Note: I have the supplements I recommend listed on a separate page. Click Here to check it out.
STRESS MANAGEMENT TOOLS:
Headspace: for guided meditation
HeartMath: this is what I use for stress management (specifically the Inner Balance):
APEC Water Systems ROES-50 Essence Series Top Tier 5-Stage Certified Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System, 50 GPD (this is what I use):
Here is an over the counter reverse osmosis system:
Here are some of the air purification systems I like:
I personally have a portable infrared sauna, which I’ll list below, along with a few other saunas I recommend:
TESTS I RECOMMEND TO MY PATIENTS
The Adrenal Stress Index Test. This is a saliva test, and it will help determine the health of your adrenal glands and therefore see if you need any additional adrenal support. It tests for the 4 cortisol levels, DHEA, 17-OH progesterone, secretory IgA, and a few other markers. I’ll include a link below which will provide more information on this test.
The DUTCH Test. This is a urine test, and it not only looks at the circadian rhythm of cortisol, but overall it looks at 35 different hormones and metabolites, including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, melatonin, and also includes the oxidative stress marker 8-Hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine.
Hair mineral analysis test. This looks at some of the minerals, along with some of the more common toxic metals (mercury, aluminum, lead, arsenic, cadmium).
Diagnostic Solutions GI-MAP comprehensive stool panel. This tests for the presence of pathogenic bacteria, parasites, yeast, pancreatic elastase, calprotectin, and a few other markers:
**Ideally you want to stop taking probiotics 14 days prior to collecting the stool sample, as the test evaluates Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria, which are commonly found in probiotic supplements.
Note: Many infections create biofilm, which can make infections undetectable when doing a stool sample. As a result, if you choose to do the stool panel I recommend taking the a biofilm disruptor 7 to 10 days prior to collecting the stool sample. NAC is something that is relatively inexpensive, and can also support detoxification:
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC): 1 capsule 2x/day:
If you’d like to learn more about biofilm you can read the following blog post I wrote on the topic:
Mosaic Diagnostics Organic acids test. Consider this test to be optional, as this evaluates over 70 urinary metabolites that can be useful for discovering underlying causes of chronic illness. This specifically looks for metabolites associated with intestinal yeast and bacteria, and can provide information on gut dysbiosis, neurotransmitter and nutrient imbalances, mitochondrial health, glutathione production, and other valuable information. Here is some information on this:
Mosaic Diagnostics GPL-TOX. This is a toxic non-metal chemical profile that screens for the presence of 172 different toxic chemicals including organophosphate pesticides, phthalates, benzene, xylene, vinyl chloride, pyrethroid insecticides, acrylamide, perchlorate, diphenyl phosphate, ethylene oxide, acrylonitrile, and more. Here is some information on this:
Mosaic Diagnostics MycoTox. This assesses levels of 11 different mycotoxins, including Aflatoxin M1, Ochratoxin A, Zearalenone, and Trichothecenes. Here is some information on this:
Note: If you live in or near an agricultural area you also might want to consider adding glyphosate to this test.
Genova Diagnostics SIBO Test:
**This test requires you to stop taking probiotics 4 days prior to collecting the breath samples.
Mediator Release Testing (MRT). This can help identify foods that are causing inflammation that might not be part of an elimination diet. I can’t say that I have all of my patients do this, but it’s something to consider. If also doing an elimination diet I would get the blood draw for this first and then start the elimination diet:
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