Body Composition Testing
One of the most overlooked aspects of a health, nutrition, and fitness program is body composition testing. A healthy body composition (proper muscle-to-fat ratio) has been associated with longevity and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic health conditions. Approximately 65% of Americans are overweight or obese, which can increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, hormonal imbalances, and cardiovascular disease.
A comprehensive and successful program should include body composition testing (fat & lean tissue ratios). Weight loss doesn’t mean healthy if you’re losing muscle, water, and retaining unhealthy fat. Loss of muscle results in loss of ability to burn calories, which makes it much more difficult to maintain fat loss over time. An imbalance in body composition can also lead to serious health problems.
ALCAT Food & Chemical Sensitivity Testing
ALCAT is one of the industry pioneers in both food and chemical sensitivity testing.
Food sensitivities have been linked to multiple chronic health conditions involving inflammation, such as:
- gastrointestinal disorders
- eczema and psoriasis
- non-seasonal allergies
- migraines and fatigue
This cutting-edge technology uses standard blood sample testing that analyzes leukocyte cellular reactivity in whole blood to pinpoint substances that your body cannot recognize and digest appropriately.
Food Sensitivity vs. Allergic Reactions
Food Allergies occur when your immune system mistakenly identifies a food, or an ingredient in food (usually a protein), as harmful to your body. In much the same way as your body attacks infections, it is triggered to rapidly release a variety of substances (antibodies IgE, histamine) to fight against it. Food allergies can range from life threatening (anaphylactic shock) to mild (runny nose or itching eyes); and for many the amount of food ingested will directly correspond to the severity of the reaction. These reactions are obvious. Your body is immediately triggered to produce a response within minutes.
Food sensitivities are less obvious and are not allergies.
Sensitivities are brought on by the body’s inability to recognize a component in food. Every cell in our digestive system has thousands of “markers” on the surface, which enable our bodies to recognize and process what we eat. For many, we may not have all of the markers necessary to identify every food. Additionally, preservatives, additives, pesticides and genetically modified products are also considered foreign to many of our digestive systems.
The small intestine is responsible for absorbing nutrients into our bodies. It is designed to only allow substances it recognizes as beneficial into our bloodstream. These unprocessed and unrecognizable substances are viewed as toxic. ”Toxic” substances cause inflammation and wear down the intestines ability to regulate what is absorbed. Once in circulation, these toxins can set off any number of reactions while many times we are left unaware that it is in fact, our food that is causing the problem.
Headaches can be triggered within hours of ingesting foods that we are sensitive to, while gastrointestinal disorders and skin reactions may be the byproduct of years of the body mounting an inflammatory response to these substances.
ALCAT testing is a valuable tool to identify and address exactly what foods your body can tolerate, and what may be causing your condition. If you suffer from gastrointestinal, skin, or inflammatory conditions that were not responsive to western therapies, ALCAT may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
Spectracell Micronutrient Testing
Even if you maintain a healthy diet and supplement with a multivitamin, you could still be experiencing the effects of nutrient deficiencies. These deficiencies may suppress the function of your immune system and contribute to degenerative health conditions.
My clients now have access to leading micronutrient testing services through industry pioneer SpectraCell Laboratories. Micronutrient testing can help identify nutrient deficiencies and get you back on the road to optimal health.
The patented SpectraCell test measures the function of selected vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other essential micronutrients within your white blood cells, and can reveal a patient’s functional nutrient status over a much longer time period than conventional serum testing.
Conditions and disease processes linked to nutrient imbalances include:
- Alcoholism/Substance Abuse
- Behavioral disorders
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Chronic fatigue
- Immune disorders
- Macular degeneration
- Multiple sclerosis