Functional Health Testing: A Pathway to Optimize Health

How to improve your health with functional testing

Functional testing is a comprehensive approach aimed at uncovering the root causes of health imbalances and conditions. These laboratory tests focus on evaluating the various systems of the body to identify metabolic and biochemical imbalances that could potentially impact overall health and well-being.

These tests cover a wide range of health aspects, including the liver’s detoxification pathways, presence of heavy metals and toxins, adrenal and reproductive hormone health, digestive function, vitamin and mineral levels, the existence of pathogens, nutrient absorption, thyroid function, immune health, and more.

It’s important to note that functional tests are not intended to diagnose medical conditions, but rather to identify imbalances that can be addressed through nutrition and lifestyle interventions. By utilizing samples such as saliva, urine, stool, and blood, these tests provide valuable insights to help improve your health status.

If you have any specific questions or would like more details on how functional testing can benefit you, please don’t hesitate to ask. I am here to assist you!

Why Choose Functional Tests?

  1. Functional tests evaluate optimal body function
  2. Identifies root causes of unresolved symptoms
  3. Assists in developing personalized nutrition and lifestyle programs
  4. Detects metabolic issues early on
  5. Objectively identifies contributing factors
  6. Provides relief and validation for individuals with ongoing symptoms
  7. Plays a vital role in optimizing health and well-being

Saliva testing is highly effective for evaluating adrenal and reproductive hormones. Here’s why it’s beneficial:

– Reflects Tissue Levels: Saliva contains the free fraction state of hormones, which accurately reflects the hormone levels in the tissues. This is because the hormones are not bound to proteins, as they are in the blood. Assessing the free fraction hormones in saliva provides a better understanding of what the cells are actually receiving.

– Action on Hormone Receptors: When hormones are released from their protein carriers, they can freely act upon hormone receptors in the cells. Saliva testing allows for a direct assessment of the hormones that are available to bind to receptors and initiate their biological action.

– Association with Clinical Symptoms: Saliva’s measurement of free fraction hormones closely associates with clinical symptoms. This means that the results of saliva testing more accurately correlate with the symptoms experienced by individuals.

In summary, saliva testing provides a reliable assessment of hormonal status by reflecting tissue levels, assessing hormone action on receptors, and correlating closely with clinical symptoms.

The primary stool test is crucial for assessing digestive health. Here are the key components it evaluates:

– Amount and Types of Healthy Bacteria: The test analyzes the presence and diversity of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which are essential for optimal digestion and overall health.
– Absorption of Nutrients: It examines how effectively the body absorbs nutrients from the digestive process. Poor nutrient absorption can lead to deficiencies and other health issues.
– Presence of Pathogens: The test detects the presence of harmful pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, or parasites that can disrupt digestive function and cause illness.

Overall, the primary stool test provides valuable insights into the balance of gut bacteria, nutrient absorption, and the presence of pathogens, allowing for a more comprehensive understanding of digestive health.

Mycotoxin Urine Profile

The Mycotoxin Urine Profile is designed to analyze 31 different types of mycotoxins that are released from mold, which can be found in various sources such as food, the environment, water-damaged buildings, houses, and workplaces.

Organic Acids Test (OATS)

The Organic Acids Test (OATS) examines urine by-products that stem from cellular metabolism. This comprehensive test helps identify crucial factors such as nutrient deficiencies, detoxification capacity, gut dysbiosis, energy production, and other aspects related to overall health and well-being.

– Blood testing, including serum testing, is valuable for assessing various aspects of health.
– It helps determine heart health, thyroid health, immune status, inflammation, blood sugar management, food allergies and sensitivities, iron status, blood health, and nutrient absorption.
– Optimum health ranges, based on scientific research, guide decisions regarding diets, lifestyles, and nutritional support.
– Serum readings may fall within medical ranges but still outside of the optimum health ranges, indicating a functional imbalance.
– True prevention of further health issues is possible by making changes that promote healthy shifts towards more optimum readings.
– At Nourish and Lift, we offer comprehensive functional analysis of standard blood chemistry panels.
– Our aim is to identify nutritional imbalances and personalize your nutrition program to support optimal health.

