Are you getting the results you need?
There's a lot that holds true to the saying, "You don't know what you don't know." A decade ago I knew very little about the impact that diet and lifestyle could have on overall health.
I was working 40 hours a week and struggling every single day to wake up and get out the door. I was young but dealing with arthritic joint pain, muscle pain, chronic rashes (including a butterfly rash that would appear across my face) and utter exhaustion.
I suffered from brain fog and lack of clarity so it took me three times as long as it should have to complete tasks. I would come home from work and some days I would fall asleep on my couch with my coat and shoes still on because my body was shutting down and there wasn't a thing I could do about it.
I was scared and the handful of specialists I saw didn't have any answers for me.
My choices were to try some medication that may or may not work (but they would have side effects), come back and get reevaluated when my situation got worse, or go see a counselor (because obviously I was making this stuff up - insert eye roll-).
I knew there had to be a better way.
Back then health coaches were almost unheard of, so, I did what everyone did. I Google'd my symptoms over and over again until I found information that resonated with me.
I stumbled across the works of Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Mark Hyman, and T. Colin Campbell. I drank in everything they said and started to make small shifts in my perspective and lifestyle. I read their books, I watched documentaries and I started talking to people about what I was learning.
I was so inspired by my new knowledge of functional medicine and the improvements I felt in my own life, that I enrolled at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition to learn how to completely embody a more natural approach to healing.
The funny thing is this: according to the traditional lab ranges of the blood work I had done, all my results were normal so no one took me very seriously.
When I had my blood work evaluated from a functional perspective (see more info on that below), my ranges were not optimal at all and I had antibodies present. Today, I function symptom free most every single day with hypothyroidism and an autoimmune condition that, if not for changing my diet and lifestyle, I would still be suffering instead of thriving.
One lesson learned from my experience is that talking about your symptoms will only get you so far.
There are two major things that could be standing in your way:
First, the proper blood work needs to be ordered.
Then, the blood work needs to be evaluated from a functional perspective, not just through the traditional lab ranges and here's why: you don't know what you don't know. The traditional lab ranges that you're up against include results from a group of average people whereas the functional lab range, a much narrower lens, sets you up against a result of healthy people functioning at an optimal level - which is what we all want. You'll receive more answers because patterns and deficiencies will be caught because the data will be interpreted differently. The more common broad interpretation of your blood work could be the reason you aren't seeing the results you want.
If you want to know how to get better using something concrete - the data of your blood work - find a functional minded practitioner who can help you interpret the results. Trained by a functional diagnostics program that trains naturopathic doctors and functional medicine doctors, I've also recently completed this same coursework and have added Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis to my list of services so that I can help people get answers.
Are you ready to start feeling better? When you’re ready, here is a link to my newly added Blood Chemistry Analysis session.
I walk you through the tests I recommend ordering from your doctor and then I help you see what’s really going on inside your body through a functional lens. This is how we determine the diet, supplements and lifestyle factors moving forward! We use your data!
Do you have a story like mine? Let me know! I'd love to hear about it!