Know Your Nutritional Biomarkers
Blood Lipid Profile and Metabolism
Assessing your cholesterol and lipoproteins can be a key indicator of cardiovascular health and a predictor of dietary changes needed to reduce risks. Assessing your thyroid activity can highlight any inappropriate metabolism issues that may be contributing to weight gain and poor energy levels.
Keeping inflammation low is important for the overall health of your body and reduces risk of chronic and life threatening diseases.
Urea and Electrolytes
Electrolytes are electrically charged ions that perform critical functions in the body and if out of range can be an indicator of ill health. To optimise fitness and wellbeing you need to maintain the balance of ions especially potassium and sodium.
Oxygen Transport and Blood Function
Iron is an essential component of proteins involved in oxygen transport and plays a key role in cell growth and differentiation. Assessing iron related biomarkers as well as serum iron can indicate if optimising absorption of iron through dietary changes is required.
Blood Glucose Levels
Diabetes refers to a group of metabolic disorders distinguished by chronic hyperglycaemia and disordered insulin production and/or metabolism. If your blood glucose levels are out of range this could be indicating impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance and can alert you to a pre-diabetic state which often can be reversed/improved with diet and lifestyle changes.
Vitamins and Minerals
The strength and health of bones and muscles as well as adequate wound healing and mineral absorption often relies on some key biomarkers – calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C and magnesium. Optimising levels of these essential components through dietary intake can prevent long term damage.
The liver is the second largest organ in the body and is a powerful machine that filters harmful compounds from your blood as well as removing fat, breaking down alcohol and removing other toxins. In addition, the liver plays an important role in hormone, enzyme and bile production as well as assisting energy levels by releasing glucose.