Functional Health Testing

Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice

Integrative Medicine Specialists & Naturopathic Physician specialists located in Norwalk, CT

If you are seeking a comprehensive approach to understanding and improving your health, functional health testing may be the solution for you. At Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice in Norwalk, Connecticut, our naturopathic physician Giovanni A. Nelson, ND, provides in-office and at-home functional health testing to address various health conditions. Functional health testing can uncover underlying imbalances, identify nutrient deficiencies, and help tailor a personalized treatment plan. Contact us or schedule a functional health testing consultation online today.

Functional Health Testing Q & A

What is functional health testing?

Functional health testing is a comprehensive approach used in naturopathic medicine to assess and optimize your overall health. By utilizing advanced diagnostic tests, this method helps identify the root causes of health issues, uncovering nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and other underlying conditions. Our skilled naturopathic doctor uses functional health testing to develop personalized treatment plans that enhance wellness and prevent disease.

What conditions can functional health testing address?

Functional health testing, a core component of naturopathic care, provides valuable insights into a variety of health conditions by identifying imbalances and deficiencies. At our practice, our skilled naturopathic doctors use these tests to create targeted treatment plans for:

  • Improving digestive health
  • Balancing hormones
  • Supporting mental health
  • Enhancing immune function
  • Managing chronic fatigue
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Addressing food sensitivities
  • Optimizing metabolic health
  • Promoting overall wellness
  • Improving digestive health
  • Balancing hormones
  • Supporting mental health
  • Managing chronic fatigue
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Addressing food sensitivities
  • Optimizing metabolic health
  • Promoting overall wellness

The team at Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice may incorporate functional health testing alongside other treatments such as nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, and lifestyle modifications to effectively address your unique health needs.

Functional Tests Offered

Organic Acid Testing (OAT)

What is Organic Acid Testing (OAT)?

Organic Acid Testing (OAT) is a comprehensive diagnostic tool used to evaluate metabolic function by measuring organic acids excreted in urine. These acids are byproducts of metabolism and can provide insights into various biochemical pathways in the body, including energy production, neurotransmitter function, and gut health.

Benefits of Organic Acid Testing

  • OAT can detect deficiencies in vitamins and minerals essential for optimal health, such as B vitamins and magnesium.
  • ​The detailed insights from OAT allow for targeted and individualized treatment plans to address specific health concerns effectively.
  • Neurotransmitters can be indirectly analyzed to help determine the root cause of mental health and mood concerns.
  • It provides information on the body’s ability to detoxify and eliminate toxins, which is crucial for maintaining overall health.
  • OAT can identify overgrowth of yeast and bacteria in the gut, which can contribute to symptoms like fatigue, digestive issues, and mood disturbances.
  • This test helps uncover imbalances in energy production, fatty acid metabolism, and carbohydrate metabolism.

Mycotoxins Testing

What is Mycotoxins Testing?

Mycotoxins Testing is a specialized diagnostic tool used to detect the presence of mycotoxins, toxic compounds produced by certain types of mold. These toxins can accumulate in the body and cause a range of health issues, particularly when exposure is chronic or high.

​Benefits of Mycotoxins Testing

  • This test can confirm exposure to harmful mold and mycotoxins, which is essential for diagnosing mold-related illnesses.
  • ​The detailed results from Mycotoxins Testing allow for customized treatment strategies to address and mitigate the effects of mycotoxin exposure effectively.
  • Early detection and treatment of mycotoxin exposure can prevent long-term health complications such as chronic fatigue, cognitive issues, and respiratory problems.
  • By identifying specific mycotoxins, our naturopathic practitioners can develop targeted detoxification protocols to help eliminate these toxins from the body.
  • Mycotoxins Testing helps determine the extent of the impact on various bodily systems, including respiratory, neurological, and immune function.

SIBO Breath Testing

What is SIBO Breath Testing?

SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) Breath Testing is a non-invasive diagnostic tool used to detect the presence of excessive bacteria in the small intestine. The test measures the levels of hydrogen and methane gases produced by these bacteria after consuming a sugar solution.

​Benefits of SIBO Breath Testing

  • This test accurately identifies the presence of bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, which is crucial for proper diagnosis and treatment.
  • By addressing SIBO, patients can experience better nutrient absorption and overall digestive function, leading to enhanced overall health and well-being.
  • Identifying and treating SIBO effectively can help prevent recurrent digestive issues and improve long-term gut health.
  • The results help our naturopathic providers tailor treatment plans, including dietary changes, antibiotics, or herbal antimicrobials, to address the specific type of bacterial overgrowth.
  • SIBO Breath Testing can explain symptoms like bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation, which are commonly associated with IBS.

GI MAP Testing

What is GI MAP Testing?

