Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis
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Blood tests have been used as a tool for determining health status for a long time. However, conventional blood tests have been used mainly for diagnosing disease. Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis is a new approach and one of the best methods to identify underlying biochemical and nutritional imbalances that dictate the health status. Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis helps to interpret blood test markers and understand these imbalances to prevent disease before it affects one’s health.
Modern research and methodology within the medical field has allowed the access into how medical professionals look and decode markers in the blood for biochemical and nutritional deficiencies and imbalances. A comprehensive blood chemistry panel and analysis can give a healthcare professional insight into existing and developing health problems and allow for a preventative course of action.
As a Functional Medicine practitioner, I truly believe this type of in-depth testing is very essential to understand how to develop a clear plan to optimal health. There might be other functional test available (genetic testing, organic urinary acids testing, stool testing, hormonal testing) to investigate more complex issues, but Comprehensive Blood Chemistry Analysis is the first step to recognize changes in functional patterns before they fall into pathological range.
Functional blood chemistry ranges vs “regular lab ranges”
There are two ways to interpret laboratory results. Functional blood chemistry ranges and regular lab ranges. They are also known as optimal ranges and pathological ranges. Test values that fall between optimal ranges and pathological ranges are considered sub-clinical and may indicate the beginning stages of disease. In other words, there might be a condition that isn’t bad enough to be treated medically.
Most times, very basic blood panel is run to determine a health status. It is impossible to develop right path to healing based on limited information and general lack of focus on disease prevention. The goal of functional blood chemistry analysis is to identify even the slightest shift in these patterns and develop a plan to optimal health. Therefore, comprehensive blood work is necessary to analyze necessary blood markers to have a “bigger picture”.
Benefits of Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis:
- Evaluates metabolic status.
- Identifies early health risks in blood sugar, cardiovascular health, thyroid function, autoimmune disorders, hormonal imbalances, immune challenges, adrenal dysfunction.
- Identifies unique nutritional deficiencies or excesses.
- Provides personalized nutritional protocols to address nutritional imbalances instead of wasting money on “the supplement of the month.”
- Provides early detection signs of life-threatening health conditions.
- Helps to identify root cause of many chronic health challenges.
- Calls attention to lab values that are out of Functional Range as opposed to Lab Ranges, which could be addressed with life style changes, supplements, diet modifications.
- Monitor records and effectiveness of nutritional program with precise modifications when necessary.
- Maintaining desired blood markers within functional (optimal) ranges will allow your immune, endocrine and neurological systems to function at their best and helping your live healthier life.