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.
Functional Testing Offered by Crossroads To Health
Adrenal Stress Index (saliva) The Adrenal Stress Index assesses how the adrenal glands are dealing stress. The test looks at 4 different cortisol collections spaced throughout the day in addition to DHEA, an adrenal steroid hormone. 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 and making 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 test is excellent for those with chronic health concerns as well as those looking to pinpoint what supplements they really need.
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) Food sensitivity testing can be utilized to help determine which foods one is sensitive to. IGG and IGA antibodies are tested which is more comprehensive than IGG alone.