Functional nutrient testing is a way to create an effective, restorative and preventive program based upon objective tests. It is imperative to balance the underlying terrain – nutrient imbalances, gut problems, hormonal imbalances, etc. – to have optimum health. The following are tests we use in addition to standard blood and urine analysis.
Functional Vitamin Intracellular Analysis
Many people have sub-clinical nutrient deficiencies and don’t know it. This test measures the functional status of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids in the cell. It is ideal to see if your diet and supplements are working.
Comprehensive Metabolic Profile
This is a grouping of 3 tests to measure a wide variety of metabolic markers for functional health. These tests identify the key metabolic markers of imbalance in the following areas:
• B vitamin status
• Cellular energy production
• Neural function
• Detoxification capability
• Intestinal microbial overgrowth
• Antioxidant status
• Essential Fatty acid status
• Food Allergies
• Neurotransmitter metabolism
• Specific markers of bacterial and yeast dysbiosis
• Essential amino acids sufficiency
• Food sensitivities
• Intestinal hyper permeability
Expanded Lipid Profile
Cholesterol can be broken down beyond the usual LDL and HDL. Within both LDL and HDL, there exist particles that vary in their characteristics and therefore in their risk (in the case of LDL) and protective (in the case of HDL) factors for cardiovascular disease (CAD). Also included in this test is a genetic marker, which determines risk factors for heart disease, and specific nutrients that will be effective. This test is especially important for anyone who has a family history of heart disease or a heart attack. The reading of this test includes a diet and exercise program.
Adrenal Stress Index
This test is invaluable to understand how stress affects your body. When adrenal hormones are imbalanced many body processes such as immune health, thyroid function and sleep quality are affected. This test measures:
• Cortisol “the fight or flight hormone” at 4 intervals throughout the day.
• DHEA, a steroid hormone that naturally declines with age and helps determine stress adaptation.
• Insulin because of its relation to adrenal hormones.
• Secretory IgA helps evaluate toll of adrenal stress on immunity.
• 17-OH Progesterone helps determine adrenal reserve.
• Gluten Antibodies helps identify grain intolerance.
Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis
A stool sample is examined for digestive, absorptive, metabolic and immunologic markers. This test also measures the presence of beneficial bacteria, pathological bacteria, yeasts and parasites. We can diagnose many digestive and inflammatory conditions with a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis.