Laboratory testing is one critical aspect of creating your personalized treatment plan. Stool, urine and saliva tests are conveniently done in your own home with provided kits while blood tests are arranged at local laboratory draw sites.
Functional Digestive Testing
- Stool analysis evaluates your ability to digest and absorb food along with the presence and quantity of beneficial bacteria and yeast. Problems in these areas can be the underlying cause for many clinical symptoms and conditions such as immune dysfunction, irritable bowel, fibromyalgia, migraines and more.
- Intestinal Permeability Assessment is an effective and non-invasive assessment of small intestinal absorption and barrier function in the bowel. This test analyzes urine for the clearance of two non-metabolized sugars, lactulose and mannitol, identifying intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) and malabsorption. Both malabsorption and increased intestinal permeability are associated with chronic gastrointestinal imbalances, as well as many systemic disorders.
- Testing for Bacterial Overgrowth of the Small Intestine simple, non-invasive, gastrointestinal test detects bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, often referred to as BOSI or SIBO. Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that often underlies chronic symptoms of maldigestion and malabsorption, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, irregularity, and abdominal pain.
- Urine organic acid testing looks for blockages in your biochemical pathways which can indicate a functional deficiency in a mineral or vitamin. This is the best way to measure vitamins by assessing the function of enzymes
- Amino acid profiles assess the level of protein building blocks which are needed to build healthy tissues throughout the body, such as hair, neurotransmitters and immune cells. This is important for people with hair loss, depression, fatigue and essential for physical and mental health.
- Nutrient and Toxic Element Profiles determine levels of essential as well as toxic elements such as aluminum, arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury.
- Fatty Acid Profile helps identify the right balance of fatty acids that can impact health and development.
- Adrenal Testing | This is a saliva test to evaluate adrenal fatigue by measuring cortisol and DHEA levels throughout the course of the day. This is especially helpful for those with excessive fatigue, inflammatory conditions, hormone imbalance and weight issues.
- Estrogen Metabolism | This test is a urine test that measures estrogen metabolites which indicate how well your body is detoxifying and eliminating estrogen. This is important for women with a history of breast cancer, at risk for breast cancer or interested in prevention.
All other hormone testing, including thyroid testing is done through the lab of your choice (typically based on insurance).
Food Sensitivity Evaluation
IgG blood testing measures IgG levels to up to 200 foods, herbs, molds and food additives/colorings. This goes beyond tests typically done by allergy specialists. It can help you identify food triggers for many health conditions, increased intestinal permeability, or leaky gut, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.
Heavy Metal Testing
This is a urine test which is used to assess you total body burden of mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium. Going beyond tests which measure current exposure this test can be useful for those with autoimmune conditions, severe fatigue or neurologic symptoms, unexplained symptoms, or environmental exposure.
This urine test measures markers of free radical damage which reflect your body’s level of anti-oxidants. This is important for anyone with neurologic illness of symptoms and as a basic screening to know if you need more anti-oxidants.