Is Nutritional Testing Right for You?
Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress the functions of the immune system leaving us more susceptible to chronic diseases like arthritis, autoimmune conditions, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
But I hear from patients all the time “I eat a balanced diet, exercise and take a multivitamin, how can I be missing nutrients?” Did you know that 50% of people taking multivitamins are still nutritionally deficient? Many people lead healthy lifestyles, yet some individuals still have deficiencies. Why?
Because each of us is metabolically and biochemically unique, the micronutrient requirements for one person may be quite different than the requirements of another.
Although you may eat a balanced diet, if you do not absorb vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and/or other essential micronutrients properly, you can have deficiencies. Instead of the old saying “You are what you eat” we should be saying “you are what you digest and absorb”
Health conditions such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, fatigue and multiple sclerosis, to name a few, can be affected directly or indirectly by micronutrient deficiencies.
Our micronutrient requirements at age 30 are quite different from our requirements at age 40, 50 and beyond. Absorption difficulties, especially of vitamin B12, quite commonly occur as we age.
Excessive physical activity, prescription drugs, smoking, alcohol, stress and sedentary habits all impact micronutrient demands.
When considering if you should be supplementing nutrients the right question should be “what supplements are right for me, given my personal medical history, genetics and lifestyle. Try not to fall into the “Dr. Oz trap” where you are taking everything anyone ever mentions might be helpful for a symptom you are having. The solution is instead micronutrient testing. With a simple blood draw you will determine the nutrients in which you are specifically deficient and choose supplements based on your actual deficiencies. Since the “more is better” philosophy can be dangerous in both pharmaceuticals and supplements, we recommend that patients stop guessing and start testing when it comes to nutritional status.
At Colorado Center of Health and Nutrition we offer SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Test which measures 35 specific micronutrients – vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and metabolites – and how they affect cellular function in a person. Correlating micronutrient deficiencies not only slows aging and degenerative disease progression, it can also prevent as well as repair cellular dysfunction, and by extension, disease.
In Good Health,