Fixing Leaky Gut
Why do I need a COACH?
Health & Life Coaching
Why do you need a coach? There's an easy answer for you. Are you currently getting the results you're looking for with your current health plan? If the answer is "no", then you need a coach. There are 4 components to a successful health plan.
- Sustainable plan
My SPARK Health Group Health Coaching programs offer all four components so you:
- Can have tons of energy
- Can be at your optimal weight
- Can have hormonal control
- Can have mood control
- Can have optimal digestion
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Testing & Analysis
Diagnostic Testing from the Functional Medicine perspective is a little different than from a traditional perspective. The traditional perspective is too look for diseases. It is important to rule out any potential disease, what I think of as “the ugly stuff” like cancer. Most of the time when people “just don’t feel well” or feel like CRAP, or if you have had long standing irritable bowel, hormone issues, fatigue, etc...it actually isn’t anything ugly and you’re told “your labs are normal and maybe you’re depressed”.
The Functional Medicine perspective looks at labs from a nutritional perspective. All of things the labs are testing for are some kind of molecule or cell in the body. These cells and molecules are made of the nutrients we eat. Specific types of molecules require specific nutrition. For example, you need iron to make the hemoglobin molecule that carries oxygen in your red blood cells. You also need B-12 and folate to process an inflammatory molecule called homocysteine, completely.
To start off your plan with a solid baseline, I like to get labs when we start to work together and then 6-12 months later. The initial Functional Health Panel is done through Evexia and LabCorp. I can order labs in most states through her network.
Optimal vs Standard Lab Ranges
Another difference between traditional and Functional medicine is that labs are assessed using Optimal Values, not Standard Ranges. Your body can heal itself and will be in the Optimal Ranges when it is functioning in a healthy way. The goal of Functional Medicine is to help your body reach optimal function through filling in the deficiencies and taking out the things that aggravate your condition or cause disease in your body.
Functional Health Blood Panel
Food Sensitivity Testing - check out my blog for more info
Adrenal and Hormone testing - here's how I balance hormones without replacements
Our body does amazing things if you think about it for a minute. We take in food and make new cells with it! Wow! We have our own construction and repair department. Along the way, however, these processes create and our food contains some toxic trash that must be handled properly. Where do those toxins come from? The pesticides on your fruits and vegetables, the preservatives in your processed foods and the bus you were behind on the way to work, not to mention the unfiltered water, excess sugar, alcohol and caffeine you consume.
Our liver and kidneys make up the bulk of the detoxification centers. Our intestines are involved in the elimination portion. These two organs need specialized nutrition to protect you from the toxic waste they deal with every minute of the day. The SAD MUD (Standard American or Modern Urban Diet) which comprises the majority of Americans’ nutrition, causes a breakdown in the efficiency of these organs. Also, if your gut isn’t healthy, this will compound the problem.
Functional Medicine seeks to restore efficiency. Some “detox” programs and supplements, I affectionately call them “Colon Blow”, may cause you to have excessive stool for a week, but that is not true detoxification. Once you have cleaned up your gut, you can safely work on your liver and kidneys. Your liver and kidneys need specific nutrients to do their job well. Once these nutrients are supplied, your body can go on it’s merry way keeping you safe from the toxins.
nutrients are supplied, your body can go on it’s merry way keeping you safe from the toxins.