3 Blood Chemistry results that give insight into energy production (that many Doctors ignore).
It’s it frustrating when a woman goes to the Doctor and ALL the blood work comes back as “normal”? She is sitting there feeling like a pile of crap and her Doc is standing there telling her that “You’re healthy” or “It must be stress.”
Kendra Perry: Hey guys, how's it going? Welcome, welcome, to another episode of HIGH on Energy TV. I am your host, Kendra Perry, and as always I am pretty friggin' excited to be with you today. So I'm gonna be standing here pretty close to my microphone because I'm in a new office, as you can see, for those of you who are hanging out with me on Facebook Live. And it's a little echoey in here, we've got high ceilings, we've got rock floors. So I'm just gonna try to be super close to my mic, because when I'm close to my mic, my audio sounds better. So hopefully you guys can hear me okay if you're on with me live make sure to say hi, say hello. I love to connect with you and know who's here.
And today we're actually gonna be talking a little bit about blood chemistry markers and which markers you should be using for ... oh, that's weird. And which markers you should be using if you want to try to unwind the reason why you're so tired.
Because honestly, there is nothing more frustrating than going to the doctor, getting a whole bunch of bloodwork done, and then just being told that, "Hey, you're healthy, everything's normal." And you're sitting there being like, "Man, I feel like garbage. I feel like crap. And this guy's telling me, or this gal's telling me, that I'm healthy." Or they're like, "Well you're probably just stressed out." And you're just like, "Man, I've been going to yoga, I've been meditating. My life isn't that stressful. There's something else going on." And you're just not getting validated for that at all.
And so I'm gonna talk to you today about, there's many blood chemistry markers that can help you but I want to focus on three really specific ones, 'cause these are three that don't get ... they're not often run. A couple of them are, but they're definitely ones that you should request, and they should be a part of a standard blood chemistry that you get with your doctor. Okay.
So with blood chemistry, the big reason why everything is always coming back as normal or as in range is because the lab is using really wide reference ranges. So it is actually regulated, or it's a law, that lab ranges, the normal, quote-on-quote normal range, needs to include 90% of the population, okay? And as the population shifts, that range needs to also shift with that population, okay? And so this is a big issue, right, because there's a pretty big trend happening these days where people are getting sicker. People are getting sicker and sicker and I think that's quite apparent when you look at the younger generation. When you look at a lot of the people, you can probably think of a couple people in your life, maybe even yourself, who has an autoimmune condition.
Autoimmune conditions are incredibly common. They get grouped into all these different categories based off of the tissue that is being attacked by the immune system, but they are really all the same process in the body and if you lump them all into one category, for example, that would surpass cancer when it comes to statistics. So a lot of people have autoimmune conditions, a lot of people have a lot of chronic health issues. So as the population gets sicker, those lab ranges legally have to shift to accommodate the sicker population.
So when you're in range, your doctor is telling you that you're normal, really what that means is that you're falling within the spectrum of a population of people who aren't that healthy. So looking at conventional ranges, I mean, it doesn't tell us anything. It doesn't tell us, "Oh, this is actually working fine, you're healthy." It literally just tells us that you're somewhere in an average of a population of people who don't feel great and who are sick and don't necessarily take care of themselves. So we use something in functional medicine, we use functional ranges. These are more narrow lab ranges. They're based off of what's been found to be appropriate for good function. And so these are much more narrow and they also will find things trending in the wrong direction way quicker than any conventional range will pick up.
And so what I mean by this is, your health doesn't go sideways overnight. That doesn't happen. It's always a buildup over time. When you start manifesting symptoms, that actually means that what you've had going on, what caused those symptoms, is something that may have been going on for months, for years, or even decades. And the reason for this is because our bodies are designed to survive. And if we had symptoms, it would be very hard for us to survive in the real world, IE, nature before the industrialized world, right? If we were sick and fatigued and tired, how would we outrun predators? How would we outrun a cougar? Or whatever. How would we find food? How would we hunt if we were tired AF? Right? And so the body tries its best to keep us in balance, to try to keep us at homeostasis, as balanced as possible.
