When dealing with a nutrient deficiency, many patients are surprised to find that just taking supplements does not fully resolve their issues. Lifestyle adjustments like dietary changes are usually needed for patients to start absorbing these nutrients correctly. Before you start taking Vitamin B12 or selenium to try and correct a perceived issue, get the scoop on what’s really going on with SpectraCell testing. Back 2 Health Physical Medicine provides this micro-nutrient panel analysis service right in our Goose Creek office.
What Can Nutrient Deficiency Cause?
Modern diets often rely heavily on processed foods with few nutrients. Even attempts to enrich flour and other food products does not balance out the loss of nutrients usually provided by whole foods. Adults with plenty to eat can still suffer from a lack of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, Vitamins B1 and B3, zinc, and iron. A lack of these minerals leads to:
- Lowered immune system
- Slow growth in children
- Painful skin and muscle disorders like pellagra and beriberi
- Osteoporosis and other bone disorders
- General fatigue and lethargy
- Weakness and other symptoms that may appear neurological
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia
- Weight gain or sudden loss
- Migraines and cluster headaches
In-Depth Analysis For Better Health
There are many ways to have your nutrient levels measured, but there are quite a few benefits to the SpectraCell test. Other tests only measure a base level of each nutrient as it is found in the blood. From this, the doctor must extrapolate to determine if you are healthy or in need of supplements. The SpectraCell testing is tailored to your age and gender so that recommendations are always correct. If you provide more information about your habits and lifestyle, Back 2 Health Physical Medicine can further optimize your nutrient needs and note what’s still deficient.
This testing program also takes absorption into account when recommending higher levels of certain micro-nutrients. If you have a chronic illness or take a medication that slows the absorption of iron, you could have anemia even though you are taking a daily dose. Many nutrients like calcium need other vitamins and minerals for proper uptake into the system. Without enough Vitamin D, women can not absorb the calcium they need for strong and healthy bones as they age.
Who Needs Nutritional Assessment?
Anyone can benefit from checking up on how well they are meeting their body’s needs. However, people struggling with chronic illnesses or painful conditions like back pain should try this as one of their first treatment efforts. Supporting proper organ, bone, and muscle health can reduce a lot of inflammation. Patients who are working with restricted diets due to food allergies or heart disease should also invest in at least an annual test to ensure they do not have to deal with permanent damage due to years of deficiency. Vegetarians and vegans can also tailor their food choices and add the right supplements to enjoy good health without having to turn to animal products.
Once you have completed your micro-nutrient analysis test, you can invest in professional nutritional recommendations to repair any damage done by the lack of crucial elements. You may enjoy a more balanced mood and more energy after adding a few more nutrient rich foods to your diet. Visit us soon if you are concerned that your diet is not providing you with everything you need.