Metabolic Assessment

Transformation starts from the inside out! If you want to take a natural approach to restoring your health, the Metabolic Assessment Profile is a convenient and cost effective screening of some of the body’s most fundamental systems.

The profile is a questionnaire where the patient circles the severity of a symptom (0-3) or the frequency at which that symptom occurs. There are several questions associated with each category and each category represents a different system of the body. This assessment screening provides valuable data that can guide in the nutritional management of disorders related to chronic stress. Our doctors will review the Metabolic Assessment Form and help to formulate an individualized plan.

The Metabolic Assessment will evaluate the following areas:

  • Adrenals (overactive): When the adrenals are overactive, the adrenal glands are producing too much hormones and overstimulating the brain.
  • Adrenals (underactive): When the adrenals are underactive, the adrenal glands are not producing enough of one or more hormones to signal brain activity.
  • Chemical Tolerance: A decrease in your ability to tolerate chemicals can be an indication that your immune system is weakening and that there is a weakness in your brain function.
  • Colon: The colon moves waste products out of the body. If constipation occurs, waste products have the opportunity to find their way back into the body and create a toxic effect. Symptoms can include bloating, distension, and inflammation followed by brain fog. If there is inflammation in the colon, there is inflammation in the brain.
  • Electrolyte & pH Balance: Keeping the body properly balanced with electrolytes and pH is critical for optimal health. Electrolytes keep us hydrated. pH is balanced between three body fluids: saliva, blood, and urine. Saliva and urine should be slightly acidic and the blood should be alkaline.
  • Gallbladder/Biliary: The gallbladder stores bile which is used to break down fats in the digestive process. It passes bile to the liver through the bile duct to aid in the digestive process.
  • Hepatic or Liver Detoxification: If the liver is unable to properly detoxify the body, disruptions can occur in many of the bodily functions.
  • Intestinal Integrity: The small intestine breaks down the food further and separates the nutrition from the waste. It passes the waste along to the colon. If there is a breakdown in the integrity of the intestinal walls, leaky gut occurs.
  • Stomach (high stomach acid): Too much stomach acid will cause the digestive process to move so quickly that nourishment is impaired and antacid use will become more frequent to be comfortable.
  • Stomach (low stomach acid): The stomach is the second section of the digestive process. It uses stomach acid to break down food for the small intestine to process. Too little stomach acid will cause reduced effectiveness in the breakdown of the food in preparation for the small intestine. Symptoms can include excessive gas, bad breath, difficult bowel movements, and undigested food in the bowels.
  • Thyroid – Hyper (overactive): The thyroid is one of our first mechanisms of defense with the immune system response. It also regulates our body temperature and metabolism. Thyroid hormones promote plasticity or flexibility of the brain and healthy brain aging, in addition to helping manage the stress response. When the thyroid is overactive (hyper) it is providing too many signals, overstimulating the system.
  • Thyroid – Hypo (underactive): In this condition, the thyroid is providing these functions at a lower level than required, or not at all.

Our clinical strategies combined with the Metabolic Assessment is used to modulate the brain-immune axis from a Functional Medicine Perspective to reduce inflammation, reduce stress levels, balance blood sugar levels, and reduce inflammation.