Functional tests are designed to uncover biochemical, hormonal, genetic, metabolic, and nutritional imbalances, which, if not addressed on time, might lead to a development of disease. The results of these test provide an opportunity for prevention of the disease and preservation of longevity and quality of life. Tests available through functional testing labs are comprehensive, sensitive, and validated using the latest technologies.
Most commonly used tests in Nutritional Therapy are:
Digestive stool analysis: Several laboratories offer comprehensive digestive stool analysis which provide a lot of information about person’s digestive status including the levels of various digestive enzymes, stomach acid, beneficial bacteria health, types and size of the colonies, any parasites and opportunistic yeast such as candida etc. These test are often used when people experience digestive upsets, change in bowel movements, suspected food sensitivities, autoimmune conditions etc.
Hormonal testing: There are number of tests on the market offering comprehensive evaluation of hormonal functions and are used when people experience hormonal imbalances such as unexplained weight gain, sleep and mood disturbances, loss of libido, PMS, peri/menopausal symptoms, blood sugar imbalance, physical or psychological stress, polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, hair loss, fatigue, just to name a few.
Heavy Metal Testing: Lead, aluminium, mercury and other toxins such as pesticides are found in our foods, medications, environment and can lead to various symptoms affecting various body systems such as central nervous and endocrine systems. This can lead to problems such as memory issues, inability to focus or concentrate, thyroid issues and many more.
Nutritional Evaluation tests: These help us evaluate the levels of nutrients that are present or absent in the human body so that we can consider focused approaches to restoring the optimum levels. This includes vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, detoxification markers and many others.
Genetic testing and DNA: These tests look to identify genetic variations known for having a significant effect on health and susceptibility to chronic diseases. Research into nutrigenomics has demonstrated that diet and lifestyle modifications have a significant effect on the gene expressions, dependant on early detection and appropriate interventions.