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  • Writer's pictureNatalia. Integrative and Functional Medicine Nutritionist

The Power of Functional Testing: Get Clarity, Certainty and Accurate Results.

So, I want to tell you a story. Imagine that for eighteen years you are constantly suffering. Picture waking up everyday with health issues like bloating, gas and diarrhea, and that the pain is so much that you are just exhausted from dealing with it and have no energy to do anything else or to just live your life

You go from doctor to doctor, and countless specialists, just to be told that there is nothing wrong with you. That it must all be in your head… that there’s nothing showing up in the tests so maybe you just need anti-depressants. But you know you don’t feel like yourself, you know there’s something wrong and that your gaining weight is due to something going on in your body, yet no one doctor can find the cause of the problem…

“It seemed none of the doctors really listened to what I was telling them and would just give me medications which only made it worse. Finally, they told me it was my gallbladder. I had it removed in March 2021 and guess what... it wasn’t my gallbladder.”

It turns out that sometimes all you need is to find someone that hears your concerns, asks about your experience, and truly sees you and your body in a holistic way. 

This is what happened to my client Elaine. She struggled for so long, and the one thing nobody did was to check what she was eating! After a Functional Nutrition Coaching session and Functional Testing, the root cause of her problems were finally revealed!

In the world of health and wellness, understanding the root cause of your symptoms is key to achieving lasting vitality and well-being. While traditional approaches often focus on managing symptoms, Functional Nutrition takes a deeper dive into uncovering the underlying issues that may be contributing to your health concerns.

At the heart of Functional Nutrition lies the power of functional testing. Unlike conventional lab tests, which may only provide a snapshot of your current health status, functional testing offers a comprehensive view of your body's inner workings, allowing for a more targeted and personalized approach to treatment.

So, what exactly is functional testing, and why is it so important?

Functional testing examines various aspects of your health, including hormone levels, gut health, nutrient status, genetics, toxins and more. By analyzing these key markers, functional tests can reveal hidden imbalances, deficiencies, and dysfunctions that may be at the root of your health issues.

For example, if you're experiencing chronic fatigue, functional testing can help identify underlying factors such as adrenal fatigue, thyroid dysfunction, or nutrient deficiencies. Armed with this information, we can develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to address your specific needs.

“Natalia ordered a stool sample test and upon receiving the results found that I had SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth) and started me on supplements from CellCore and Wellevate. As I began Phase One of the supplements I began to feel even better. The pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea were almost nonexistent.
My energy level increased dramatically and allowed me to finally start exercising again. I can’t thank Natalia enough for listening to me, educating me, and recognizing what my symptoms were.”

Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, functional testing allows for targeted interventions that address the root cause of your symptoms. In the case of Elaine, it allows us to start a tailored food plan, supplement protocol and heal her gut. Now, finally, after 18 years, she’s finally feeling better.

In addition to guiding treatment plans, functional testing can also serve as a powerful tool for tracking progress and monitoring improvements over time. By regularly assessing key markers of health, you and your healthcare practitioner can track the effectiveness of your treatment plan and make adjustments as needed. So people like Elaine are able to stay on track and monitor their health in an effective and transparent way. 

In conclusion, functional testing plays a crucial role in identifying the root causes of health issues and guiding personalized treatment plans. By uncovering hidden imbalances and dysfunctions, functional testing empowers individuals to take control of their health and embark on a journey towards optimal well-being.

Stay tuned for our next blog post, where we'll delve deeper into the world of Functional Nutrition and explore how personalized approaches can transform your health from the inside out.

Until next time, here's to unlocking the secrets to optimal health!

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