Lab Metrics for Metabolic Health

Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nicholson discusses the top blood chemistry markers for metabolic health
Evaluating overall metabolic health involves examining several key markers through comprehensive blood panels. Prior to testing, ensure the blood draw is done in a fasted state (12-14 hours), stay well-hydrated, avoid strenuous exercise for a day or two before, and consult about any medications or supplements that may need to be skipped. Also, try to avoid getting your blood drawn on particularly stressful days or when you are feeling unwell.

Combining these results with other markers such as kidney function, thyroid status, iron levels, and overall blood cell health, alongside symptom evaluation and current medications, helps create a customized protocol for nutrition, lifestyle, and potential supplements or medications. To get a detailed review of your results, you can order your own comprehensive panel and further inquire about these markers.
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Breast Health with Carol Lourie

Breast Health with Carol Lourie on the Holistic Health Bites podcast with Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nicholson
Carol shared her experience supporting a friend through breast cancer, launching her focus on integrative support. She outlined the multi-step diagnostic process and initial treatment options involving biopsies, oncology meetings, potential neoadjuvant chemotherapy, surgery choices and chemotherapy/radiation.  Carol detailed the complex diagnostic journey from discovery to pathology reports to oncology meetings to potential neoadjuvant chemotherapy and surgery, emphasizing patients' rights to second opinions on mastectomy recommendations given research on benefits versus risks. She stressed examining nutrition by reading packaged food labels, shopping at health stores and farmers markets, eliminating processed foods and creating a toxin-free home. 
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