Episode 6: Paula Reed - Root Cause Analysis with Functional Labs
Stronger Bones Lifestyle Podcast: Take Control of Your Bone Health
[2:10] Paula’s path from health coaching to functional medicine
[9:00] What Dutch labs uncover about your health and the opportunity they provide for healing
[11:00] Loss of estrogen in menopausal women leads to bone loss and osteoporosis
[16:00] The DNA-based GI test is changing the way we do stool testing
[18:00] The healing opportunities found in the GI Map Test
[22:00] Common symptoms of H Pylori to look out for
[24:00] Taking information from GI testing to get an idea of the bigger picture of your health
[32:00] The metabolic chaos in your body is a healing opportunity
[35:00] Without testing you can waste time and money on supplements that won’t be absorbed
Dr Paula Reed, Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner
Today on The Stronger Bones Lifestyle Podcast, we investigate the deeper metabolic issues facing menopausal women and how innovative lab testing can take the guesswork out of treatment. Our guest is Paula Reed, a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and co-founder of the Functional Health Alliance. Paula began dealing with her own health problems once she entered perimenopause. Doctors complacently told Paula that her symptoms were normal for a woman her age. Instead of accepting her fate, Paula initiated her own investigation, where she found lab testing and nutritional solutions that helped her discover her healing opportunities. She now devotes her career to helping menopausal women do the same, so they can move forward and live a vibrant life!
Without proper absorption, your body won’t be able to break down nutrients into the building blocks of your hormones and cells. Paula details her favorite labs that give you insight into your metabolic health. The Dutch test offers a comprehensive look at your hormone levels over a 24-hour period which helps identify absorption problems in your gut.
Lab tests are a window into your microbiome and allow functional practitioners to address your specific hormonal imbalances and digestive issues so you can take actionable steps toward a healthy gut. You do not need to accept suffering as you age. Like Paula, you have the power to rebalance your hormones, and these are just a few tools that can help you along on your journey.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You can see a hormone specialist, naturopathic practitioner, or FDN practitioner who can order and analyze this tests for you.
One of the most common is a DUTCH hormone test measures hormone metabolites from the dried urine samples and measures saliva throughout the day to identify stress hormones. Since our hormones drive everything throughout our body, it is vital to get your hormones tested.
A Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones (DUTCH) hormone lab is extremely precise and comprehensive in what it is testing and can be used to identify various levels of hormones and how the body responds to these levels.
The most cutting-edge hormone test, the DUTCH CompleteTM, provides a comprehensive profile of melatonin, adrenal hormones, and sex hormones, along with their metabolites, to detect signs of hormonal abnormalities. There are also liver markers of how your body processes hormones and this test will provide your levels of these markers. Samples are conveniently collected in the convenience of your home and then transported to the lab for processing.
The GI-MAP is the market’s most precise and thorough DNA stool analysis. This test will allow you to identify the types and numbers of microorganisms in your stool sample.
Since the gut is the house of the microbiome and provides so much valuable information about someone’s overall health, the GI Stool test is excellent for gauging gut health.
The most common symptoms to look out for are heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, burping, and bloating.
These symptoms are not normal and can indicate H pylori overgrowth. The best way to identify H pylori overgrowth and heal your gut is to run this lab to identify if you have this bacteria overgrowth.