– Specialized blood tests are available to identify delayed food reactions that are challenging to detect through conventional allergy testing.
– Food sensitivities can manifest in a variety of symptoms, often not recognized as being caused by food reactions. These symptoms may include depression, anxiety, ADD, skin eruptions and rashes, headaches, sinus issues, unresolved digestive problems, joint pain, fibromyalgia, and other inflammatory conditions.
– Array 3: This specific array focuses on IgG/IgA antibody testing for celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. It examines various epitopes of wheat and similar grains, such as gluteomorphin, glutenin, deamidated gliadin, and more.
– Array 4: With this array, foods similar to gluten/gliadin are tested. This helps identify immune confusion, where the immune system mistakenly perceives these foods as the gluten/gliadin molecule.
– Array 10: This extensive array analyzes 180 different types of foods, including both raw and cooked options, as well as spices and gums.
– Vibrant Wellness Wheat Zoomer: This specialized test specifically targets gluten sensitivity and celiac markers, intestinal permeability, and other gliadin/gluten proteins to provide a comprehensive analysis.
– Other Food Zoomers: In addition to the above-mentioned tests, there are further options available for specific food categories, such as corn, dairy, eggs, legumes, and more. These tests provide insights into potential food sensitivities within these groups.


Adrenal Stress Profile (saliva)

Symptoms of adrenal imbalances may include the following:

  1. Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  2. Afternoon fatigue
  3. Morning tiredness upon waking
  4. Easily overwhelmed by stress
  5. Cravings for salt
  6. Excessive sweating
  7. Dizziness upon standing up quickly
  1. Muscle weakness
  2. Depression and/or anxiety
  3. Memory loss
  4. Blood sugar regulation imbalances
  5. Low energy
  6. Weight gain

Conditions impacted by adrenal imbalances can include:

  1. Autoimmune conditions
  2. Chronic fatigue
  3. Diabetes
  4. Arthritis
  5. Heart disease
  1. Gastrointestinal and digestive issues
  2. PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
  3. Menopausal symptoms
  4. Reproductive issues

Adrenal imbalances can have wide-ranging effects on our overall well-being, affecting various bodily systems and contributing to these symptoms and conditions.


Autoimmune conditions

  1. highly prevalent in the U.S., affect 75% of women and can target any organ, tissue, or gland.
  2. Symptoms may manifest long before a formal diagnosis, and the most common autoimmune condition is autoimmune thyroiditis.
  3. A Comprehensive Bio-Screen blood profile evaluates at least nine thyroid markers, including autoimmune antibodies.
  4. The screen identifies potential targets for autoimmune antibodies across 25 different tissues, such as pancreatic cells, Myelin Basic Protein, and Ovarian antibodies.
  1. Triggers like hormones, stress, immune response, and diet impact autoimmune conditions and are considered in personalized programs.
  2. Array 5 Multiple Autoimmune Reactivity Screen measures antibodies to predict possible autoimmune reactivity before diagnosis.
  3. Research indicates antibodies may be present up to 12 years prior to diagnosis, enabling dietary and lifestyle recommendations to reduce immune reactivity.
  4. Nutrition, diet, and lifestyle programs are key to improving autoimmune conditions.


Female Hormone Panel (Cycling Women) (Saliva):

– Maps free fraction hormone levels (estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, LH, FSH) throughout one monthly cycle
– Evaluates hormone status for PMS, perimenopause, infertility, fibroids, endometriosis, migraines, PCOS
– Saliva samples taken every three days for comprehensive hormone output analysis

Female Hormone Panel (Post Menopause) (Saliva):

– Measures hormone levels (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, LH, FSH) in menopausal and post-menopausal women
– Evaluates hormone status for menopause symptoms, low energy, depression, low libido, memory issues, food cravings
– Useful for women on bio-identical hormone therapy and prevention of hormone imbalances
– Provides targeted nutritional support for symptom mitigation and restoration of hormonal balance