As an educated patient, you know that nutrition is important. You know that the foods you eat affect your health. However, the nutrients you do not consume, but perhaps need, may also have a huge impact on your body.
Nobody’s diet is perfect, but even people who have near perfect diets can have metabolic dysfunctions leading to nutrient deficiencies and toxicities. Genetic predispositions to disease may place a heavier nutritional burden on your body. Physical, mental and emotional stress can increase nutrient metabolism and can also lead to deficiencies. Research suggests that nutritional deficiencies are at the root of most chronic diseases. Treating nutritional imbalances increases a person’s overall health and their ability to combat chronic illness.
People blindly take vitamins and supplements to account for the fact that they may have holes in their diet. However, multivitamins and supplements are not one-size-fits-all. It is important to understand which supplements are right for your body, your lifestyle, and your circumstances. This ensures your unique nutritional needs are met without wasting money on items that could be unnecessary or harmful.
Our Personalized Nutritional Evaluation delivers precise insights about the way your nutrition and your environment impact your body. This specialized blood and urine based test and follow up consultation are designed to assess your nutritional-metabolic health and to determine which nutrients—amino acids, essential fatty acids, and vitamin and mineral cofactors—will specifically help you regain your health and vitality and reduce your risk of chronic illness.
Nutrition touches many aspects of your health. Some of the diseases and conditions affected by nutrition are:
- Auto-Immune Disease
- Heart Disease
- Intestinal Symptoms (bloating, diarrhea, gas)
- Joint Pain
What does this test measure?
Antioxidants are essential for the healthy function of the neurological, endocrine, and immune systems. Antioxidants are protective molecules that reduce free radical damage, also known as oxidative stress. Free radicals can cause severe injury to cells. Low levels of antioxidants lessen your protection from these harmful compounds. Oxidative stress is linked to premature aging, heart disease, neurological diseases, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Our Nutritional Evaluation assesses both oxidative stress and antioxidant protection.
Amino acids serve as the body’s basic building blocks and are responsible for the production of bone and muscle. Balance of amino acids is also critical for proper nerve function, metabolism, detoxification, and digestion. When certain amino acids are too high or too low, the result can be fatigue, increased cardiovascular risk, impaired cognitive function, and mood instability or depression. Once identified, imbalances can be corrected, helping to prevent many chronic illnesses before they can cause severe lasting damage.
Fatty acids are essential to the construction of cell membranes. Too little or too much fat can cause health problems, but what is most critical is the TYPES of fats in your diet. Reduced levels of certain fats can result in depression, hyperactivity, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, as well as senility. In addition, pregnant and lactating mothers should have their fatty acids tested to ensure their children receive the fats needed for proper brain and nerve development. Measurement is the only means to determine your individual needs.
Minerals serve as structural building blocks and help regulate our body’s processes. These minerals come from the diet or through supplements. Essential minerals such as magnesium, copper and manganese cannot be made by the body and are needed for many physiological processes. If proper amounts are not consumed, problems such as joint pain, fatigue, weight problems, depressed libido, depression, or anxiety can occur. Laboratory testing of these minerals can provide valuable information about your health.
Optimal intestinal health not only supports proper digestive function but also contributes to nutritional and immune support. The good bacteria in our digestive tract help to break down our food as well as provide us with essential vitamins and nutritional elements. The cultures of good bacteria are impaired by the overgrowth of harmful intestinal strains causing fatigue, allergies, bloating, constipation, and poor nutritional absorption from the food we eat. Our nutritional test uses various metabolic markers to evaluate your intestinal function and overall digestive health.
Contaminated water and food sources, laboratory equipment, dental work, pollution and other environmental factors expose our bodies to many different toxic elements. Often these toxins, such as mercury, lead, arsenic, or other heavy metals, create an added stress on our bodies. If the toxic load is too much for the body’s natural detoxification processes to eliminate, it can lead to allergies, fatigue, depression, and poor wound healing. Evaluation of these elements can help you determine your body’s exposure to these harmful elements.
We are also offering this test to patients who are not members of our concierge medical practice. Interested in participating in our Personalized Nutritional Evaluation?Contact us to learn about the process!
To your health!