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Nutrition Blood Test
Nutrition Test
Nutrition Health Check

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  • getting the vitamins and minerals it requires for good health
  • also check your cholesterol and inflammatory levels

Nutrition Blood Test

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A nutrition test that uses finger pricks to check that your body is getting the vitamins and minerals it requires for good health.

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This at-home nutrition check is appropriate for people looking for a basic nutrition assessment as well as those on a plant-based, limited, or special diet. Check to see if you're receiving enough vitamins and minerals in your diet (including vitamin D and B12). You can also check your cholesterol and inflammatory levels, both of which are affected by diet.

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Cholesterol Status (6 Biomarkers)

A fatty molecule called cholesterol is present in the blood and is crucial for the proper functioning of the body's cells. But having too much cholesterol in your blood can seriously harm your health since it makes you more likely to experience a heart attack or stroke.
Numerous variables increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, and we continue to learn more about the intricate biochemical mechanisms that trigger a heart attack. However, even then, it is not so straightforward because there are various forms of cholesterol, some of which are more dangerous than others.
High levels of cholesterol have long been recognised to increase your risk.In addition to coming from the food we eat, cholesterol is also produced in the liver. Diet, family history, obesity, and inactivity all have a negative effect on cholesterol levels.

Total Cholesterol

In the organism, cholesterol is a necessary fat (lipid). Even though it has a terrible reputation, it performs a number of crucial tasks, such as creating cell membranes and a number of necessary hormones.
In addition to coming from the food we eat, cholesterol is also produced in the liver. The amount of both good (HDL) and bad (total) cholesterol in your blood is measured (LDL, VLDL and non HDL). When carbohydrate energy sources are scarce or for endurance activities, fats serve as the main energy source.Medium-chain fatty acids in particular are used extensively.
By examining the levels of the various forms of cholesterol, we can gain information into your health and cardiovascular risk. Cholesterol distributes fatty acids throughout the body (i.e. the buildup of cholesterol in blood vessels leading to blood vessel narrowing, heart attack and stroke).
The liver controls the amount of cholesterol in the body; it produces and eliminates it, and it also produces different lipoproteins that carry cholesterol throughout the body. It is these that the cholesterol test measures.

LDL cholesterol

Low density lipoprotein, often known as LDL cholesterol, is a lipid and protein molecule that carries triglycerides, cholesterol, and other fats to various bodily regions.

When fatty deposits build up inside artery walls due to an excess of LDL cholesterol, sometimes known as "bad cholesterol," this could result in atherosclerosis and heart disease.

Through food and exercise, your cholesterol levels can be dramatically reduced. Likewise, if you can raise your levels, you may be able to avoid developing significant, potentially fatal illnesses in the future.Results for HDL and LDL (and non-HDL) can be used as benchmarks and improvement targets. Regular exercise, especially cardio and weight training, will help lower LDL and raise HDL.

Cholesterol levels will also be optimised by a Mediterranean diet that is heavy in vegetables and oily fish and low in meat and dairy.

Non-HDL cholesterol

All of the cholesterol molecules that are not HDL (or "good" cholesterol") are referred to as non-HDL cholesterol. Therefore, it includes all of the potentially dangerous and non-protective cholesterol in your blood.

As a result, it is thought to be a more accurate indicator of cardiovascular risk than LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol. Less than 4 mmol/L of non-HDL cholesterol is advised. Through food and exercise, your cholesterol levels can be dramatically reduced. Likewise, if you can raise your levels, you may be able to avoid developing significant, potentially fatal illnesses in the future.

Results for HDL and LDL (and non-HDL) can be used as benchmarks and improvement targets.Regular exercise, especially cardio and weight training, will help lower LDL and raise HDL. Cholesterol levels will also be optimised by a Mediterranean diet that is heavy in vegetables and oily fish and low in meat and dairy.

HDL Cholesterol

High Density Lipoprotein, often known as HDL cholesterol, is a molecule that transfers cholesterol from the bloodstream to the liver, where it is broken down and expelled from the body as bile.

The term "good cholesterol" refers to HDL cholesterol. Through food and exercise, your cholesterol levels can be dramatically reduced. Likewise, if you can raise your levels, you may be able to avoid developing significant, potentially fatal illnesses in the future.

Results for HDL and LDL (and non-HDL) can be used as benchmarks and improvement targets. Regular exercise, especially cardio and weight training, will help lower LDL and raise HDL.

Cholesterol levels will also be optimised by a Mediterranean diet that is heavy in vegetables and oily fish and low in meat and dairy.

Total Cholesterol/HDL

By dividing your total cholesterol value by your HDL cholesterol level, you can get your cholesterol/HDL ratio. It serves as a gauge of cardiovascular risk since it provides useful information about the percentage of "good" cholesterol in your total cholesterol (i.e. high-density lipoprotein, HDL).

The cholesterol/HDL ratio is used by heart disease risk calculators (like QRisk) to estimate your risk of suffering a heart attack.

Triglycerides

Triglycerides are a type of lipid that move through the bloodstream. They are transported in the bloodstream by chylomicrons and VLDLs, two types of lipoproteins (very low density lipoproteins).

Following a meal, extra calories are converted by your body into triglycerides, which are subsequently carried to cells where they are stored as fat. Triglycerides are then released by your body when it needs energy.

