Test! Don’t guess!
Having a clear picture of what’s happening inside your body can fast-track your recovery but most importantly pinpoint a root cause of your problem. Functional testing uses advanced testing methodologies to identify your unique biochemical makeup. Hence, it helps develop a roadmap to create a more effective protocol customized to your individual biochemistry and condition.
Such tests may involve blood, saliva, urine, breath and stool sample testing, which are often not available through a GP. I use only well-established worldwide laboratories based in the UK, USA and Copenhagen.
Conventional vs functional testing differences
Let’s say you feel unwell but you can’t quite pinpoint why. You know something is just not right. Perhaps its hormones, possible mineral or vitamin deficiency. Your doctor runs a standard lab test, but your lab results come back “normal”.
How is this possible? I don’t always focus on standard lab ranges. Instead, I tend to use “optimal” lab values, which can show dysfunctions in the body at the cellular level and contribute to your symptoms. This approach helps pick up a dysfunction years before a patient is diagnosed with a disease.
Conventional testing and evaluation do not take into account diet, stress, lifestyle, or even medications, which could potentially lead to your problem. These factors are rarely discussed when interpreting your results. Every person has unique biochemistry due to genetics, diet, environmental exposure to chemicals and metals, lifestyle, psychological and physical stress. Functional testing helps identify your unique biochemical makeup and the potential imbalances to prevent diseases from developing in the first place.
Functional tests look at genetic predispositions, gut microbiome and digestion, expanded hormone profiles, nutritional biochemistry, environmental toxin burden, inflammation, and infections. Functional tests can detect issues that standard tests do not reveal.
Work with me to determine which functional lab tests are right for your individual situation, and how I can help you transform your health and develop holistic prevention strategies. Some of the most useful tests I use are below.