Nutrition And Disease
Vitamins and minerals are an essential part of healthy longevity. The American Medical Association research, along with extensive scientific and clinical studies spanning at least 50 years, have repeatedly demonstrated that vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant deficiencies may have adverse effects on health.
- All aspects of health—from acute infections to chronic disease—are affected by nutrition.
- Degenerative diseases such as arthritis and Alzheimer's can be exacerbated by nutritional deficiency.
- Cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes are impacted by the body's nutritional levels.
- Immune disorders such as allergy, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis can become worse if nutrient levels fall.
Part of managing the aging process is minimizing the risk of chronic disease, and vitamins and minerals are an essential part of healthy longevity.
It is important for physicians to identify patients with poor nutrition or other reasons for increased vitamin needs:
- A combination of age, weight, stress levels, lifestyle, overall health, and genetics determine one's nutritional needs.
- Illness, disease, and digestive problems can cause improper absorption of vital nutrients.
- Medications such as antacids, aspirin, birth control pills, and H2 blockers affect vitamin absorption in the body.
- Vitamin interactions, e.g., too much zinc, can reduce calcium absorption; vitamin D helps the body absorb zinc.
- Cooking, freezing, and processing diminish nutritional value of food.
- Soil depletion robs food of such essential nutrients as zinc and magnesium.
- As a result of exposure to free radicals from cell phones, computer screens, televisions, microwaves, etc. there is an increased need for antioxidants in our society.
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamins and minerals serves merely to prevent disease, not to promote optimal health. Scientists suggest that most people do not consume an optimal amount of vitamins by diet alone, and even those who take multivitamins and supplements may be deficient in one or more nutrients. It is appropriate for adults to take vitamin supplements, but which supplements are right for you? Even if we all eat the same food, we process it differently, and what works for one person does not necessarily work for another.
Micronutrient testing at RevitaLife is a potent diagnostic tool that replaces guesswork with facts about your nutritional state. It measures your ability to absorb over 30 vital nutrients and tells you if you are getting the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients.
This simple blood test, which does not require fasting, can determine if you have the proper levels of:
- Amino acids
The comprehensive micronutrient test offered at RevitaLife won’t leave you guessing about your deficiencies and nutritional needs. Equipped with essential knowledge from this test, the medical experts at RevitaLife can work with you to develop a customized nutrition plan that addresses any deficiencies. Your custom nutrition plan will give you peace of mind that comes from knowing you are properly meeting your nutritional needs, and it can save you money in the long run. You may find out that you are taking some supplements unnecessarily, or if you have any deficiencies, they can be addressed directly. To schedule your assessment and micronutrient test, call RevitaLife.
Vitamin D “Epidemic”
The micronutrient test at RevitaLife includes testing for vitamin D levels, but it is worth special mention here about the importance of this essential vitamin, which is made in the body when exposed to sunlight. Most of us know that vitamin D is essential for strong bones and healthy teeth, but advances in science now emphasize the multifaceted role this vitamin has in overall body function and the ability to manage and lower the risk of illness and disease.
Unfortunately, vitamin D deficiency is very common in our society and throughout the world, and this is referred to as the vitamin D "epidemic." In the U.S., over 90% of the population has vitamin D levels that are below the accepted normal range of 20-50 nanograms/milliliter. Adolescents, women, and the elderly are especially deficient. Studies show that 50% of institutionalized elderly people and women of all ages undergoing treatment for osteoporosis have inadequate levels of vitamin D. It is important to note, however, that deficiencies in either men or women at any stage of life can have devastating consequences.
The consequences include a number of illnesses, including:
- Asthma, especially in children
- Bone pain
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic gum disease
- Cognitive impairment in older adults
- Depression and mental function
- Muscle weakness
- Respiratory infections and respiratory disease
Common reasons for vitamin D deficiency include:
- Having limited exposure to sunlight, caused by spending more time indoors at work and at play, living in northern latitudes, wearing long robes or head coverings for religious reasons
- Having darker skin, thereby reducing the skin's ability to make vitamin D when exposed to the sun
- Declining kidney function, especially in older adults whose kidneys are less able to convert vitamin D to an active form
- Absorbing vitamin D inadequately, due to such conditions as Crohn's disease and celiac disease that make the intestine less able to absorb vitamin D from food
- Being obese, because fat cells take vitamin D from the bloodstream
Ideal levels of vitamin D are 60-80 ng/ml, which is higher than the accepted nromal range. At RevitaLife, our micronutrient testing will reveal your vitamin D levels and, if low, we can give you a series of three intramuscular injections to bring you to peak levels in about two weeks. Then you will start on an oral vitamin D supplementation program with a proprietary formula customized for you.