Your Diet: Are You Getting What You Truly Need?

Healthy Salmon Salad and Apple LunchFeeling overwhelmed with the constant bombardment of diet and supplementation information in the media? Confused with conflicting research study findings? Do you wish someone would just tell you what your body specifically needs to be at optimal health?

Each of the over 60 trillion cells in your body functions as an ecosystem within the whole, taking in nutrients, converting them to energy, performing specialized functions, and reproducing as necessary. They are able to do this with the help of innumerable messengers (such as hormones, enzymes, and neurotransmitters) that facilitate hundreds of interconnected chemical pathways.

What drives this complex, miraculous metabolic engine? Quite simply: your diet. What you eat affects every single organ function in your body. On a daily basis, this translates into your energy levels, and predisposition to disease.

It stands to reason that a deficiency or excess in the minutest nutrient can have far reaching consequences, both immediate and cumulative. In addition, your unique genetic constitution and lifestyle means that your absorption and utilization of the same food differs from that of someone else.

No wonder, then, that adhering to general dietary guidelines or following one of the numerous diets and/or supplementation regimens touted in the media still leaves you in less than optimal health!

Rather than consuming a vague cornucopia of cookie-cutter vitamins, minerals, and other supplements, wouldn’t it make better sense to adjust your intake to reflect what your own body truly needs?

Thankfully, nutritional assessment has come a long way. Tools such as the Nutrient and Toxicity Metabolomics blood test offered at Scienta Health, measure your metabolic state of affairs in great detail, and provide a personalized nutritional profile that allows for precise correction.

How is this different from any other test out there?

It starts with measuring levels of key nutrients, including amino acids, essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6), organic acids (vitamins & minerals), and toxins (e.g. lead, mercury).

This is followed by a detailed analysis of your functional need (i.e. specific to the make-up of your body) for these nutrients. Any dysfunction in your digestive, immune, and absorption systems, and oxidative stress is also detected.

A targeted diet and supplementation regimen is then drawn up to address the gaps identified.

For example, Simon*, a successful, active, and otherwise healthy 45 year old entrepreneur, came to Scienta Health with persistent low energy and fatigue. His nutritional profiling revealed a deficiency in all of his essential amino acids [the building blocks of protein], as well as vitamins B2 and B6. The replacement protocol designed for him was successful in achieving higher and sustained levels of energy.

Lisa*, a 58 year old executive, came to us with a chronic unexplained facial skin rash. Her nutrient profile pointed to toxic levels of tin and mercury. Treatment with an oral chelation protocol – a specific 3-month regimen of supplements that “drew” the metal toxins out of her system – helped clear the rash.

If you demand personalized care in other areas of your life, it’s time to do the same with the single most important asset you have: your health.

Welcome to the era of customized nutrition profiling!

*Names changed to maintain privacy

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Scienta Health on July 29th 2008 in Scienta On Health

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