Getting to the Root Cause

Posted on by Margo Gladding

Sometimes it is easy to know what is going on in your body. When the pollen count is high, you know that’s why you find yourself sniffling and sneezing. Or, you know that when you give in to your sweet tooth and have ice cream, even though you are lactose intolerant, that is why your digestive system is off the next day. But sometimes complex symptoms arise and it is not so easy to determine exactly what is going on. For example, fatigue, depression, pain, or insomnia can all be quite challenging to understand. Rather than trying to guess what your body is trying to tell you, I think that it is very helpful to talk with a health expert who can provide valuable insights into what may be the root cause of your symptoms. Beyond working with a skilled practitioner, I also highly encourage various types of diagnostic testing. It is so easy (and yes, very affordable) to check the status of hormone levels, neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, etc.), stress markers (cortisol and DHEA), and melatonin levels in the privacy and convenience of your own home. You simply collect urine and saliva samples as directed by the test instructions and send them off to the lab in the prepaid box. You can also test for nutrient deficiencies, omega fatty acid levels, immune markers, food sensitivities, thyroid levels, and heavy metal sensitivities through simple blood tests. Please feel free to call or stop into the store and ask for Margo or Naz to learn more about all of the different types of testing. We can also interpret your test results and help create an individualized wellness plan specific to your needs.