Functional Lab Testing
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Comprehensive Saliva Test
This test looks at the balance (or imbalance) of stress and reproductive hormones, your melatonin levels, and the aggressiveness or exhaustion of your immune system. Specifically – Cortisol x 4, DHEA-S, Estradiol, Estriol, Estrone, Melatonin, Progesterone, Testosterone, and Secretory IgA.
Urine Metabolite Test
This test looks at how efficient your digestive system and liver are at breaking down proteins, clearing free radicals and maintaining healthy bile. Specifically – Lipid peroxides, and bile acids, indican
Intestinal Permeability Test: One of the biggest factors in the progression of chronic, inflammatory, degenerative and autoimmune diseases is a Leaky Gut, also known as a permeable bowel membrane. This test uses a specific combination of indigestible carbohydrates to assess the integrity of your mucosal membrane.
Bowel Pathogen and Immunity Test: At present, 80% of people living in the developed world have some form of intestinal pathogen or parasite and 99% of people living in the developing world have some form of parasitic infection. Many people who have eaten a lot of sugar, alcohol, and/or a lot of bread are more likely to have Dysbiosis or an imbalance in the balance of microorganisms in their gut. Those who have needed or overused antibiotics are clinically at risk for gastrointestinal problems if they do not restore the balance of good and bad bacteria. Identifying and resolving these infections or imbalances is crucial to any person’s ability to heal.
Food Sensitivity Test: The difference between having an immune sensitivity or intolerance, and an actual clinical allergy is profound. This test is a great and inexpensive start to removing foods that are causing your immune system to be overly reactive.
Dutch Metabolic Pathways Test: This is a urine test that evaluates a large number of metabolites that indicate the health of most of your hormones and how well your immune system and detox pathways are doing.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Test: Almost 75% of your immune system protects from the moment-by-moment activity of your digestive system and all of the tissue waste from all of the billions of bacteria in your gut. If your immune system falters and your gut health has a crisis you may find yourself with one of the most challenging chronic digestive, mood and neurological conditions in the modern world – SIBO. This test often explains A LOT of weird migrating symptoms.
Organic Acid Testing (OAT): An OAT test is a urine test that looks at over 70 unique metabolites. These metabolites are the waste products of biochemical processes that are inherent to good health. If your results demonstrate that one or several of these processes is out of balance, you will know where to start at stabilizing your regulatory systems again.
There are many other more precise lab tests, but they are specific to a medical condition or disease process.
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