Functional Lab Tests and Preventative Health Screening

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Mind Body Balances Clinic utilizes many forms of lab testing to ensure a comprehensive evaluation of the patient. This includes blood work to screen for lipid (cholesterol and apolipoprotein) levels, blood sugar utilization, inflammation, anemia, and liver and kidney function.

The following tests below are key functional panels that help fill in the gaps that conventional lab testing fails to uncover. Exploring these areas helps uncover root causes and imbalances in the body. These tests check the function of the individual and help provide a roadmap to health, wellness, and longevity.

All tests can be drop-shipped and performed by the patient in the comfort of their home.

Food Inflammation Test (FIT)

The FIT panel is the most comprehensive food inflammation and sensitivity test on the market. Here is a pdf version of the foods we test. Many labs, such as Everlywell, only test for IgG antibodies. This approach is incomplete and can miss inflammatory foods or report false positive results.

KBMO Diagnostics developed a complete panel that asses for all antibody subtypes; IgG (1-4) and IgA (1-2), along with the C3d. C3d is a unique, stable maker that is part of the innate immune system called the complement cascade. This is important as it helps verify current inflammation and immune system activation.

IgG antibodies help indicate systemic and chronic reactions, while IgA looks at barrier and mucosal regions of the body and tends to be more recent exposures.

Options include 132 or 176 foods tested (both options include the gut barrier panel).

Gut Barrier Panel

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The gut barrier panel includes 8 key antibody levels to asses for leaky gut, candida overgrowth (SIFO), and excess endotoxin levels (LPS). This panel was developed with the help of Dr Alessio Fasano, the doctor who discovered zonulin and a leading expert in leaky gut syndrome.

LPS is a major structural component of the outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria. Elevated levels of antibodies against LPS may be indicative of Leaky Gut Syndrome and other gastrointestinal inflammatory diseases.

Zonulin is a marker of intestinal permeability, otherwise known as leaky gut. If a patient has elevated Zonulin levels, the normal regulation of the tight junctions is compromised. This Zonulin marker is unique to KBMO; please follow the link for more information.

Occludin is a marker of tight junction stabilization and optimal barrier function. Elevated occludin indicates that the tight junctions are breaking down.

Candida is a commensal fungus that everyone has in their microbiome. When the internal environment becomes disrupted, candida can overgrow, contributing to dysbiosis and is a precursor to leaky gut occurrence.

The gut barrier panel can be ordered as a standalone test and is included in both the FIT132 and FIT176 panels.

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Importance of Food Inflammation And Leaky Gut

Increased intestinal permeability can be caused by food allergies, food sensitivities, stress, infections, and low stomach acid, among other causes. Elevated levels of Zonulin are associated with Celiac Disease, and autoimmune diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, in addition to other chronic illnesses.

A healthy gut has healthy cell junctions and good nutrient absorption. However, there is damage in a leaky gut, leading to poor absorption and a poor defense barrier. This means that bacteria and unwanted items such as indigested food proteins LPS can pass through the gut and enter the body.

Brain Health Test

What is your yearly brain report card telling you?

The BrainSpan® test kit is the only FDA-cleared wellness device that combines a blood spot nutritional analysis with an online cognitive test to measure the metrics that matter most for optimizing and protecting the health of your brain.

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Each test kit includes:

  • A dried blood spot collection (utilizing 2-3 drops of blood) from which nutrients such as Vitamin D as well as specific fatty acids such as the Omega-3 Index, Omega-6/3 ratio, and % DHA are measured. The nutrients we measure impact the regenerative, inflammatory, and metabolic health of neurons and other cells.
  • An online, validated cognitive function test provides scores in five domains of cognitive function: memory, processing speed, attention, cognitive flexibility, and executive function.

Once the results are ready, your custom report is created and reviewed with your functional medicine doctor. Diet, lifestyle, and nutritional interventions are discussed and implemented.

It is recommended you retest in 6-months or 12-months.

Track your progress over time with easy-to-interpret graphs comparing past results so you can see how your diet, lifestyle, and nutritional interventions are supporting a life of health & longevity.

Stool Testing

It has been stated for thousands of years that “all disease begins in the gut.” If you are dealing with chronic or reoccurring symptoms, GI symptoms, or autoimmunity, it is imperative a stool evaluation is performed.

