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What It’s Like Getting A Functional Physical

What it’s like getting a Functional Physical

As the new social media manager and blog writer at Lake Pointe, the doctors invited me in to experience a Functional Physical for myself so I could fully understand its purpose and process, as well as get an idea of where my health is right now.

What is the Functional Physical?

The Functional Physical is a series of tests that tell you how healthy your cells are, how your body is handling stress, what vitamins your body is missing out on, and a number of other very important measurements that give you insight into your overall health.

Right when we sat down for my appointment, Dr. Jessica explained the purpose of a Functional Physical in a way I had never thought about:

“Instead of waiting until something has gone severely wrong with your body—like getting a diabetes diagnosis—there are several warning signs and steps that we can flag during the Functional Physical that will help you change course and correct the issue before it gets to the point of a serious medical diagnosis.”

The doctors test your urine, blood, and several other biomarkers to determine how your health is right now. They also put a detailed plan together based on your results that includes supplements, vitamins, and minerals that will help balance your body.

Preparing for the tests

You’ll have to:

Fast 12 hours before your appointment, meaning no food or drink (sipping water is fine)
Collect urine in a clinic-provided cup after 4 a.m. for the Urine Test
Avoid brushing your teeth in the morning for the pH balance test (they use pH strips in your mouth for this)
Spit in a glass of water and take photos to determine the amount of yeast in your saliva (yes, this is real!)

They ask you to fast so they can get the most accurate baseline measurements of your body. The only hard part of this process is not eating breakfast before the appointment, drinking coffee, or brushing your teeth, since they’re ingrained habits. Dr. Jessica said it’s great to bring a snack, since you can eat right after all the fasting tests are finished.

The tests and results

The tests they run measure your body for:
Toxicity and inflammation
Cellular health
Amount of omega-3s in your blood
Your body’s alkaline and mineral status
Adrenal function
Blood sugar balance
Lipids & cholesterol levels

My results were mixed. Some things were great, like my Phase Angle score. I scored a 7 on this test, which ranges from 4 and under as severe, 4.1-6.9 as moderate, and 7+ as healthy. This test measures how strong your cells are and their ability to handle stress, which is great to know my cells are healthy. Another great number I had were my urinary sugars and glucose levels.

One thing the tests told me is I need to focus on are getting my Omega-3 levels a lot higher. A healthy Omega-3 level is greater than 8%, and my number was 5.03%, which falls in the severe risk category for Omega-3 levels. It’s important to get more of these essential fatty acids in my diet, because they help with heart, joint, and eye health, as well as a number of other health benefits. Our bodies also don’t produce them on their own, so supplementing them via pills or food is vital.

What I learned: Preventative health care is important for your wellbeing.

After going through the Functional Physical, I feel more in control of my health and my body than ever before. Dr. Jessica—or any doctor at Lake Pointe who runs your Functional Physical—will put together a plan for you to get your body on track to optimal health. I was put on a health plan full of Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Omega-3s, an adrenal health supplement, and two shake mixes that will help get more antioxidants and nutrients into my diet.

It’s only been a few days, but I definitely feel better getting more vitamins into my body. It’s a relief to know what I need to work on to be as healthy as I can be, instead of guessing and taking a random multi-vitamin from the grocery store.

There are a number of great things that come from taking the Functional Physical, but first and foremost is the feeling of control and relief you’ll get knowing where your body stands. Give the doctors a call if you have more questions about the tests and health plans they put together for you.

Be Informed 2018: Why You Should Get A Wellness Evaluation

Be Informed 2018: Why You Should Get A Wellness Evaluation
Most people know what a physical is from your general doctor, but most people don’t understand it! Generally, an annual medical physical only identifies if you already have a disease or severe health problems. A Wellness Evaluation dives deeper into your health to improve your lifestyle now and prevent future health problems. Take action and be preventive!

 

What is a Wellness Evaluation?

A Wellness Evaluation is a series of tests done by your Lake Pointe doctors to determine what’s making you feel not-so-great, what can help you lose weight, what can help you recover from a disease or diagnosis, and more.

The data from these tests helps us break down what’s going on inside your body, and how your unique composition of cells and systems are functioning—or not functioning. If you keep having mysterious headaches, or something in your gut just doesn’t feel right, these tests will help us find answers and get a health plan in place to get you feeling as best as possible.

A Wellness Evaluation is a great way to take stock of where your body is in this moment, and to put together an actionable plan to live the healthiest life possible for you.

 

Wellness Evaluation Tests

The Wellness Evaluation lasts about 45 minutes, and includes these four tests:

  • Omega Blood Test

This test measures your omega-3 levels by running a simple blood test (just a quick prick!). Omega-3s are an important part of your overall health. Since your body can’t make these on its own, this test will determine any deficiencies you have in your diet, and help us put together a food or supplemental plan to get your body back on track.

  • Antioxidant Scan

Antioxidants are a vital part of your body that help remove oxidizing agents that are bad for your cells. This scan will measure the levels of 17 different carotenoid antioxidants, which are great indicators of a balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables.

  • BIA (Body Composition) Test

This test gives us an accurate analysis of your body’s cellular health including; muscle mass, fat mass, hydration status and more! A BIA test is also the only test out there that measures your phase angle. This number is very important to know for every person because it tells us how fast your cells are aging. Toxins and stress can accelerate this aging and we want to help prevent this as much as possible to live a long and healthy life.

