Functional Lab Testing
Going Beyond Normal Lab Testing
What is Integrative Lab Testing?
Integrative lab testing goes beyond the common labs recommended by your doctor. Recommendations on what tests to do as well as intepretation should be done by a certified and qualified functional medicine practicioner who has been highly trained in recommendations and interpretation.
Integrative testing in GI goes beyond the colonoscopy and evaluates your microbiome, digestive enzymes, gluten intolerance, and microbes.
Testing includes a full evaluation of the microbiome using advanced stool testing and organic acid testing.
Food Sensitivities Intolerances
Using the most accurate testing for food sensitivities and intolerances including the Wheat Zoomer.
Testing includes programs and easy to read reports to overcome your sensitivities and intolerances.
The most common hormone testing uses serum (blood) and only tests for sex hormone levels.
More advanced hormone testing uses urine and salvia looking at hormones including cortisol, neurotransmitter levels, and hormone metabolites.
Organic Acid Test
The one test that I use the most is the Organic Acid Test! This at-home test is easy to do and opens the door to the discovery of many healing opportunities. If you have seen the test results, they don't look like much but to the trained eye, this simply urine test reveals so much! I have completed the advanced training with Great Plains Labs.
- Microbiome Including the Most Accurate Testing for Yeast (Candida) Overgrowth
- Oxalates Levels
- Mitochondria Health & Energy Utilization
- Nutrients Levels – B12, B6, B2, CoQ10, Glutathione, Biotin
- Neurotransmitter Balance – Dopamine, Serotonin
- Genomic Variances Influences
- Toxicity – Ammonia
Currently, I use both Great Plains Labs and Vibrant America's Organic Acid Test. Learn more about Vibrant America Test.
GI & Microbiome Testing
Your gut is the grand central station for nutrient absorption, immune support, and for healthy detoxification. How healthy is your gut?
- Food Sensitivity Testing & Program: MRT by Oxford Biomedical tests over 140 food and chemicals for your reactivity.
- Stool Testing – Microbiome Testing
- Vibrant America
- Diagnostic Solutions GI Map
- Microbiome Labs
- Organic Acid Testing, Chemicals, Heavy Metals Testing (Hair & Serum)
- Great Plains Labs
- Vibrant America
Hormone Testing – Is it Right For You?
Did you finally get your doctor to test your hormones and the results were all normal? Now what? The problem with the most common serum hormone tests is that they do not test for the right values like estrogen metabolites. That is why I use the DUTCH hormone tests that tests for all hormones, cortisol and even neuotransmitter levels. If you are struggling with estrogen domaniance symptoms or have low thyroid, then testing levels is a great way to start your healing journey.
DUTCH Hormone Test
Using the DUTCH hormone testing which looks not just at estrogen, progesterone and testosterone but cortisol levels. This test uses dried urine and salvia; one the most accurate methods of testing hormone levels.
In addition, the DUTCH tests for the estrogen metabolites that have been implicated in breast cancer and looks at how you can reduce your risk for breast cancer through nutrition.
Neurotransmitters are tested along with vitamin B12 and vitamin B6. Package includes comprehensive review consult putting together a hormone balancing program for you.
Independent Lab Testing
Numerous labs are now offering independent lab testing for the public. There are some states like New Jersey that do not allow independent lab testing. Contact me to learn more independent lab testing and how it can benefit you. It is highly recommended to seek out professional guidance when making the decision to do independent testing.
Virtual Nutrition Consulting
Are you ready to achieve optimal health and want the convenience of staying home for your consults? All of my consults are virtual, so you can stay at home and get on your healing journey today. Using Practice Better, I offer an easy-to-use phone app for communication, food journaling, and more!
Not sure how the lab testing works with virtual consulting? Most of my consulting and packages include lab testing, including at-home lab kits sent to your home! For other tests, you will be given the closest lab location to your home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Learn How it Works!
Are consulting in office only? Do you do virtual consulting?
My practice is currently a virtual practice where I use video/phone consults only. So you can sit back on your comfy couch and begin your transformation.
Do you take insurance?
At this point I do not take insurance and that is for two reasons. Most insurance companies do not cover nutrition consulting. The second reason is this allows me to make the best recommendation for you rather the insurance dicating those decisions as often seen with conventional healthcare.
Do you offer weight loss programs?
I have extensive experience with weight loss clients and over that time have learned that stubborn weight loss is really a symptom of hormonal imbalances. Both of my weight loss programs work with balancing your hormones and improving metabolic health leading to permanent weight loss. Please see my Metabolic Health page for more details.
Do you offer group consulting?
Yes, I do. Group consulting offers a great support system and helps to reduce costs. Since most of my programs are highly individualized, I generally do a one on one to start with and have clients meets in groups after that.
Do you offer genetic testing and evaluations?
Yes, I do! I now offer genomic panels through MaxGen and Nutrition Genomics. I also offer evaluation of other testing including 23and Me.
You can also upload your 23and Me data to Nutrition Genomoics if your testing was done prior to August, 2017. For more details check out my Nutrigenomics page.
Do you offer hormone testing?
Yes, I do. Using one of the most accurate testing for hormonal levels, DUTCH testing provides not just a testing your hormones but your adrenal health too. To learn more, please see my Restore Hormone page.