BIOTRANSFORMATION & ELIMINATION:
refers to the way in which the body handles products of metabolism, toxic elements, drugs, and other chemicals, and eliminates waste through the urine, stool, and sweat.

It is a normal function that has occurred since the day each of us was born, and is a requirement for healthy, vibrant living. Chronic disease may occur as a result of disruption to the body’s ability to eliminate toxins it produces, or from environmental exposures. In some cases, toxins mimic hormones and the chemicals of nerve signaling, and such chemical confusion can wreak havoc on normal body functions.These are referred to as xenobiotics and neurotoxins. Nutrient deficiencies, gut microbial imbalance, or genetic alterations can also affect the ability of the body to transform, break down, or eliminate waste. The reality is that our industrialized culture with its use of plastics and other petrochemicals, herbicides, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, food additives, household cleaners, detergents, personal care products, and toxic metals, has greatly burdened what we have evolved to tolerate in our environment.In addition, the modifiable lifestyle factors of Sleep, Movement, Nutrition, Stress, and Relationships should be evaluated for areas of need and corrective measures taken.

IMBALANCES

When there are imbalances in BIOTRANSFORMATION & ELIMINATION a person may notice symptoms such as sensitivity to environmental exposures (like perfumes), diseases of the liver and pancreas, hormonal alterations, skin changes, headaches, chronic fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, muscle pain and tenderness.

NUTRIENTS

Nutrients that can be helpful when there are imbalances in BIOTRANSFORMATION & ELIMINATION include: clean water, vitamin A, adequate dietary sulfur and protein, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folate, lemon, herbs like rosemary and the yellow pigment and active component in the spice turmeric called curcumin.

LIFESTYLE FACTORS

To further evaluate imbalances in BIOTRANSFORMATION & ELIMINATION the following tests may be helpful: NutrEval FMV (Genova Diagnostics), the GI Effects 2200 (Genova Diagnostics), plasma methylation profile, toxic metal and toxic non-metal profiles (Great Plains Laboratory and others), and pharmacogenomics and other genetic studies.

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Understand The Seven “Nodes” on the Functional Medicine Matrix

Assimilation

Please click to learn about the Assimilation node of the Functional Medicine Matrix. Assimilation refers to digestion and absorption of nutrients in the gut, as well as the health, diversity, and balance of the microbes that inhabit the digestive tract.

Biotransformation

Please click to learn about the Biotransformation & Elimination node of the Functional Medicine Matrix.Biotransformation & Elimination refers to the way in which the body handles products of metabolism, toxic elements, drugs, and other chemicals, and eliminates waste through the urine, stool, and sweat.

Communication

Please click to learn about the Communication node of the Functional Medicine Matrix. Communication refers to hormones, neurotransmitters (the chemicals nerve cells use to communicate with one another), and inflammatory mediators called “cytokines.”

Defense & Repair

Please click to learn about the Defense & Repair node of the Functional Medicine Matrix.Defense & Repair refers to chronic inflammation, how different parts of the body influence the immune system, and the factors that lead to a breakdown in the normal role of the immune system.

Energy

Please click to learn about the Energy node of the Functional Medicine Matrix. Energy refers to the way that every cell in your body creates the fuel that it needs to carry out normal biological functions.

STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY & TRANSPORT

Please click to learn about the Structural Integrity & Transport nodes of the Functional Medicine Matrix. These refer to two critical and over-lapping functions in the systems that govern how the body works.

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