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Vitamin & Micronutrient Testing
Optimal nutrition is the most essential and fundamental aspect of health. If your body is missing key vitamins and minerals, the cells within your body will not work at their highest level. Your performance will eventually suffer and you may accumulate or experience vague symptoms yet to be diagnosed by other forms of testing.
Vitamin and mineral analysis can reveal a person’s functional nutritional status over a much longer time period than conventional serum testing. The micronutrient test gives a more meaningful measurement of nutritional status than any other form of nutritional testing by evaluating how well your body absorbs and utilizes each nutrient.
The correct balance of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants is critical for achieving and maintaining optimal health. The needs of your body are unique, and nutrient deficiencies can contribute to disease development and progression. This must be understood in order to effectively treat the root cause of disease.
Nutrient deficiencies can occur for many reasons:
- Inadequate intake in the diet
- Poor absorption in your digestive track (Very common problem with leaky gut patients)
- Inhibitors within cells that do not allow proper use of the nutrient
- Loss of nutrients through excretion or sweating
- Increased needs of working tissues
- Not transported into the cell effectively
- Insufficient cofactors or enzymes needed to properly utilize the nutrient
Standard serum (blood) tests measure the quantities of vitamins and minerals, essentially whether it is present at “normal” levels or not. This type of test provides little insight into the intracellular level and function of these nutrients.
A functional deficiency can then be anything that decreases the amount of the nutrient, or its ability to perform its role in vital biochemical pathways. As a result, these defective pathways working at a less than optimal level over months to years can manifest as symptoms and/or actual disease states.
Masking the symptoms, or treating the downstream deficiency found on standard laboratory tests, is not a sustainable treatment to achieve optimal health. The flaw in this theory is that it does not address the nutrient imbalances and functional deficiencies that may have contributed to the manifestation of the disease state in the first place. This would be similar to covering the service engine light on your car’s dashboard to “fix” the problem instead of having a mechanic look under the hood to determine what triggered the light to turn on in the first place.
This micronutrient test is a simple blood test that can effectively determine how these nutrients are working to maintain healthy cellular function essential to your immune system and overall health.
By testing rather than guessing, test helps us evaluate your unique nutrient profile and provides a scientific basis for recommended supplementation, dietary changes, and lifestyle modifications.
This allows targeted treatment of the specific genetic, metabolic, biochemical and physiological requirements of each patient to more quickly restore health and optimal function.