Nutritional Testing

Would you like in-depth information and assessment of your nutritional status, immune responses to foods, the blueprint to your weight loss goals or find out your digestive health? Then working with one of our Clinical Nutritionists is where you want to start. We have numerous nutritional assessments available to determine optimal nutrition for you.  Test! Don’t guess!

So how do we go about figuring out what tests to do or which tests make sense to do?

First, we start out with an in-depth health evaluation and consultation.  In this 1.5 hour visit, we evaluate your health history, current symptoms, desired goals, your metabolic makeup including body composition and metabolic analysis.  During this process, we discuss the different testing options available to you and what tests may make sense to elucidate the results you are looking to achieve.   Nutritional testing assess the function of by systems and is not meant to diagnose or treat any disease; the infomration provided is intended to assist you in making healthy eating and supplement choices.

Nutritional tests are not diagnostic and not intended to diagnose disease.  Rather, nutritional testing shows function and nutrient interactions of body systems related to nutritional intake and nutrition metabolism.

Metabolic Blueprint

What Vitamin Should I take?
If you are one of the millions of Americans who have turned to Alternative Therapies for a long-term health problem, chances are that you have a bag full of supplements. Many people who consult with us for the first come in with a bag of 10 to 20 different bottles of supplements, and they want to know what I think. “What vitamin should I take? Are these doing us any good?”

They dump out their bag, showing us their various vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, herbs, and more. And then I tell them that I make all of our recommendations based on lab work. Most of the people who I see have supplements that were recommended to them with little or no reason. A standard Chem Panel that most doctors order as part of a basic workup tells us next to nothing about their actual nutritional needs.

The Metabolic Blueprint is actually five tests packaged together, and it includes: 1) amino acid analysis, 2) essential and metabolic fatty acids, 3) organic acids, 4) oxidative stress and glutathione, and 5) elemental analysis.

The Metabolic Blueprint has 200 sub-tests, which provides critical information about:
1. Overall Nutritional Status and Treatable Deficiencies,
2. Functional Need for Nutritional Co-Factors,

The Metabolic Blueprint tells us about your need for: amino acids, essential fatty acids, and vitamin and mineral cofactors. To put it another way, these 200 sub-tests tell us what is wrong with my patient from a nutritional/metabolic standpoint and which specific nutrients will help them regain health, energy, and vitality.

In terms of diet, the recommendation is for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. A recent study of 21,000 people showed that almost no one is actually complying with that recommendation.

We know that our thoughts, emotions and ability to handle stress contribute to health and illness. To be a realist for a moment, at a personal, societal and global level, we believe we are under a lot of stress.

The synergy of the 5 tests provides far more information than each test in isolation. In other words, if we analyzed each of the sub-tests, but did not relate one test to another, I would know much less about what to recommend. Those 200 sub-tests are fed into a computer at the lab, which allows for very complex relationships between those 200 markers to be simplified. For example, the computerized analysis of those 200 markers can tell us that you have “some” problems with B Vitamins, specifically with B-6 and folic acid. So, I might tell you that you do not need to take a multiple B vitamin, but jmet B-6 and folic acid.

The Metabolic Blueprint provides great answers to, “What vitamins do you need to take?” we make recommendations based on lab work.

Genetic Testing (with Metabolic Blueprint or Alone)

Getting your genetics tested is one of the best ways to start to understand  report provides personalized information and recommendations based on your genetics to assist you in achieving the following goals:

Understand your metabolism and dietary traits
Optimize the effects of physical activity and exercise
Enhance the nutritional balance of your diet

By analyzing your genetic code, along with answers to a lifestyle questionnaire, the Pathway Fit report gives you the power to understand your metabolism, eating behaviors, and your response to exercise, as well as the best ways to reach and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

Food Sensitivity Testing

A 25 year ongoing study reveals that 95% of the population has what is known as a Type II toxic reaction or IgG response to common everyday foods that you eat regularly. Unfortunately the foods that cause this toxic shock vary widely according to your individual system. In addition many Type II reactions are delayed reactions, so they are very difficult to detect on your own.

Perfectly healthy foods can be virtual poison to your particular system. The latest trendy diets may be good for general information. But everyone’s system is different, so you want to find out which foods are toxic to your particular system. This will help you be healthier and more energetic than ever before and elleviate many unexplained and chronic symptoms.

