Chronic infection? Stage 2 anemia? Viral infection? It could be possible to host these conditions for months to years before a conventional doctor can spot these issues. A functional blood test holds the golden key to your health when you can’t seem to resolve your ongoing range of symptoms with a change in diet alone. A blood test can provide beneficial information regarding your health, however, you have to look at these numbers within a functional range rather than conventional in order to spot out these imbalances in order to find the patterns.
What is Functional Testing?
Conventional Medical Testing: focuses on treating symptoms and identifying pathology. The pathology is identified and may treated with surgery, pharmaceutical medications, and other procedures.
Functional Testing: focuses on investigating and determining the underlying and contributing causes of health imbalances and health conditions. Functional tests are lab tests that address the functions of the various systems of the body. They are designed to determine what metabolic and biochemical imbalances exist that could determine the potential for health as well as for illness.
Testing can include functional blood chemistry, comprehensive GI stool profiles, saliva, and urine hormone profiles, organic acids, fatty acids, nutrient status, and more.
Why Functional Tests?
Evaluate function vs. pathology
Test body function using optimal perspective rather than treatment perspective
Test for underlying root of the health issue or underlying imbalances that keep a person experiencing symptoms that don’t resolve
Allows for a healing program that optimizes healing
Functional Ranges vs. Pathological Ranges
There are two main types of ranges in blood chemistry analysis – a pathological and a functional range. The pathological range is used to diagnose disease (aka if a pathology is not discovered – disease – then the patient is considered healthy). The functional range is used to assess risk for disease and looks at numbers that are slightly lower or higher than normal to show the start or progression of imbalances that go undetected by conventional ranges.
After all, health is more than just the absence of disease, it means having adequate energy, metabolism, digestion, brain clarity and optimal functioning.
*In the analysis of blood chemistry, if a medical diagnosis is possible, referral to a qualified medical professional is imperative and warranted.
Experiencing hair loss? Fatigue? Weight gain? Cold hands and feet? Test your thyroid.
Indigestion? Bloating? Constipation? GI stool test.
Trouble staying asleep at night? Slow to start in the morning? Tired in at the afternoon? Test your adrenals.
Crave sweets all day? Irritable or light-headed if you miss a meal? Brain fog? Test your blood sugar.
Facial hair? Menstrual dysfunction? Weight gain? Test your hormones.
Swelling in your hands and feet? Muscle cramping? Poor muscle endurance? Test your electrolytes.
Are you experiencing symptoms you can't seem to fix? Book an appointment to go over your options and create a tailored action plan to treat the underlying causes of your health concerns.