Why do we get sick? Can we blame it on age? Is it because a co-worker or family member shared their germs? Maybe it’s because we are genetically at risk? Each of these factors has some influence on your wellness, but the bigger influence may be your micronutrient status. Micronutrients are the small compounds we identify as vitamins and minerals and include vitamins A, C, D and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. Everybody needs them and everybody should be getting their own required amount of them. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has given us a system of nutritional recommendations to follow for wellness, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now monitors these guidelines. Their purpose is to inform us on how much nutrition a normal, healthy person needs to be healthy… but these guidelines are very general. Some questions that should be asked are, “What does a normal, healthy person look like?” and “Does every normal, healthy person need the same amount of nutrients?” Continue reading “The Key to Optimal Health: Understanding Nutritional Deficiencies”
Determining your MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) genotype gives you valuable information about your body’s ability to methylate. Methylation is a crucial part of cell processes and reduced function has been linked to numerous medical conditions including neurological and cardiovascular disorders, mental dysfunctions and diabetes. Methylation is necessary for turning genes on and off, processing chemicals and toxins, building neurotransmitters, processing hormones, building immune cells, synthesizing DNA/RNA, producing energy, and producing the protective coating on nerves. The MTHFR Test by SpectraCell provides critical information relating to the most common MTHFR mutations. Through Village Green, as long as you have health insurance (except Cigna), this test is available at a discounted rate of $35.
Because nutrition plays a substantial role in methylation pathways, it is recommended that you also do SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Test. This test measures 33 different vitamins, minerals and amino acids and provides you with a detailed interpretive guide so that you can understand your specific nutritional deficiencies. Recommendations are also provided for optimal nutrient forms and dosage levels. With health insurance (except Cigna), SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Test is currently $88 through Village Green.
Blood draws for both the MTHFR test and the Micronutrient test are free when you come to Village Green (Suite 202A) on Fridays between 10am-1pm. Continue reading “Two Important Tests for Your Health”