Laboratory data and tests can provide a tremendous amount of information regarding various bodily functions, systems of your body, nutritional deficiencies, toxicity and stress responses. In fact, a strong, functional interpretation of data provides a load of insight into information that will help you to achieve a very high level of health.
In my nutritional consulting practice, it is common for my clients to bring me piles of laboratory tests. Sometimes this is helpful. Other times it is just overwhelming and unnecessary. When I have the right data in front of me, there is a real good opportunity to put together a nutritional protocol that is highly individualized for that person, one that takes into account their body’s specific nutritional requirements as well as identifying their body’s weaknesses.
Intake Data & Prioritization
Laboratory data is a starting point. I always emphasize the importance of survey forms and intake questionnaires. Being able to understand the associated functionality of what signs and symptoms are telling you is a key component to understanding where your primary problems may exist.
Realize that when crafting a nutritional protocol for someone, what is of critical importance is knowing what takes priority. The complexity of a person’s issues needs to be well laid out and understood. It is always better to address fundamentals first, and to not try to do too much in the beginning. Also realize that when the fundamentals of a person’s health is addressed now as opposed to later, many problems and symptoms can clear up right away. There is no definitive timetable for how quickly you should heal, but positive improvements and good results should certainly happen quickly. This will let you know that you are on the right track. Functionally speaking, there are a small group of categories that take priority when working with someone:
These 3 levels of function impact and influence virtually everything in your body. If you are using the right intake data and lab tests, the functionality of these 3 critical factors will be revealed.
Individuality & Protocols
Laboratory and intake data are used to create individualized nutritional protocols and strategies. It is incorrect to assume that everyone needs the same protocols. There are endless factors that point to biochemical individuality. Author and nutritional pioneer William Wolcott aptly states: “when it comes to nutrition, what works for one person with a certain condition, has little to no effect on a second person with the same condition, and can actually worsen a third person with the same condition”.
The glaring reality is that there is absolutely no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ type of a diet, or type of nutrition. When it comes to biochemical individuality, anything goes. What is essential is to have a starting point. This is why things like Metabolic Typing®and functional laboratory analysis are so important as starting points. They give you a foundation from which to begin.
A good, initial nutritional protocol is one that should be based upon addressing and improving the 3 fundamentals: hydration, digestion and detoxification. This should also include individualized diet and nutrition, i.e. Metabolic Typing®.
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