GI MAP (Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus) Testing is a comprehensive stool analysis that evaluates the health of the gut microbiome. It uses advanced DNA sequencing technology to detect and quantify a wide range of pathogens, beneficial bacteria, and other microorganisms in the digestive tract.

Benefits of GI MAP Testing

  • GI MAP Testing can detect bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections that may be causing digestive symptoms and other health issues.
  • ​By addressing imbalances and infections identified through GI MAP Testing, patients can experience relief from symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain, leading to better digestive health and overall well-being.
  • GI MAP Testing can identify markers of inflammation and intestinal permeability (leaky gut), which are important for diagnosing and managing chronic conditions.
  • The results of GI MAP Testing allow our naturopathic providers to create targeted treatment plans, including probiotics, antimicrobials, and dietary changes, to restore gut health.
  • This test provides detailed information on the balance of beneficial and harmful bacteria in the gut, which is crucial for overall health.

Hormone Testing

What is Hormone Testing?

Hormone Testing is a diagnostic tool used to measure the levels of various hormones in the body, including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, and thyroid hormones. This testing can be performed using blood, saliva, or urine samples to provide a comprehensive view of hormonal health.

Benefits of Hormone Testing

  • Hormone Testing helps detect imbalances that can affect overall health, including issues related to the menstrual cycle, menopause, andropause, and thyroid function.
  • ​Regular hormone testing can help monitor and maintain optimal hormone levels, reducing the risk of chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic disorders.
  • By addressing hormonal imbalances, patients can experience improved mental clarity, emotional stability, energy levels, and physical well-being.
  • The results allow our naturopathic providers to develop personalized treatment plans, which may include hormone replacement therapy, dietary changes, and lifestyle modifications to restore hormonal balance.
  • This testing can explain symptoms such as fatigue, mood swings, weight gain, sleep disturbances, and low libido, which are often linked to hormonal imbalances.

Adrenal Testing

What is Adrenal Testing?

Adrenal Testing is a diagnostic tool used to assess the function of the adrenal glands by measuring levels of cortisol and other adrenal hormones. This testing can be done using saliva, blood, or urine samples to evaluate how well the adrenal glands are responding to stress and maintaining hormonal balance.

Benefits of Adrenal Testing

  • Adrenal Testing helps identify conditions such as adrenal fatigue or adrenal insufficiency, which can affect energy levels, stress response, and overall health.
  • ​Adrenal Testing helps in maintaining the balance of other hormones, such as thyroid and sex hormones, promoting overall hormonal health and well-being.
  • By addressing adrenal dysfunction, patients can experience increased energy, improved sleep quality, and enhanced ability to cope with stress.
  • The results allow our naturopathic providers to develop personalized treatment plans, including lifestyle changes, nutritional support, and stress management techniques to restore adrenal function.
  • This testing can explain symptoms like chronic fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, anxiety, and difficulty handling stress, which are often associated with adrenal imbalances.

What can functional health testing help resolve?

These tests can help identify and resolve issues such as:

  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Metabolic dysfunction
  • Mycotoxin exposure
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Gut dysbiosis and infections
  • Hormonal imbalances

What can I expect during a functional health testing visit?

During a functional health testing visit, you can expect a thorough and personalized approach to your healthcare. Your naturopathic doctor will begin with a detailed discussion about your health history, symptoms, and lifestyle. This initial assessment helps in identifying areas that require further investigation.

Next, the doctor will recommend specific diagnostic tests based on your individual needs. These tests may include blood work, urine analysis, stool collection, breath, or saliva testing to assess various aspects of your health. Once the results are available, the doctor will review them with you and develop a personalized treatment plan to address any identified imbalances or deficiencies.

​After the testing, you will receive detailed recommendations and ongoing support to implement your treatment plan effectively. The doctor will also provide guidance on lifestyle modifications and dietary changes to enhance your overall health and well-being.

What will functional health testing do for my health?

Functional health testing can provide the missing information that could help significantly improve your overall health by identifying and addressing underlying imbalances and deficiencies. You may experience enhanced energy levels, improved digestion, balanced hormones, and better mental clarity as a result of this comprehensive approach. Some patients also notice a reduction in chronic symptoms and an overall boost in their quality of life.

After your functional health testing session, you can continue with your regular activities while incorporating the recommended changes into your lifestyle. However, some people may need to make gradual adjustments based on their specific health needs.

​To determine how functional health testing can benefit your health, please contact Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice or book an appointment online today.



Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice
9 Mott Ave, Suite 203
Second Floor
Norwalk, CT 06850



Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice, Norwalk, CT
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​Address: 9 Mott Avenue, Suite 203, Norwalk, CT 06850