So you think you are eating a healthy diet?

Nutritional testing shows that most people do not.

Even if you are “eating properly” and “taking supplements”, nutritional testing has revealed deficiencies that could lead to health issues.

Many factors affect nutrient status

Dietary Intake– the quality, quantity, and the way food is cooked affect absorption
Absorption– also affected by combining foods, beverages or alchohol
Storage– some nutrients can be stored in the body and some must be consumed regularly
Gender– men and woman have different nutritional needs at different times in their lives
Socioeconomics-healthy foods cost more than junk food
Culture/Ethnicity– some cultures do not promote healthy eating
Pregnancy– dramatically increases the nutritional needs; the fetus will steal nutrients from the mother
Exercise– athletes require much higher levels of nutrients and anti-oxidants
Tobacco/Alcohol– drug use increase cell damage and the need for anti-oxidants
Age– children, teens, and the elderly all have different nutritional needs
Metabolism– affected by genetics, exercise and drugs
Excretion– loss of nutrients can occur through bowel, bladder, and skin
Hormonal Status– nutritional status is affected by male, female, thyroid, and adrenal hormones
Genetic Influences– predispositions exist toward certain diseases such as diabetes
Disease and Illness– increase the need for nutrients

Common drugs (prescription and OTC) that deplete nutritional status:

Antacids    
Antibiotics    
Anticonvulsants
Antidepressants    
Anti-inflammatories     
Antiviral agents    
Cardiovascular drugs    
Cholesterol drugs    
Diabetic drugs    
Diuretics    
Female hormones

The newest technology to evaluate nutritional status is now available. In the past this type of nutritional evaluation would have cost thousands of dollars, and it is now available for less than $400 (even less with Medicare and some insurances).

The Spectracell vitamin and nutrient analysis panel determines a nutritional assimilation value for over 30 nutrients. The results reflect the last 6 months of nutrient intake, so are not affected by fasting and recent intake. The Spectracell nutrient panel includes:

  • Biotin
  • Folate
  • Pantothenate
  • Vitamins: A,B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K2
  • Minerals: calcium, copper, magnesium, chromium, selenium, and zinc
  • Amino Acids: asparagine, glutamine, serine, carnitine, and choline
  • Antioxidants: lipoic acid, Co Q 10, cysteine, and glutathione
  • SPECTROX™: total antioxidant function
  • Fructose sensitivity and glucose/insulin metabolism for evaluating risk of diabetes
  • Oleic acid for evaluation of omega 3 fatty acid assimilation

The micro-nutrient tests measures how micro-nutrients are actually functioning within your white blood cells. These tests allow nutritional assessment for a broad variety of clinical conditions including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, various immunological disorders, metabolic disorders and micro-nutrient deficiencies. The micro-nutrient test also provides you with targeted nutrient repletion recommendations for those vitamins and minerals found to be deficient.

The same technology also provides a total antioxidant function test (SPECTROX™) which assesses the ability of cells to resist damage caused by free radicals and other forms of oxidative stress.

Nutritional Blood Testing

According to the US government (NHANES study), most Americans are not consuming adequate nutrients in their diet and would benefit from nutritional supplementation. Overwhelming scientific evidence confirms that vitamin deficiencies are associated with disease processes and the overall condition of one’s health. Vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function and contribute to chronic degenerative processes such as arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

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