#49: Liver Markers You Don’t Want To Miss and Functional Blood Chemistry (FBCA)– The Body’s Chemical “Factory” [Part 3]

#49: Liver Markers You Don’t Want To Miss and Functional Blood Chemistry (FBCA)– The Body’s Chemical “Factory” [Part 3]



In the last episodes #47 and #48, we talked about several aspects related to two of your powerhouse organs: liver and gallbladder.

Initially, I had planned to focus today’s episode on my personal experiences of doing three liver flushes to conclude this mini-series. Well, I’ve changed my mind. I am taking a step back to discuss:

  • Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis (FBCA) is a tool used to interpret your blood test results.
  • Two blood markers related to liver and gallbladder health often neglected.

I’ve got a great show for you. This is the kind of information you want to know and deserve to know.

Are you ready?


Let’s get started with a few hand motions…

  • Raise your hand if you get your blood drawn annually.
  • Raise your hand if you accept your doctor’s feedback: your numbers are within normal ranges.
  • Raise your hand if you’ve got the ‘your labs are ‘normal’ feedback but you felt like crap and are unclear what to do next.
  • Raise your hand if you are confident your doctor is running comprehensive panels for you.
  • Raise your hand if you know what these biomarkers and panels are…Especially if you have preconditions, chronic diseases, have been on a SAD (Standard American Diet) for years, and/or you’ve been NOT feeling healthy for a while.

I am setting the stage for three recommendations:

  • Getting your blood tests at least once/year.
  • Staying in your power and getting what you need and deserve tested.
  • Assuring you get biomarkers tested for a deep analysis of your health.

As a holistic health coach and fitness trainer, one of my jobs is to help you go from point A to B. Knowing where you stand today will help us to build a health plan that will help you reach optimal health.

I have yet to meet a person showing all markers within optimal levels and that includes me. Your body is adaptive and is always changing in response to the environment.

I recommend you walk to your doctor’s office empowered and handing him/her a list of labs and markers to run. Then, get your results interpreted from a Functional perspective—I can help you!

OK, let’s talk about the difference between Functional and “Regular” or “Normal” ranges.

The normal or pathological are very wide ranges to detect health problems before emergency. They are based on statistics and not on whether a certain value represents good health or optimal physiological function. Another big problem is the way reporting is presented to you: it looks at one marker at a time in a linear way. This is NOT the way the body works.

You do NOT want to ‘wait’ until it’s a problem or pathology. Many people who do not feel well and crappy will come out “normal” on a blood test.

“Normal” is NOT optimal.

Functional ranges are narrower and are based on optimal physiology and not the “normal” population. Functional ranges are known as optimal ranges and ‘Regular” are known as pathological or disease ranges.  The values in between the two ranges are considered sub-clinical and can indicate the early stages of disease.

Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis (FBCA) gives you an indication of the level of dysfunction that exists in the various physiological systems in the body. It helps you identify the factors that obstruct you from achieving optimal physiological, biochemical, and metabolic functioning in your body.

Here is something I need to tell you…

You are NOT to be labeled by any of the labs, whether blood, or stool, or saliva, or urine by anyone. Functional lab testing is to identify malfunctions and healing opportunities within hormones, digestion, immune system, detoxification, energy production, and nervous system. I am NOT in the business of diagnosing or treating disease. I am your coach working in a non-specific matter, identifying healing opportunities and underlying causes. The numbers mean little without doing full history and applying clinical correlation.

I apply wellness principles on a journey of ever-deepening insights about individual obstacles to health and opportunities over overcoming them. FBCA is one incredible tool I LOVE to incorporate into a plan of attack that removes contributors to imbalances. And no worries, I give you a list containing the biomarkers for your doctor to run. If you don’t have health insurance, I can set you with a laboratory to get them done. That’s how I get mine done.

If you wish to age beautifully, stay away as much as possible from surgeries and loads of medications, you want to pursue being “optimal” not “normal”.  FBCA is a tool that empowers you to PREVENT disease.

Now that I got optimal versus ‘normal’ out of the way, let’s talk about two liver and gallbladder biomarkers that are often ignored by main stream practitioners looking at individual markers.

The most common biomarkers run for liver health are ALT (Alanine aminotransferase), AST (Aspartate aminotransferase), Alkaline Phosphorus, Albumin, Total Protein, and Bilirubin.

Yet, I’ve seen many health care professionals omit one or more of these basic liver markers/

The two enzymes often ignored that I don’t want you to miss are GGT and LDH:

  • GGT (Gamma-glutamyl transferase) detects liver and bile duct problems. This marker is also used to monitor alcohol consumption. The optimal range in US units is between 10 and 17 IU/L instead of the conventional range of 3 and 85 IU/L.
    • Elevated numbers could mean biliary obstruction or insufficiency. Could be liver cell damage, Higher number could also mean alcoholism and acute or chronic pancreatitis.
    • We have a better idea of healing opportunities when we other markers mentioned earlier.
  • LDH (Lactate dehydrogenase) which is not be confused with LDL, is found in the liver among several other parts of the body. LDH represents a group of enzymes that are involved in carbohydrate metabolism. LDH is released in greater quantity into the bloodstream when there is damage to tissues. The functional range in US units is 140-200 IU/L vs. the conventional range of 100-200 IU/L.
    • Elevated numbers could be liver and biliary dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, anemia, tissue destruction, viral infection, and tissue inflammation.
    • We are able to come closer to the root cause of the problem when we look at other markers and how they are impacting each other.

Now, check this out…

When we see imbalances in liver markers, we get to look at Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and ratios too. Elevated cardiovascular numbers could be due to decreased bile efficiency.

The body is amazing, isn’t?

I hope is this information raises your awareness of functional ranges and the fact that your [blood] markers are NOT made to be interpreted standalone.

If this discussion made you curious and intrigued about Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, I am here to help you.

I offer a standalone session that includes a comprehensive FBCA report and key lifestyle recommendations to get you to get back on track. I also include FBCA in all one-on-one health programs—of course, if you don’t want this magical tool included, I can remove it from the package.

Book a call at www.BeFabBeYou.com. I would love to be part of your health village and healing journey.

Next episode, I will wrap up this mini-series about the liver and gallbladder. I will share my experiences doing a few liver flushes and a few reasons someone may consider doing liver flushes.

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