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When Paleo Isn’t Enough: Finding the HIDDEN Cause

by Reed Davis
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Eat, sleep and move according to our ancestral expectations. It is sound advice and the cornerstones upon which good health is built. Thousands of people have overcome debilitating disease, lost a ton of weight, defeated autoimmune diseases and more just by following these simple, paleo tenants.


What About the People That Don’t Get Better?

What happens when avoiding dietary toxins, getting a good night’s sleep and ditching the chronic cardio aren’t enough? Do we blame Paleo?  Do we blame the person following the program?  Maybe they needed more sleep but their blood sugar was an issue.  Maybe their adrenals were exhausted and they couldn’t regulate their cortisol level.  Maybe they were eating what was assumed to be the right foods but had a food sensitivity.  Maybe this, maybe that, maybe, maybe, maybe.  When it comes to someone’s health– when it comes to your health, do you really want to guess?

Don’t Guess – TEST!

GAPS. Autoimmune protocol. Whole30. Gluten free. FODMAP free. Nightshade free.……the list of dietary protocols available is endless. So we bounce around from protocol to protocol in this never-ending battle of trial-and-error, blindly throwing darts at our dart board of health concerns.

Instead of blindly guessing, join the ranks of people who are using functional medicine tests to help pinpoint the root cause of their body’s distress. Behaviors are adjusted according to the test results, and then tests can be repeated to ensure progress is being made.

One testing option is the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® method, which uses functional lab testing to uncover H.I.D.D.E.N stressors in the Hormone, Immune, Digestive, Detoxification, Energy Production and Nervous Systems. These tests identify the healing opportunities and lead the way in restoring balance and function to these systems so the body can heal naturally.

Metabolic Chaos

What we generally discover through lab testing is a state of “metabolic chaos.” The body is a phenomenal orchestra of cells, organs, systems, tissues, fluids, gases, chemicals and energy. In order to function, all of these systems MUST work together to maintain a state of homeostasis. In other words, our bodies are constantly striving to be in harmony and balance. When the body is in homeostasis, it operates with ease. All is well, and you feel great. Therefore, when you don’t feel great, it is a clear sign that something is out of balance and homeostasis has been interrupted.

The body has an innate desire and the ability to be in homeostasis, so Homeostasis = health!


A disruption in balance has a domino effect and spills over to other functions in the body, eventually leading to the symptoms many people are experiencing on a day to day basis. This state of imbalance causes the body to operate in a state of dis-ease; in fact, it is this state of imbalance that causes almost all diseases! This is why, in FDN, we address the hidden stressors that disrupt homeostasis, instead of chasing symptoms. We seek to restore function and aid the body in healing itself, and returning to a state of ease.

Data-Driven Results

Once we have the correct data on the body’s systems, we can point our compass in the right direction – not by treating symptoms, but by rebuilding health through natural protocols. These protocols are done without drugs or surgery using “lifestyle medicine” akin to paleo philosophies. In the FDN world, we call it D.R.E.S.S. – Diet, Rest, Exercise, Supplementation and Stress Management – appealing to our body’s genetic/ancestral expectations in each area.

Check out this short video where I talk about the links between H.I.D.D.E.N stressors and your health and why the symptoms you or your clients are experiencing often appear last.

Whether you are a personal trainer, nutritionist, health coach or just trying to be the healthiest you can be, click here to find out more about FDN and how you can discover the root cause of your health concerns.

Examining Clouds picture licensed under the Creative Commons


The Paleo movement incorporates several different optimizing perspectives for helping you improve your health, all based on the latest science. Everyone is different. We want to support you in understanding your unique genetic makeup, symptoms and health goals so you can choose the path that is right for you.

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Reed Davis

Reed Davis

Reed is a Certified Nutritional Therapist and Founder of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) Certification Course.