Which Lab Tests Do I Need For My Chronic Issues? Shine Functional Health

Advanced Lab Testing

As a functional medicine practice, we oftentimes see patients that just feel “not quite right” – where there is no one dominant symptom that can point us in the right direction. Examples can range from chronic bloating, unexplained headaches or migraines, chronic fatigue, insomnia, to any number of vague symptoms.

Beyond exploring possible lifestyle factors to identify the root cause of chronic dis-ease or wellness challenges, we frequently use advanced functional medicine lab testing that provide valuable information about health at the cellular level.

The test results help guide our treatment recommendations in major ways – allowing us to craft an approach unique to your situation, genetics, and biochemistry.

Functional Stool Analysis

Many people suffer from gastrointestinal issues – diarrhea, constipation, bloating, heartburn. While we all experience these things at some time, for some people these symptoms are severe and can be debilitating and affect them daily for years, maybe even decades.  

There are many conditions that can cause similar symptoms, and often there are multiple over-lapping issues. 

Truly addressing your GI issues requires revealing the health of your microbiome,  and assessing for chronic  inflammation and deficiencies in digestive capacity. 

Micro-Nutrient Assessment

Ever wonder if your multi-vitamin is providing you with the actual amount of nutrients that you need? Or perhaps you do you even need a multi?

Our bodies require vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins to work optimally. Without them, disease states ensue. The majority of chronic disease is attributable in part to micronutrient deficiencies. Additionally, many of the medications used to treat chronic disease can lead to nutrient deficiencies. 

These tests evaluate your specific need for nutrients at the cellular level – not just what is in the blood. 


The DUTCH test (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones) is the newest and most comprehensive test for hormones available today. 

For anyone – male or female – that feels they have hormonal issues this test can unlock the key to resetting hormonal balance. 

Additionally, newer studies show how measuring estrogen metabolites can be integral in preventing hormonally driven cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer. 

There are several different types of DUTCH tests offered ~ find out which one is best for you! 

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