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February 28, 2023 40 mins

Today on The Stronger Bones Lifestyle Podcast, we investigate the deeper metabolic issues facing menopausal women and how innovative lab testing can take the guesswork out of treatment. Our guest is Paula Reed, a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and co-founder of the Functional Health Alliance. Paula began dealing with her own health problems once she entered perimenopause. Doctors complacently told Paula that her symptoms were normal for a woman her age. Instead of accepting her fate, Paula initiated her own investigation, where she found lab testing and nutritional solutions that helped her discover her healing opportunities. She now devotes her career to helping menopausal women do the same, so they can move forward and live a vibrant life!

Without proper absorption, your body won’t be able to break down nutrients into the building blocks of your hormones and cells. Paula details her favorite labs that give you insight into your metabolic health. The Dutch test offers a comprehensive look at your hormone levels over a 24-hour period which helps identify absorption problems in your gut.

Lab tests are a window into your microbiome and allow functional practitioners to address your specific hormonal imbalances and digestive issues so you can take actionable steps toward a healthy gut. You do not need to accept suffering as you age. Like Paula, you have the power to rebalance your hormones, and these are just a few tools that can help you along on your journey.

Key Takeaways:

[2:10] Paula’s path from health coaching to functional medicine 

[9:00] What Dutch labs uncover about your health and the opportunity they provide for healing

[11:00] Loss of estrogen in menopausal women leads to bone loss and osteoporosis 

[16:00] The DNA-based GI test is changing the way we do stool testing 

[18:00] The healing opportunities found in the GI Map Test

[22:00] Common symptoms of H Pylori to look out for

[24:00] Taking information from GI testing to get an idea of the bigger picture of your health

[32:00] The metabolic chaos in your body is a healing opportunity 

[35:00] Without testing you can waste time and money on supplements that won’t be absorbed 

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Memorable Quotes:

“Only something with dried urine testing, like what’s available with the dutch, will show us how your body is utilizing those hormones.”  [11:10] -Paula Reed

“I see H Pylori in like 90%! 90% of stool tests. Currently, statistics say that probably 60% of the population has it but I’m seeing 90% of the ones I see actually are present for that.”  [20:05] -Paula Reed 

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