Micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids are essential for our well-being. Your individual micronutrient status is a direct reflection of your health, and can be an indicator for disease.
Did you know that a deficiency in certain vitamins and nutrients can have a direct affect on your immune system, and can be related to disorders such as diabetes, fatigue, migraines, hypertension, weight management, hormone imbalance, osteoporosis, infertility issues, and cardiovascular disease? Did you know that you could be at risk of a deficiency, even if you eat a healthy balanced diet? Deficiencies can be a result of aging, lifestyle, chronic illness, use of certain medications, absorption issues, and your body’s own unique biochemistry.
Symptoms of a nutritional deficiency can include:
Fatigue, anxiety, weight loss, weight gain, loss of appetite, tingling hands, muscle cramping, vomiting, heart flutter, skin conditions, depression, bruising, muscle weakness, diarrhea, hair loss, digestive problems, numbness, nausea, constipation, impaired wound healing, low libido, and sexual dysfunction.
In order to find out more about you as a client, and to help you determine the root cause of your health issues, I offer micronutrient testing through VibrantAmerica.
Extracellular testing provides a snapshot of your current diet while intracellular testing determines nutritional status over a 4-6 month time frame. This provides the framework for a personalized diet plan and supplement recommendations.
Biohealth Cortisol Test
Assess the Stress Response and Balance Hormones
Identify the impact of chronic stress and the underlying dynamic of patient health complaints with HPA Stress Profiles.
- Lab testing applicable to every patient
- Measure the function and status of HPA axis function with the only laboratory method proven by science
- Salivary testing to measure real-time, bioactive hormones
- Cortisol diurnal rhythm with DHEA-Sulfate
- Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR), the modern approach to assessing HPA axis dysfunction
- DHEA-S reference ranges for gender/sex
- Sex hormone evaluation of progesterone, testosterone, and the estrogens
- Melatonin and nighttime cortisol to help with evaluation of sleep problems
- Secretory IgA to help assess immune health and risk for chronic infections
The New Age of Stress Assessment
For nearly 20 years, BioHealth has been a leader in salivary hormone testing, providing specific profiles for assessing cortisol, DHEA(S), melatonin, progesterone, estrogens and secretory IgA. Without doubt the most popular of these profiles have been those centering around the “adrenal stress index” or “adrenal fatigue test.” Until recently, this is how the tests were named. But advances in science pushed us to take the lead on evolving with the new ideas, as well as the research and detailed approaches taken from test kit all the way to reporting.
Announcing The HPA Stress Profiles
In the spirit of continuous improvement and the evolution of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis assessment, BioHealth has established test options which include: measuring cortisol awakening response (CAR), molar ratios of cortisol to DHEA Sulfate, highly specific patient collection instructions, perceived stress surveys, and more.
Vibrant Wellness (Gut Zoomer)
WHAT IS GUT ZOOMER?
Gut Zoomer is a health analytics tool that allows you to take a look at these populations of bacteria, yeast and parasites that reside in the gut. 16S Ribosomal Gene helps classify and distinguish bacteria at the phylum, genus, species and subspecies levels to determine how their relative abundance can affect your gut imbalance and overall health. The Gut Zoomer allows the use of microbiome information to reduce monitor and manage the effects of gut microbial imbalance.
WHY USE GUT ZOOMER?
The Gut Zoomer performs the most comprehensive analysis available of your microbial profile from a simple and easy to use feces collection kit and provides you with an actionable report that includes potential risks for:
- Intestinal Permeability (SCFA producing Bacteria and Tight Junction Integrity)
- Intestinal Disorders (IBD related bacteria)
- Heart Health (Lipid Influencing and TMAO bacteria)
- Autoimmune Disorders (Celiac, Crohn’s etc)
- Metabolic Disorders (Obesity, Diabetes)
- Nutrition (Vitamin Production, Oxalate Metabolism)
- Intestinal Parasites – Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba and Giardia
- Fungal yeast – Candida Albicans
Gut Zoomer also provides you with roadmaps including dietary recommendations and other natural supplements that include:
Helps support a healthy gut microbiome, as well as maintain the integrity of the gut lining boost immune function, promote healthy inflammatory responses, improve digestive function. help to heal inflammatory bowel conditions. manage and prevent skin conditions, fight food-borne illnesses, and improve psychological function. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that can be found in a variety of foods.
Carbohydrate-based sources of fiber that are food for beneficial bacteria in your gut. These fibers help them grow and thrive. Prebiotic fibers are helpful in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and intestinal permeability. They also help to regulate bowel function.
Chemical compounds that come from plants. They are used by your gut bacteria to make beneficial substances for you, and they help to keep your gut bacteria balanced by some of their antimicrobial effects. Eating more polyphenol-rich foods has been shown to create an optimal gut bacterial balance, which, in turn, can reduce your risk for many diseases. If you have a decreased abundance of some beneficial gut bacteria, increasing your intake of polyphenol-rich foods is one thing you can do to improve your gut bacteria balance.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Breath Testing
SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) is a condition in which abnormally large numbers of bacteria – the types that are normally found in the large intestine – are present in the small intestine. When not functioning properly, the migrating motor complex (MMC) fails to effectively sweep intestinal contents into the colon during periods of fasting. Once in the small intestine, these bacteria proliferate and feed off carbohydrates from food, creating fermentation gases, specifically methane and hydrogen. SIBO breath testing measures these gases.
- Non-invasive breath collection
- Convenient interpretive guidance right on the test result
- Complimentary interpretive support available from experienced clinicians
SIBO can be a cause of many health problems, including diarrhea, abdominal pain, and protein/fat malabsorption. In recent years, there has been renewed interest in SIBO since it has now been implicated in the pathophysiology of certain diseases previously not classically associated with overgrowth. The World Journal of Gastroenterology claims a definitive association between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and SIBO, suggesting that SIBO be excluded before diagnosing a patient with IBS.
- Constipation Malnutrition
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Acid Reflux
The Hydrogen/Methane breath test is a reliable and convenient method to help in assessing and classifying dysbiosis and SIBO.
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