Functional Nutrition Lab Work

Taking a deeper look inside to identify your specific needs.

A functional approach is based on addressing root causes that lead to symptoms. This is an evolving process as different layers are investigated and addressed. The following labs are tools that can aid us in identifying underlying root causes.

Micronutrient (Vitamin and Mineral) Lab Work

This deep look into your cells tells us what nutrients your body is lacking to function at your optimal level. When depleted of important nutrients, we are at greater risk of acute and chronic illness. The many pathways in our bodies require these nutrients to do their job. Micronutrients help us see, heal from surgery, keep our bones strong and hormones in balance, detox waste products and chemicals, and even eliminate waste, just to name a few.

Genomic Testing

Every person is unique, even identical twins because of their genomics, or the way genes express themselves. By taking a look at your genome we can identify any Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms or “SNPs” for short. SNPs are essentially a switch in one or more of the nucleotides on the DNA chain that can prevent your body from performing optimally. Through nutrition interventions we can address many of these SNPs and make sure your body is not being held back by kinks in your genome.

Example: Someone with chronically low vitamin D who is taking vitamin D supplements and gets plenty of sun might have a SNP converting vitamin D into its active form readily available to the body. One way to address this would be to provide that person with active vitamin D. However, this distinction can only be made through lab work testing.

Gut Health and Neurotransmitter Testing

The gut is at the center of our health and immune system. It is important to address any dysbiosis, or intestinal imbalances, if we wish to support our immune system and feel our best. There are many different types of testing that help us look for bacterial, parasitic, fungal or yeast imbalances. While working together we will explore the best options based off of your signs, symptoms, and health history.

We know our gut sends messages to our brain to tell us we are full when eating, but did you know your gut and brain are in constant communication through what is called the gut-brain axis? How we feel emotionally is in part due to what is happening in our GI track.  By looking at your neurotransmitters and gut health we can work on supporting mental health.

Examples of lab work may include*:

Organic Acid urine testing (home)
Genetic saliva testing (home)
Stool testing (home)
SIBO testing
Micronutrient testing (lab)
Metabolic Typing Test (online)
DUTCH hormone test (home)
Blood tests to assess challenges (physician)
And other tests as needed
*Lab fees are not included in consultation fee

Contact Sally

Nourished Roots Nutrition, LLC
P: (303) 209-8640
F: (303) 209-8482

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Tip of the Day

Often times we read the label and aren’t sure what we are looking at or what numbers are “good.” The best way to read a label is to first look at the serving size, which tells us the amount we would need to eat to equal the rest of the nutrients on the label. It is important to be aware of the serving size listed, because they range from 1.5 ounces for a favorite cookie to one-tenth of a pound for raw kale. Next read the Percent Daily Value on the label’s right side. The percentages in that column tell you what percentage of the recommended daily nutrients you get after eating one serving size. For example, if a serving size of your favorite snack is a whopping one pretzel, and the percent daily value for sodium is 41%, then each pretzel you eat gives you 41% of the recommended daily intake for sodium. Two pretzels gives you 82%. Three pretzels gives you 123% and so on. A convenient way to look at percent daily values is to follow the 5-20 rule; 5% or less is considered low, while 20% or more is considered high.