You Can’t Improve What You Don’t Measure: Taking a Deeper Dive

Nurse takes care of old patientMeasurement is the first step that leads first to understanding, then to control, and eventually to improvement. If you can measure something, you can understand it. If you can understand it, you can control it. If you can control it, you can improve it. You can’t manage for improvement if you don’t measure to see what is getting better (or worse).

Sorting through the vast number of health assessments that are now available can be a daunting task. But they can be grouped into three, basic categories–global health assessments, individual biomarkers, and deeper diagnostic tests.

In my first post, I shared with you key global health assessments including the serum chemistry blood calculator, gut microbiome, advanced genetic assessments and urinary metabolic markers that will allow you to get not only a broad view of your individual health needs but a much deeper understanding of the areas of physiological health that you need to address.

Last week I shared with you the critical individual markers that need to be optimized include nitric oxide, iron, magnesium, vitamin D3 and omega 3 fats.

In this week’s post, I want to share with you assessments that will allow you to determine possible reasons for “dis-ease”, less than optimal health and performance and how you are aging.

Medicine, diabetes, health care concept. Close up of Stethoscope with Glucose meter for check blood sugar level, lancet, tape measure and green vegetable fresh tomato, cucumber coriander and scallion.Food Sensitivities

Food sensitivities are an often-overlooked component of stress that reduces the body’s overall health, performance, and recovery potential. Their effects begin with increased inflammation, which causes fatigue, muscle soreness, and delayed recovery. They are also notorious for interfering with healthy digestion and impeding the absorption of nutrients.

According to Theron Randolph, the father of environmental medicine, approximately 90 percent of the population has some kind of food allergy or sensitivity. And nine out of ten don’t realize that their symptoms are related to the food they eat on a regular (if not daily) basis.

While we typically think about food sensitivities in the traditional sense (hives, sinus congestion, and difficulty breathing), food sensitivities can also surface as anxiety, depression, joint pain, asthma, acne, bad breath, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, hyperactivity, puffy eyes and face, and an inability to lose weight.

The Food Inflammation Test (FIT) available from KMBO Diagnostics is currently the most accurate food sensitivity test available. It can be used to pinpoint any foods that are either causing or contributing to chronic inflammation and poor health and/or recovery. FIT test results are accompanied by a personalized nutrition guide. This assessment requires a fingerstick collection and can easily be performed at home.

Comprehensive Hormone Profile

The DUTCH test is ideal for assessing any hormonal imbalances that may be reducing your total health, performance, and recovery potential. This assessment is particularly insightful for any woman who wants to explore her adrenal hormone status which plays a key role in determining her overall physical and mental health. Test results provide an analysis of 35 different hormones including cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol along with their metabolites.

A dried urine metabolites profile known as the DUTCH test available from Precision Analytics Laboratory is the current ‘gold standard’ in the realm of hormonal assessments. This assessment is a breakthrough in laboratory testing technology which allows for the most comprehensive hormonal assessment available.

Gastrointestinal Health

Gastrointestinal complaints among women are quite common. Fortunately, there is a comprehensive profile that can help them identify the underlying cause of their gastrointestinal symptoms.

The GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile available through Genova Labs can reveal important information about the root cause of many common gastrointestinal complaints such as gas, bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation.

Biological Age

We all age at different rates depending on their genetics, diet, lifestyle, stress level, and environment. There are currently two assessments that will allow you to determine your biological age. MyDNAge® uses something called an epigenetic clock to measure a process called DNA methylation, a process that affects gene expression. Numerous studies have shown that dietary and lifestyle choices, physical and emotional stress, and exposure to environmental toxins can alter the DNA methylation patterns in our cells. When DNA is altered, evidence is left in the form of a mark. More marks indicate more advanced aging.

LifeLength Labs in Madrid, Spain currently offers the most advanced telomere assessment. Telomeres are small markers at the end of our DNA strands (similar to the ends of shoelaces) that grow shorter and shorter as we age. When telomeres become too short, cellular disease and aging are the result.  Telomere length is an important biomarker in the body. By assessing it, you can discover your true, biological age and determine the status of your cellular health. Using Life Length’s technology, you can develop a personalized plan to improve the overall quality of your life and slow the aging process down.

I hope you now realize now that the yearly serum chemistry performed during a yearly physical with your doctor is only barely scratching the surface of the true and real state of your physiological health and does not address key factors that cause “dis-ease” and accelerate aging.