What is micronutrient testing?
Learning what your body is lacking in micronutrients can be a game-changer for your health. At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, CA, we can test your blood to discover what micronutrient deficiencies you have right now. Even if you feel healthy today, your dietary and nutritional needs do play a role in your health and wellness. Over time, you may see symptoms like sleepiness during the day, lackluster skin, hair loss, headaches, brittle nails. muscle cramps, moodiness, and more when your body is missing key micronutrients. Our board-certified physician in pulmonary, sleep, internal, and geriatric medicine, Dr. Abraham "Avi" Ishaaya, can diagnose and treat patients for specific micronutrient deficiencies.
Your external, aesthetics may benefit from premium micronutrient levels, but we also want you to improve your longevity and how well your body functions from through your diet. Even though you may eat a balanced diet, exercise, and have great sleep habits, it is always a good idea to know what you can do to live your healthiest life. Because we all metabolize our micronutrients differently, our needs are unique. By looking at the bigger picture of your health with micronutrient testing, you can tweak how well your body functions at that cellular level with Dr. Ishaaya's guidance and custom treatment plan to supplement your deficiencies or excesses. You can take better care of yourself if you know how well your body handles your intake of vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and metabolites. Let's take a look at your micronutrient levels in a private appointment at our office in Los Angeles, CA at your earliest convenience.
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Why Should We Test micronutrients?
Having a baseline of what micronutrients your body is using effectively or not is a great way to fine-tune your diet, supplements, and other interventions for optimal health. You may feel like you are in tip-top shape and still qualify for this testing because you may have hidden deficiencies that may manifest as symptoms in the future. You make a great candidate for micronutrient testing if you:
- Would like to have a better understanding of your health
- Want to make better medical decisions based on what your body needs – no guessing
- Have a hormonal imbalance
- Have unexplainable symptoms (pain, inflammation, weight fluctuations, low immune function, and more)
- Never feel well-rested even after many hours of sleep
- Have felt a decline in your mental health
- See more signs of aging (hair loss, loss of skin volume, poor skin tone and texture, wrinkles, and more)
- Take a multivitamin and see or feel no difference in your wellness
These reasons make a case for you to be considered for micronutrient testing, Even if you take really great care of your body and mind, you can still be micronutrient deficient.
Who Should Receive Micronutrient Testing?
Anyone who cares about their health and wants to have a deeper understanding of their body's needs is a possible candidate for micronutrient testing in Los Angeles, CA. This includes people with chronic health conditions, hormonal imbalances, unexplainable symptoms, or those looking to optimize their overall emotional wellness. Micronutrient testing is a great way to make more informed decisions about your diet, supplementation, and lifestyle choices. So whether you are experiencing issues or simply want to stay proactive in your wellness journey, micronutrient testing may be beneficial.
What are the Benefits of micronutrient Testing?
Shedding light on a root cause of a health concern (like micronutrient deficiencies) is one of the best strategies you can take to:
- Regulate your weight
- Have more energy to exercise
- Sleep better at night
- Look healthier and younger with proper supplementation
- Prevent flareups of autoimmune issues
- Decrease the severity of allergies or episodes lupus
- Support brain and heart health
- Help prevent or fight off certain cancers
- Recognize and treat hormonal imbalances
- Lift mental health concerns like depression and anxiety
These are just a few of the benefits you may see after getting the right micronutrients in your body consistently with the guidance of Dr. Ishaaya.
How do you Supplement a nutrient Deficiency?
Our medical team at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers can offer you support as to how to eliminate your micronutrient deficiencies. We will make every effort to get you the nutritional components you need. When your results come in after the test is complete, our team would be happy to explain what the results mean for you. Then, Dr. Ishaaya will go over treatment options with you. Together, you will come up with a personalized plan of action. Your supplements may be prescription medicines he will write for you or over-the-counter medication recommendations for you. He may also make recommendations for lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, additional self-care options, and more. If at any time you have a question about your treatment or what a test result means, we will do our best to give you the information you need to get back on track.
What happens after my micronutrient testing?
The micronutrient testing itself will be comprised of collecting your blood work, however, results will not be available immediately. After your labs are finished, in about 2 — 3 weeks' time, we will cover your functional deficiencies in a follow-up appointment with Dr. Ishaaya. Additional follow-up appointments can be scheduled at our Los Angeles, CA office to determine the efficacy of your nutrient plan and reevaluate your supplemental nutrients as needed.
Micronutrient Testing FAQ
What is a micronutrient test?
A micronutrient test is an advanced type of blood test that can identify the various minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants inside your body's cells and determine if these levels are lacking. When deficiencies have been identified, Dr. Ishaaya can recommend a supplement regimen to help rebalance these levels, optimizing your overall health and wellness.
Is micronutrient testing covered by insurance?
While micronutrient testing can identify nutrient deficiencies present in your body’s cells, because it is a new field of study still being investigated, many insurance providers do not cover it.
What are the top five micronutrients?
The five basic micronutrients include Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc. Deficiencies in any one or combination of these micronutrients may have an impact on your body’s functioning, affecting everything from energy levels and your immune system to sleeping habits and mental focus. At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers, we go beyond the basics to include as many as 30 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites in our micronutrient testing to get a thorough picture of any micronutrient deficiencies you may have.
Can I just take multivitamins instead of having a micronutrient test?
While multivitamins can provide a broad spectrum of nutrients, they may not address specific deficiencies or imbalances unique to an individual. Blindly taking multivitamins without understanding one's needs might result in overconsumption of certain nutrients or not adequately addressing specific deficiencies. At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers, micronutrient testing offers a more personalized assessment of one's nutritional status in order to precisely address unique deficiencies and support better overall well-being.
Why should I undergo micronutrient testing?
Micronutrient testing is able to identify the function of your body at a cellular level, which helps pinpoint the nutrient deficiencies causing a wide range of health issues, such as chronic fatigue, autoimmune diseases, and sleep problems. Once the root cause of these concerns is uncovered, Dr. Ishaaya will be able to create a plan to supplement your diet and help you achieve optimal health.
How often should I get a micronutrient test?
The frequency of micronutrient testing varies based on individual needs. For someone with a known deficiency or someone undergoing treatment that might affect nutrient levels, more frequent testing may be recommended. Generally, annual testing can be a good starting point. Dr. Ishaaya can provide more specific details on how often you may need testing according to your needs and concerns.
Amplify Your Life + Health
The likelihood that you are deficient in at least one micronutrient is high. Your lifestyle, nutrition, level of stress, current health status, and what medications and supplements you take are all key factors in your micronutrient levels. At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, CA, we can test your blood and get to know you better in order to raise your micronutrient levels. Schedule your appointment today.
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