These specialized tests can help to create a more tailored care protocol.

As a functional nutritionist, I will design a personalized plan for you to transform your health through dietary and lifestyle recommendations.   

My approach is always "food first"

There are, however, instances where specialized lab testing can be useful in uncovering complicated nutritional issues. As part of your individual program, testing results may become integral to determining causes of imbalances, such as: hormonal, adrenal, and gut issues. These specialized tests can help to create a more tailored care protocol.  

 

Most of these tests can be sent by mail and done at home. A kit will be drop shipped directly to you, you provide a sample and return.

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The DUTCH test is a leader in sex and stress hormones testing. It is well recognized for its easy sample collection methods and comprehensive reporting. The name stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones. In addition to measuring hormone levels, this test also takes into consideration metabolites (metabolites are broken down products of hormones) and specific nutrients (which are necessary for our body to use the hormones).  Adrenal and sex hormones play a vital role in many aspects of our life that if left unbalanced, can leave us feeling anxious, tired, moody, and fatigued among many other health issues. Click the tab below to see which DUTCH test may be right for you.

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GI Map by Diagnostic Solutions

 

What is tested:

GI-MAP was designed to detect microbes that may be disturbing normal microbial balance or contributing to illness as well as indicators of digestion, absorption, inflammation, and immune function. GI-MAP quantifies bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites using qPCR.0

 

This is a comprehensive digestive test. It includes enzyme function, fat breakdown, markers for immunity and inflammation as well as testing for bacteria, yeast, worms and viruses. Requires a single small stool sample.

 

Why take this test?

For any chronic gastrointestinal discomfort, IBS,as well as autoimmune disease, leaky gut, inflammation and metabolic syndrome.

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The FIT (Food Inflammation Test) is a patented, multi-pathway delayed food sensitivity test. The test measures both IgG antibody and Immune Complexes together to determine sensitivity and reactivity of foods. This test can measures sensitivities up to 132 different foods and additives spanning all major food groups.

The FIT Test is a simple blood test that is available as a finger-prick test.

 

Why take this test?

If you’ve been suffering with various health issues and have not been able to identify what is causing your symptoms, food sensitivity testing might provide answers for you.

 

Some common conditions that may be associated to food sensitivities:

Resistant weight loss, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Headaches/Migraines, Joint Pain, Constipation, Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue, 

Congestion, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Eczema, Chronic ear infections

Click Above for Color-Coded Foods Tested.

(Test "Key" at bottom of page).

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Heavy Metals Hair Test by Great Plains Laboratory

 

What is tested:

Toxic elements may be 200-300 times more highly concentrated in hair than in blood or urine. Therefore, hair is the tissue of choice for detection of recent exposure to elements such as arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, lead, antimony, and mercury. 

Test requires a snip of hair equivalent to about 1 tablespoon.

 

Why take this test?

High levels of toxic metals deposited in body tissues and subsequently in the brain, may be a cause for developmental and neurological damage.

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Micronutrient Testing by Vibrant America

This test requires a blood draw at a designated draw site.

 

What is tested:

The Vibrant Micronutrient test analyzes the direct levels of extracellular and intracellular micronutrients. Analyzing both types of micronutrients provides a complete picture of a patient’s nutritional status. This knowledge assists in the understanding of the root cause of a patient’s symptoms.

 

Why take this test?

The Vibrant Micronutrient test is recommended for a variety of patients, including those with chronic conditions, skin problems, weakened immune systems, digestive issues, stress, fatigue, depression, long-term prescription use, poor diet, obesity, intense athletic training, or a vegan/vegetarian diet. It provides a comprehensive understanding of a patient’s micronutrient levels and the factors that can lead to disease.