So the body is always compensating. The body doesn't want you to have symptoms. So it spends years trying to keep you balanced, trying to compensate as best it can. During that time, you may not have a lot of symptoms. You're like, "I feel good, life is good." But then suddenly you start manifesting symptoms. And when we start getting symptoms we're like, "Oh man, nothing has changed. I don't know what caused this." But meanwhile, whatever is causing it, the dysfunction that's been kind of pulling at that balance point, that homeostasis in your body, has probably been going on for a really long time. By the time you have symptoms, there is a disease state going on in your body. There is dysfunction. Okay?
And these really wide lab ranges that we're using in the conventional medicine system, they don't pick up dysfunction until things have gotten really friggin' bad, okay? So by the time you are out of range on your blood work, that's a big deal. That's actually super, super out of range. And because those lab ranges are so wide and rarely does your doctor actually explain your blood chemistry to you or even really track when things are maybe shifting in the wrong direction. So maybe you're at optimum, you're right in the middle of the range, and you keep trending right, going further and further towards the high end of range. Maybe this is happening over 10 or 20 years. But your doctor's not tracking that. They're not saying, "This is getting higher." They're not really comparing it. Typically they're just saying, "Oh, that's in range, so you're fine."
And so all this time, unknowingly, your health is getting worse, something is turning in the wrong direction, and then suddenly when you go to the doctor it gets flagged as high, it's outside of the range, and your doctor's like, "Oh, this is a big deal." And you're like, "Oh my god, this happened overnight, this is crazy. Six months ago I was healthy, and now I have a disease." And you get diagnosed with something. And so you're just like, "Oh my god, this just happened overnight. I was healthy and now I'm not." And that's not really what's going on, that's not what's happening. It's actually been developing for years. There's just no one that's actually explained to you that things were actually trending in the wrong direction. Okay?
So, that's me hanging out on my soap box. Okay. So let's talk about, so with functional ranges what I just want to say about that is what's cool when you use them is when things get flagged high on your functional range it's gonna detect things that don't get flagged high in the conventional range. So that means that we can pick up dysfunction well before it turns into a full blown chronic disease. And it means we can turn things around, right? Because it's way easier to turn things around before they've progressed to a certain state. Like, when people get multiple diseases, multiple diagnoses, and they get put on multiple prescription drugs, that's a tough situation. It's not to say that it's not fixable. There's always hope. But it is something that's a big more chronic and it's typically gonna take a longer time to heal. So that is something that is really important to keep in mind.
Okay. So let's talk about the three blood chemistry markers that you ... let's see here. Okay, we'll talk about the three blood chemistry markers that you should be getting measured if you are someone who is really fatigued. You're really tired. You feel really drained, really burnt out, and nothing seems to be fixing it. And guys, I'm having something weird going on with my e-cam right now. Just so you know if you guys are on with me live and you're commenting with me, I actually can't get to the comments because my cursor is stuck to the video screen. And so I can't click on anything. So anyways, we're just gonna roll with that. If you guys are with me say hi, say hello, but if you have questions there's something glitching out here so I'm not gonna actually be able to answer them. But that's okay. I usually come back, if you guys have questions feel free to ask them. I'll come back later and answer them in the comments or I'll add them to the Live Q&A that happens on the last Tuesday of every month at 4:15 PM Pacific Time.
Okay. So the first blood chemistry marker I wanted to mention is something called hemoglobin A1C. Or HA1C. And this is actually a blood sugar measurement, and what's very cool about this marker is it's not just what's going on with your blood sugar on the day that you took the test, it's more of an average of what's been going on with your blood sugar regulation over about three months. Why is this important for energy? Because glucose is our primary energy molecule, right? We use that to give ourself energy. So if you don't metabolize or move glucose very well into your cells there's a good chance you're gonna be feeling really tired. You might be having lots of blood sugar fluctuations. Your energy might go up and down throughout the day. Because your body is not regulating your blood sugar well.
And there can be a few things going on with this. Sometimes there's too much insulin in the blood. Insulin moves that glucose into the cell and if there's too much insulin then it can cause low blood sugar. It can push that glucose too quickly or too aggressively into the cell. Or, if insulin is too little, if there's not enough insulin then every time you eat you have an excessive amount of blood sugar in your blood and because you don't have enough insulin then your body as a really hard time shoveling that glucose into your cell and therefore your energy production is going to be hindered. Okay.
