Get Helpful Nutritional Testing Services Today

Get Helpful Nutritional Testing Services Today

Narberth Family Medicine & Acupuncture Center is a clinic in Narberth, Pennsylvania that offers nutritional testing services. Our goal is to help you ensure that you’re getting the right amount of nutrients in your system and make the right health-related decisions.

Why You Need Nutritional Testing

Nutritional testing results show that most people aren’t on a healthy diet, despite eating properly and taking supplements. This type of testing can reveal deficiencies that could lead to health issues down the road.

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Factors that Affect the Status of Nutrients

  • Dietary Intake. The quality, quantity, and the way food is cooked can affect absorption.
  • Absorption. Is also affected by combining foods, beverages, or alcohol.
  • 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 food cost more than junk food.
  • Culture and Ethnicity. Some cultures do not promote healthy eating.
  • Pregnancy. Can dramatically increase the nutritional needs because the fetus will steal nutrients from the mother.
  • Exercise. Athletes require much higher levels of nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Tobacco and Alcohol. The intake of these substances can increase cell damage and the need for antioxidants.
  • Age. Children, teens, and the elderly all have different nutritional needs.
  • Metabolism. Can be affected by genetics, exercise, and drug usage.
  • Excretion. Loss of nutrients can occur through bowel, bladder, and skin excretion.
  • 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. These can increase the body’s need for nutrients.

Common prescription and over-the-counter drugs and body processes can also deplete your nutritional status, like:

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

The Micronutrient Test

These tests measure how micronutrients function within your white blood cells. They allow assessments for many clinical conditions like arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, immunological disorders, metabolic disorders, and micronutrient deficiencies.

It can provide you with targeted nutrient repletion recommendations for vitamins and minerals that have been found to be deficient. This technology also gives a total antioxidant function test which assesses the ability of cells to resist damage.

The Spectracell Nutrient Panel

The technology needed to evaluate a person’s nutritional status would have cost thousands of dollars in the past. Today it is easier to access through a company called Spectracell. We frequently use this lab for our new patients to get a baseline of their nutritional status.

The SpectraCell analysis panel can determine a nutritional assimilation value for over 30 nutrients. Since its results can reflect the last 6 months, it won’t be affected by fasting and a sudden nutrient intake. This 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 your risk of diabetes
  • Oleic acid for evaluating Omega-3 fatty acid assimilation

Nutritional Blood Testing

According to the US government, a NHANES study has found that majority of Americans fail to consume adequate nutrients in their diet. It also stated that most of us would benefit from supplementation.

Scientific evidence also confirms that vitamin deficiencies are associated with the process of diseases and one’s overall health condition. They can also suppress immune function and contribute to a variety of chronic degenerative processes.

Get Your Nutritional Levels Tested Today

Nutrients are important for your health! Find out if you’re consuming the right amount by checking out our nutritional testing services today.