Functional health testing uses functional laboratory assessments to identify malfunctions and underlying conditions at the root of most common health complaints.Tests are based on saliva, blood, urine and stools
Functional health testing
Traditional Medical Testing
Traditional healthcare testing is focused on treating symptoms and identifying pathology. The pathology is identified and may be treated with surgery or pharmaceutical medications.
Functional testing, on the other hand, is focused on investigating and determining the underlying and contributing causes of a health condition. 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 illness.
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.
Once identified, the goal is to take away some of the biochemical stress, therefore helping reduce the overall stress-load on the body.
It is also about correcting malfunctions in the body, allowing it to operate how it should
Specific laboratory tests explore the health status of the individual by measuring the functionality of specific body systems and nutritional imbalances. Nutritional imbalances are often at the root of many complex, chronic health conditions. Many regular laboratory tests measure the indications of disease which can be restrictive in understanding the total health picture.
Functional Testing plays a central and pivotal role as it may identify underlying causes of a health condition, serve as an aid for accurate diagnosis, provides a prediction of future health issues and may also track the progress of a nutritional and therapeutic programme.
Testing can be used to both signal a chronic disease state and also to assess very subtle signs of dysfunction or imbalances. Often imbalances can cause symptoms that may be addressed by nutritional therapy with good results.
Functional testing requires you to provide either saliva, urine, stool or a blood sample to the laboratory. Many tests can be done conveniently at home however blood tests require you to attend a clinic. There are a number of clinics based in central London for your convenience.
Test results will be sent to One Tree Nutrition for evaluation and will be discussed with you at your next consultation.