Here at Thrive Wellness in Oakbrook, IL, we believe in the power of nutrition to prevent illness and help our patients thrive. We know that nutrition is one of the most fundamental parts of health and wellness. That’s why we offer micronutrient testing. If you want to look and feel your best, you have to know what’s going on at a deeper level; the micro level. We can provide you with a comprehensive map of your body’s vitamins and minerals, so you know where you’re at. Then, can we help you get to where you want to be.
The Benefits of Micronutrient Testing
Micronutrients are powerful allies in the search for good health. These vitamins, minerals, and other compounds have the ability to protect us and provide the foundation for good health. They optimize our immune systems and bring balance to our bodies’ responses to outside threats. They help to prevent disease and slow the processes of aging. Amazingly, micronutrients have even been shown to be extremely effective in reversing disease and rebuilding cells.
Preventing Nutrient Deficiency
The human body is a complex system of interconnected pieces, involving both macro and micro-nutrients. People are used to thinking about whether they are getting enough protein or maybe too much fat. Micronutrients are just as important to overall health and wellness, but they are often overlooked. Micronutrient deficiencies are common, even in the Western world, and can lead to real health problems. Fortunately, once you know what you are missing, the problem is easy to remedy.
Micronutrient testing is a great way to get a comprehensive look at your body’s health. Through the accumulated micronutrient levels in your white blood cells, we can draw a detailed picture of your health over the last six months. A very simple and painless blood sample is all we need. We will be able to show you where you are doing great, and determine whether there are any areas you may wish to work on.
What Are Micronutrients Exactly?
Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are vital in preventing disease and helping us feel great. These nutrients are micro as our body needs smaller amounts of these than it does macronutrients like carbohydrates, fat, and protein. However, micronutrients are just as important for our health. Vitamins are important for the immune system and energy production, and minerals are vital for healthy bones, muscles, and the nervous system.
All micronutrients, with the exception of Vitamin D, are not created in the body. They must be introduced, either through diet or other means such as supplements and vitamin injections. The Western diet is notoriously low in vegetables and fruits that are full of healthy micronutrients. It is therefore very easy to become low or even deficient in one or more important micronutrients. Micronutrient testing allows you to see exactly where you need help.
Why Are Micronutrients So Important?
Strengthen and Balance the Immune System
Micronutrients are the building blocks used by our bodies to both strengthen and calm the immune system. These building blocks enable the body to maintain a healthy balance between mounting a strong response to outside risks, such as viruses, and minimizing overreactive immune responses, such as allergies and auto-immune diseases. Our bodies are actually quite good at managing this balance, given the right tools in the form of vitamins and minerals.
Nutrition is key in enabling the body to protect itself against viruses and infections without creating problems with inflammation. Our bodies are able to take nutrients that strengthen the immune system, and nutrients that calm the immune system, and simultaneously use them to create a holistic system that is both stronger and yet less prone to over-reaction and sensitivity. This is the power of good nutrition.
Prevent and Manage Chronic Diseases
Micronutrients are some of the body’s main defense systems, helping to prevent disease and keep us healthy. These natural building blocks can protect and even repair DNA, working at a cellular level to combat disease. They can produce new stem cells to regenerate parts of the body that have become damaged. They can also suppress the growth of cancerous stem cells, preventing and even sometimes reversing the most disastrous of illnesses.
Our bodies’ natural ability to fight disease is astounding. But the body can only do this work when it has the proper tools. Give your body the best opportunity to be healthy that you can.
Help Weight Loss
Choline, a member of the vitamin B family, aids weight loss by breaking down fats in the body so that they can more easily be used for fuel. Magnesium is important to the body’s management of insulin and glucose. It thereby improves metabolic functioning, which can have an impact on fat storage. This also improves digestion and sleep quality, which are both linked to healthy weight loss. Several studies have also linked Vitamin D to improved weight loss.
Ensure Healthy Pregnancy and Infant Development
If you are considering having children, it is extremely important that you help support your body with a good dose of healthy micronutrients. This is vital for the health of both you and your baby. Nutrient deficiencies in a mother can impact the healthy growth and cognitive development of her unborn child. Give yourself and your baby the best start possible by testing your micronutrient levels and increasing your intake where needed.
