Episode 68 – Creating Abundance in Your Business, Part 5
For the month of October, I’ve been dishing out a 5-part series on how to create abundance in your business, and of course, I’ll be relating it all back to your health, because your health is your greatest asset… your secret weapon… and the most profound advancement tool you can have, when it comes to reaching your business goals.
Your health is the heart of your business.
This week I’ve released Part 5, where I talk about the top functional labs you need to really leverage your health. These results, when interpreted correctly, will give you a clear starting point and a strategic plan completely customized to your needs.
Michelle Rogers, ND, MSAOM, FDN-P
Over the past several years, I’ve created the most accessible, streamlined and effective virtual practice working with high-achieving women entrepreneurs, go-getters, and other badass women all over the world.
I intentionally blend my background of Functional, Naturopathic, and East Asian Medicine with my extensive experience in the online business world to help provide my clients with the personalized blueprint and strategy they need to get the mental focus, energy and business strategy required to share their gifts, better serve their clients and show up even more for the people they love.
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Hey there, and welcome back to The WELLthy Woman Podcast. I’m super excited about today’s episode, because it’s all about functional lab testing, which is really at the core of what I do and what will be your secret weapon to expanding and maintaining your success long-term.
Have you ever had your annual labs done and thought it was a total waste of time?
Or had a doctor order a bunch of results but then not take the time to actually go through them with you or give you correlating action steps?
Yeah… you’re not alone.
In today’s episode, you are going to get the scoop on my favorite tests, know why they’re essential and feel confident that you’re in the KNOW next time you talk to your provider.
So, what’s up with functional testing and how is it different from what your regular doctor orders?
First, let’s take moment to address the regular labs.
These labs tend to be ordered at your annual physical and are VERY limited. They’re meant to rule out any major chronic diseases or other diagnoses that may warrant a pharmaceutical.
These tests might include a complete blood count, chemistry panel, lipid or cholesterol panel and… possibly, a urinalysis.
At most, they’re screening for anemia, diabetes, and high cholesterol, and then you’re sent on your way. If you have symptoms, that they find interesting, they might throw a few more in there.
The thing is, though, conventional medical docs only look at standard ranges, which are based on a bell curve average, so about 96% of the population actually fit into these ranges.
I think we can all agree that 96% of the population isn’t healthy, right?
So, back to functional labs. The term “functional” is really just referring to the fact that you can apply it to your life – plain and simple. Functional medicine a way to utilize medicine that is actionable and actually promotes health and wellness.
For example, with blood work, like the example above, first off, I would order quite a few more labs to get a more complete view of what’s going on with your physiology, and then on top of that, I wouldn’t settle with standard ranges, I would actually look at optimal ranges, which tend to be more narrow and actually give me a better idea of certain trends and tendencies your body might have towards various imbalances. I call this functional blood chemistry analysis, which I’ve specialized in for over 5 years.
Functional labs can also go WAY beyond blood work. We can look at complete hormone pathways, 24-hour adrenal function tests, comprehensive stool analysis, food sensitivity testing, cellular function, detox pathways and functional genomics.
These tests are invaluable, when it comes to really understanding your body – both for your own sake and to help your practitioner provide you with a plan they can confidently support and guide you through.
If you think about it, how can a doctor or other practitioner give you sound guidance without being FULLY informed on how your body is operating under the hood?
That’s why I always say “test don’t guess”!
Let’s start with the functional blood chemistry analysis, or my loving pet name, FBCA.
This is the blood work I run that is in stark contrast to the few markers your doctor orders at your annual physical – if they order any at all!
I run 27 tests that contain 126 biomarkers to get a really good look under the hood. I look in depth at blood sugar regulation, liver function, gallbladder function, kidney function, cellular electrolyte balance, proteins, minerals, vitamins, iron levels, advanced cholesterol markers, in-depth thyroid markers, including those needed to catch autoimmune processes like hashimotos, inflammatory markers and immune function markers.
This is a great test to get done annually, so you have a good pulse of what’s happening in your body. If you want the full list of markers, I’ll link to it in the show notes.
Next, let’s talk about my favorite comprehensive stool analysis, the GI MAP. Now I did a facebook live on this in my private group just a little bit ago, so be sure to check that out, so you can actually see what I’m talking about. I don’t know about you, but I’m a visual learner.
