Establish Your Personal Nutrition Baseline
Discovering your nutritional baseline might be the single most important step you take in improving your health. A nutritional baseline is a whole-body assessment of your specific health status and needs. It is designed to establish your overall “health complexion”...
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Nutrition Testing determines your actual nutrient needs without the guesswork. Would you add oil to your car without checking the dipstick? Why take vitamins without first knowing your body's specific nutrient needs? Because any single test has its strengths and weaknesses (which nutrients it's accurate for and which it's not), it is wise to use a combination of different test indicators for the most well rounded accurate assessment of your individual needs. Although taking a certain supplement may, on one hand, make you feel better, it can at the same time be causing unseen problems such as body chemistry imbalance and nutrient interference. For example, Calcium may relieve a persons night time leg cramps. However, a hair tissue mineral test reveals that excess calcium is being deposited into their joints. This person then can unknowingly be contributing to arthritis by the excess accumulation, and to osteoporosis because the calcium is misdirected away from the bone. This can also cause further imbalance in Magnesium and other related minerals, perhaps contributing to cardiovascular or other diseases that individuals may be prone to. A proper selection of individually tailored nutrition tests insures that what you take is what you get, and that it has an overall healthful effect, both immediately and well into the future for long-term overall nutritional balance.
Comprehensive Dietary Nutrient Analysis
Determine your present nutritional status and specific nutrient needs using the most detailed and accurate computerized dietary analysis available. A consultation with Clinical Nutritionist Karl Mincin offers an interpretive review and discussion of the results along with personalized recommendations. The results provide usable data for simplifying your steps toward healthier, time-conscious eating that is more nutritionally balanced. Not only are calorie, carbohydrate, fiber, protein, essential amino acids & fatty acids, cholesterol, and vitamin & mineral levels accurately reflected, but important nutrient ratios - such as calcium to phosphorus and zinc to copper - as well. The analysis provides both unsupplemented (foods only) and supplemented (foods plus supplements) values for all nutrients insuring proper nutritional balance. Combined with the results of any laboratory tests which you may have done. the Dietary Analysis affords a fuller view of what you are actually getting out of what you are putting in to your body. Experience what State of the Art Nutrition can do for you.
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
Understanding the relationship between the Diet and Hair Analyses
Along with the computer-calculated Dietary Analysis, the next step in state-of-the-art nutrition assessment is the Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. The Diet and Hair Analyses are best done side by side since the Diet Analysis indicates nutrient levels in the food you eat, while the Hair Analysis measures actual nutrient levels in your body. Essentially the Hair shows how much of which nutrients eaten actually are absorbed through the intestine and go onto nourish the cell, tissue, and body system. Absorption is the essence of optimal nutrition: "you are what you absorb" is more true than "you are what you eat." Since the hair is a type of connective ("soft") tissue it accurately reflects the mineral status of this tissue throughout the body, from your toe joint to your neck - not just the minerals in your head where the hair is taken from. If for instance, high levels of calcium are found in the hair tissue, this may indicate that calcium is not where it should be - in the harder tissue of the bone.
The usefulness of the first-time Hair Analysis, aside from screening for toxic minerals, and assessing the levels and ratios of nutritional minerals, is that it serves as a baseline reference point for comparing mineral level changes over time. This is especially useful for monitoring the safety and effectiveness of supplementation, and other nutritional therapies. If you've had a mineral analysis in the past. the full value is realized only when the test is repeated. In this way, the results of the first test serves as a reference point for comparison to the second test. Without the results of two tests side by side, there is no way to know whether that high calcium level is returning to normal or getting higher. Now, two of the most informative and cost-effective personal evaluation tools are still more revealing and economical when done together. To receive the forms for the Diet and/or the Hair Analysis, or for any type of question about these or other nutrients, send Karl a message.
The Herb Saliva Test
I must say that I have enjoyed working with you. You are very informed and good at explaining what you know and I have learned a lot from you, for which I am grateful. I really appreciate all the information you sent me and have been experimenting with the food suggestions, with good results. I also get along well with the supplements still, but have found, through experimenting, that I still do need Ca for the muscle aches. It really makes a difference for me, in a very short time after taking some.
