Functional Lab Work

Many people struggle with health issues that they’ve accepted as “normal”:  Headaches, bloating and gas, indigestion, sleep problems, skin issues, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, and joint pain… to name a few.  While these issues are common, they are not normal.  In fact, these issues themselves are not truly the problem… they are the result of a deeper lying problem in the body.  Often, symptoms can be very far removed from the root cause.  Many practitioners chase symptoms, prescribing medications or over-the-counter drugs to temporarily alleviate issues, but I like to take a different approach.
Let’s really think about it:   What is actually causing your headache? Why do you experience indigestion after eating?   While the root cause of these issues varies from person to person, I can say this:  headaches are not due to tylenol or ibuprofen deficiency, and indigestion is not caused by antacid deficiency.  Am I right?! 🙂

This is where functional lab work comes in.Being a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner is like being a “Health Detective”.  Functional lab work is used to assess how your body is functioning, and to identify healing opportunities for systems not functioning optimally.Functional lab work is easy, affordable and accurate.  Kits are drop-shipped to you.  You collect saliva, urine and/or stool samples yourself at home and then ship the specimens directly to the lab.

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A salivary adrenal stress profile gives insight into how your adrenal system is functioning, and provides clues for where to look for other malfunctions in the body.

Functional lab work can assess…

  • Cortisol Rhythm & Adrenal System function
  • Sex Hormones
  • Detoxification
  • Digestion & Gut Health
  • Intestinal Mucosal Barrier Function
  • Food sensitivities*

*Food sensitivity testing is the only functional lab that requires a visit to a lab for blood draw.  

Want to learn more about how functional lab work could provide some clues to why you aren’t feeling your best?  Head over to my Health Coaching page and complete the application for a free discovery call!