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.
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.
Part of my work occurs “behind the scenes” as I connect with labs, evaluate lab test results prior to the consultation, write reports for the client, research, and prepare personalized strategies along the way. On the client-facing side, I’ll engage through scheduled consultations and follow-up emails and calls to guide and fine-tune the process.
Exmaples 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
About Nourished Roots
Delve into the science of your own body to gather better insight into the foods you should eat to nourish your body. Get individual nutrition consulting from a qualified registered dietitian with expert advice.