Functional Lab Testing


As a functional medicine practice, we see clients that just feel “not quite right” – and there is usually not one dominant symptom that points us in the right direction. Examples can range from chronic bloating, unexplained headaches or migraines, chronic fatigue, insomnia, to any number of vague symptoms.

Beyond exploring possible lifestyle factors to identify the root cause of chronic dis-ease or wellness challenges, as a lab-based and data-based practice (what we can't measure - we can't manage) we use advanced functional medicine lab testing that provides valuable information about health at the cellular level.

Functional test results along with symptoms, client history and genetics, guide our recommendations– allowing us to craft a unique approach to your stage of life, environment, genetics, and biochemistry.

Functional lab testing

Examples of labs we run at Metabolix Health

PCR Gut Testing

The FDA-approved GI-MAP test by Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory was designed to detect intestinal microbes that may be disturbing normal microbial balance or contributing to illness. The test is also an important indicator of digestion, absorption, inflammation, and immune function. It includes analytes that can assess SIBO, pathogens such as crypto, h pylori, giardia, e Coli, parasites, bile flow, pancreatic output, autoimmune triggers, dysbiosis, and commensal bacteria.

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Metabolomics

The ION® (Individual Optimal Nutrition) Profile nutritional analysis evaluates 150 key biomarkers and ratios. The ION measures organic acids, fat-soluble vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, homocysteine, oxidative stress markers, nutrient and toxic elements, fatty acids, and amino acids in blood plasma and urine. It is the most comprehensive analysis of cellular metabolism and mitochondrial function. Are you peroxidizing your lipids?  Are you catabolic? We specialize in this type of testing and analysis.

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Stress & Hormone Labs

DUTCH offers the most extensive profile of sex and adrenal hormones along with their metabolites. Additionally, the daily (diurnal) pattern of free cortisol is included, along with melatonin (6-OHMS), 8-OHdG, and six organic acids. This unique combination of clinical information is not available by any other method. Blood testing of hormones is the most common, and it's a good test for reproductive hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Standard hormone testing  does not reveal this depth of information. 

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