Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® is a science-based holistic approach to investigating and identifying the root cause of your health problems. Imbalances in your body can lead to symptoms such as digestive complaints, fatigue and weight issues. As a therapeutic partnership between client and practitioner, it is an evolution in the practice of nutrition that better addresses the health needs of our modern society.
A functional nutrition approach addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. It uses individualised lab testing, completed in the comfort of your own home, to identify healing opportunities within the hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification and intestinal barrier systems. In order to restore balance to the systems of the body, Functional Nutrition uses a combination of interventions including therapeutic diets, sleep hygeine, exercise recommendations, stress reduction strategies and supplementation protocols.
If you’re keen to understand Functional Nutrition and how it works, or you want to explain it to family and friends, use the diagrams below. They illustrate the connection between stressors, imbalances in the systems of the body, and the development of symptoms.
The goal of Functional Nutrition is to help you rebuild your health through a personalised treatment protocol that addresses diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction and supplementation (D.R.E.S.S.). You will learn a model of self-care that empowers you to take control of your health, naturally.
Internal (biochemical) stressors can be found in the hormone, immunity, digestion, detoxification and intestinal barrier systems.
When these systems are constantly stressed out or imbalanced, symptoms begin to develop. The nature and location of symptoms can seem far removed from the source of their underlying dysfunction. For example; while digestive system dysfunction is commonly associated with bloating, gas and constipation, it may also show up as bad skin, brain fog or headaches for some people.
It is also important to understand that imbalance in one system can lead to many symptoms that might initially seem unrelated. Here is a list of common symptoms associated with the imbalances we work to restore:
If you experience more than one of the above, you are in the right place and I encourage you to get in touch. I know we can work together to begin healing your body.
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An overview of the most common tests I recommend is listed below. Lab fees are paid directly to NutriPATH Integrative Pathology Services. My consulting fees are separate.
This stool test is a comprehensive assessment of the microbiological environment of the gut. It reports on pathogenic (parasites, bacteria and yeast/fungus) and imbalanced colonising organisms, as well as identifying the levels of beneficial flora. Identification of pathogens is strongly associated with IBS, diarrhea, constipation, gas and bloating, abdominal pain, chronic fatigue, skin irritations, and recent overseas travel.
Both tests are used to screen for specific foods that cause an immune reaction in the body. These foods can be hard to identify without testing because of the time between consumption and the physical reaction. Generally, an IgG reaction occurs hours to days after exposure to food antigens. Symptoms commonly associated with food sensitivities are IBS symptoms, headaches, brain fog, fatigue and skin conditions such as eczema.
These tests are a useful guide to structure an anti-inflammatory diet. When preparing for these tests, it is recommended to eat a large variety of foods in the two weeks prior to testing. Include as many of the foods that are being tested in the specific panel you have chosen. Note: If you choose to complete the ALCAT Intolerance Test you will have to go to a Phlebotomist to have three vials of blood taken and arrange same-day collection yourself through TNT. The IgG Allergy Panel is a simple dry blood spot using a finger prick.
This urine test assesses lactulose and mannitol recovery and can be used to monitor improvements or deterioration in intestinal permeability. This test helps us assess for leaky gut and can also help identify malabsorption that leads to symptoms such as food sensitivities, fatigue, gut dysbiosis, IBS and IBD.
This saliva test evaluates the impact of chronic stress on the body by measuring levels of key hormones; cortisol, DHEA, estrogens, progesterone, testosterone and melatonin. Imbalances are commonly associated with anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, obesity, cravings, insomnia and difficulty concentrating.
This saliva and urine test looks at both phase 1 and phase 2 liver functioning by assessing certain metabolites in salivary and urinary specimens. When the function of the liver is not optimal, toxins can build up and poison the body. Liver detoxification issues are usually associated with skin conditions, chronic fatigue, food intolerances, headaches, multiple chemical sensitivities, hormonal imbalances and a history of medication or drug use.
This breath test utilises lactulose as the test substance and collects 10 breath samples over 3 hours. It is used to detect elevations above normal for hydrogen and/or methane gas, indicating the presence of SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). SIBO is highly correlated with bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhoea, as well as brain symptoms such as low mood and anxiety.