  • Zinc Taste Test

This simple saliva test screens for your body’s zinc levels, which is an essential mineral needed for immune support and healthy reproductive systems. This test is also a great indicator of your overall mineral status.

 

The Functional Physical

The Functional Physical is similar to the Wellness Evaluation, but goes a little more in-depth with a few more tests. If you have chronic health issues or want a more extensive look into your health, this test may be a better option. Let us know if you would like more information on this evaluation.

Avoiding Detox Symptoms

Does detoxing make you feel junky? Well, if you join us for the 7-day Core Restore Detox, you should encounter significantly less discomfort than with most detox protocols. That’s because it is designed to jump start the detox process and rest your body via the fasting days so your liver doesn’t get so backed up that it can’t keep up with the load, leaving your body a toxic soup for a few days. Even following this protocol, however, you may initially encounter a few “detox symptoms,” like headaches, fatigue, or irritability (I mean more than usual 😉 ). There are several reasons why the first few days of any detox might make you feel lousy and Dr. Hyman addresses them all in his video on the topic found below:

If you don’t have the time for the entire video (it’s only about 6 and a half minutes!), click here for to skim his article instead. If you aren’t feeling great a few days into the detox, or find that detoxing doesn’t seem to be quite enough to shift your health in a more positive direction, consider scheduling a consult with one of our functional medicine doctors to address underlying causes of your health concerns.

Chiropractic First: Your Chiropractor as a Primary Care Resource

Neck pain? Back pain? You could use a chiropractor! But that isn’t all the chiropractor is good for! Chiropractic care has been shown effective in treating a host of conditions that don’t always present themselves with back or neck pain. Have a kiddo who suffers frequent ear infections? Is your infant colicky, having trouble latching, or dealing with reflux? Is your immune system down and you’re fighting off a cold? Is sinus congestion ruining your day? Chiropractic is a great first choice for addressing these and other conditions. Realigning the spine to help restore proper function and communication is an important step in prompting healing in the body. Make your chiropractor your primary care doctor!

Be Informed! It’s Time for Your Annual Functional Physical!

January is always the month we highlight the most foundational aspect of any healthy lifestyle. We call it Be Informed. Without accurate information and a proper perspective, forming goals and addressing areas of opportunity is nearly impossible. The first step to establishing healthy habits and achievable goals is to gather your data.

Our bodies boast a complex communications system constantly exchanging data between cells and systems. Unfortunately, interpreting this data isn’t always as simple. What is this headache telling me? Why are my muscles twitchy? What made my digestion suddenly stop working and how come sleep isn’t as easy as it once was? Gathering data doesn’t always simplify things either. So what if my chlorides are high? I don’t see how that impacts anything!

Gathering data is only the first step; interpreting data and determining how to change that data is your best starting point. That’s exactly what your doctor at Lake Pointe has been trained to do. During a Functional Physical, you’ll take a look at your health history and test a series of biomarkers to gather important information on how your body is functioning. Then your doctor will interpret those results (and any recent test results you may bring in) and combine that data with your health history to form an accurate conclusion regarding the health of your body. From this vantage point, sighting your health goals on the horizon is simplified. Suddenly the numbers are actually communicating something, in a moment your symptoms and your data can be superimposed to form a clear picture. Not only will you gain a better understanding of what all the data means but your doctor will help you form a plan to change that data to better reflect your wishes. There’s no better time to start gathering the facts and forming a plan. Schedule now and Be Informed.

It’s Ok to Not Be Ok.

Wow! 2016 is almost over! In less than 48 hours, 2017 will have arrived! Reflecting on the closing year is a prime opportunity to check in with yourself. How are you feeling? What have you accomplished? Where could you use more support? What needs cleared out? What could be built up? Are there circumstances that have influenced you? How will you turn them into an action plan? What is your first step?

Initially it may seem overwhelming to catalog your thoughts, emotions, accomplishments, and set-backs. However, taking time to truly assess your well-being and honestly face your circumstances will allow a better foundation from which to start building a better outcome in 2017. Find out where you are at on your internal map so you can formulate a solid plan on where you want to go in 2017.

Maybe 2016 was full of goals met, moments celebrated, progress, peace, and things coming together. We wish this for each and every one of you! If so, take that momentum right into the New Year, with bigger and better plans on climbing higher in 2017! Maybe 2016 held brokenness, illness, loss, difficulty, failure, struggle, or conflict. While we at Lake Pointe would wish you a better set of circumstances and a more joyful place to stand today, we also realize that this is a reality in many lives at any moment and honor the truth that there are times when each of us is not ok. If you find yourself in this category, take a moment, openly assess where you find yourself mentally and emotionally and use that information to power your journey upward.

The functional medicine doctors at Lake Pointe understand the intricate connection between mental and emotional health and physical health. Feeling blue can be the result of any number of factors from circumstantial difficulty to low Vitamin D levels to poor gut health. Regardless of what might be getting you down, there are ways to support your physiology for stronger mental and emotional health. It’s ok to not be ok. However, finding the right support is key in your plan to regain, recover, and restart. True wellness is more than the lack of physical illness, but incorporates the health and balance of body, mind, and spirit. If any of these is not functioning properly, the whole is unwell. Partnering with a functional medicine doctor can help set you on your journey from maybe-not-so-ok to more balanced moods and mental health. Schedule a consult with your Lake Pointe practitioner to put together a customized plan for wellness. Call 612-922-8100 to get started. And may 2017 be a happy year!