I started my study to be a Naturopath, and so as I learnt, I changed my diet (dairy was a big one for me).
I did endless detoxes and elimination diets, took terrible tasting herbal concoctions...
...and saw numerous other practitioners to try solve my problems!
Eventually, after years of trying different things, I healed my leaky gut and resolved my allergies and digestive problems.
So it all worked, but if only this testing had been available back then, it would have saved me years, stress and a lot of money!
So much of this chronic discomfort, until recently, has been beyond your control.
What the latest research shows is that much of what you have been experiencing is a result of your unique makeup of gut bacteria, or what the scientists refer to collectively as your "Gut Microbiome".
We are now able to identify the exact bacterial species within your Gut.
This provides a clear picture, so we are able to see exactly where the imbalances exist within your gut bacteria and bring them back into balance.
What we are learning is that each of these bacterial species have very specific functions within your body.
But, it's not been possible to distinguish the exact levels of each bacteria before.
That is until now.
It is responsible for helping to digest plant based foods, especially your leafy green veggies. It is important that this species of bacteria is in correct ratio to Bacteroidetes, which is responsible for an effective immune response.
If these bacteria are out of balance, certain foods such as resistant starches are really helpful to rebalance this ratio.
Bifiobacterium, if too low will indicate inflammation and potential leaky gut. These are just a few small examples of what different levels of these bacterial species can indicate.
But there is a catch...
The only way you can get access to this kind of personalised data is through...
Gut Microbiome Testing. (Gut Bacteria Testing)
But unless you’re a trained practitioner...
...this data will sound like a different language and as a result will be pretty much useless.
(even I had to learn how to "translate" this data after being in the health industry for 15 years)
Which is why I have taken this new information and put it all together into a breakthrough personalised program.
When I started seeing Amanda, I was suffering from digestive issues and was aiming to reduce and eliminate adrenal fatigue and fibromyalgia symptoms.
I now have much less bloating and muscle pain, with better digestion and improved energy
I loved the cutting edge testing! We used gut microbiome testing, incredible!!!
It cut out the guesswork and gave us the personalized full picture of mine and my daughter's problems!
I also loved the easy forms of communication, email/text and Amanda's compassion with supporting myself and my daughter on our journey to health.
I sincerely appreciated the dispatching of products to our door promptly.
So grateful for Amanda's knowledge and her intuition dealing with my 9 year old daughters digestive issues!
I firmly believe we wouldn't be in good health as we are now if it wasn't for her advice and continual support.
"The information presented on my Gut microbiome test results were extensive.
I hadn't realised how much bacteria, good and bad, the human body carries, which only made it more valuable that I had taken the test.
Amanda explained it to me step-by-step, which bacteria I was lacking or in excess of, what these bacteria are responsible for and how it can affect my overall health.
I wasn't surprised that there may be some troublesome areas within my Gut.
Amanda was then able to show me the exact areas that needed attention and furthermore devise a healthy eating and supplementation plan to bring my gut back to a healthy state.
I am confident now, having scientifically backed information and support from Amanda, which allowed me to take control of my Gut health.
Since getting my gut microbiome test results analysed and recommendations from Amanda, I'm more clear than ever before about how foods can impact my microbiome, and ultimately, my health.
Since following her recommendations I feel a dramatic improvement with my digestion and elimination. Knowing what foods to eat and supplements to take and WHY, is truly empowering!
I highly recommend taking the Gut Microbiome testing with Prana Thrive - it's opened my eyes to a whole new world within.
I discovered Amanda and PranaThrive after suffering for more than two years from a range of symptoms including stomach pain, bloating, nausea and anxiety.
I had exhausted every conventional medical treatment and testing and had almost resigned myself to accepting my daily physical and mental discomfort as my new normal.
Three months since starting my consultations with Amanda, I am free of all symptoms. Amanda has healed me. This is the best endorsement I can give her.
Amanda’s friendly, caring and approachable style complements her deep knowledge of her subject. She practises a great combination of the most up to date scientific testing and ancient healing wisdom to diagnose and treat.
Amanda is attentive and patient in her explanations and advice, and promptly responds via email to any requests for information. She provided a shopping list, menus and other guides on how to put into practice a healthier lifestyle.
