Functional Medicine Testing in Europe

Functional Medicine Testing in Europe and UK

There are health issues that are easy to diagnose and treat. Going through a series of tests usually allows doctors to pinpoint them, make a final diagnosis, and suggest a treatment plan

Unfortunately, some health problems are more complicated than that. If you've been battling fatigue even after getting lots of sleep or chronic pain without obvious reasons, you'd know what that means.

Often with chronic health issues all the standard labs come back looking normal, yet you feel far from normal.

Functional medicine has been popular in the U.S for a while now, and now it is possible to get Functional Medicine testing in Europe and the U.K using the major lab testing companies in the United States.

What Is Functional Medicine Testing?

Functional pathology testing checks a person's nutritional, biochemical, metabolic and hormone levels that regular pathology testing is unable to measure. 

This makes it easier to identify health imbalances even before they become serious health issues. In comparison, conventional methods typically look for diseases after they have already happened.

Functional medicine looks for the root cause of a problem and then uses diet, lifestyle and nutritional medicine to bring the body back into balance. Depending on the situation short term medication may still be needed but the aim is for this to be only a short term intervention.

Functional Medicine Testing In Europe 

mentioned earlier, functional medicine testing is quite different from the conventional tests you can get these days. Instead of focusing on just the symptoms, the tests determine the different root causes that are responsible for your set of symptoms.

Remember, your body is made up of different systems. They generally interact with one another which means that they could be responsible for the way you feel overall.

GI Map Test Europe

H.pylori and the virulence factors on the GI Map test

The Diagnostic Solutions Lab GI Map test assesses H.pylori, the virulence factors plus whether you have genes showing antibiotic resistance to the Helicobacter pylori bacteria

Your gut plays a huge role in your overall health. An imbalance in your gut flora can manifest in several symptoms, such as bloating, abdominal discomfort, and even weight gain.

The GI Map test checks for the presence of parasitic pathogens as well as dysbiotic bacteria and viruses. It also tests for H. Pylori and your normal gut flora. 

It can even let you know if you have a leaky gut, a condition that makes your body extra sensitive to certain foods due to increased permeability in your gut lining.

Other important intestinal markers measure digestive enzymes, detoxification, gluten sensitivity and inflammation.

The GI Map test is quite easy to do. In fact, you can do it by yourself in the comfort of your home. All you need to do is send a stool sample to the lab using the express post kit you'll get when you order the test. Once your results are back, you have the option of scheduling a one-on-one consultation and a customized plan to heal your gut.

Watch the video below for a full overview of everything that is tested with the GI Map stool test.

DUTCH Hormone Test Europe

The Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones (commonly called the DUTCH test) is a test to assess the sex hormones and adrenal function in a lot more detail than a blood test. 

It tests the following:

  • Melatonin
  • Cortisol
  • Estrogen levels
  • Estrogen detoxification
  • Cortisone
  • Testosterone
  • Progesterone
  • DHEA
  • 10 Organic Acid Markers
functional medicine testing in Europe with DUTCH test

Now, why is this test important?

Hormone blood tests can measure the levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Blood tests cannot measure how these hormones are getting metabolized, and this is important, for example, if you are trying to assess why someone may have estrogen dominance. 

A saliva test can measure the free cortisol levels throughout the day, but it cannot measure total cortisol production; the DUTCH test can measure both, which is important when determining the best way to treat.

The DUTCH test is FDA-approved and scientifically validated for its accuracy. When you receive the kit, you’ll get urine test strips. You dip them in your urine, dry them off, and send them back to the lab in the included express post pak.

The DUTCH test now measures 10 organic acid markers

  • MMA which is the best way to assess B12 at a cellular level
  • Xanthurenate and Kynurenate to assess B6 levels (and neuroinflammation which is important for anxiety and depression)
  • Pyroglutamic acid to assess glutathione levels
  • Biotin test
  • Indican for gut dysbiosis
  • Homovanillate a dopamine metabolite
  • Vanilmandelate a norepinephrine/ epinephrine metabolite
  • Quinolinate a neuroinflammation marker (also important for anxiety and depression)
  • Melatonin
  • Oxidative stress/ DNA damage

Order below with or without a consultation
(you can also pay for a consultation once your results are ready)

BESTSELLER!
DUTCH Complete

$

395

If you just want to order the DUTCH Complete hormone test, this is the option for you.

  • Comprehensive Sex Hormones
  • Sex Hormone Metabolites
  • Adrenal Hormones including total and free cortisol
  •  10 Organic Acid Markers
POPULAR!
DUTCH Plus

$

495

If you want to measure hormones, their metabolites and cortisol awakening response (CAR), this is the option for you.

  • Comprehensive Sex Hormones
  • Sex Hormone Metabolites
  • Adrenal Hormones including total and free cortisol
  • 10 Organic Acid Markers
  • Cortisol Awakening Response 
DUTCH Cycle Mapping

from $

595

For women only - to track estrogen and progesterone levels throughout the cycle.

