Are You Getting the Best Testing to Evaluate the Current Status of Your Health?
In conventional medicine, typical blood work for a routine physical just includes a CBC (blood count), CMP (complete metabolic panel which includes blood sugar, kidney, liver, and electrolytes), TSH (thyroid screening), and a standard lipid panel. We believe this is not enough to assess your health and wellness. We use a variety of specialty labs to assess your current health status. Our favorite test is the Genova NutrEval™. This is a blood and urine test that we collect in the office to take a deeper and overall look into your health.
NutrEval™ looks at a broad range of physiological processes to identify abnormalities that could lead to disease. Firstly, it detects numerous markers for inflammation and oxidative stress and cellular damage. Abnormalities here can be addressed with dietary changes including increasing antioxidant and omega-3 rich foods, eliminating refined foods and artificial sugars, and with specific supplements.
We often detect high levels of heavy metal toxins (mercury, lead, etc) with a NutrEval™ that can come from additives, plumbing or a high seafood diet. There are also multiple markers of your capacity to detoxify. We can then help you to eliminate the toxins and support your body’s ability to detoxify, leading to overall better health and function.
Perhaps my favorite part of the NutrEval is the window it gives into the gut microbiome – or your microbial gut population. It can suggest yeast overgrowth, a bacterial imbalance or an inflamed or leaky gut. If you have a predominance of yeast, it determines which type of probiotic would be most beneficial for you as well as what dietary changes you should make to improve your gut health. NutrEval™ also can detect the need for digestive enzyme support that could potentially help alleviate certain gastrointestinal symptoms.
Think of the food labels as a warning label and if you follow the following rules, your health and wellness will be better in the long run… Read the ingredients rather than calories or nutrients. Calorie counting is less not effective for losing the inflammatory...