What is this for
- What is health and nutrition?
According to WHO - “Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Good nutrition – an adequate, well-balanced diet combined with regular physical activity – is a cornerstone of good health. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity.”
Types & Condition
A lack of a good and healthy diet may lead to the following conditons -
- Mineral Deficiency
- Minerals are specific kinds of nutrients that your body needs in order to function properly. A mineral deficiency occurs when your body doesn’t obtain or absorb the required amount of a mineral.
- There are 21 essential minerals that our body needs. An essential mineral is any mineral required by the body for health, that cannot be produced by the body and so has to be provided by your diet.
- 5 major essential minerals are
- A deficiency of either of these minerals may lead to a variety of health problems, such as weak bones, fatigue, or a decreased immune system.
- Vitamins Deficiency
- Vitamins are nutrients our body needs to function and fight off disease.
- The 13 essential vitamins our body needs are vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9) and cobalamin (B12).
- The four fat-soluble vitamins i.e A, D, E, and K are stored in the body’s fatty tissues. The other nine vitamins are water-soluble and therefore must be replenished regularly because they are removed from the body in your urine.
- Vitamin B12 is the only water-soluble vitamin that is stored in the liver.
- The best way to get enough of the 13 essential vitamins is to eat a balanced diet from a variety of foods.
- Proteins Deficiency
- Proteins are the building blocks of life, made up of amino acids.
- There are 20 different amino acids, 9 of which are called essential and 11 of which are labeled as non-essential.
- The human body needs all 20 of these amino acids, in varying degrees, to be healthy and fully functional.
- A protein deficiency (hypoproteinemia) means someone is not getting enough protein to meet their body’s needs. We get the protein we need from the food we eat. If our diet doesn’t contain enough protein, we may suffer from protein deficiency.
- Lipids Deficiency
- Lipids are fat-like substances that are important parts of the membranes found within and between cells and in the myelin sheath that coats and protects the nerves.
- Lipids include oils, fatty acids, waxes, steroids (such as cholesterol and estrogen), and other related compounds.
- Fats or fatty acids (FA) are important nutrients in our diet providing energy and adding palatability to foods. However, foods with high content of saturated fatty acids (SFA) are known to cause a myriad of health problems. Foods high in unsaturated FAs, especially essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have been found to contribute to good health.
- Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are very important nutritional requirements for keeping good health.Their deficiency increases the risk of getting affected by cancer, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, behavioral problems, depression, cognitive decline, and chronic inflammation.
- Moreover, their presence in the diet is essential for the proper absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K.
A lack of good nutrition and healthy diets may lead to the following signs and symptoms -
- pallor, or pale skin
- trouble breathing
- unusual food cravings
- hair loss
- periods of lightheadedness
- heart palpitations
- feeling faint or fainting
- tingling and numbness of the joints
- menstrual issues, such as
missed periods or very heavy cycles
- poor concentration
Diagnosis & Treatment
A way to treat such nutritional deficiencies and issues can be done via -
· Dietary changes
- Specific dietary changes must be made for different conditions
· Tests included
A complete nutritional blood test package that includes vitamin and essential mineral profile like Vitamin D, B12, K, folate, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium, levels of iron, ferritin, iron binding capacity and complete Blood count.
Vitamin, Iron and Mineral is an advanced online blood test to detect nutritional and vitamin deficiency which can be the underlying cause of many diseases. This vitamin, mineral and nutritional test measures levels like complete blood count (CBC), Iron, serum, complete vitamin profile of A, B1 to B12, Vit D, D3, E, K folic acid, calcium, magnesium and more.
This test assesses the level of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids in the body and helps in detecting an imbalance in the same.
A comprehensive vitamin panel is tested to detect a deficiency or overabundance of vitamins required by your body to eliminate health risks, build immunity, and maintain bone health
Range of vitamins like (A, B. D, E, and K) all play important nutrients and testing their levels is highly recommended to get rid of symptoms related to deficiencies from everyday life.
Food intolerance testing detects antibodies like IgG to determine if a person is sensitive or intolerant to certain foods due to lack of digestive enzymes or other conditions like metabolic diseases, Irritable bowel syndrome, or celiac disease. Food intolerance cannot be easily differentiated from a food allergy and hence a food intolerance testing can help individuals with symptoms of sensitivity to eliminate specific foods from their diet.
IgE (Immunoglobulin E) is an antibody protein that causes allergic reactions. A Food allergy blood test measures the IgE levels to detect an allergy to a particular food
This metabolism test helps in measuring how the body is metabolising macro nutrient such as carbohydrates, fat, proteins, micro nutrient - Vitamins, Minerals, the underlying gut health, detoxification status in the body. This helps in diagnosing the root cause of poor metabolism which can be resolved through nutritional interventions and improves body composition, hormone levels weight and percent body fat according to which various metabolic diets may be referred to lose weight and boost the metabolic rate.
This at home blood test provides insight into the presence and amount of nutritional essential and non essential amino acids. It also detects B vitamin markers and glycine/serine metabolites. It gives a comprehensive report of the levels of anserine, argininosuccinic acid, beta alanine, citrulline, hydroxylysine. hydroxyproline, N-Methyl Histidine and ornithine