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What should you get tested for - food sensitivity, gut microbiome health, or vitamin deficiency?

Getting accurate information about your own individual biology helps you

focus on physiological function as a marker of health, rather than the symptom or condition itself.

Functional testing helps pinpoint the root cause of the symptoms and analyses the deeper imbalances of the body.

Functional tests may use blood, stool, saliva, or urine to identify body systems in need of support.

1. Food Sensitivity Test

What does it test?

This test identifies your food intolerances and foods that cause a level of imbalance in the body - essentially, your individual "trigger foods".

Food sensitivities may be the reason for your symptoms as they can lead to digestive issues, headaches, skin problems, excess weight, water retention, and bloating.

Food sensitivities are also the main cause of symptoms associated with a leaky gut. Food sensitivities create a vicious cycle in that they help maintain the reason for their development (the leaky gut) while being the direct cause of the various symptoms suffered.

It may increase the inflammation of the gastrointestinal lining, increasing permeability and “leakiness”, and as a result, the gut lining is being damaged over time.

Doing a food sensitivity test is often the first step to help you clean out your diet and the starting point of healing your gut.

The most common food sensitivities include lactose intolerance, as well as sensitivities to eggs, other forms of dairy, soy, and gluten.

  • TNC's method of testing: A blood test

2. Nutritional Deficiency and Gut Microbiome

Much of the produce we eat today does indeed contain lower nutrient levels than that from our parents' and grandparents' days. Combine that with the rise of processed and packaged foods that have been a staple for many of our diets and as well as lifestyle demands of today's world and you have a nutritionally imbalanced diet.

The most common nutritional deficiencies include B vitamin deficiencies, as well as deficiencies in iron, vitamin D, and magnesium.

At The Nutrition Clinic, we use this test to analyze a client's comprehensive metabolic health with 76 markers. These are markers not only for vitamin and mineral levels, but oxidative stress and neurotransmitter levels as well.

What else can the test detect?

Metabolic Dysfunctions

If you have a metabolic imbalance and inflammation-related condition, this test can also detect:

  • Insulin resistance

  • Mitochondrial dysfunction

  • Ketosis or poor carbohydrate metabolism

  • Acid/alkaline imbalance