While recommending healthy food and lifestyle choices may be sufficent for many individuals. This may not be adequate for everyone and further testing to assess the factors which may be contributing to poor health may be necessary.
Functional testing aims to identify any functional imbalances or pathogens that may be present. This enables a more complete picture of the factors that may be contributing to an individuals health. These may be addressed through specific nutritional protocols which may allow more rapid and cost effective results.
There are many functional tests available to nutritional therapists some of the most frequently used include:
Adrenal Stress Profile
This test indicates any imbalances in stress hormones which may affect energy levels and mood as well as contribute to many other conditions including anxiety, inflammation, menstrual problems, infertility and recurrent infections.
This very useful test helps to evaluate digestion and absorption of nutrients, the composition of gut bacteria, inflammation and metabolic markers. Compromised digestive function may result in bloating and gas, indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Research also suggets a poorly functioning gastro intestinal (GI) tract may result in symptoms away from the GI tract including arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Female Hormone profile
An imbalance in the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone may result in infertility, pre menstrual tension, fluid retention, fibroids, painful and heavy periods, endometriosis and migraine headaches. A number of diagnostic tests are available to help identify hormone imbalances, which may then be addressed through foods, supplements and lifestyle.
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