Includes DUTCH plus or DUTCH complete

  • See the fluctuations in hormones 
  • Helps to understand fertility issues
  • Can pinpoint PMS or PMDD problems
  • Know when in your cycle you are estrogen dominant
  • Option to include consultation 
BESTSELLER!
DUTCH Complete

$

495

If you just want to order the DUTCH Complete hormone test, this is the option for you.

  • Comprehensive Sex Hormones
  • Sex Hormone Metabolites
  • Adrenal Hormones
  • 8 Organic Acid Markers
  • A One-Hour Consultation
  • Treatment Plan and Written Report
POPULAR!
DUTCH Plus

$

595

If you want to measure hormones, their metabolites and cortisol awakening response (CAR), this is the option for you.

  • Comprehensive Sex Hormones
  • Sex Hormone Metabolites
  • Adrenal Hormones
  • 8 Organic Acid Markers
  • Cortisol Awakening Response
  • A One-Hour Consultation
  • Treatment Plan and Written Report
DUTCH Cycle Mapping

from $

695

For women only - to track estrogen and progesterone levels throughout the cycle

Includes DUTCH plus or DUTCH complete

  • See the fluctuations in hormones 
  • Helps to understand fertility issues
  • Can pinpoint PMS or PMDD problems
  • Know when in your cycle you are estrogen dominant
  • Option to include consultation 

OAT Test Europe
The Organic Acid Test checks the organic acids that go out of your body through your urine. These organic acids are the byproducts of metabolism or the sum of the chemical reactions in your body as it builds new molecules and breaks down old ones.

These happen as your body produces energy and eliminates waste.

Oat test sample report.

Oat test sample report.

It's able to give a clear picture of your overall health as it provides the widest range of metabolic markers out of any test.

The OAT Test evaluates 

  • your bacteria and intestinal yeast metabolites. Having too many of these microorganisms can cause several issues like fatigue, impaired immune function, hyperactivity, and behavioral disorders.
  • Mitochondrial function
  • Fatty acid metabolism
  • Neurotransmitter metabolites
  • Nutritional markers
  • Detox pathways

The test requires your first-morning routine urine sample to be collected. It's recommended that you don't eat or drink first before collecting your specimen.

Around two days before giving your sample, there are a couple of food items you should avoid as these foods can influence a couple of markers on the test. Your test kit will come with full instructions and return express shipping back to the lab.

Mycotoxin Test Europe

Mycotoxin Test Sample result.

Mycotoxin Test Sample result.

This test checks not just for fungal toxins but your mycotoxin exposure too. 

Exposure to mycotoxins can lead to several health issues, ranging from acute poisoning to immune deficiency. If exposed to them for quite a long time, you may even develop cancer.

This test is highly recommended for people who frequently develop respiratory problems, rashes, neurological problems and fatigue. It checks your exposure to about 11 different mycotoxins as well as the 40 different species of mold.

SIBO Test Europe

You can order a SIBO breath test to assess small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and this is a one off test that you do at home before shipping the samples back to the lab.

However, I recommend purchasing a FOOD Marble test kit, that way you can have your own SIBO testing device and can do unlimited tests - this way you can retest after treatment to assess your progress.

The Food Marble test is also a good way of assessing how you react to individual foods by measuring the methane and hydrogen gases that are produced by bacteria after eating.

The Food Marble is ideal for anyone whose main symptoms are bloating, gas and other IBS symptoms.

If you order the Food Marble device through Planet Naturopath you will get a 15% discount, plus you will be added to our clinician dashboard so we can help you assess the results, and if needed help with a treatment plan.

To get a Food Marble device contact support@planetnaturopath.com with your Full Name, Email Address and Location and we will organize a link so you can order the device with the 15% discount.

Foodmarble digestive tracker.

SelfDecode Test

Your eating habits and lifestyle aren't the only things that can affect your health. Even your genes matter.

SelfDecode is a DNA test that checks how your genes affect several areas of your health. With it, you'll be able to receive personalized health suggestions and recommendations.

selfdecode dna test

For one, getting the test can guide you on picking the best diet and supplements to solve existing health issues. It can also let you know if you are susceptible to specific nutrient deficiencies as well as the best foods for you to eat to gain optimum health.

SelfDecode will also assess for thousands of genes including MTHFR, APOE, COMT and any other genes that you may have read about

In Conclusion

Functional Medicine Testing focuses on identifying diseases and potential health problems before they even begin to manifest. It can also give you suggestions and recommendations to manage and treat existing signs and symptoms.

All of these tests can be done at home. You just need to send your samples to the lab and you'll receive your results after a couple of weeks. 

All consultations are done via video, usually Zoom to explain the results and work out a treatment plan. You will be emailed a summary of the consultation and the results.

If you have already done the testing and would like a consultation to help you understand the results and get a personalized treatment plan you can schedule a consultation with the link below.

Contact Us if you have any questions.

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