Functional Lab Testing
Sometimes just cleaning up the diet is not enough and the process of trial and error can be time-consuming and discouraging. The addition of functional lab testing allows us to identify the root cause of imbalance in the body. These tests are powerful tools which lead to a customized protocol designed to initiate and support true healing. Your specific protocol includes personalized dietary changes, targeted supplemental support, and specific lifestyle recommendations.
Any of the following tests can be added to one of our packages. During your Initial Consultation, I will determine if any of these tests are beneficial for you. These tests are not required but they provide answers needed to create a personalized protocol for your bodies unique needs.
DUTCH Advanced Adrenal Assessment
How is your body handling stress? Your adrenal glands are responsible for regulating our stress hormones, with cortisol being the key player. It is possible your body is pumping out too much cortisol or is at the point where it is worn out and is not pumping enough. Both of these factors contribute to common unwanted symptoms such as decreased energy, trouble sleeping, suppressed immune system, trouble losing weight, and blood sugar dysregulation. All stressors placed on the body impact the adrenal glands and potential imbalance of the stress hormones. This includes dietary, lifestyle, emotional, mental, physical, and biochemical stressors. The DUTCH Advanced Adrenal Assessment is a dried urine test that provides us with valuable information on how the adrenal glands are functioning. It shows the cortisol pattern over a 24 hour period, if there is excess cortisol or depressed levels of cortisol, levels of cortisone (the inactive form of cortisol) and DHEA. The test kit will be delivered to you and you will collect the samples in the comfort of your home.
GI-Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP)
The GI-MAP uses DNA analysis to quantitatively assess the microbiome with attention to bacterial, parasitic, and viral pathogens that can cause disease, disrupt the normal microbial balance, and contribute to chronic GI illness. This test also provides valuable information on the digestive function, inflammation, and immune response. A test kit will be mailed directly to you where you will collect a stool sample in the comfort of your own home and then mail back to the lab for analysis. The information this test provides about the digestive tract is incredibly valuable to beginning your healing journey toward optimal health. We encounter so many substances, such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, alcohol, sugar, and oral contraceptives, that alter the microbiome of our gut. It is common for most of us to be lacking beneficial bacteria and even have an overgrowth of unwanted pathogens. Whether you experience any digestive complaints or not you will benefit from knowing what is happening within your digestive tract.
MRT Food Sensitivity Test (To be done along with the GI-MAP)
The Patented Mediated Release Test (MRT) quantifies the inflammatory response to 170 foods and food-chemicals, while also identifying the best foods for your body. A test kit will be mailed directly to you. You will be responsible for finding a lab to collect the blood sample and mail the kit to the lab the same day. This test is only recommended along with the GI-MAP. If you do not get to the root cause of dysfunction in the digestive system then you will only continue to develop food sensitivities and healing will not be achieved. These foods do not need to be eliminated forever, once you have healed the digestive tract you can reintroduce the avoided foods.