Measuring Cellular Health - Contrary to what most of what current medical authorities would have you believe, the majority of today’s chronic illness and disease is due to our cellular micronutrient deficiencies. It may be possible to slow down aging, improve treatment, and reverse many medical conditions by simply measuring and correcting these deficiencies.
What are Micronutrients? Micronutrients—the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids required for energy production, immune function, and growth—are utilized inside the cell. If a cell does not function properly, the metabolic and developmental processes necessary to sustain life are compromised and disease will result.
In short, cell function is a direct indicator of cellular health.
But I manage my health condition. Isn’t that enough?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. Even if you have adopted a healthy lifestyle, micronutrient deficiencies may be present for a host of reasons:
- Biochemcial individuality - Individual needs vary, thus, micronutrient requirements for you may be quite different from the requirements for another.
- Absorption of nutrients - You are what you absorb, not necessarily what you eat! Malabsorption is common, and is often aggravated by stress, which triggers the inflammatory response that can affect the extent to which nutrients are assimilated.
- Illness (acute or chronic) - Just as micronutrient deficiencies can set the stage for disease, health conditions—and the medications often prescribed to treat and manage them—can contribute to micronutrient depletions.
- Aging - Our micronutrient requirements at age 20 are quite different from our requirements at age 40, 50 and beyond. Absorption difficulties, especially of vitamin B12, quite commonly occur as we age.
- Lifestyle - A variety of habits such as physical activity, prescription and over-the-counter medication use, smoking, and alcohol has an impact on individual micronutrient demands.
Feeling fabulous or fatigued? Hint—It’s all in your cells.
Individuals who have the following symptoms, diagnoses, or risk factors should consider testing their extra- and intracellular micronutrient status:
- Advanced age, Stress and/or Fatigue
- Depression or anxiety
- Cardiovascular disease or Diabetes
- Arthritis or Skin problems
- Numbness or tingling in extremities
- Weakened immune system or Autoimmune disorders
- Digestive disorders with malabsorption (Celiac, Crohn’s, colitis)
- SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
- Long-term use of prescription medication
- A diet high in processed foods or Obesity
- Intense athletic training
- Following a vegan or vegetarian diet
- Neurological symptoms (impaired memory, confusion, tremors)
- Stubborn weight gain or Sudden unexplained weight loss
- Digestive abnormalities: diarrhea, constipation, excessive bloating