Nutritional status is the single most important determinant of health. Nutritional status plays a role in the root cause of many chronic health conditions, and in order to experience long-term relief and complete remission this factor has to be addressed. True prevention and wellness cannot take place without addressing nutrient status.
What are micronutrients?
Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals. They are essential nutrients that we need in small amounts in order to function optimally. A comprehensive micronutrient assessment can test the levels of over 35 vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and fatty acids, making it a key component to a wellness plan.
In contrast to macronutrients, which are the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats that we consume through our diet.
Health conditions correlated with micronutrient status
Fertility (Female & Male)
High Blood Pressure
Weakened Immune System
Factors that can increase your need for vitamins/minerals
Medication (many medications cause nutrient depletion and create dependency as a result)
Physical activity/Weight training
A word on hair mineral analysis.
Hair mineral analysis tests have become popular and widely available. However their utility is often misrepresented. Hair mineral analysis can give an indication of excretion of minerals. They are not a measure of the levels of vitamins and minerals within your cells. Levels of some vitamins can be measured in urine. However a blood test is needed in order to get a complete assessment of vitamin and mineral status.
Why micronutrients should be re-tested?
Nutrient status is dynamic. It changes with our lifestyles and as the demands on our body change. Depending on whether you have a health condition and the severity, this would impact how often you would need to re-test your nutrient status.
Does Insurance cover micronutrient testing?
Some insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of micronutrient testing if you have a diagnosis that demonstrates medical necessity but usually there is still a substantial co-pay.
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