Amanda is also realistic in her expectations and factors into her advice both the practicalities of every day life and the challenges in making changes to diet.
I recommend Prana Thrive and Amanda to anyone who is tired of just surviving, and instead wants to thrive.
Working as a Naturopath for over a decade, Amanda has experience addressing a broad range of health-related concerns.
She has helped educate and empower many people to achieve greater levels of wellbeing.
In addition to her work as a Naturopath, Amanda owned Prana Health Food & Organics for 5 years.
This experience inspired her, and her partner Owen, to create Prana Thrive, an online wellness clinic and education resource.
Amanda is particularly passionate about personalised wellness plans, based on the Gut Microbiome and Nutrigenomic Testing.
When I came to see Amanda I couldn't digest much.
She is very easy to talk to and she listens.
My health has improved 200% since working with her.
She is the best and she has saved my life.
Congrats to her husband and Amanda for such great recipes.Love it all!
I came to see Amanda to clear up infection digestion issues.
It was a very positive experience. She is able to explain things in layman's terms, is non-judgemental and listens well
My infection has cleared. undertaken gut analysis and now continue implementing the recommended program
I have recommended to a number of friends to contact Amanda.
I was having gut health problems and needed some guidance re food and supplements
Working with Amanda was very easy, as she stayed in touch with each step along the way
Gut health is so so important. Working with Amanda will really help you to get well again. It's all about the GUT!
I came to see Amanda with poor stomach health, liver problems, not dealing with chemicals or toxins very well. I decided to get my gut flora tested.
It has been Amazing. The best health advice I have ever been given. She took on subjects that the medical profession such as GP's have no idea about - or inclination to help me with. Her recipes are delicious and not too hard to cater for.
My stomach and liver health have improved dramatically. I am now well aware of what I put into my body. Sometimes I consume some things that I know are not right for me when I go out (or I just tired of the discipline) - but my body tells me right away what's going on and I know the signs to look out for, so getting back on track is easy.
I know I still have things to do with Amanda - and although at the time it may seem like you are outlaying some money - it is very well worth it. I am currently working toward my next program with her just to keep things on top.
I would Most definitely highly recommend her!
I CAME TO SEE AMANDA WITH FOOD SENSITIVITIES, GUT ISSUES, IBS & AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS.
SHE IS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL, VERY RESPONSIVE, WITH A GOOD RANGE OF KNOWLEDGE AND ADVICE.
YES! I COULDN'T HAVE GOT THIS FAR WITHOUT HAVING THE ANSWERS MY BODY NEEDED. THE TESTS COMBINED WITH AMANDA'S HEALING PROGRAM AND ADVICE HAVE MEANT I'M NOW ABLE TO INTRODUCE NEW FOODS AND MY FOOD SENSITIVITIES HAVE REDUCED MASSIVELY. ACCORDINGLY, MY HEALTH AND ENERGY LEVELS HAVE ALSO IMPROVED DRAMATICALLY.
I HAVE LIVED WITH FOOD SENSITIVITIES AND IBS ISSUES ALL MY LIFE. HAVING THE TESTS AND ADVICE FROM AMANDA HAS RESULTED IN ME MANAGING MY SYMPTOMS MUCH MORE EFFECTIVELY. IT HAS UNRAVELED A FEW MYSTERIES AROUND SYMPTOMS THAT WE NOW KNOW WERE WRONGLY DIAGNOSED!
I RECOMMEND ANYONE AND EVERYONE TO HAVE THE MICROBIOME TESTING AND CONSULTATIONS WITH AMANDA TO GIVE THEM A GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THEIR BODIES. I AM CERTAINLY GOING TO GET TESTED AGAIN TO SEE HOW MY GUT BACTERIA HAS IMPROVED SINCE BEING ON MY NEW DIET FOR NEARLY A YEAR NOW!
I came to see Amanda with a Swallowing condition and digestive issues.
I have enjoyed working with Amanda and highly recommend her.
She has helped me to really improve my health!
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Also check out the FAQ's below.
Chances are there are foods you are eating now, that you love, but could also be making you feel really unwell.
The Gut Microbiome Testing Program is about optimising your digestive process.
In the beginning, there will be certain foods that you may want to avoid for a limited time, depending on the severity of your symptoms.
