Why should I have nutrient testing done??
Nutrient status is a vital foundation of health. Each micronutrient plays an indispensable role in promoting optimal cell function. When some cells do not function at their best, the foundation of our health is compromised, setting the stage for the development of disease. Identifying and correcting nutritional deficiencies is an important step in the long-term maintenance of optimal health.
Vitamin deficiencies aren’t just a reflection of diet. Since we are all biochemically unique, nutrient deficiencies will vary from patient to patient, and do not necessarily correlate directly with nutrient intake, even among those with similar health conditions. Many factors beyond diet determine whether nutrient function is adequate. These include biochemical individuality, genetic predisposition, absorption and metabolism, age, disease conditions and medications.
At Balanced Well-Being Healthcare we offer several resources for nutrient testing. We believe that every person, no matter what the condition, should have a baseline functional assessment of their nutrient status.
There is overwhelming evidence today that nutrient status and deficiencies play a role in the development of chronic disease. Current medical literature is full of studies supporting the use of nutrients for disease prevention and treatment. See my post on Vitamin D. We know it is now useful to help prevent cancers, muscle aches, multiple sclerosis, manage diabetes and more.
Another example is B complex deficiencies. Adequate vitamin B 12 is required for a host of cellular function. Deficiency can lead to anemia, fatigue, vague abdominal complaints, diarrhea, and ultimately severe neurological problems like dementia and neuropathy. Many people are undiagnosed with B12 deficiency and routine serum tests at your doctor’s office are often normal. We often don’t diagnose B12 deficiency until pathology has already occurred. With functional testing that we offer at Balanced Well-Being Healthcare, we can diagnose nutrient deficiencies much earlier and prevent chronic disease.
Nutrient supplements should be respected and treated like medications. Just as no medication is right for everyone, no supplement may be right for everyone. We encourage every patient to know their nutrient status and be aggressive about supplementing with adequate replacements. A functional medicine visit with a doctor at Balanced Well-Being Healthcare can help you take control of your health and understand your personal nutrient status!