Labs Q & A
What is an in-house laboratory?
The in-house laboratory at Revitalize Functional Medicine provides its specialists with a way to get comprehensive information about your health and your body’s current state of functioning. They take blood samples and assess them using state-of-the-art equipment. They use their findings to form accurate diagnoses and to plan effective, personalized treatments.
Because the laboratory is conveniently located in the office at Revitalize Functional Medicine, you won’t have to wait long for the results of your tests. The fees are also lower than third-party laboratories, and you don’t have to go to an unfamiliar place for your testing.
In just 2-5 business days, your results are available from the lab. Once they’re ready, one of the specialists sits down with you to review and interpret them. They may recommend monitoring with regular lab testing as you undergo treatment for your condition.
What kinds of labs are available?
Revitalize Functional Medicine provides several types of lab testing in the in-house laboratory for your convenience and peace of mind. Their specialties include:
A bioimpedance analysis assesses your body’s composition. The results compare your measurements of body fat to lean muscle mass. During the test, electrodes on your right hand and foot deliver an electrical current through your body that passes through both types of tissue. Excess body fat could lead to health complications like high blood pressure and heart disease.
Comprehensive vitamin panel
A vitamin panel is a blood test to find vitamin deficiencies. The test measures the amounts of each essential vitamin in your blood.
Food allergy testing
You can get a blood test to test for food allergies and sensitivities if you recently had a reaction and aren’t sure of the source.
Hormones are chemicals that run throughout your body and help different organs and systems communicate with each other. They also regulate your bodily functions, like metabolism. Your specialist can test your blood for a hormone deficiency that can come with menopause or general aging.
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that allow your brain to communicate with your body. Neurotransmitter testing measures certain neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and epinephrine. Imbalances can lead to complications like weight gain, depression, migraines, and memory problems.
How should I prepare for lab testing?
For certain lab tests, you may need to fast. Fasting means that you stop eating and drinking for some time before your appointment. Generally, the specialists at Revitalize Functional Medicine ask that you begin fasting at midnight before your appointment. Other labs don’t require fasting or any other specific preparation.
To find out if you require lab testing for an accurate diagnosis, call Revitalize Functional Medicine, or book an appointment online today.