There are two types of reactions Type I and Type II. Type I reactions or IgE reactions, are obvious. You know when you have one because your body suffers a notable and almost instant reaction. Type II reactions are not immediate, but delayed reactions, making them almost impossible to detect without sophisticated testing.

Testing begins with a simple blood spot test. Once the results are in, the lab generates a comprehensive report detailing your immune reactions to foods. The most notable point is many people feel remarkably better. Common symptoms studies have indicated have indicated improvement: Arthritis, difficulty breathing and Asthma, Candidiasis, Gluten Intolerance/Celiac, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Disorders, Ear Infections, Eczema, Fibromyalgia, GERD, G.I. Disorders, Headaches & Migraines, Heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Joint & Muscle Pain, Leaky Gut, Mental Fatigue, Molds, Obesity, Poor Memory, Psoriasis, Sinusitis, Skin Disorders, Weight Loss and Yeast Infections.

Some people rid themselves of lifelong chronic symptoms like migraines,some people feel a tremendous boost in energy, sex drive and a general increase in mental acuity. Others notice that their constant irritability is gone. Testing includes education in how and what to eat for the best results.

Digestive Stool Analysis

Gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) function is important for general health. This includes balancing beneficial bacteria in the gut to enhance health benefits. GI tract health is key in digestion, nutrient usage, and ridding the body of waste and pathogens. Poor digestion and malabsorption can lead to immune dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, and various disease states. Poor GI tract function can also lead to food allergies and other toxicities.Your intestinal tract contains significant amounts of bacteria, some beneficial, some neutral, and some that can be harmful. It is essential to know the bacterial balance of your GI tract, especially if you have long standing health problems. Health enhancing intestinal bacteria serve to prevent the overgrowth of potentially harmful bacteria in the gut. Symptoms of an unhealthy GI tract may not always be present. The stool also reports:
Inflammation
Bacterial and Yeast balance in the GI tract
Pancreatic function
Markers for digestion and absorption of nutrients

Stress Hormones & Neurotransmitter Balance Testing

Adrenal Stress, Hormone and Neurotransmitter Testing

Chronic stress is a state of ongoing physiological arousal. This occurs when the body experiences so many stressors that the autonomic nervous system, which helps one adapt to changes in the environment, rarely has a chance to activate the relaxation response. This type of chronic stress response occurs all too frequently from a modern lifestyle, when everything from high-pressured jobs to loneliness to busy traffic can keep the body in a state of perceived threat and chronic stress. In this case, our fight-or-flight response can wear down our bodies and cause us to become ill, either physically or emotionally.

A stressful lifestyle can lead to consistently high levels of cortisol, and low levels of the hormone DHEA (dehydoepiandosterone), which can be damaging to the brain and other tissues. Cortisol (a stress hormone) elevation also impacts immune responses, such as secretory IgA (sIgA) and anti-gliadin antibody (AGA) production. SIgA, part of the first line of immune defense against pathological microorganisms and food antigens in the lining of the gut, decreases during stress. AGA is elevated in people with gliadin intolerance and celiac disease, which affect about 12-14% of the US population. When immune defenses in the gut are diminished by stress, gut permeability increases as does the amount of AGA in the
bloodstream.

The Adrenal Stress Profiles use a non-invasive salivary test to monitor the activity of the adrenal cortex and its ability to react to stress. The procedure monitors the rhythmic biological cycles recurring at 24-hour intervals of cortisol and DHEA-S levels.

Neurotransmitters are very important chemical messengers that affect your health and wellness in complex ways. The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest. Neurotransmitters are also necessary for thought processes, emotions, and other essential body functions including sleep, energy, and fear.

The nervous system can be easily disrupted through a number of factors:

Stress
Poor diet
Toxins
Infections
Genetics

These factors can cause the levels of neurotransmitters to become either too high or too low. Imbalanced neurotransmitter levels can contribute to:

Stress
Low Mood or mood swings
Anxious, irritability, agitation, tension, panic
Difficulty concentrating, focusing or remembering
Sleep disturbances, sleep difficulties
Headaches
Fatigue, lack of energy
Weight issues, food cravings

When any of your neurotransmitters are either too high or too low for optimal balance, you tend to experience life through the lens of the imbalance.

Using the results of your Stress Hormones and Neurotransmitter Profile as a starting point, we can support your body’s natural balance for health and well-being.