Your blood tells a story
Have you ever seen your GP because you’re tired, struggling to sleep, have brain fog or can’t lose weight? Have any tests come back normal? Have you been told there is nothing wrong with you and your symptoms are an expected sign of ageing? If so, you’re not alone.
Blood tests have been used for a long time to identify disease. Functional blood chemistry analysis (FBCA) provides insights into your health, allowing you to take preventative action before disease develops.
Laboratory test ranges
Doctors use conventional laboratory reference ranges to identify disease states. People who fall within these ranges are assumed to have no clinical signs and symptoms of disease and are considered normal.
Optimal ranges are where the body is functioning well and you experience good health. Sub-clinical ranges lie between the two and are a sign something isn’t right, or that a disease could be developing.
Unfortunately, many people fall within the clinically normal reference range but have signs and symptoms that suggest a sub-clinical health problem.
The optimal ranges used in a FBCA allows for the early prediction of problems. Health is measured along a wellness continuum and intervention can be made at every stage to restore or improve health and wellness.
The other way FBCA differs from conventional interpretation is by identifying the patterns between different laboratory tests. Our blood chemistry reflects the checks and balances, biochemical regulation and important compensatory mechanisms that work together in the body. Looking at a limited set of values and considering these as isolated organ systems will result in an incomplete diagnosis.
Conventional interpretation often results in doctors treating something that is out of range, rather than looking for underlying problems. This detective work requires understanding the root cause of chemical shifts to identify dysfunction before it becomes pathological and causes disease.
Exploring the numbers
Functional blood chemistry analysis provides a vast amount of information about body systems and physiological processes, which can all be tracked over time. This includes insight into the following:
- Blood sugar regulation
- Cardiovascular risk
- Electrolyte balance
- Gastrointestinal function
- Hormone balance
- Liver and gallbladder function
- Kidney function
- Adrenal and thyroid function
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Hydration status
- Immune system function
- Oxygen-carrying capacity
- Toxicity and oxidative stress
- Acid-base balance
How can functional blood chemistry analysis help me?
Whether you’re trying to understand an elusive health complaint or simply want more information to make informed health decisions, FBCA can help. You could consider getting a FBCA to:
- Get a second opinion as it relates to existing ‘normal’ blood work
- Assess your nutrient status to help guide diet changes and supplementation
- Highlight sub-clinical problems before they become more serious
- Monitor the effects of diet, exercise and lifestyle interventions
- Track health trends and disease risk over time
- Gain deeper insight into underlying causes of health complaints
- Learn a more sensitive way to evaluate health that’s better suited to early detection