Functional practitioners adopt a personalised and holistic approach to identifying the root causes of disease, by shifting their focus from symptoms to the underlying cause of illness and diseases. In doing so they analyse in depth an individuals diet, lifestyle and genetic predisposition. From there they are then able to recommend functional tests; such as stools, saliva, urine and blood samples to better understand the patient and their condition.

This new functional diagnosis provides a holistic view of patients overall wellbeing, nutritional biochemistry, gut health, metabolism and lifestyle and dietary factors. An example of the tests that a patient may be recommended to take include:  

Gluten Intolerance and Food Sensitivities 

A number of people have food intolerances or sensitivities without even realising it. The most common food sensitivities include; gluten, dairy, eggs, fructose, caffeine, salicylates, amines, and yeast. Often these symptoms arise in the form of gut inflammation, asthma, diarrhea, headaches, and insomnia. 

To test for these issues, functional medicine practitioners perform a test called an Eliminate and Challenge test, which runs for a period of 21 days. During this time, the individual will eat a highly restrictive diet, removing eggs, nuts, dairy, soy, gluten, plus more. After the 21 days, patients will reintroduce each food group one by one, to determine if any food sensitivities arise. 

Gut Bacteria Test 

This simple, non–invasive, gastrointestinal test detects bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, often referred to as BOSI or SIBO. Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that often underlies chronic gastrointestinal symptoms of maldigestion and malabsorption, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, irregularity, and abdominal pain.

Once bacterial overgrowth has been detected, intervention strategies involving diet, digestive support, probiotics and antimicrobials can be used to treat the condition.

Successful eradication of BOSI has been shown to reduce bloating, gas, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain in patients more effectively than many other treatments for IBS.

The non–invasive, gastrointestinal test detects bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, often referred to as BOSI or SIBO. Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that often underlies chronic gastrointestinal symptoms of maldigestion and malabsorption, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, irregularity, and abdominal pain. Once bacterial overgrowth has been detected, intervention strategies involving diet, digestive support, probiotics and antimicrobials can be used to treat the condition.

Body Composition Test & Analysis 

The human body is composed of four elements – water, protein, mineral and fat. The ratio among these is closely associated with health and can differ greatly according to gender, age, activity levels, nutrition and genetic makeup.

The Body Composition Analysis is a non-invasive measurement that analyses your body composition in terms of total body water, body fat mass, skeletal muscle mass and more. Results can be used to establish your baseline, set realistic goals, identify health risks and personalise your nutrition program to your goals.

Functional Diagnostics is becoming the future to understand our human body and improving our overall health and wellbeing. 

For further information regarding functional diagnostics please refer to our website www.beingwellhc.com.au 

Reference 

Mindd Foundation – https://mindd.org/functional-diagnostics-functional-medicine/, August 2018

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