Six essential micronutrients for unborn babies and toddlers are:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin A
Why Don’t I Get Enough Micronutrients?
Some foods, and therefore some diets, are richer in micronutrients than others. Additionally, foods grown in nutritionally depleted soils are not as full of nutrients as they may otherwise be. Not only eating the right foods but getting them from the right place is important when you are trying to increase your micronutrient intake. On top of a healthy diet, supplements and injections may also be recommended to help you reach optimal health.
Foods High in Micronutrients
Eating a wide variety of foods, especially plant foods with a diverse range of colors, is a great starting point for increasing your micronutrient levels. The more diverse the foods you eat, the larger the variety of micronutrients you are able to benefit from. Below we have provided an outline of the colors of fruits and veggies full of healthy micronutrients. Keep in mind that this outline does not represent a comprehensive healthy diet, which may also include nuts, grains, and many other foods.
Leafy greens such as kale, collards, and spinach have good amounts of calcium, iron, potassium, and Vitamins C and K. Potassium helps to lower blood pressure and protect against stroke. Calcium is important in creating and maintaining strong bones and teeth. Iron helps to keep white blood cells flourishing. The vitamins strengthen the immune system and help the blood clot. Greens are also a great source of fiber, which is important to good gut and colon health.
Carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin create the beautiful golden colors of many fruits and vegetables. These compounds are instrumental in repairing damaged cells in the eyes and can help to prevent and reverse age-related macular degeneration. As you may have guessed, this is the compound that makes carrots orange. Your mother was right, they are good for your eyes! Carotenoids are converted to vitamin A in the body and are good for the immune system and protecting against cancers.
You are also likely to get a good dose of Vitamin C and Folate. Vitamin C is great for the immune system and helps the body to absorb more iron from plant sources. Folate, on the other hand, builds proteins and DNA, protecting and repairing them and thereby helping to prevent cellular mutations leading to cancer. Grab some sweet potatoes, peppers, and citrus fruits to get all of the benefits of this color.
Many red plant foods, such as tomatoes, red peppers, and beets are rich in lycopene. This antioxidant provides you with protection against harmful solar radiation and improves heart health. These plants are also full of other essential vitamins, especially Vitamin C and A.
Purple fruits and vegetables are often high in anthocyanins. These are antioxidants that help to protect your cells and DNA from toxins and other environmental damage. Because of this, they are important in the prevention of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and Parkinson’s.
Vegetables such as onions, garlic, leeks, parsnip, kohlrabi, and celery are all high in flavonoids. This type of antioxidant is especially good at protecting your cells from oxidative stress. They help to maintain healthy cell functions and fight free radicals which can cause disease.
Supplements and Injections
While it is important to follow a healthy diet, rich in the micronutrients we have discussed above, it can also be beneficial to supplement your micronutrient intake. This could be because your body has trouble absorbing certain nutrients efficiently. Or perhaps because the foods you have access to are nutrient deficient.
Nutrient depletion of the soil used to grow our vegetables is a serious problem for our health. Intensive farming practices that do not incorporate regenerative methods, like cover cropping and periodically leaving fields to lie fallow, are now the norm. These practices progressively strip the land of its nutrients, and that affects what the plants can take up from the ground. If you are unable to get good, nutrient-rich foods, you may want to consider supplements.
These supplements can be useful when you are in need of a little nutritional boost. Like food, oral supplements must pass through the stomach before being absorbed. This can have a drastic effect on how much of the nutrients actually pass into the bloodstream. Sometimes, as little as 5-15% may get through.
Injection of Nutrients
We believe in the incredible ability of good nutrition to provide glowing health, and intravenous nutrient injections can get you there fast. We specialize in this safe, easy, and effective method of delivering powerful health boosters. You get 100% absorption, and you get that benefit right away. If you have been tested and are deficient or low in any micronutrients, consider giving yourself a leg up with a nutrient injection.
Take Control of Your Health
We believe in the power of nutrition and the benefits of using nature’s medicines to safely and effectively protect our patients from illness and disease. It is too easy to become nutrient deficient and suffer from preventable illness. Getting micronutrient testing done is a simple way to ensure that you are giving yourself every chance for health and happiness possible. Visit us at Thrive Wellness in Oakbrook, IL to take control of your health through micronutrient testing!