~ Lori Dunbar
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Simple Starter Quick-Tests
Zinc Tally - A taste test for the accurate determination of body tissue zinc levels.
Potassium Gauge - A taste test for estimation of Potassium levels using tartaric acid. Two levels of "tastes good" = deficient; two levels of "tastes bad" = adequate.
Iron Status - This is a physical examination of fingernails, nail bed, sclera/whites of eyes discoloration. This is just a quick pre-screening to determine if blood work is needed.
Vitamin C Lingual Test - Done two different ways. One by litmus paper designed for C assessment. The other is the Lingual Ascorbic Acid Test using just one drop of a blue dye reagent indicator.
B-Vitamins quick testing is by oral physical exam:
Folate deficiency: cracks and grooves on the surface of the tongue.
Geographic tongue is a more sensitive & functional indicator than is serum folate.
B12 deficiency: Glossitis/enlarged tongue, scalloped edges, dark red/purple color.
B6 deficiency: pitting edema, (pressing a fingertip on the ankle leaves a dent, which takes several seconds to dissipate.
B2 deficiency: Chelosis - cracks at the corners of the mouth.
Further Self-Testing for Beginners
Calcium Quick Test
Normal calcium on your blood test results is not what you think. Doctors measure serum calcium levels primarily for one reason. Because calcium occurs in different forms in different parts of the body, it is tested here in the blood as an electrolyte to determine if you have enough of this electrically charged mineral for muscle contraction, to keep your heart beating, and nerve conduction. It actually tells you very little about your bone health, nor the adequacy of your nutritional intake of calcium. The body sets such a priority on a beating heart, that it will compromise the skeletal structure by leeching calcium from the bone in order to maintain a normal blood level. It is possible, then, that while you are looking at a normal serum calcium value on your blood test result, you could at the same time be developing holes in your bones! This is why I recommend having more than one test/indicator pointing at the same nutrient before you say "hey, I need more of this or that," and run out to vitamin store for another pill.
Place a blood pressure cuff around the calf of your leg. Gradually inflate the cuff while being alert to any sign of muscle cramping, even the earliest, twinge of a cramp phase. As long as you are not cramping at all, continue inflating to 220 mmHg or slightly higher if tolerated. (A very tight, even uncomfortable pressure is common, and should be distinguished from cramping.) Interpretation: If you reach this level your muscle tissue Calcium level is normal. If you cramped between 180-220 mmHg your body Calcium Level is borderline/low-normal. If you cramped before reaching 180 mmHg your tissue Calcium level is low. (Do not perform this test if you have any type of vascular disease or if your muscles cramp easily. This test is best performed by a professional who is familiar with such nutrition assessment techniques and may properly interpret the results. If somebody tests low, taking more Calcium may not be the best approach and could possibly upset ones overall mineral balance. See article "The Calcium Quick Test answers question of individuality" for a brief comparison of this and other mineral tests.
Iodine Patch Test
Using liquid tincture of iodine (available at most pharmacies, not the colorless type) paint a generous two inch patch on your inner arm. Interpretation: If the color completely disappears in less than 8 hours your body iodine level is severely low. If it disappears between 8-16 hours it is very low. If it is gone from between 16-24 hours it is modestly low. If some color, even faint, remains for 24 hours or longer, your iodine status is normal.
Monitoring and re-evaluation, as well as any supplemental iodine therapy, is best done under the guidance of a nutritionally oriented professional in conjunction with thyroid evaluation such as the basal body temperature and blood work, since iodine is vital for proper thyroid function.
Vitamin D Status
Listen to your joints for the sound of Vitamin D deficiency. The sound of snapping, crackling, or popping joints is a very "rough," general indicator of Vitamin D deficiency. While deficiency of this vitamin is very common, even near epidemic levels, especially in the winter time and among the elderly, a true deficiency should be determined only by a qualified nutrition professional before any long term supplementation with Vitamin D is used.