Nutrition Testing

The fastest way to relieve your pain – for good

You know you have a problem in your body (you’re reminded of it every day), but you don’t know why. And without understanding why, how can you know what treatment to take? The simple answer is, you can’t.

Enter, testing.

A functional nutrition lab test is the fastest way to get a clear picture of what is happening in your body and why you’re experiencing pain or discomfort. This enables us to eliminate guesswork and go straight to the root cause. No more “try this and come back in 6 weeks if it doesn’t work”. With the detailed test results, we’ll be able to create a personalized treatment plan that relieves your pain – for good.

Below, you’ll find details of some of the functional nutrition lab tests I can do to discover exactly what your body needs in order to feel better, fast.

Here are a few (this list is not comprehensive) of the most useful tests Health Takes Guts, Inc. offers:

Organic Acids Testing

This urine test measures how your body is operating on many levels. It can give us insight into whether your body is getting and using nutrients, meeting detoxification demands, and the state of your metabolism of carbs, protein and fat. It can also tell us about your neurotransmitter activity and your intestinal health. It is very specific for Candida and Clostridia overgrowth in the gut.

Micronutrient Testing

Vibrant Wellness’ Micronutrient tests intra- (in your cells) and extracellularly (in your blood) to identify both deficiencies and high levels of 32 different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids and amino acids. Extracellular testing gives us a picture of your current diet while intracellular testing shows us your nutritional status over a 4-6 month time frame, giving us a thorough understanding of your nutritional requirements. This allows us to personalize your diet and supplement intake. For this test, a phlebotomist will come to your home to do a blood draw.

Leaky gut and ultimate gluten sensitivity tests

Vibrant Wellness’ Wheat Zoomer tests for gluten and wheat sensitivities. It detects antibodies to wheat peptides for both gluten and non-gluten components, which can tell us about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy, dermatitis/eczema and more. It also tests for 8 markers of intestinal permeability. Having this information allow us to manage the inflammatory effects of these sensitivities.

IBS Sure

Vibrant Wellness’ IBS Sure determines if you have IBS-D associated with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) with a serum test. This helps us to identify the pathophysiological reason behind your IBS so we can properly treat your symptoms.

Genetic Testing

A variety of genetic information can be gathered from a saliva or blood test. I offer genome testing thru several companies. A couple of examples are: Genomic Solutions Now or Nutrigenomix.

Another option is 23andme  After getting your genome mapped in this saliva test, you will receive raw data from 23andme. I can not only interpret that data but also translate that information into targeted solutions. The ultimate in personalized medicine.


Weight loss in your genes

Genetic Direction has a genetic test that identifies your genetic makeup around weight loss and exercise. Our genes can tell us a lot about how our bodies process food. From the results of this test, we can create a more targeted and unique-to-you diet and exercise recommendations.

Cardiometabolic Testing

This blood test is not like your ordinary cholesterol test. This measures all varieties of cholesterol, their size and density. The size and density of LDL cholesterol is a crucial clue as to whether they are dangerous or not. This test also measures your metabolism and key markers of blood sugar control to assess for Diabetes risk, as well as essential fatty acids. This blood test has many more data points than anything you can get at the conventional doctor.

Comprehensive Stool Tests

Vibrant Wellness’ Gut Zoomer is a stool collection kit that tests for more than 100 types of bacteria, yeast overgrowth and intestinal parasites, letting us know if you have an imbalance in your gut microbiome. This test is unique in that it tests for beneficial microbes as well, so we can discover if you have enough of those. Once we know of any imbalance, we can customize your treatment to rebalance the microbiome and relieve you of any related symptoms.

Great Plains Labs: This stool test analyzes for 73 species of harmful bacteria and 6 species of good, 48 species of yeast and fungus, and 22 parasites. It also assesses the which herbal treatment these pathogens are sensitive to; allowing for faster and more successful treatment. Other markers of inflammation and intestinal health are evaluated as well.

Hormone Testing:

There are tests to assess your stress hormones (adrenal), thyroid hormones, and sex hormones. This can be helpful in determining the root cause of your symptoms and proper treatment. The adrenal test, in particular, is very helpful and not something that can be done through a conventional doctor. The level of your hormone cortisol is measured through saliva, at 4 time through the day. From this fatigue can be explained and resolved with diet, lifestyle and targeted supplementation.

Toxic Exposure Tests:

General toxin exposure

The Great Plains Laboratory Toxic Non-Metal Chemical Profile is a urine test that screens for 172 different toxic chemicals. Environmental toxins are linked to chronic disease so having this profile allows us to identify these toxins and eliminate them via supplementation, preventing chronic disease.


The Great Plains Laboratory Glyphosate Test is a urine test that identified if you have glyphosate in your system, a broad-spectrum herbicide used in over 700 different products. Glyphosate is linked to many chronic health problems by disrupting the microbiome and allowing pathogenic bacteria to flourish. Once detected, we can determine the source and prevent future exposure.

Metals Hair Test

The Great Plains Laboratory Metals Hair Test checks for exposure to toxic metals. Hair element levels are not regulation by homeostasis, so high levels of toxicity can appear in the hair prior to any visible symptoms of any physiological issues. Toxic elements are likely to be 200-300 times more concentrated in hair than blood or urine. Once we know the toxicity levels, we can work to eliminate these metals from your body.

Food Sensitivity Testing:

Irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, fibromyalgia, reflux, chronic fatigue, skin conditions, joint pain, autism and ADHD are often directly related to reactions to the foods we eat. Each of us has a unique immune system, so what is healthy for one person would be inflammatory to another. If some food or ingredient is causing your body inflammation, symptoms and illness, you need to know. Medications and other treatments won’t help if the root cause isn’t addressed. Think of your inflammation as a fire, and the food you are eating is fueling it. You can throw all the water on it you want, but the fire will still be lit again and again if your diet doesn’t change. A general anti-inflammatory diet includes things like lemons and olives. But in certain individuals, those foods actually cause inflammation.

There are two kinds of food sensitivity testing that I offer:


Food sensitivities are your body’s immune response to certain foods. Vibrant Wellness’ Food Sensitivity test checks for IgG and IgA antibodies to 96 different foods across all food groups. IgG antibodies indicate mucosal damage while IgA antibodies protect against this damage. Once we know which foods you are reacting to, we can customize your nutritional plan to heal your intestinal lining, relieve any related symptoms and lessen your immune response. For this test, a phlebotomist will come to your home to do a blood draw.


Oxford Biomedical Technologies uses a Mediator Release Test to accurately identify sensitivities to foods and food chemicals. The results are very comprehensive and you need guidance on the best way to use them to see the most change.  Therefore, you will work with a LEAP dietitian (me) to change your diet to improve your health through a personalized anti-inflammatory diet.

For questions and more information about Nutrition Testing, please contact Dianne.

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