Stool testing helps uncover pathogens/infections, inflammation, digestion dysfunction, and fiber imbalances. Stool panels can help the provider differentiate between functional problems such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and IBD (inflammatory Bowel Disease). A review of the microbiome is also included to help identify dysbiosis and provide support for nutritional and dietary therapy interventions.

Stealth pathogens/infections, inflammation, dysbiosis, leaky gut, and poor digestion are correlated with many symptoms and conditions, such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, acid reflux, acne, autoimmunity, hormone imbalances, joint and muscle pain, headaches, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and brain fog.

Hormone Panels

Hormones are powerful chemical messengers and signals that communicate with every cell in the body. Common examples include thyroid, cortisol, estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone.

When hormones are too low or high, this creates imbalances causing signs and symptoms in a person. The list is vast, but some common examples include fatigue, weight gain or difficulty releasing weight, hair loss, headaches, cravings, GI bloating, changes in bowel habits, poor sleep, decreased libido, and joint and muscle pain.

Common conditions, signs, and symptoms that indicate checking hormone levels:

  • PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
  • PMS
  • Heavy periods
  • Menstrual cycles that are too long or too short
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Adrenal Dysfunction
  • Endometrial Polyps

Hormone levels can be tested in blood, saliva, and urine. Below is a brief overview.

Blood levels help assess for total production of a hormone.
Salivary levels tell how much of the free, active hormone is available.
Urine panels look at how the body is metabolizing hormones and can help indicate liver dysfunction, the risk for estrogen cancers, and genetic SNP’s.

During the consultation with your functional medicine doctor, the right lab test or tests will be discussed.

Nutrition Testing

Nutrient testing screens for micronutrient levels can include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids. These panels can help patients understand if their dietary and supplement intakes are adequate or if they need to make modifications. There are also genetic components that can affect how people absorb, transport, convert, or attach to receptors. Gene testing may also help understand if certain nutrients are needed in higher amounts due to genetic alterations. Commonly tested nutrients include vitamin D, B12, folate, magnesium, zinc, iron, and copper.

Micronutrients are important because they run all the biochemical operations in our body and are the building blocks for our cell structures. When just one nutrient is inadequate, it can have implications across multiple systems. Compound multiple deficiencies, and this can be disastrous for optimal health.

Nutrients are commonly tested through blood spots or venipuncture.

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Reveal My DNA (Gene Testing)

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Genetic testing is cutting-edge and provides a blueprint for both the provider and patient to reach optimal health outcomes. The gene sequencing helps uncover biochemical pathways that aren’t working efficiently and allows for more precise interventions, especially with dietary and supplement recommendations and intake levels.

A gene alternation is known as a SNP (single nucleotide polymorphisms). While SNP’s can have an impact on one’s health, there are ways to overcome these through diet and lifestyle choices. The field of epigenetics studies exactly these solutions, and we know that just because we have a detrimental gene pairing (genotype), it doesn’t mean it will be expressed (phenotype). In fact, over 90% of one’s health is determined by lifestyle.

Reveal My DNA’s comprehensive health report is 100+ pages and helps guide people’s health decisions in many areas, such as:

  • The right type of diet
  • Optimal macro and micronutrient levels
  • Detoxification efficacy
  • Mental and cognitive health performance
  • Cardiovascular health and exercise
  • And much more

Since the genotype sequence will never change, this test only needs to be performed once.

One major concern over gene testing is the sale and use of this information. Dr Quintana believes in high standards regarding privacy, and why he chose Reveal My DNA. All genetic test results and personal information are maintained under a strict confidentiality policy. Test results will never be sold to a third party.

Contact Us Today For Testing

Get in touch with us today to schedule your food and health tests. Call us or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you right away.

What is the fee for a consultation?

The fees vary based on the time of consultation. So, if you are looking for a functional medicine facility near you, call Dr. Quintana to find a natural remedies solution for you. Details will be discussed at the end of the Discovery Call.

  • Insurance: Mind Body Balance Clinic is in-network with the following: BCBS PPO and Blue Choice. Co-pays are due at time of consultation.
  • Payment for self-pay & non-covered services are due in full at time of consultation.