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What Does Nutrition Testing Show?

By Olive Douglas

Nutritional deficiencies can cause all types of health problems. Nutrition testing can show why problems are occurring and indicate future problems. Lack of certain minerals and vitamins can cause things to go wrong with almost every aspect of the functioning of the body. If you have problems with digestion, hormones, allergies or metabolism a test can show whether this results from a nutritional problem.

As medical science progresses researchers are finding more and more links between food and health. The risks from over eating and consuming to much fat and sugar are now well documented. However many scientists believe the links are broader and that even diseases which are not obviously associated with nutrition may result from a lack of nutrients. There are also problems associated with the one size fits all style of medical interventions and advice about food. The recommended daily amounts are an average but there really are no average people we are all unique. Nutrition testing can show you exactly what your body needs.

Food contains the building blocks for the body. All the components we eat are used or transformed into something the body can use. As our cells are constantly regenerating and our brains use a massive amount of energy it is important that we eat well all the time. If there is just one thing missing from our diet then over time problems may develop. For example, a lack of calcium can lead to brittle bones, problems with the teeth and even nerve problems because it is important in many aspects of body functioning.

This is why testing can be important as it is the only way to ensure your body is not deficient in something it needs. Many things can be tested in a nutrition test. It can be carried out to test allergies so that those with intolerances can learn which foods to avoid. Your metabolic rate can be determined. It can also be carried out to determine whether you have enough of all the essential nutrients and to make sure you do not have high levels of certain toxins.

Many places now offer nutrition testing and there are some home tests available. You can get tests which use your hair to determine your mineral levels, kits to send blood samples away for vitamin testing and many more.

6If you have any problems with digestion there are a number of ways nutritional testing can help. Stool tests will reveal whether you are digesting food properly, allergy tests will reveal a sensitivity to a food type and mineral tests will determine whether you are deficient in a vital compound for the stomach. Similarly, testing can help with hormone problems, mood disorders, fatigue, headaches and a massive range of other problems.

You can gain a lot from nutrition testing even if you do not currently have a health complaint. It can help you stay well in the future by identifying potential problems early.

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