Functional Medicine / Lab Testing
Functional Medicine uses a variety of laboratory tests to determine the underlying causes of dysfunction. Based on specific individual results, supplements and herbs are prescribed.
The following are the areas of testing:
- Adrenal Functioning -The Adrenal Stress Profile test is a salivary test to measure the functioning of your adrenal glands. It will measure the levels of cortisol and DHEA hormones over a 24 hr period. Results from this test analyzes how well your body is managing stress.
- Gastrointestinal Functioning – Proper digestive function is the foundation of good health. If you don’t digest and absorb nutrients well it will affect all other health factors in your body. There are several labs which assess the functions of different organs in the digestion system.
- Detoxification – A metabolic assessment is critical and is based on antioxidant protection and liver detoxification. There are specific physiological mechanisms that protect you from free radical damage and chemical toxicity.
- Advanced Nutrient Deficiencies – Your liver is like a filter that has to eliminate toxins so they are not recirculated through your blood. Toxins affect mental functioning and lead to fatigue, depression, anxiety, and can cause allergies and skin reactions.