Instead of focusing too much on the foods to avoid, I will be giving you a plan of healing foods and nutrients to add into your diet.
Once your gut microbiome test results come through we will then have a very clear plan of what foods and nutrients your body needs to bring your gut bacteria back into balance.
Once your gut microbiome is optimised you will be able to treat yourself and know that your system is able to handle it.
The answer to this question is a little be complicated, allow me to explain.
Firstly, let me be crystal clear. This is NOT a food allergy test. Personally I think a gut microbiome test is a much better use of your resources.
It does however help to identify how your current diet is impacting on your microbiome and therefore areas of diet that need to be focused on.
If leaky gut is indicated from your test then a leaky gut healing, anti-inflammatory diet is recommended.
Certain bacteria feed off omega-3 foods, probiotic foods, prebiotic foods and different types of fibre. So if there are any deficiencies in these different bacteria then appropriate recommendations will be made.
If your report identifies a high level of dysbiosis then fermentable foods and high histamine foods may need to be avoided for a period of time.
Foods that high in Oxalates can be hard to digest. If your microbiome test results show that you do not have the presence of a bacteria called Oxalobacter, I will provide you with a list of high oxalates foods to limit.
An online consultation simply means it is done over online meeting room (like Skype) or on the phone if you prefer.
You will be posted an easy home test kit from our Perth office with a reply paid envelope for you to then post your sample to the lab in Melbourne, Australia.
I have worked with clients that were at first unsure about doing an online consult. After chatting to me at their own convenience, they ended up loving the whole process and have even shared with their friends.
Once you have done an online consult with me, you will understand how truly convenient it can be. With technologies that allow us to be face to face and you being where you are most comfortable.
Online consultations can in some ways be more personal than you having to venture into an office or clinic type environment.
You will need to wait 2 weeks after finishing your course of antibiotics to do the gut microbiome test. This test will be extremely helpful after taking even just 1 course of antibiotics, as it will tell you what bacteria have been wiped out!
Every body is individual so this will vary, some people may feel a benefit in days, others weeks and other months depending on the severity of your symptoms. Bacteria in your gut is slow to change in a lasting way, so at least 3 months to allow a significant change.
Gut Microbiome Testing is beneficial for any age including children. Anyone experiencing digestive issues, skin problems, immune problems, inflammatory disorders like joint pain and stiffness, memory and mood issues, autoimmune diseases, or if you are really looking to optimise your health!
No, unfortunately due to recent changes to private health you are not longer able to claim.
I am qualified to understand medication and supplement interactions. I have years of experience in helping people to reduce or work with medication and even other practitioners if needed.
I recommend foods as a major part of your health plan, but often food alone is not enough to resolve long standing gut health issues.
If I feel that supplementation of nutrients or herbs is going to give you the best outcome then I will suggest what is most needed. My philosophy is 'keeping it simple' so that you can feel in control and achieve your health goals!
The Gut Microbiome Testing is quite involved and so from the time you send them off to the time I receive your results it is about 4 weeks, assuming you send the sample of straight away.
If you are doing the full program we will have already started your program with me while you wait for your results so the time will go fast!
You will be given a gut healing program that will take the pressure off your digestive system, reduce inflammation, allow your digestive lining to repair and rebalance your gut bacteria.
This time will vary from person to person but once this healing is established then you will be able to reintroduce certain foods back into your diet to find a balance that you are happy with.
Yes! I have worked with many couples and families.
Depending on the program and payment option I may be able to offer you a special price.
Please contact me through our contact here with the details and request this option.
Diet recommendations are a very important part of a treatment plan as your body can only heal and thrive when it is given the best nutrition.
Every body is unique and depending on what health issues are present, dietary recommendations will differ. I will work with you to design a plan that you are happy with. Sometimes small changes can make a huge difference!
Most of our testing services have been put together as a package including a number of consultations. If you have not seen me before and want to start with an Initial Naturopathic Consultation, but then decide you would like to have some testing done then a discounted price will be offered.
Absolutely! The nutrition for children is so important as their little bodies develop. I have two children of my own and so I can offer very practical ideas that kids will actual like or even love.
There are many remedies designed for children or contain recommended doses for their age group. Enquire about a family discount. I have now done this program with many children who have greatly benefited.
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