So with a lot of blood work, you may get a fasting glucose, at a minimum. And sure, that's great, it's good to know what's going on with glucose. But without saying insulin, and insulin is actually a pretty rare marker that doctors will actually order, it can be really hard to see what that blood sugar actually means. And that's why I like hemoglobin A1C, because it kind of looks at the whole picture. And where you want to be is you want to be below 5.5%. So if you are above 5.5% or even if you're getting close to 5.5%, maybe you're at 5.4, that can be you trending in the wrong direction and what that will tell you is if you don't turn things around, if you don't get your shit figured out, then you're gonna be on your way to metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes. And so that's a really good measurement, because sometimes why people are so tired is because they don't regulate their blood sugar properly.
And if hemoglobin A1C is high, the first thing you're gonna want to do is take a really good look at your diet. For people who are having issues regulating their blood sugar, if they're having blood glucose metabolism issues, the first place to look is your breakfast. Like what are you eating for breakfast? If you are eating a breakfast that is high in carbohydrate, high in sugar, cereal, muffins, donuts, granola, these are not good things to eat for breakfast. And if you have elevated H1AC or hemoglobin A1C, this is even a bigger deal. I was working with a client earlier this week and he had a high hemoglobin A1C and when I looked at his diet there was lots of fruit, there was lots of granola bars, and there was cereal for breakfast. And I was like, "We need to completely flip this. We need to get you on high protein, high fat diet. We need to reduce the sugar. We need to reduce the refined carbohydrates in order to turn this around." And so that's always where you start.
But if you eat a really healthy diet, if you're eating a paleo-esque sort of diet, higher fat, higher protein, lower carbohydrate, the next thing to look into would be fasting. Intermittent fasting can be really helpful for helping people to reregulate their insulin and their blood sugar. And if you've done that and it's still high then you're gonna want to consider mineral imbalances and gut infections. There are certain situations where the body has chronic infections where they can't actually ... where, sorry, the body will actually keep people insulin resistant on purpose due to the infections that are in the body. So that is the H1AC, and like I said, you want to be below 5.5% for good health and good energy production.
The next marker I want to measure is reverse T3. Okay, so this is, should be, in my opinion, part of every single comprehensive thyroid panel. But rarely is it measured, and you do usually have to request it. In Canada, you can definitely get it from a naturopathic doctor. If you ask your doctor about it they actually may have no idea what you're talking about but it's only about a $40 test. But it's really important. And so yeah, I mean, obviously it's good to look at a comprehensive thyroid marker but reverse T3 is an inactive form of T3. And T3 is just your active thyroid hormone. So that is what regulates your metabolism, what gives you energy, and if your reverse T3 is high it tells you that your body is not producing active thyroid hormone. So that's gonna mean you're gonna have sluggish metabolism, sluggish thyroid activity, and lower energy. And you want your T3 to be below 15. And if it's above 15, that can tell you that you have a chronic infection in your gut. It can also tell you about heavy metal toxicity and that's one I see all the time. And so you're gonna want to look into those things. Look at your exposure to metals, to chemicals, implement some detox strategies, and clear up your gut. 'Cause you want that reverse T3 or that RT3 to be below 15 or you're gonna feel fatigued. You're gonna have low energy.
The next markers, and this is more a collection of markers, this isn't really a single marker, but this is your liver enzymes and your gallbladder enzyme. So this is AST, ALT, and GGT. So AST and ALT, those are your liver enzymes. When those start to get high, what that tells you is that your liver is starting to have a hard time metabolizing fat properly, and sugar. So when your liver enzymes are above ... so you want your AST to be below 20, so between 10 and 20 international units per liter. And you want your ALT to be between 10 and 25 international units per liter. And so when AST and ALT start to get high, that means you are on your way to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. And that just means that your liver is stressed out, it's probably toxic. It means that you're probably eating a diet that is too high in carbohydrates, refined sugar, again, there's a huge dietary component. And you're gonna want to probably take something to help with your liver.
So a supplement that I just ordered, I've been looking into and I'm starting to recommend to clients, is this BioRay Liver Life. It's a liver tonic and it has really amazing herbs that help regenerate your liver. Now, it does have a bit of milk thistle in it, and milk thistle has some detoxification blocking effects, so you do want to cycle on and off of it. Making sure you're not taking it all the time. And guys, if you're asking questions right now on Facebook Live, I'm sorry, I'm glitching out with my e-cam right now so I actually can't see your comments and I don't have the ability to click on them. But, ask your questions and I'll make sure they get answered in the monthly Q&A.
