Functional Tests

Functional tests are tests which indicate how well the body’s systems are functioning. They help a practitioner identify deficiencies, excesses and imbalances which may underlie health difficulties, prevent recovery or increase disease risk. The test may involve taking a saliva, breath, blood, urine or stool sample for laboratory analysis. Most samples can be taken at home or in the nutrition clinic but some will require a blood draw from a nurse or phlebotomist. Analysis is performed at reputable laboratories in the UK, USA and Europe.

Functional tests may be used to assess:

  • Nutrient status
  • Digestive function
  • Adrenal or thyroid hormone status
  • Balance of sex hormones
  • Metabolism
  • Toxic burden
  • Parasites/ persistent infections
  • Gut microflora balance/overgrowth
  • Osteoporosis or cardiovascular risk

Food intolerance testing is also available.

Private testing can be costly but of great value to inform clinical decisions. They will only be recommended when considered absolutely necessary to support progress with a clients case. Prices vary according to the test.  Client will receive a full report of the test results; interpretation and advice will be provided at the nutrition clinic.

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