This test sets itself apart from other stool tests you may get from your doctor, because it is literally the most comprehensive stool test I’ve seen and instead of just relying on a human and a microscope, they run DNA testing to ensure the accuracy of the results.
This test looks at pathogenic bacteria, viruses, parasites, protozoa, opportunistic bacteria, bacteria that has been correlated with autoimmunity in the medical literature… it looks at H.pylori, which is really common for people under a lot of stress, and it looks at the balance of our beneficial bacteria.
It also looks at our overall digestive function by including markers for pancreatic function, inflammation in the colon itself, how well our immune system is working in our digestive tract – because 60-80% of our immune system resides in our gut – and it also looks at how effectively we’re detoxing, if there’s any blood present, whether or not we’re reacting to gluten, AND it can evaluate whether or not we may have leaky gut or intestinal permeability through a marker called Zonulin.
It’s literally my favorite test, and I also recommend getting this one done annually, since we’re exposed to SO much and gut health is really the foundational pillar to our overall health in general.
Alright, let’s briefly talk about FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING, because there is a LOT of confusion out there, and a lot of people relying WAY too heavily on it, instead of using it as the tool it is.
So, with food sensitivity testing, there are SEVERAL different labs. My favorite ones are KBMO and MRT. I’ll just share about KBMO here, because that’s the one I use and am most familiar with.
I really like KBMO, because in addition to the typical IgG testing – that’s immunoglobulin G, which is associated with a delayed hypersensitivity reaction – aka food sensitivity reaction, but they ALSO check for the formation of immune complexes, which can narrow down the actual food triggers WAY more effectively, instead of getting results back where literally EVERYTHING seems to be lit up.
This test, in combination with the GI MAP, can give us a really good idea how to heal your gut in the most effective and efficient way, because we can create the healing environment necessary, while we’re dealing with the bad bugs, increasing the good bugs and restoring digestive function. Love it.
Alright, the DUTCH Complete test. This is my go-to test for hormones and adrenal assessment. If you’re postmenopausal, then skip the hormones and just do the adrenal portion.
The reason I love this test is because it actually maps out your hormone cascade, so you can see what types of estrogens your body favors, where there might be issues with toxic estrogen build up in the system, and also how well your body is able to clear those estrogens and any excess androgens through methylation and other biochemical pathways.
It’s extremely informative! If you’re a cycling woman, I recommend doing this test during the mid-luteal phase of your cycle, so if your cycle is 28 days, then you’d aim to collect your sample between days 19-22 – if your cycle is longer or shorter, just move those days accordingly.
I also love their 24-hour cortisol test, because it maps out a beautiful curve and you can see whether your cortisol is too high or too low and at what times of day.
Next is the ORGANIC ACIDS test, which I run through Genova, and this test is great to take a deeper look into your detox pathways, cellular communication, how well your cells make energy and your neurotransmitter balance. There are also some markers on this test that we can cross reference with the GI MAP to rule out things like SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. I love this test to fine-tune our protocol.
And finally, I offer FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS testing through Youtrients, which is a more comprehensive approach to genetic evaluation than something like a 23andme, which only tests for SNPs, or single nucleotide polymorphisms. So, instead of just looking at the presence of one variant of one marker, functional genomics looks at the broader pathways, so you can literally take that information and formulate a plan around your specific nutritional needs, daily routines, emotional balance, targeted nutrient therapy, exercise optimization and quite a bit more. It’s been transformative for me, so I’ll actually be sharing a podcast within the next month or two, where I have my results interpreted – if you want to tune into the deep and dark secrets of my DNA, definitely tune in.
Alright! Was that valuable?
If you want to learn more about this topic and grab my FULL list of functional blood chemistry markers, be sure to grab my guide “my labs are normal, but I still feel off” – I’ll link to it in the show notes.
Let me know what you thought about this episode – what labs have you had done? Do you feel like they were actually valuable and actionable or just a waste of your time?
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Otherwise, tune in next as we dive into November and the theme of Nourish and Restore. I’ll be covering topics around adrenal function, stress, sleep rhythms and how you can optimize your energy and mental focus during the holidays.
Chat with you next week!