So this liver life from BioRay, really love it. Really good for regenerating the liver. The other marker that is a part of this category is GGT. And GGT, you want it to be between 18 and 28 international units per liter. And if it gets high, that is a sign that your gallbladder is struggling, okay? Your gallbladder probably has thick sluggish toxic bile. The bile isn't flowing. There might be some biliary obstruction, stasis, it's not moving, insufficiency, damage, and that's a big deal. And why should you care about liver, gallbladder, what does this have to do with energy? Well, your liver, it gets the fame for being a detoxification organ. But it actually has mostly digestive function. So if your liver is struggling you're gonna have a hard time breaking down and assimilating nutrients, assimilating food. And that is going to play into your energy levels. And if your bile is sluggish because of gallbladder issues, that's huge because bile is your primary detoxifier. It is a binder. It moves toxins out of the body and it also regulates your hormones. So sluggish bile is a big reason why women have PCOS, why women have estrogen dominance, all these things can affect your energy levels. And a big reason why women are toxic, okay? Also a huge reason why they have thyroid issues. Because you need to have good bile function in order to convert the inactive T4 hormone to the active T3 hormone. Okay?
So bile is friggin' important, okay? And if your GGT is high that means your gallbladder is failing and that means you may be on your way to getting gallbladder surgery. Which you don't need to get. The gallbladder is not a throwaway organ. So if you see that GGT above 28, you need to get your bile flowing. I love bitters, Canadian bitters is one that I use personally, if you're in Canada this is what I recommend. If you're in the States I use Dr. Shades Bitters #9 from Quicksilver. Or Urban Moonshine also makes a good one. So any good bitter tincture. You also want to get coline. If you are someone who has non alcoholic fatty liver disease, you should get on coline. You want to do 500 mg of coline three times a day, do this for six weeks, and then retest and see where your liver enzymes are at. And there will be a good chance that they have come down if you've also added into your regime a really good diet and really good sleep, okay?
The other thing that I really love for sluggish gallbladder is something called tudca, it's a really, really special bile acid and it can also help get the bile flowing. You'll also want to consider bile building foods or bile stimulating foods, so your grains are really fantastic ways to stimulate bile. Any bitter foods like dandelion, chicory, ginger will do it, a really high quality cup of coffee in the morning is a good way to stimulate bile. Beet juice. Celery juice. All these things are great bile stimulants. So yeah. Definitely look into those things. Okay.
So let's do a quick recap before I hop off, guys. So the three blood chemistry markers that you definitely want to be looking at if your energy is in the toilet. Number one is the hemoglobin A1C so this is your blood sugar marker that shows you an average of glucose metabolism over three months. And you want that to be below 5.5%. If it's above 5.5%, you're probably on your way to type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. But, luckily, you can turn it around by getting your diet dialed in, looking at your minerals, and looking at any exposure to gut infections.
Number two is reverse T3, this should be a part of any comprehensive thyroid panel. It's an inactive thyroid hormone and your body will push it into that when there is thyroid dysfunction but typically when there are infections and heavy metal toxicity and that will make you tired. And then you always want to be looking at your liver enzymes and gallbladder enzymes, AST and ALT. Those should be below ... AST should be below 20, ALT should be below 25, and your GGT should be below 28. And if those are trending high, that's a sign that you are moving towards non alcoholic fatty liver disease and possible gallbladder surgery, so love your bile. Think about ways to stimulate your bile. Stimulate your liver. Consider doing a good detox strategy. Try to get that stuff moving and get your diet dialed in. Reduce that sugar, reduce those carbohydrates, and make sure to get sleep.
Okay, guys. So I hope that was helpful. Again if you have comments, I'll come back to them after. I'll make sure to add them to the live Q&A that happens the last Tuesday of every month. Typically we do these Facebook Lives on Tuesdays at 4:15 Pacific. This week was a little crazy, but I wanted to make sure that I squeezed it in. And guys, the podcast of this goes out every Thursday so if you don't have time to consume video, like me, you can listen to this as a podcast. It's just the HIGH on Energy podcast, and you can subscribe to that on iTunes, on Spotify, on Google Play, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Alright guys, thank you so much for tuning in. As always, I hope this was helpful and I will talk to you guys soon.