Functional Lab Testing

A big part of what makes my practice different is that I run functional lab tests that you won’t find at a traditional practice. Below, you’ll find a list of the labs I offer. These are NOT covered by insurance. Prices range anywhere from $200-$450.

Advanced functional labs provide detailed insight into the health status of a variety of your body’s systems.

This level of testing can be used to:

  • Dig deeper diagnostically to identify key health imbalances/potential root causes
  • Learn more about your personal health status to identify functional targets for health optimization (prevent/optimize)

If you don’t test, you ultimately guess. While traditional labs provide important clinical information, some questions can only be answered using functional testing. I use a combination of both to get to the root cause of my client’s conditions. Again, testing and treatment protocols are highly individualized. Here are some of the functional tests I use most often:

Comprehensive Stool Testing

In this panel, I look at how your digestive system is working + identifying any imbalances. When we get to the root of imbalances, we use #foodasmedicine to support your gut. This test looks for: dysbiosis, yeast, parasites, inflammation, digestion markers, liver function, short chain fatty acids, intestinal permeability (leaky gut), sIgA, enzymes, and more!

This test is helpful for gut issues, such as IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis, GERD and conditions that are related to gut health, such as autoimmunity, eczema, depression/anxiety, and more! If you don’t have a diagnosis, but suffer from constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and cramps that you can’t figure out – this test is helpful!

Micronutrient Testing

In this panel, I dive into figuring out what your nutrient deficiencies are! This can help us target your supplement routine to be personalized and support your body with the building blocks it needs.

This test is helpful for anyone who has suffered gut issues in the past (or present) and after some gut work is done, we can start replenishing nutrient stores due to better absorption. Other reasons this test is helpful are finding out if you have enough building blocks for hormones if you have hormonal imbalances, making sure your immune system is strong and can give answers to stubborn symptoms, like hair loss, easy bruising, etc.

Functional testing measures the amount of nutrients inside your cells, rather than in the serum. This gives a true picture of what deficiencies are present.

Organic Acids and Amino Acids Testing

Think of organic and amino acids tests as a look under the hood. They measure the metabolic compounds in your urine, providing many important clues. These tests can be used to evaluate cellular and mitochondrial energy production, gastrointestinal function, nutrient utilization, and neurotransmitter processing. They also give clues to possible nutrient deficiencies.

Gluten Sensitivity Testing, Autoimmune Testing, Intestinal Permeability

I use peptide based testing to look for gluten sensitivity and gluten cross-reactivity.

Genetic Testing

There are gene variants, or single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that can contribute to a variety of conditions and nutrient deficiencies. For example, methylation is effected by SNPs of the MTHFR and COMT genes. In another example, carbohydrate tolerance and risk of developing type II diabetes is effected by genetics. In the case of both of these examples, knowing the genetics would change the nutrition care plan. Although the science around genetic testing and its clinical implications is still evolving, a good genetic panel can provide important insight. I use Nutrigenomix , DNAFit, and Genomic Solutions Now for comprehensive panels. I also use Genova Diagnostics  and Spectracell or Great Plains Lab for specialty genetic tests.

Need More Info?

This page is a pretty brief summary of labs that I can run. If you’d like to know more about functional testing feel free to contact me through the contact form below. I also offer a free 10-minute phone call. You can learn more about my services here.