Today I want to talk to you about something I am very passionate about – functional testing – because it holds the key to solving your gut health and fatigue problems and may be the key to staying healthier for longer.

Remember how detectives use clues to solve mysteries? Well, as your nutritional therapist I’m like a health detective, and functional testing is my secret weapon for uncovering the root causes of your health concerns. No more wondering “why” – these tests can help us unlock the “what” and build a personalised plan to help you feel better. There’s something very empowering, too, about having answers in black and white.

If you’re wondering, what exactly is functional testing, let me explain. Simply put, it’s a way to go beyond traditional diagnostics and peek deeper into your body’s inner workings. We can assess things like:

Nutrient deficiencies: Are you missing out on essential vitamins and minerals?

Digestive health: What’s behind your bloating or other digestive issues?

Food sensitivities: Is that afternoon fatigue or headache linked to hidden intolerances?

Inflammation levels: Is chronic inflammation silently impacting your wellbeing?

Parasites/fungal infections and toxins: are these the reason you have digestive issues and low energy?

By understanding these deeper factors, we can create a roadmap to address them, not just manage symptoms. There’s so much information available to us as practitioners these days, all of which enables me to provide a bespoke programme for my clients because I truly understand their health.

Sadly, many of the tests I run are not available on the NHS, which means that to access the information, you have to pay. Since you are reading this blog, I know how much you care about your health and it might be worth thinking about.

So, let’s talk about why functional tests are a good investment for your health

Here are 5 compelling reasons:

Personalised approach: Nutrition coaching is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Tests uncover your unique needs, leading to targeted nutrition, lifestyle, and supplement plans for optimal results.

Identify the root cause: Stop chasing symptoms and uncover the origin of the problem so you can address the underlying imbalances for long-term solutions.

Empowerment & knowledge: There are few things more empowering than gaining valuable insights into your body and taking full control of your health journey.

Preventative action: Functional testing can detect imbalances before they manifest as symptoms, empowering you to take proactive steps towards maintaining optimal health – and preventing future health concerns.

Improved wellbeing: How do you know you are getting all the essential nutrients your body needs? Testing can assess your nutrient status, and addressing imbalances can lead to increased energy, reduced symptoms, and overall better health. For some tests, we don’t just test once. Repeat testing can see how well you are progressing.

Ready to unlock your health potential? Let’s talk! I’m here to answer any questions and guide you through the process of functional testing.