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
Amount of omega-3s in your blood
Your body’s alkaline and mineral status
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.