Functional testing is able to determine specific imbalances and root causes of many health concerns. This unique type of testing gives important information not seen on standard blood tests.
Specialized Testing Offered by Crossroads To Health
Adrenal Stress Index (saliva) This test looks at how the adrenal glands are dealing with stress. The testing shows cortisol and DHEA levels throughout the day. This is an excellent test for those with fatigue, sleep disturbances, poor immune function and the inability to lose weight. Cortisol plays an important role in the body and imbalanced levels cause the following:
- The breakdown of muscle tissue leading to a catabolic state. This makes it harder to lose weight.
- Fat storage in the midsection
- Fatigue and the inability to handle stress
- Cravings and mood imbalances
- Imbalanced blood sugar levels
Ogranic Acid Testing (urine) This metabolic test has the ability to look at numerous pathways in the body including B-vitamin status, specific amino acids and neurotransmitters, cellular energy patterns, liver detoxification markers, antioxidant status and bacterial imbalances in the gut. This is an extremely comprehensive and useful test. If I had one test to run-this is it. It is an excellent test for those with chronic health concerns as well as those looking to pinpoint what supplements they really need.
Hormone Testing (saliva) Hormone testing by saliva is considered very accurate and can show imbalances in sex hormones including progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and more. This is the same type of testing used by Christiane Northrup MD, author of The Wisdom of Menopause. Indicated for those dealing with PMS, perimenopause and menopause.
Gastrointestinal Testing (stool) GI testing identifies bacterial, yeast, and parasite infections. It can also show good bacteria levels, inflammation in the colon, the need for pancreatic enzymes, and the ability to break down fats. Recommended for many health concerns including IBS, colitis, digestive difficulties including bloating and gas, skin disorders and more.
Neurotransmitter Testing (urine) This test looks at important neurotransmitters (chemicals that relay signals between nerve cells) including serotonin, dopamine, gaba, epinephrine and more. Neurotransmitters play a vital role in mood disorders including depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Neurotransmitters also impact energy levels, cravings, weight, hormones, and behavior problems such as ADD/ADHD. Neurotransmitters are affected by stress, poor diet, toxic chemicals, infections, and genetics.
Spectracell Micronutrient Testing (blood) This comprehensive micronutrient panel looks at intracellular levels of over 20 micronutrients and antioxidants. Used by integrative practitioners throughout the country, this test looks at a 4-6 month window of what’s happening inside the body. This test is very affordable and accurate.
Allergy Testing (blood) Various allergy tests can be utilized to help determine which foods one is sensitive to. IGG food allergy testing and ALCAT testing are two different options for allergy testing. One looks at delayed antibodies while the alcat test is looking at white blood cells.