best functional labs for women over 35
Sharing my opinion on the best functional labs for women. Please keep in mind that this is not medical advice. If you’re curious about testing options, reach out to your doctor or practitioner for best fit for YOU. xo
Hi friends! How are you? I hope that you had a wonderful post-Thanksgiving weekend! We are traveling back to Tucson from a super fun trip to Arkansas to visit family.
For today’s post, I wanted to share a bit about functional lab testing. Functional lab tests have helped me a lot personally, and they’ve provided invaluable information for my 1:1 clients. Please keep in mind that these tests are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or illness. Instead, it’s about finding unique information about deficiencies and toxicities within your body. When you have this information, you can create an action plan to help bring the body back to balance. You never *have* to do any of these tests, but it’s an incredible way to gather information about your unique body.
Functional lab testing has become an invaluable tool for individuals seeking a deeper understanding of their health. While conventional lab tests are primarily focused on diagnosing diseases, functional lab tests provide insights into how the body functions on a cellular and metabolic level. For women over 35 who are looking to optimize their well-being, certain functional labs can be particularly insightful.
best functional labs for women over 35
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA): A Window into Mineral Balance
One of the key functional tests for women over 35 is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA). This non-invasive test analyzes the mineral content present in the hair, providing a valuable window into nutrient deficiencies and imbalances. As women age, hormonal changes can significantly impact mineral absorption and utilization. Imbalances in minerals like magnesium and zinc, for example, can influence mood, energy levels, and hormonal health.
Understanding your mineral status through HTMA allows for targeted supplementation and dietary adjustments, as well as lifestyle changes. This nuanced approach can positively impact hormonal balance and contribute to overall well-being.
A peek at my HTMA. I’ll be going over some of this on IG stories today!
Organic Acids Test (OAT): Unraveling Metabolic Clues
The Organic Acids Test (OAT) is another powerful functional test that examines organic acids produced by metabolic processes. It provides a comprehensive snapshot of how the body is utilizing nutrients and managing oxidative stress. For women over 35, metabolic shifts can have profound effects on energy production and hormone metabolism. This is a urine test that can easily be completed at home.
Elevated markers on the OAT might indicate issues such as inefficient energy production or impaired detoxification pathways. It also gives key insights into nutrient deficiencies, candida/bacteria/yeast overgrowth, and neurotransmitters (like dopamine and serotonin). Addressing these concerns based on the insights from the OAT can support metabolism and hormonal equilibrium. This is also a huge one in searching for root causes related to autoimmune, digestion/bloating, and allergy-related symptoms.
Stress, Mood, and Metabolism: Navigating the Intersection
Stress plays a pivotal role in hormonal health, especially for women over 35. The Stress, Mood, and Metabolism test assesses cortisol levels and the body’s ability to manage stress. Elevated cortisol levels due to chronic stress can disrupt the delicate balance of reproductive hormones, leading to issues like irregular periods, PMS, fatigue, poor sleep, and mood swings. This at-home tests consists of salvia and blood spot.
By evaluating stress markers, individuals can tailor their lifestyle and nutritional strategies to better manage stress. This proactive approach can have a profound impact on hormonal harmony and overall vitality. This test also includes hormone markers (estradiol, progesterone, pg/e2 ratio, DHEA), blood sugar markers (insulin and hemoglobin A1C), Vitamin D, and thyroid markers.
Navigating the Pros and Cons of Functional Lab Testing
While functional lab testing offers valuable insights, it’s crucial to understand both its benefits and limitations. One of the advantages is the ability to identify imbalances before they manifest as overt diseases. This proactive approach aligns with the goal of preventive health.
However, it’s essential to recognize that functional lab tests are not diagnostic tools. They provide a more holistic understanding of health but should be interpreted alongside clinical assessments and traditional lab results. Itr’s also important that your practitioner knows YOU: your unique challenges, background, lifestyle, stress levels, and any specific concerns and goals.
For women over 35 seeking a proactive approach to health, functional lab testing can be a game-changer. HTMA, OAT, and Stress, Mood, and Metabolism tests offer a personalized roadmap to wellness. By addressing imbalances early and adopting targeted interventions, women can optimize their hormonal health and embrace the journey of aging with vitality.
The personalized insights gained from these functional tests empower women to make informed decisions about their health. Embracing a holistic approach that combines functional testing with lifestyle adjustments can lead to lasting well-being for all of us who are navigating the intricacies of hormonal changes over time.
If you’re ready to work together 1:1 and explore functional testing options, you can apply here. (Please keep in mind that this application reflects the 6-month coaching rate.) With my 1:1 clients, we adapt their plan based on their needs. I can create full fitness plans, calculate macros, help with weight loss resistance, muscle building, and also create personalized plans based on functional lab results. We can start to work on labs now and then hit the ground running in the new year!
Please let me know if you have any questions!!
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