Functional tests look at the physiological functioning of the body. They investigate imbalances by testing specific markers. There is an array of tests available which analyse breath, stool, urine, blood or saliva samples and they can provide invaluable insights in order to get to the core of a health issue.
Although nutritional therapists do not diagnose conditions the results of functional tests can provide an understanding into nutritional status, hormone imbalances, digestive processes, inflammation levels, pathogens, and stress levels. By testing in this manner, it is possible to increase the knowledge that we have on the state of health and reduce the guess work; providing more details on the reason behind the signs and symptoms that we are presented with.
I have access to a range of laboratories and work in close consultation with clients when looking into testing options in order to make the right choice as testing can be expensive.
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Pathogens, viruses, parasites and bacteria are tested to provides details of the community of helpful or less helpful bugs in digestive tract. Gut bacteria plays a fundamental role in health and disease and gaining an insight into your unique profile will help us to make targeted changes to recreate balance.
Hormonal balance can be tested via blood, urine or saliva depending on the specific test. These tests can give valuable information on the levels of hormones throughout a month or provide an insight into pre diagnosed hormonal related conditions analysing how your body deals with or breaks down hormones when they have played their part.
The thyroid is in charge of the speed of metabolism and functioning of the entire body. A thyroid panel tests not just thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) but T4 and T3 and thyroid antibodies. Mood, weight, skin health and energy levels are affected by the thyroid.
Food intolerances can put a strain on the digestion and the immune system, when either of these are under extra pressure the results can be wide reaching affecting energy levels, sleep and skin health just to name a few. Knowing which foods are causing problems enables a targeted approach in digestive healing.
Levels of stress hormones produced by the adrenal glands have a distinct rhythm over a 24-hour period. If the levels are disordered then sleep, anxiety and hormones can be negatively affected.
Some nutrients are commonly hard to absorb from food, are depleted in our foods or are so actively used in our bodies that we are always at a deficit! Checking nutrient levels can play a key part in understanding health.