What does it measure?
Advanced micronutrient testing goes beyond static measurement, which can primarily reflect dietary intake and not the functional capabilities of your body to absorb and metabolize. Micronutrients include essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, electrolytes and metabolites.
Why do I use it?
Cellular function fundamentally depends on effective absorption and metabolism of micronutrients. As a functional medicine practitioner, I am committed to getting to the root cause of your symptoms. Micronutrient testing provides valuable insight into the disequilibrium of your interconnected bodily systems. Each micronutrient plays a critical role in promoting cell function. When cells do not function optimally, foundational bodily processes are compromised, thereby elevating risk factors for the development of disease. Identifying and correcting nutritional deficiencies is an important step in the long-term maintenance of optimal health.
Vitamin deficiencies aren’t just a reflection of diet. Since we are all biochemically unique, nutrient deficiencies will vary from person to person and do not necessarily correlate directly with nutrient intake, even among those with similar health conditions. Many factors beyond diet determine whether nutrient function is adequate. These include biochemical individuality, genetic predisposition, absorption and metabolism, age, disease conditions and medications.
When do I use it?
Micronutrient testing is included in my standard protocols for fertility and pregnancy patients, but I sometimes also suggest it to be added to other packages based on the combination and severity of symptoms presented.
How to take the test
Micronutrient testing requires a blood sample taken at a lab. Based on your location, I will submit an order for you to complete the test at the local lab most convenient for you.