Is your diet healthy? How to be sure

Testing for Nutritional Deficiencies

When it comes to your overall health, only a few things are more important than your diet. The human body is a complex organism, and each individual is different when it comes to what your body requires to function at its best. 

The nutrients you absorb from food play a vital role in almost every physiological process, from metabolism and digestion to immunity and hormone regulation. Over time, nutritional imbalances can lead to weight gain or loss, muscle mass and/or bone density loss, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, poor memory and focus, insomnia, and even life-threatening diseases.

Understanding your body’s nutritional profile is vital since dietary deficiencies can occur even in the most health-conscious. Deficiencies can be caused by poor absorption of nutrients, an issue that can be caused by digestive problems, aging, and certain health conditions and medications. Vitamin and mineral levels in the body can also be affected by stress, pollution, other environmental elements, and hormonal changes. 

While having an optimal diet can be beneficial in combating nutritional deficiencies, many other factors could affect how your body absorbs nutrients from food, and the only accurate way to know is by getting tested.

What blood tests can tell you about your diet

Nutrition testing can evaluate the levels of macronutrients and micronutrients in the blood, giving you better insight into what your body has in excess or if there are any deficiencies. Nutritional testing has many uses, such as assessing blood chemistry, hormone function, gut health, metabolic function, blood sugar regulation, food sensitivities and allergies, organ function, etc. 

My labs Direct’s Basic Nutrition & Lifestyle Risk evaluates the following: 

  • Cortisol
  • FSH
  • LH (Luteinizing Hormone)
  • Total Testosterone
  • Progesterone
  • Prolactin
  • Estradiol
  • TIBC
  • UIBC
  • Ferritin
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Chloride
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Glucose
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • BUN
  • Creatinine
  • ALKP
  • ALT
  • AST
  • Albumin
  • Total Protein
  • Total Bilirubin
  • CBC with Differential
  • CK
  • TSH
  • Vitamin D

This profile will analyze basic micronutrients, hormone levels, and essential organ functions. Our Basic Nutrition & Lifestyle Risk Gives you a detailed analysis of how your body is absorbing nutrients, allowing you to optimize your diet and supplementation habits. 

The information provided by blood tests is an invaluable tool to better understand how your body is functioning and what areas may need attention—understanding how your body functions allow you to better optimize your lifestyle to achieve maximum results. If you have any questions, concerns, or need testing, we can help. Contact My Labs Direct at 877-355-7978 or visit  MyLabsDirect to learn more.

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