Blood testing is one of the most important assessment tools within the Functional Nutrition framework and helps with the early identification of functional disorders and for disease prevention. It's important to have regular bloodwork (i.e., at least annually) and to look at trends in your results over time.
Blood testing gives a snapshot of where you are on the continuum from optimal health to full-blown disease. It can be a useful tool that allows us to gain a lot of insight into the body IF you know how to interpret the results from a functional, or "optimal" perspective.
Correlated with your health history, this is how you start to identify issues before they become a problem. By catching dysfunction early, a proper plan will help to correct it so that normal, healthy function can be restored.
The following is a list of the essential blood markers I recommend my clients have done. There may be additional biomarkers needed, depending on certain symptoms or conditions.
CMP (Comprehensive Metabolic Panel):
Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
Bilirubin (Total, Direct, Indirect)
HDL & LDL Cholesterol
CBC (Complete Blood Count):
Iron Binding Capacity
Additional individual markers:
Homocysteine (serum) (cardiovascular inflammation marker)
Uric Acid (inflammation marker)
Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) (inflammation marker)
C-reactive protein (CRP) (inflammation marker)
If you would like to learn more about how I can help you better analyze your blood work results within the Functional Nutrition framework, click here for a free twenty-minute consultation.