Running labs can be one of the best tools to assess heath or uncover disease processes. There are countless things that can be scientifically tested and the technology gets better and more accurate everyday. Most people are surprised to find that some of these tests are even possible and that many health status factors can be tested in the comfort of your own home. The biggest problem is that most of the labs that are typically run for patients are driven by what can be medicated. Unfortunately, this only tells us when we have already reached the stage where we have a disease. Don’t you think it would make more sense to start using lab testing to assess health so that you can avoid the diagnosis of a disease? Well that’s what we are doing at Momentum! There are many different tests that we use to help people correct or optimize their health. Here are three examples of ones we commonly use in our clinic.
1. Adrenal Status: DUTCH testing
If I asked you to tell me one major thing that impacted people’s health negatively, I’m sure many of you would say STRESS. And for those of you who said that you would be absolutely correct! However, most people have never had their adrenals tested accurately. Cortisol, one of the major hormones produced in the adrenals, is your stress hormone. Your body uses this to help you respond to stressful environments so that you can ‘run from the tiger‘. However, in today’s world we never stop running from the tiger. Accurately testing adrenal function can help uncover a huge piece of the health and/or performance puzzle. DUTCH testing is the newest and most accurate way to assess adrenal health in a comprehensive fashion.
2. Digestive Health: GI-MAP
All of the cutting-edge research is continually uncovering the importance of the GI system in overall health. The ‘second brain’, which is the new name for the GI system, is one of the most important organs in the body. Not only is it responsible for the absorption of nutrients, but it is also responsible for immune system health, hormone production and conversion, and many other critical processes. Ensuring that the GI system is healthy and free of harmful ‘bugs’ is a great way to assess health. The newest technology is called the GI-MAP test. This test uses DNA technology to analyze the sample for pathogens such as bacteria, parasites, and viruses. The testing is extremely accurate and one of the best ways to see if your GI system is compromised.
3. Organic Acids
One advantage of lab testing is that it allows us to create detailed strategies to correct any dysfunctions. The organic acids test is a great test to give you a snapshot of what is going on inside the body. The test we use gives 40+ metabolite markers that help show how efficiently numerous reactions in your body are occurring. It helps to assess nutritional deficiencies, antioxidant deficiencies, fatty acid metabolism, yeast overgrowths, neurotransmitter levels, and Krebs cycle (energy productions) abnormalities. This comprehensive test is probably one of the best ways to optimize health and improve function.
These three tests are just a sample of things that can be scientifically tested to truly get a picture of your health. Once we start using labs to improve normal function instead of just reacting to disease, we can start to help people feel better and avoid many chronic diseases.
While these are just a few great tests that we use there are certainly many others. Click below to learn about other labs that we frequently test with our patients.
If you are interested in taking look at your true health status, contact our office today for more information. We can help determine what labs may be best to run for your specific situation and how we can help you optimized your health and start feeling your best!