Functional Laboratory Tests
Functional laboratory testing aims to identify nutritional status, any imbalances, or pathogens that may be present. Tests assess any factors that may be contributing to poor health. I am able to give guidance on which tests may be most appropriate for you. The results are used in conjunction with information collected at the consultation to determine diet and lifestyle suggestions, in order to fine-tune the nutritional programme, allowing more rapid and cost effective results.
There are many functional tests available to nutritional therapists, some of the most frequently used include:
- Stool analysis -This comprehensive analysis evaluates digestion, metabolism and absorption of nutrients, gut flora, the colonic environment, parasites, yeasts and pathogenic bacteria, and inflammation.
- Allergy Testing - including tests for common reactions to dairy, grain, gluten, other groups of foods and inhalants.
- Candida Test - Candidiasis results from an overgrowth of Candida albicans. The normally harmless yeast upsets the ecological balance in the digestive tract.
- Gluten Sensitivity –IgE coeliac disease screening, or gluten sensitivity.
- Adrenal Stress Profile - Assesses the adrenal hormone cycle over a day to determine its ability to react to stress.
- Female Hormone Profile - Tests measure the levels of progesterone and oestrogen to identify any imbalances. Testosterone levels can also be measured which can be raised in PCOS.
- Male Hormones - Evaluates testosterone levels and can include analysis of stress hormones to indicate any hormonal imbalances.
- Thyroid Screen - Assesses thyroid function and helps the early detection of thyroid disease by measuring thyroid hormones (TSH, T3, T4, free T3 and reverse T3) and antibodies.
- Menopause Profile - for checking balance and levels of hormones.
- Chronic Fatigue Screen
- Melatonin Profile - Melatonin imbalance has been associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder, infertility, sleep disorders, and compromised immune function.
- Homocysteine Test – part of an assessment of heart health.
Test kits can be obtained directly from a reputable laboratory. The test kits can be used at home, requiring samples from saliva, urine, stools or a pin prick of blood.
Laboratories currently used by Whole Nutrition include:
Genova Diagnostics, Red Apple Clinic, Regenerus Laboratories and Biological Testing Service.