One of my favorite Functional Medicine docs, Dr. Mark Hyman, whom I’ve seen speak multiple times in person (such a nice person too) said it perfectly when he wrote….
“Can I get all the nutrients I need from food?” a patient will occasionally ask. On the surface, this makes sense. After all, if you are eating a whole, fresh, unprocessed foods diet, shouldn’t you be able to get an abundant supply of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients? Unfortunately, things aren’t that easy.
Even with a perfect diet, the combination of many things –including our depleted soils, the storage and transportation of our food, genetic alterations of traditional heirloom species, and the increased stress and nutritional demands resulting from a toxic environment – make it impossible for us to get the vitamins and minerals we need SOLEY from the foods we eat.
Simply put, the evidence shows we cannot get away from the need for nutritional supplements.
Emerging scientific evidence shows the importance of nutrients as essential helpers in our biochemistry and metabolism. They are the oil that greases the wheels of our metabolism.
And large-scale deficiencies of nutrients in our population – including omega-3 fats, vitamin D, folate, zinc, magnesium, and iron – have been well documented in extensive government-sponsored research.
These deficiencies have the ability to change our GENES!!! Wake up people- We NEED the right nutrients!
Remember – we live in a toxic world with nutrient-depleted soil, higher levels of stress, etc. which all increase our risk for nutrient depletions. In this day and age, it is absolutely vital to supplement the body with high quality nutrients!
I use supplements in my practice as a cornerstone of healing and repair, so I have investigated supplement makers, toured factories, and studied independent analyses as well as third-party assessments of their finished products.
The Importance of Nutrient Testing
Blood work is an important part of Functional Nutritional Therapy. Unfortunately, most conventional doctors today only run standard labs which leaves a lot of factors unchecked.
Why would you want to get your nutrients tested?
As mentioned- many things deplete our nutritional status and interfere with our immune system- Conventional foods, eating out, stress, medication, pollution, other toxicity and overall unbalanced or poor eating habits all contribute to nutritional depletions!
Sure, you could get your Vitamin D checked along with your normal bloodwork, although this is NOT A TRUE VALUE!
In fact, many people have normal, or even HIGH vitamin levels on their regular/ standard labs, and yet can still be deficient at the cellular level!
In order for our nutrients to do the hundreds of jobs they are meant to do- they must be present in our cells at adequate levels. If not- Unpleasant symptoms start to appear, and we mistakingly judge them as unrelated to anything!
Prevention is key to optimal health! Checking your intracellular nutrient status on a regular basis is a must when it comes to optimal prevention!
Most people benefit from getting these labs drawn once a year, although if imbalances show up, it is highly recommended to check every 6 months to determine what's working and what needs to be changed or added in order to bring your values in the optimal range.
Specialty Testing with Nicole- Intracellular Nutrient Testing
Okay, so what is it?
Yes- it’s a full blood test. Not at all what you’d see at your general doctor’s office or even in your yearly check-up. In fact- I’ve had many clients that have had “normal” or even “too high” levels of common nutrients like Vitamin B12 or Vitamin D- And yet STILL be deficient at the cellular level. Why? Only to come to realize the issue was not getting INTO THE CELLS where it can do its job! This can be due to multiple factors! Even though the “amount” in their “bloodstream” was adequate, it was the WRONG type or form of the nutrient, an absorption issue, the enzymatic or cellular reason such as a secondary nutrient deficiency that was not allowing it to be adequately absorbed. And THIS my friends, is why we should ALL be testing at least yearly to keep us running on all cylinders!
In this session with Nicole, you will discover which nutrients you are deficient in, which are moderately depleted, and which are in an optimal range. You will also find out how strong your antioxidant capacity and immune system are, how well you metabolize blood sugar, and if you have fructose sensitivity.
To feel your best, check your nutrient status on a regular basis!
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