Functional Laboratory Testing

Functional Testing

Functional testing involves using specific laboratory tests aimed at evaluating the health status of an individual by measuring how the body is functioning, rather than focusing only on symptoms, which is what a general health practitioners will often focus on.  This can often lead to reoccurring symptoms as the root cause is not being investigated and this is how most chronic conditions develop.  Prevention is always better than cure and functional testing plays a fundamental role in facilitating this.

Functional testing involves using specific laboratory tests aimed at evaluating the health status of an individual by measuring how the body is functioning, rather than simply looking at indications of disease, which general health practitioners often focus on.

 

Testing can be invaluable in helping to identify how specific systems of the body are functioning to help identify the root cause of symptoms. This is particularly important in chronic disease and long-term symptoms where there might be multiple systems of the body under stress. Functional testing can aid faster healing outcomes as they effectively cut out the guesswork and the nutritional and lifestyle plans can be even more targeted based on the test results and any specific nutritional requirements.


Functional testing can involve a breath, blood, saliva, urine or stool sample. The majority of samples are delivered to and collected from your home but occasionally may involve attending a laboratory to provide samples. 

 

There are many different types of testing than can be ordered by Nourished For Life.

  • Comprehensive Stool Testing

  • Optimal nutrition evaluation

  • Food allergy testing

  • Organic Acid Testing (OAT)

  • Full Thyroid Panel Test

  • Vitamin D

  • Hormonal testing with the DUTCH test (dried urine test for comprehensive hormones)

  • DNA testing