Susan has been formally trained in functional nutritional testing as a way of uncovering the root cause of an illness or condition. Functional nutritional testing seeks to discover the reasons “why” behind a certain symptom. This allows therapeutic strategies to be more concise and accurate. Functional nutrition testing can also help in prevention of disease by:

Bioimpedance Analysis

Is a measurement of your body composition, or the ratio of your body fat to your lean muscle mass, and overall cellular health and function. Health and well-being are closely tied to the health of the body’s fat-free mass and body cell mass compartments. Excess body fat can greatly increase your health risks. Conversely, a higher ratio of muscle increases your metabolism. By evaluating body cell compartments, the BIA can also determine energy expenditure, cellular hydration and metabolic response to physiologic stress.

Applications

  • Acute/Chronic Disease
  • Athletic Performance
  • Eating Disorders
  • Geriatrics
  • Lifestyle Assessment
  • Obesity

Digestive Stool Analysis

A stool analysis is a series of tests done on a stool sample to help diagnose certain conditions affecting the digestive tract. It can effectively identify an intestinal infection/parasite or yeast overgrowth for precise treatment. It can also uncover food intolerances and inflammation in the gut.

Clinical indications for GI testing:

  • Burping, Gas, Bloating o Heartburn, Indigestion, Reflux
  • Constipation, Loose Stool/Diarrhea
  • Sudden Changes in Bowel Habits
  • Excessive Eating or Anorexia
  • Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia

Common causes of GI symptoms

  • Stress, Physical and Emotional
  • Intestinal Infections/Parasites/Yeast Overgrowth
  • Normal Flora Imbalances
  • Dietary Intolerances and Allergies
  • Inflammation
  • Overeating
  • Insufficient Protein
  • Excessive Carbohydrates
  • Aging
  • Enzyme Insufficiency
  • Pharmacological Factors

Food Intolerance Testing

A food intolerance is a diagnostic test used to determine a food hypersensitivity or intolerance to a certain food. A hypersensitivity or intolerance can cause inflammation and chronic activation of the immune system resulting in a multitude of symptoms. In the food intolerance test a food allergen is mixed with the patient’s blood, incubated and observed under a microscope. In the presence of allergenic foods, the red cells, white cells and platelets show toxic effects and the white cells become immobile and die. With nonallergenic foods, the red cells, white cells and platelets remain healthy.

Common symptoms of a food intolerance:

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Brain Fog, Insomnia, Sleepiness After Eating
  • Recurrent Sinusitis or Nasal Congestion
  • Gastrointestinal Bloating, Gas, Pain, Constipation, Diarrhea
  • Skin Rashes
  • Fatigue or Hyperactivity
  • Muscular Skeletal and/or Joint Pain
  • Binge Eating or Excessive Hunger

Hair Analysis

A hair analysis is a tissue mineral analysis, which is a test that measures the mineral content of your hair. The mineral content of the hair can reflect the mineral content found in the body’s tissues. If a mineral deficiency or excess exists in the hair, it usually indicates a mineral deficiency or excess within the body. Minerals are the “sparkplugs” of life. They are involved in almost all enzyme reactions within the body. A mineral analysis is preventive as well as being useful as a screening tool.

Common Causes of a mineral imbalance

  • Improper Diet- such as excessive intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars, strict vegetarian diets or other exclusive diets
  • Taking Vitamins and Minerals- which are not compatible with your current body chemistry
  • Medications
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Stress
  • Accumulation of Toxic Metals- from the environment, job or hobby
  • Almost all conditions can be aggravated by a mineral imbalance but following are seen most frequently
  • Depression
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hyperactivity
  • Headaches
  • Anemia
  • Thyroid Disturbances
  • Digestive Disturbances
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Skin rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia

Metabolic Profile Testing

This test is used to evaluate an individual’s complete nutritional and metabolic health. It provides information through a combination of organic acid, lipid peroxide, fatty acid, and IgG food antibody testing enabling the practitioner to develop targeted nutritional interventions.

Specifically looks at

  • Deficiencies in Vitamin B, CoQ10, Carnitine and Lipoic Acid
  • Bacterial Dysbiosis
  • Neurotransmitter Metabolism
  • Cellular Energy Production
  • Detoxification Ability
  • Oxidative Stress and Antioxidant Sufficiency
  • Ratio of Omega Fatty Acids
  • Food Intolerances

Clinical indications for testing

  • Inability to Lose Weight
  • Fatigue, Lack of Vitality
  • Cognitive Decline/Lack of Concentration and Memory
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Mood Imbalances/Anxiety or Panic Attacks/Mild Depression
  • Insomnia/Sleep Disturbances
  • Increased Risk for Chronic Diseases
  • Premature Aging
  • Skin Disorders
  • Chronic Inflammation

Benefits of Metabolic Profile Testing

  • By evaluating an individualized metabolic process at the cellular level, it helps to uncover specific nutritional deficiencies that may be contributing to symptoms and disease.

Metabolic Typing

Metabolic typing is a process in which an individual can determine his or her individual metabolic type. Unlike other diets that recommend the same plan for everyone, the metabolic typing diet recognizes we are all individuals with different metabolisms. As our metabolisms differ, so should our diets.

The metabolic typing theory may help to explain why some people do better on a high protein, low carbohydrate diet, while others do better on a high carbohydrate diet.

Metabolic typing is done through an online questionnaire that will determine your Metabolic Type as well as your specific diet plan and supplement recommendations.

The benefits of Metabolic Typing may be:

  • Controlling Cravings
  • Eliminating Hunger Between Meals
  • Increasing Physical Energy
  • Eradicating Mood Swings
  • Increasing your Sense of Well-Being

Saliva Testing

Saliva is an extracellular fluid that contains various kinds of antibodies and free hormones.

Saliva testing measures free, or physiologically active, hormone levels which provides an accurate assessment of hormonal activity.

Saliva can be used to accurately measure the following hormones:

  • Cortisol
  • DHEA
  • Estrogen
  • ProgesteroTestosterone
  • Dihydrotestosterone
  • Aldosterone
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone

Luteinizing Hormone Saliva testing can help address the following conditions:

  • Adrenal Stress and Fatique
  • Female Hormone Issues
  • PMS Cycling in Women
  • Endrometriosis
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Menstrual Pain and Cramps
  • Infertility
  • Estrogen Dominance
  • Periomenopause
  • Male Hormonal Issues
  • Andropause (Male Menopause)