Vitamins (2 Biomarkers)

Your body requires vitamins as necessary nutrients to function properly. They must come from the food you consume because you cannot manufacture them yourself. There are two categories of vitamins: fat-soluble and water-soluble.

Oily foods, whether animal- or plant-based, contain fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, and K.

You don't need to eat them every day because your body stores them in fatty tissue and the liver. You must consume meals containing these nutrients more regularly because the majority of water-based vitamins, such as vitamin C, are not stored in the body.

A balanced diet should provide you with all the vitamins you require. But occasionally, dietary decisions or medical issues might make us vitamin deficient.

Vitamin B12

The generation of red blood cells, which transport oxygen throughout the body, depends on vitamin B12.

Additionally essential for metabolism and the nervous system, vitamin B12 deficiency can harm nerves over time.

Although plant milks are increasingly frequently enriched with vitamin B12, vitamin B12 is still nearly exclusively found in meals derived from animals.

Vitamin D

Together with calcium, vitamin D is essential for bone maintenance. It is crucial for both protein synthesis and muscle function.

Other non-musculoskeletal advantages, such as immunological regulation, defense against chronic diseases, and improved sports performance, have also been emphasized by more recent studies.

Maintaining adequate amounts of vitamin D is crucial for athletes. When your skin is exposed to sunshine, it can produce vitamin D.

This is challenging in the UK, especially during the winter. Even if they exercise outside, people in the UK frequently have low vitamin D levels.

Inflammation (1 Biomarker)

When your immune system is triggered to purge your body of external invaders or irritants and to guard against tissue damage, inflammation results. Inflammation frequently manifests as heat, redness, swelling, and discomfort.

An acute or persistent inflammation might exist. Infection or injury are common causes of acute inflammation, which appears for a few days before going away. Long-term diseases including arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, or asthma can lead to chronic inflammation.

Certain proteins that are elevated in the blood as a result of inflammation can be tested to determine the level of inflammation and, in some cases, its underlying cause.

CRP HS

The C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is a marker of inflammation that is used to determine whether there is inflammation in the body but not where it is situated.

A test known as High Sensitivity CRP (CRP-hs) is used to find low-level inflammation that may harm blood vessels and cause a heart attack or stroke. There is a great deal of inflammation at the site of a significant injury. The swelling around a twisted ankle is easy to picture.

Your CRP-hs will increase with any damage of this nature. But frequent exercisers also run the danger of developing chronic low-level inflammation, which can harm their performance.We draw this picture using CRP-hs, CK, and your complete blood count (see the articles on the liver and complete blood count).

When you are rested for the test, inflammatory markers like CRP-hs provide the most insight; otherwise, they may be increased from recent exercise.

Iron Status (1 Biomarkers)

We need iron for a number of basic functions, including the production of new red blood cells, the transportation of oxygen throughout the body, and the development of our immune systems. Haemoglobin, a protein in our red blood cells, contains the majority of the iron in our bodies. A lesser portion is kept in the ferritin protein, which regulates the release of iron when levels are too high or low. In order to identify anaemia or iron overload, iron status tests examine the overall quantity of iron in the blood (haemochromatosis). They examine the amount of iron stored in your body as well as your body's capacity to absorb iron.

Ferritin

A complex globular protein called ferritin is used to store iron in an inactive form. The ferritin releases its iron for usage as your iron reserves get depleted.

You will run out of iron if your ferritin levels drop, and your ability to make red blood cells in your bone marrow will also suffer.

Thus, ferritin provides a reliable indication of your iron reserves. Ferritin can rise at times of infection, inflammation, or trauma because it is an acute phase protein as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Minerals (1 Biomarker)

Your body need minerals for proper operation because they are inorganic substances. Minerals and trace elements are the two subcategories of minerals.

While both are essential, minerals are needed in greater quantities than trace elements. Minerals must be obtained from the food you eat because your body is unable to produce them.

Numerous internal processes, such as the development of sturdy bones and teeth, maintenance of the body's fluid balance, normal nerve and muscle function, hormone production, and control of blood pressure, are all attributed to minerals.

The majority of the minerals we require should be obtained from our diets. However, you can discover that you are mineral deficient if you exclude specific food groups, follow a highly rigid diet, or have an issue with gut absorption.

Magnesium-Serum

In the body, magnesium is the second most prevalent intracellular divalent cation and the fourth most plentiful mineral. Less than 1% is in the blood, 50% is in your tissues and about 50% is in your bones.

It is essential for more than 300 metabolic processes, including the production of DNA, nerve conduction, muscular contraction, parathyroid function, and energy storage. Magnesium deficiency can result in weakened muscles, muscular spasms, changed creatine kinase, and changed lactate response to exercise.

Due to their propensity for low magnesium levels, athletes should regularly check their magnesium levels. Make sure to eat a meal high in magnesium.Over the years, there has been a lot of research on the use of supplements as a boost to performance and to treat deficiencies.

The results of the current studies are still ambiguous, and some persons who take magnesium supplements actually experience a faster than usual decline in magnesium levels.

Therefore, it seems, at least for the time being, that consuming a diet high in magnesium is the best approach to receive the magnesium you need.

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