What is Functional Testing?
Functional Testing is focused on investigating and determining the underlying and contributing causes of health imbalances and health conditions. Functional tests are laboratory tests that address the functions of the various systems of the body. They are designed to determine what metabolic and biochemical imbalances exist that could determine the potential for health as well as for possible health conditions.
The testing can cover such areas of health as the liver detoxification pathways, heavy metals and toxin overload, adrenal health, reproductive hormone health, digestive health, vitamin and mineral status, presence of pathogens, absorption of nutrients, thyroid health, immune health, and much more.
The tests are designed to test for functionality and not pathology. The tests are not used to determine what’s medically problematic, but to determine what can be treated nutritionally and what imbalances are present upon which to develop customized nutrition and lifestyle programs.
Functional tests use saliva, urine, stool and blood to provide the information to improve health status.
Why Functional Tests?
- To evaluate function vs. pathology
- Test to see how the body is functioning from a more optimal perspective
- Tests for the underlying root of the health issue or underlying imbalances that keep a person experiencing symptoms that are not resolving.
- Allows for developing a nutrition and lifestyle program that optimizes health potential.
- Catch metabolic vicious cycles before they become a problem.
- Allows the health practitioner to identify more objectively what is contributing to health imbalances.
The testing may provide a sense of relief for the person who has been told that there is nothing wrong with them, even if they are experiencing symptoms.
Saliva is particularly effective for testing the status of adrenal and reproductive hormones. Saliva contains the free fraction state of adrenal and reproductive hormones which reflect the tissue levels of these hormones. Testing these hormones in blood only reflects what is only bound up in a protein carrier the blood. In order for the cells to receive the action of the hormones, the protein carrier is released and the hormones are then “freed” to act upon the hormone receptors on the cells. Saliva reflects what the tissues are actually receiving. Thus, they are called free fraction hormones. Free fractions in saliva associate more faithfully with clinical symptoms.