Functional Testing

During your consultation, we will assess the need for further testing and if this may be useful in getting a better look at the whole picture in terms of your health and treatment. Further testing is not compulsory and in many cases is not necessary. If you have a particular interest in certain testing we can discuss this during your first consultation.

Some of the common functional tests include:

Zinc Levels

This is often done by blood pathology, however we can also perform an in-house 5 minute oral taste test which can determine an approximate gauge of your Zinc levels. The results are immediate and costs $5.00

Determining zinc levels may be useful when looking at the functioning of the immune system.

Salivary Hormone Testing

Our fast paced modern lifestyles mean that most people experience stress  in their lives. Stressors may be emotional (e.g. relationships, financial), or they can be physical (e.g. lack of sleep, over consumption of caffeine, chronic pain). When stress is continuous and without adequate recovery it can lead to elevations in adrenal hormone levels, leading to disorders ranging from anxiety to infertility.

Over time, continuous stress can impair the body’s normal response to stressors, reducing adrenal hormone output and resulting in adrenal insufficiency, also known as “adrenal burnout” or “adrenal fatigue.” Testing salivary cortisol can give an indication of the degree of adrenal dysfunction someone is experiencing.

Symptoms of adrenal dysfunction include:

  • Morning and/or evening fatigue
  • Allergies
  • Increased susceptibility to infection
  • Insomnia
  • Poor recovery from exercise
  • Apathy
  • Chemical sensitivity
  • Depressed mood
  • Unstable blood sugar
  • Low sex drive
  • “Burned out” feeling