There are so many functional medicine tests that your conventional doctor probably doesn’t know about… or if they do, are not likely to use. When it comes to your health, functional medicine takes the guesswork out of diagnoses. Functional medicine tests for everything in question to really get to the root of your health concerns.
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Tests Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About
- Gut Inflammation
- Nervous System Irregularities
- Genetic Snips
- Detoxification and Toxins
- Thyroid Function
- Sexual Hormones
About Dr. Stephanie Gray
Stephanie Gray, DNP, MS, ARNP, AGNP-C, ABAAHP, FAARFM, is a functional medicine provider who helps men and women build sustainable and optimal health and longevity so that they can focus on what matters most to them!
She helps women in mid-life who feel like their bodies have betrayed them step back into their bodies by restoring optimal hormone levels so they can regain their sleep, figure, and mood, and feel amazing once again.
Dr. Gray is known for keeping hormone replacement therapy sexy, safe, and effective. She has been working as a nurse practitioner since 2009. She completed her doctorate in estrogen metabolism from the University of Iowa in 2011. Additionally, she has a Masters in Metabolic Nutritional Medicine from the University of South Florida’s Medical School.
Her expertise lies in integrative, anti-aging, and functional medicine. She is arguably one of the midwest’s most credentialed female healthcare providers combining many certifications and trainings. She completed an Advanced Fellowship in Anti-Aging Regenerative and Functional Medicine in 2013. Dr. Gray became the first BioTe-certified provider in Iowa to administer hormone pellets also in 2013.
Dr. Gray has appeared on numerous podcasts, summits, and TV interviews. She is a contributor to various health publications including mindbodygreen. She is the initial author of the FNP Mastery App and an Amazon best-selling author of her book Your Longevity Blueprint. She is the host of the Your Longevity Blueprint podcast and co-founder of Your Longevity Blueprint Nutraceuticals with her husband, Eric. They enjoy spending time outdoors with their son William. They founded the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic in Hiawatha, Iowa.
The Role of Functional Medicine
First and foremost, in functional medicine, we believe that inflammation starts in the gut. If we suspect you have inflammation in your body, we will test for that. Some of those tests include food sensitivity testing, either testing or through an elimination diet, a stool test, SIBO test, and fructose intolerance testing.
But it’s not just patients with suspected inflammation who can benefit from a stool test. A stool test can be helpful for all gastrointestinal patients, people with food sensitivities and anyone we suspect might have a leaky gut.
I would also really recommend going for regular visits to a qualified chiropractor. Chiropractic care helps with so much more than just back pain!
The Tests Your Conventional Doctor Doesn’t Know About
Tests for Your Nervous System:
- Neurotransmitter testing
Genetic Snip Testing:
- Celiac Disease
- Vitamin D Receptor Issues
- Histamine Intolerance
- Inability to Clear Out Pesticides
- Glutathione Production
- APoE e3 and e4 Genotype
Organic Acid Testing
Toxin and Detoxification Testing
Thyroid Function Testing
- Free T4
- Free T3 (you want to be on the higher end of normal)
- Reverse T3
- Thyroglobulin and thyroid peroxidase antibodies
- Advanced Lipid Panel
- Over Producing of Cholesterol
- If Cholesterol Keeps Getting Reabsorbed
Fancier Lyme Disease Detection Test
- Add Sex Hormone Testing after Thyroid Testing:
- Estrogen Metabolism Testing
We can also test your saliva at various times during your menstrual cycle to correlate your symptoms to what’s actually going on in your body. This is especially helpful if you have irregular periods if you suffer from menstrual or ovulation headaches, or any number of other menstrual issues.
Are you ready to get to the root of your health issues? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.
“With functional medicine, we believe the root cause of a lot of inflammation starts in the gut and if we can reduce that inflammation in the gut, we can reduce inflammation in the whole body.” [9:59]
“If you’re having gastrointestinal symptoms, food sensitivity testing, a comprehensive stool test looking for gut infections, even doing a SIBO test can be helpful.” [14:58]
“Rather than try 15 medications, let’s do some genetic testing to help us personalize a medical approach.” [25:22]
“There are tests that we can run, that your doctor may not know about, that can assess how high your toxic burden is and what those toxins are.” [43:29]
“To optimize hormones, we first have to test them. I highly recommend you have a comprehensive thyroid hormone panel run, that you look at sex hormones and adrenal hormones, and even some neurotransmitters.” [51:28]
“We do owe it to each other to take care of our bodies.” [1:00:52]
In This Episode
- The tests you can run to detect inflammation in the gut [10:00]
- Who can benefit from a stool test [17:00]
- Why you can benefit from regular visits to a qualified chiropractor [20:30]
- What tests are available for your nervous system [21:00]
- What happens when you become aware of any genetic snips you have [27:00]
- Why you need to know about detox testing [33:00]
- Why you might still need to take supplements even if you’re eating healthy [35:00]
- The importance of reading the labels on your supplements [37:00]
- The importance of understanding normal levels and optimal levels of hormones [47:00]
- What you need to know about optimal thyroid levels [47:00]
- How to correlate your menstrual symptoms using lab tests [50:00]
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