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Test, don't guess!

By sandraljames, Apr 7 2017 11:30AM

The value of functional testing for chronic conditions, IBS, infertility, low mood, sports performance and much more.

If you want to get to the bottom of your symptoms or are dealing with a chronic health issue or just want to make sure you are taking the best care of yourself and want to work on prevention of ill-health then functional testing may be of interest to you.

As a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist I create customized diet and lifestyle plans to fit your unique needs and goals. There really is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to diet and lifestyle, I have to personalize and create customized plans for various health conditions or life circumstances or goals.

Both Naturopathy and Functional medicine are holistic and treat the body as an interconnected whole, and recognize that in order to treat one part, all other parts must be addressed. Both also treat the symptoms by addressing the root of the problem, which leads to more profound and longer-lasting results.

So where does functional testing come into it?

Functional medicine is investigative and looks to correctly identify and treat the underlying causes of disease instead of just suppressing symptoms.

For example, we’re not satisfied with a diagnosis like IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, which merely describes the symptoms that someone is experiencing, We want to find out what the underlying pathologies are that are contributing to the signs and symptoms that are characterized as IBS. These could be things like bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine or a parasite infection or dysbiosis or fungal overgrowth or low stomach acid, or a dysfunction in the gut-brain axis communication or some combination of all of these things, and to truly address the problem, that’s where we need to focus.

“Test, don’t guess.”

The use of cutting-edge functional lab testing is there to get to the root cause of issues and then allow us to be able to plan the way forward.

Finding a Nutritional Therapist that knows which tests are the best ones to do, and how to use them, how to interpret them, and how to design customized recommendations based on them can make a big difference. This can allow you to

• Save time and energy

• Learn the information you need to take charge of your health

• Determine your unique nutrient deficiencies and excesses

• Be proactive for healthy ageing and prevention of disease

So what testing is available?

Too many to list here but the ones I use the most are: -

- Stool, breath, and urine testing are used to look at what’s happening in the gut, the impact of stress on the body and nutrient balance;

- Hormone profiles including thyroid and female hormones

- Fertility testing (male & female)

- Functional blood chemistry based on optimal ranges for optimal health and to thrive, rather than ‘normal’ blood ranges

- Food intolerance/coeliac testing and much more

I use all of these regularly in my clinic and find them invaluable. If you’d like to find out more please get in touch and we can discuss where any testing would be helpful for you.

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