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Contrary to established paradigms about health, the majority of chronic disease is attributable in large part to cellular deficiencies in micronutrients. By correcting deficiencies, you can prevent, treat and reverse many medical conditions—from the most serious to the most banal.
Micronutrients and Weight Management
Micronutrients directly affect the ability of a cell to metabolize food. For example, carbohydrate metabolism is dependent on several B vitamins and minerals. A deficiency in just one micronutrient can potentially have an impact on a person’s metabolism. A deficiency in several micronutrients can exacerbate this effect. By repleting deficient micronutrients, you are potentially altering your metabolism in a way that makes you more efficient at burning fat for energy.
Obviously, there are many factors that cause a person to gain weight – hormone levels, insulin sensitivity, fat cell metabolism, medications and of course, our lifestyle. How each of these factors – even what we eat – affect our body shape and weight is highly dependent on micronutrient status. So, regardless of the reason, a micronutrient deficiency may negatively alter a person’s metabolism. Giving your cells the micronutrients they need to burn food for energy (versus fat storage) is a fundamental step in achieving optimal health, which includes being at a healthy weight. Similarly, many of the same nutrients that impact weight also impact Diabetes Management.
What we measure
While you can measure vitamin levels in your blood at many labs, those tests will not tell you anything about how micronutrients are actually working inside your cells. Most commodity nutritional tests are serum-based and measure nutrient levels in the liquid plasma outside of cells but this is not where metabolism takes place. Every biochemical reaction needed to sustain life — like energy production, cellular repair, detoxification, growth, protein synthesis, genetic expression — all occur inside your cells.
SpectraCell's Weight Optimization Test not only measures nutrient status within your white blood cells, it measures the function (performance) of nutrients within your cells. After all, it doesn't matter how much of a nutrient exists in a cell, if that cell is incapable of using that nutrient. Ideally, micronutrient status should be assessed intracellularly and functionally and SpectraCell's test is the only one of its kind that does just that.
Collection: blood draw (venipuncture)
Results in 10-14 business days from receipt of the sample.
* SpectraCell is a CLIA certified laboratory that reports functional micronutrient deficiencies in an individuals’ cells, which is the purpose of this report. It is not intended to diagnose or treat specific medical conditions. The quality and bio-availability of supplements varies considerably and should be taken into account when developing a repletion regimen.
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