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Metabolic Test: Choose your test wisely.
As you search the web for a metabolic test, you will find a plethora of techniques.
You will find websites promoting the resting metabolic rate (RMR), oxygen consumption or uptake (VO2), basal metabolic rate (BMR), body mass index (BMI), bioimpedance analysis (BIA), Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) blood test, pulmonary tests, and so on.
In many instances, you may be hooked up to tubes and wires for a variety of these tests, do some simple linear math for others, or simply fill out a questionnaire.
Obviously, most of these metabolic tests may provide some useful metabolic information. So, which method should you choose?
Have you considered a nutritional analysis?
You may not realize that your current nutritional status actually helps reveal your current metabolism. In fact, it can also help reveal your metabolic type. Your metabolic type is more than just a “fast” or “slow” metabolism.
How is this possible?
First, your nervous systems (fast-sympathetic and slow-parasympathetic) produce influences on your nutritional status. For example, if your fast nervous system is dominant, certain nutrients will also be dominant. Normally, these are more stimulatory nutrients.
On the other hand, if your slow nervous system is dominant, a different set of nutrients will be more dominant. Normally, these are more sedative nutrients.
Second, your endocrine system, specifically the adrenals and thyroid, not only influence but actually control many nutrients that ultimately result in your metabolism.
For example, the thyroid/parathyroid (parathyroid hormone) tightly regulates calcium levels. Your adrenal glands, specifically the adrenal cortex (mineralocorticoids), is known to control (about 90%) your sodium and potassium levels.
The metabolic type – not necessarily just fast or slow – reveals whether the fast nervous system is controlling the “fast” side of the glands and the slow nervous system is controlling the “slow” side of the glands. Each nervous system signals the glands to respond accordingly and produce a variety of hormones accordingly. We refer to this as metabolic synchronization and is further explained on that page.
The “Fast Metabolism” is often referred to as the “fight or flight system” and the Slow Metabolism is referred to as the “rest and digest system”.
However, your current nutritional status (nutrient excesses and deficiencies) is an excellent reflection of your current metabolism and metabolic type.
Is there a simple metabolic test too accurately determine my metabolism?
As you know, there are many different nutritional screenings available that include minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, organic acids, vitamins, and so on. This can easily create some confusion as well as expense.
To simplify this, we recommend our Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis as your primary metabolic test. As we reveal throughout our website (including evidence-based scientific articles worldwide), minerals are fundamental in nutrition. They are the foundation that all essential nutrients require.
More importantly, unlike other metabolic tests, by knowing your current mineral status (excesses and deficiencies as well as toxic elements) you can see exactly what changes you need to make in an effort to improve or synchronize your metabolism.
Our hair tissue mineral analysis is an economical, accurate, and convenient metabolic test. Our Profile 2 hair analyses include interpretations that include healthy foods to increase and avoid that will greatly assist rebalancing your minerals and shifting your metabolism.
Are you ready to accurately test your metabolism?
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