Micronutrient testing is a type of nutrient deficiency test that is done to analyze potential functional deficiencies of one’s nutritional status at a cellular level. This is done to assess how efficiently the body is using 33 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, metabolites, and amino acids. It may sound complicated but it actually just involves a simple drawing of blood at the lab that will then be assessed.
In this post, Balanced Body Functional Medicine, shares how this particular test can help you fill the gaps that you might have in your health:
Why You Should Consider Micronutrient Testing
There’s evidence that micronutrient deficiencies can be connected to inflammation and chronic diseases. That means that they affect both your physical and mental health. The micronutrients that are tested enable enzyme and hormone production and these are both essential for one’s growth and overall health. However, even when taking supplements, 50% of people are still micronutrient-deficient.
What Micronutrients Does Your Body Need?
As mentioned above, micronutrients are a group of nutrients that are needed by the body so it can function optimally. Here are some of the most common types of micronutrients:
- Vitamins – these are organic compounds that are made by animals and plants. These can be broken down by air, acid, or heat
- Minerals – these are inorganic materials found either in soil or water. They cannot be broken down like vitamins but they are absorbed in the body.
You might not know it but your body cannot produce many vitamins and minerals on its own. So you need to get them through your diet. For example, for you to get the vitamin B12 that you need to create new red blood cells and keep the brain functioning, you need to eat meat and fish. To get vitamin D that you need for immune function as well as bone growth, you should drink milk and add fish oil to your diet.
Deficiency Despite Healthy Eating Habits
Because every individual is unique, one person’s micronutrient requirements may not exactly be the same as yours. Deficiencies happen when your body cannot properly absorb vitamins and minerals. People who have chronic illnesses are more prone to these deficiencies. Micronutrient requirements also vary depending on one’s age, health, and lifestyle. Those who smoke, drink, take certain medications or are regularly exposed to emotional and physical stressors are also more likely to be micronutrient deficient.
Benefits of a Getting a Micronutrient Test
A micronutrient test can measure how the body functions at a cellular level. Through this test, experts can assess over 33 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. When nutritional deficiencies are identified, risk factors can be better understood, especially for these diseases:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Metabolic disorders
- Immunity disorders
Boosting Micronutrient Levels
Based on the results of the test, we can work closely with you and a plan will be determined on how essential vitamins and minerals can be increased. For many people, supplementing their body with the needed nutrients can be done with simple changes in their diet. For example, you can increase your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables to get the nutrients your body needs for proper function. This can also help you avoid certain diseases.
However, if dietary changes are still not enough, then you may have to take over-the-counter or even prescription-strength supplements.
Given how important vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients are for your health, it’s obvious that a nutrient deficiency test, specifically, a micronutrient test should be done. This way, it can be determined if you are micronutrient deficient and necessary steps can be taken to correct this.
Balanced Body Functional Medicine conducts nutrient deficiency tests and provides personalized medicine to all our patients in East Texas. Contact us to know more about our services and how we can help you improve your health!