Getting to the Root Cause
Diet and lifestyle changes can make a huge impact on your health, and for the majority of people, that is all it takes to find renewed vigor and vitality. However, there is a smaller percentage of people that have tried EVERYTHING and are still not getting results. This might include having tried several drastic dietary changes, a steady 3-day-per week exercise program, switching to toxin-free cleaning and personal care products, and consistently getting to bed at a decent hour. It can be incredibly frustrating to put so much time and effort into improving your health, only to feel like you are always starting from square one. Little to no change in symptoms; not enough energy to get through your day.
Are you at the end of your rope? Have you “done it all” without success and have no idea what the next step could possibly be? Your body is meant to heal itself. It’s meant to stay in homeostasis, where everything is balanced and performing well. So when this is not happening, it is a definite sign that there are one or more underlying factors preventing your body from functioning properly. You can continue down the trail-and-error road until you finally come across the right solution, but this method can take an incredibly long time.
Enter in functional lab testing. There are so many useful lab tests available that can measure HPA axis function, nutrient deficiencies, gut function, toxic load, opportunistic pathogens, and food sensitivities, just to name a few. Your “healthy” diet could actually be incompatible with your body, but it is difficult to figure this out without extensive trial and error, or a time-saving blood test that measures 150 foods and chemicals for inflammatory response in your body. If you have energy dips or mood swings at various times of the day, it may be sue to hormonal imbalance, which can be measured by a simple urine test. Symptoms of gut distress (such as gas, bloating, and indigestion) may be a sign that a pathogen (virus, bacteria, or parasite) has decided to take up residence in your GI tract, and this can be determined by a stool test that can be done in the privacy of your own home. The list goes on and on.
But you are more than just a set of test results. It is necessary to look at the whole picture, to try to make connections between your past and present health complaints and what shows on a lab report. Detailed assessments covering every aspect of your health from daily habits to past infections can be an invaluable part of figuring out the underlying cause of your current symptoms.
We call this the root cause approach. We do not just look at the symptoms and make recommendations (for instance, if you can’t sleep at night, perhaps you should take melatonin, or if you suffer from decreased ability to focus, you should take ginko biloba). Our goal is to figure out what is CAUSING the symptoms. There are typically one or more underlying “roots” to superficial symptoms such as brain fog, mood swings, fatigue, digestive issues, hair loss, joint pain, or weight problems. And because every body is uniquely built, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to get rid of these symptoms. The road to recovery will be just as unique as your specific circumstances. And the best way to travel down this road is with the help of a GPS: functional lab tests.
If you believe digging deeper is the next reasonable step on your health journey, please click below to schedule a free, 20-minute discovery session where we will have a brief chat about your situation and determine if working together is a good fit for both of us.