Do you feel like you’re operating like a well-oiled engine? Do you feel young, energetic and full of mental clarity? If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” it may be time to take a deep dive into what’s really going on in your body, and more specifically your nutrition.
For starters, did you know that a single nutrient can be responsible for hundreds of biological functions in your body? Let’s take Magnesium for example. Magnesium is responsible for over 200 neurological processes, so when someone is not producing, consuming or utilizing adequate levels, they may begin to experience headaches, brain fog, poor memory or concentration, and decreased moods.
Now, oftentimes when one nutrient is deficient, it can also begin to affect the production and utilization of other nutrients, leaving an individual at risk for cognitive and energy issues, as well as chronic diseases. This is why it’s more important than ever to test your nutrient levels on a regular basis and support your body with high-quality, whole food-based supplements when necessary.
Because we believe that sound nutrition is at the core of optimal health, we always conduct several analyses during the very first appointment with our patients and on follow-up nutrition appointments. By examining the results of these tests, we can get a good idea on what’s really going on within the body and how we can address any issues at the root source and naturally. The initial results will also serve as a baseline for us to wage success and progress as an individual moves through their program.
Some of the tests we conduct include:
- Calcium Test (aka “Calf Test”). The goal of this test is to find out at what point your muscles begin cramping when placed in a pressure cuff. Muscle cramping before 240 mmHg using the cuff would indicate a calcium deficiency. Individuals with a low calcium may also experience symptoms such as:
- Extreme fatigue
- Dental problems
- More severe PMS symptoms (in women)
- And depression
- Zinc Test (aka “Swish Test”). Each patient is asked to swish a mixture of Zinc and distilled water in their mouth and subjectively assess the taste of it. This can indicate the zinc stores of the body. If you detect a very strong Zinc or metal taste (or a 10 on the scale), then your Zinc stores are not depleted. For those who do not have a strong taste of Zinc, this would indicate that the Zinc in the body is deficient and needs to be assessed. If Zinc is depleted, it is extremely likely that other trace minerals are depleted also. The role of zinc in the body is to aid the immune system in fighting off bad bacteria and viruses. The body also needs Zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in each and every cell. Symptoms of Zinc deficiency include:
- Poor neurological function
- Weak immunity
- Allergies to food and the environment
- Thinning hair
- Gut issues
- Skin issues such as acne or rashes
There are several factors that affect our nutrition. Of course, we should be wary of the genetic modification of various foods, the stripping of nutrients from grain products, and processed foods. In addition to this, one should also understand that as we age, the body changes and levels of nutrients and hormones naturally decline. And although we cannot prevent aging, we do have the control to replenish what our bodies may be lacking or losing.
If you’re interested in testing your nutrient levels and taking the steps to feel young and energetic your entire life, then we’d love to meet you!
Schedule your first appointment today by calling 337-478-1313.