How Does Functional Testing Work?
In some cases, I may use testing to take your care to another level of individualisation. Functional medicine laboratory testing offers tests that may not be available through your GP and may be fundamental to determine exactly what the imbalances and deficiencies are in some people.
A test will typically involve breath, blood, stool, saliva or urine sample which can be conducted in your own home. A follow up consultation will be arranged to explain the results in full and to discuss a further personalised plan dependant on the results.
At Naturopathic Health I always stay mindful to not overuse functional lab testing, unless I feel it will provide useful information required for a personlised protocol (plan).
As a nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner my role is to understand any imbalances that may be present and not to at any stage diagnose you with a condition or disease.
I've carefully selected and work with a number of testing companies in the UK, Europe and the USA. The testing I am able to offer includes, stool testing, adrenal stress test, SIBO breath testing, hormone testing, parasite testing, nutritional deficiency testing, food intolerance testing and many more.
Many people these days think they have food allergies but what most have is actually a food intolerance. Intolerance to certain foods gives a delayed response of a few hours, in some cases up to a few days or even weeks. A person can be intolerant to multiple foods and experience a number of symptoms which include:
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Bloating & constipation
Migraines, headaches & brain fog
Asthma, sinusitis & rhinitis
Eczema & other skin disorders
Food intolerances are usually down to poor gut health and damage to the gut lining causing leaky gut.
It's important to understand what has caused the damage to the gut lining. Sometimes testing is required but there are various other ways to determine the root cause.
Whereas an allergy is an immediate and severe response with symptoms such as difficulty breathing, rashes, swelling and in some cases life threatening anaphylactic shock.
If necessary I will recommend laboratory tests to deepen the knowledge we have of your body and take your care to another level of individualisation but remaining mindful of a clients budget and affordability.