Functional Testing

What is Functional Laboratory Testing?

Functional laboratory testing is available when working with nutrition clients, to get deeper insights into imbalances in the body. The necessity for functional testing is decided on a case by case basis and in-line with a nutrition client’s budget.

Functional tests can help identify the causes and imbalances that are contributing to a client’s sub-optimal health and inform concrete actions to correct any imbalances. We work with highly reputable laboratories such as Genova Diagnostics, BioVIs and BioLab.

On this page you can find out more about the types of functional laboratory tests that we offer.

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Functional Test Options

Relevant functional tests will be selected by the Nutritional Therapist after a thorough investigation of client symptoms in the initial consultation. These tests are only available when you book a Nutritional Therapy appointment. Find out about our Nutritional Therapy services here.

Tests include:

Gastrointestinal (GI) Tests
GI tests evaluate the health of the gastrointestinal tract, assessing digestion, absorption, mircrobiome balance, gut permeability and metabolic markers. Tests include comprehensive stool analysis, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), leaky gut and parasites. Testing may be via stool or breath tests.

Organic Acid Test
This test gives an overview of the metabolic state of the client, assessing the utilisation of nutrients consumed and their transformation to energy as well as markers for dysbiosis (gut health) and neurotransmitter function. A simple urine test.

Comprehensive Thyroid Panel
A thorough investigation of thyroid health which includes TSH, free T3, free T4 as well as autoimmune antibodies. This test gives a clear picture of any imbalances with thyroid function and is a blood test.

Micronutrient Status Test
A blood test which assesses vitamin and mineral levels in the body to identify any deficiencies or imbalances.

Food Allergies, Intolerances and Sensitivities
For clients showing signs of skin, respiratory or digestive allergic responses. Blood tests.

Female Hormone Panel
This test can identify hormonal imbalances that could be the root cause of disorders such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), problems with fertility and irregular periods. The tests are conducted via blood serum or saliva. Male hormone panel also available (eg andropause symptoms).

Pyrrole Disorder (Pyroluria)
A simple urine test to assess levels of pyrroles in the urine. Raised levels of pyrroles can lead to nutrient deficiencies such as B6, Zinc, Magnesium and Manganese.

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SIBO Breath Test Instructions

One of the most complicated tests that we offer clients, through our test provider BioVis, is the Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) test.  Below you will find a video with detailed instructions for the home administration of the BioVis SIBO breath test.  This test should be completed only with a qualified practitioner.

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If you would like to find out more about Functional Laboratory testing as part of our Nutritional Therapy Service book a free 15-minute discovery call with our Nutritional Therapist using the Calendar below.