Functional Testing is particularly useful for assessing people’s health from a nutritional perspective. Many people will be told that although they don’t feel very well their blood tests are fine. For these people carrying out testing to look at function rather than a disease can have a dramatic effect on their health and enables the Nutritional Therapist to create a targeted dietary and supplemental programme.

There are too many laboratory profiles available to mention them all but here is an outline of the most popular ones :

  • Functional Blood Testing revealing what traditional blood analysis doesn’t. Includes up to 80 Markers and provides a detailed report indicating body systems and nutrients that need additional support
  • The DUTCH Test - Dried Urine Test Cortisol and Hormones - in their words DUTCH offers the most extensive profile of sex and adrenal hormones along with their metabolites. Additionally, the daily (diurnal) pattern of free cortisol is included along with melatonin and other important functional markers. This unique combination of clinical information is not available by any other method.
  • Food Intolerances will show if you have an intolerance to a food which should stop being a problem once the food has been avoided for about six months.
  • It is also possible to carry out an Additives Profile, Inhalant Panel, Dairy and Grain Panel and Gluten Sensitivity.
  • Digestive and Stool Analysis is a functional test looking at fat, carbohydrate and protein digestion, inflammatory and immune markers, short chain fatty acids produced by intestinal microflora, microbial balance, yeasts, parasites and pathogenic bacteria.
  • Hair Mineral Analysis is a useful tool for assessing mineral levels from a cellular perspective i.e. what is going on in the cells/tissues which is where we need our nutrients to be as well as looking at toxic elements. A small amount of hair is taken in ½ to 1” snips close to the scalp & sent to the laboratory. A comprehensive report is explaining explaining the results together with a list of recommended foods to eat and avoid, supplement recommendations.
  • Hormone Profiles are available for both men and women.
  • A female hormone panel may be useful if suffering from PMS, fertility issues, fluid retention, heavy bleeding, menstrual irregularity, low libido, infertility, acne, poly cystic ovaries, endometriosis or ovarian cysts.
  • Comprehensive Adrenal Panels are great for clarifying over or under production of stress hormones which could result in symptoms such as chronic fatigue, insomnia, depression, migraines, recurrent infections, menstrual difficulties and infertility.
  • Organic Acids Test evaluates intestinal yeast, yeast, vitamin and mineral needs,
  • Nutritional Therapists when taking blood do this to assess potential nutritional imbalances in the diet and DO NOT take blood to test for the presence, cause of extent of disease, disorder or injury.
  • Nutrigenomic Testing with Lifecode GX - Reports include Methylation, Metabolics, Detoxification, Histamine Intolerance, Nervous System, Thyroid, Hormones, ApoE, Athlete and Nutrient Core
  • Urinary and Vaginal Biome Testing looks at the urinary and vaginal biome looking at the expected commensal bacteria as well at pathobionts and pathogenic bacteria that could be residing in the female urinary or vaginal tract.