Specialized Testing

Why Test?

Specialized functional testing allows us to play detective so that your nutritional therapy will be highly personalized and effective.   Nutritional testing also serves as a way to identify areas of your health that should be focused on to prevent health problems.

Functional nutrition testing is only available to clients who are enrolled in a functional nutrition approach program.  To learn more, schedule a Discovery Call by clicking on this link. 

Does my diet give me all of the nutrients that I need? Micronutrient Testing

I use intracellular micronutrient testing, which measures nutrients inside of your cells at the tissue level where most are needed for optimal health.  A total of 32 different vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants are measured. This is a better indicator of nutrient status than routine serum blood work.

Anyone will benefit from this test! I find it extremely helpful for people who have blood sugar issues, adrenal/hormonal imbalances, autoimmune illnesses, digestive problems, cancer, and who are post-partum.

I personally use this test 1-2 times per year to tailor my diet and supplement regimen according to what my body needs rather than guessing. 

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Am I really at risk for heart disease and diabetes? Advanced CardioMetabolic and Pre-Diabetes Testing

Not all cholesterol is created equal. The traditional lipid panel you are most familiar with for screening cholesterol levels can completely miss that you are at risk!  The Advanced Cardiometabolic and PreDiabetes screening test goes above and beyond other lipid testing by looking at genes as well as particle size, inflammation factors, and type of cholesterol. It also estimates a person’s risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes and assesses for Metabolic Syndrome.

I encourage this test for people with heart disease or who have a family history of heart disease, middle-aged and older adults for preventive reasons, people have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood sugar, and those who are overweight/obese. 

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Am I wheat/gluten sensitive and do I have a leaky gut? Wheat Zoomer Test

Gluten has an effect on the lining of the intestine in all people.  Your body can create antibodies against gluten and wheat which can indicate a sensitivity or allergy.  Your body can also develop an autoimmune reaction to gluten, which we know as celiac disease.  If you are tired of guessing if you have a gluten or wheat problem and want to really know if you have leaky gut, this is the test for you.

I recommend this test not just for people who have gut and digestive related issues, but for people who have health problems associated with leaky gut such as autoimmune illnesses, brain fog, low energy levels, pain, and inflammation. 

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Are cortisol imbalances causing my fatigue and weight issues? Adrenal Testing

Your adrenal glands produce cortisol as a result of stress or inflammation. This is a process that involves the hypothalamus (H) and pituitary gland (P) located in the brain, and the adrenal glands (A) located above each kidney. We refer to this as the HPA Axis.  I use a 4-spot urine test, which is much more conclusive than blood cortisol and saliva testing.  I not only look for free cortisol levels, but total cortisol production (there is a difference!).

You should consider this test if you have been chronically stressed, feel wired and tired or low and slow, if you have physically been under stress (i.e. cancer treatment, pregnancy, exercising at high levels, etc.), if you have brain fog, if you get sick often or have autoimmune issues, and if you have been struggling to lose weight. 

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Are my hormones out of whack? Thyroid and Sex Hormone Testing

Hormones are everything! If they aren’t balanced, we don’t feel like our best selves.  From energy levels and healthy weight, to feeling mentally clear and happy, to sleeping through the night, and that good old sex drive …there is a constellation of hormones that work to orchestrate all of these functions!

For thyroid and sex hormones via blood:
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For a deeper look into the sex and sleep hormones:
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I usually first recommend adrenal testing and thyroid testing before or in conjunction with sex hormone testing, since these other systems will have a direct impact on the sex hormones. 

Are the foods I'm eating making me feel worse? Food Sensitivity Testing

If elimination diets are not your thing, or you have tried them and have found no relief, you may want to consider food sensitivity testing.  I use a test that measures if your body is producing an inflammatory response to a particular food.  Test panel options include individual foods, additives, colorings,  medicinal herbs, chemical substances (such as environmental, chemical, and pharmaceutical), and molds.

This test can be extremely useful for people who have not found relief after trying various elimination diets.  People who benefit the most are those with migraines/headaches, digestive issues, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, cognitive impairments, those with metabolic disorders (obesity, type 2 diabetes) who can’t lose weight, and inflammatory conditions (like eczema, psoriasis, asthma, and arthritis). 

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How healthy is my gut? Specialty Stool Testing

It has become widely accepted and supported by research that our gut bacteria housed within our intestines plays a role in the development of disease and can even influence our mood and weight.  The GI-MAP stool test will tell you if you are growing enough good bacteria, and can identify parasites, opportunistic bacteria, yeast/fungi and H. pylori. It also provides feedback on intestinal health by looking at markers for digestion, inflammation, and the gut immune response.

This test provides information that allows me to develop a systematic, targeted protocol to promote gut healing. I highly recommend this lab for anyone with gastrointestinal conditions and related complaints. 

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Additional Tests Offered

  • Methylation & Detoxification Pathways (includes MTHFR)
  • Omega 3 and Omega 6 levels