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Micronutrient Testing for Nutritional Deficiencies – Everything to Know

Nutritional deficiencies present themselves in a number of different ways. You might start experiencing sudden skin issues, weight loss or gain, fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, or memory problems. 

Micronutrient testing (metabolic testing) helps determine if the source of these physical problems is a nutritional deficiency. Additionally, having a micronutrient test will help you identify what key nutrients or vitamins you are missing in your diet and will help you understand why your nutritional deficiency is affecting you the way it is. 

Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about micronutrient testing. Or contact Port Orchard Natural Medicine schedule a consultation with our micronutrient specialist. We can answer your questions about the testing process and help you get to the bottom of your nutritional deficiencies and symptoms.

What is Micronutrient Testing?

Micronutrient testing is a blood test and involves measuring vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, and amino acid levels in the blood. Measuring these helps your doctor pinpoint where your deficiency is in order to prescribe the correct solution. 

Micronutrient deficiencies may require you to begin supplementing in order to rebalance your body’s micronutrient levels. 

If you suspect that you have a vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, or amino acid deficiency, it’s wise to have a micronutrient test performed. Ignoring a micronutrient deficiency can result in health complications later on and prolonged symptoms showing that your body is imbalanced.

How Micronutrient Testing Works

Micronutrient testing measures the levels of essential amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals in your white blood cells in order to discover if you have a micronutrient deficiency. 

This has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to measure micronutrient balance, giving your doctors a thorough understanding of your micronutrient profile and what is lacking in your body. 

Due to its effectiveness, micronutrient testing is something that all patients experiencing symptoms of a hormonal imbalance should do right away. This is an easy way to quickly determine the cause of your body’s irregular activity. 

Conditions Linked to Micronutrient Deficiency

Here are some conditions that have been linked to micronutrient deficiencies. If you are experiencing any symptoms of a micronutrient deficiency, you should schedule a micronutrient test. Nutritional deficiencies, if left long enough can result in long-term health issues and discomfort.

  • Immune disorders
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Poor sleep or insomnia
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Diabetes 
  • Behavioral disorders
  • And more

If you have any of these symptoms, speak with your doctor or contact Port Orchard Natural Medicine to schedule a micronutrient test. 

How Micronutrient Testing Can Help

Your body cannot function optimally if you are suffering from nutritional and micronutrient deficiencies. Your micronutrients are the foundation of your health. Each micronutrient plays a crucial part in cell operation, so if certain micronutrients are lacking, then your cells will run into problems. 

A body with poorly functioning cells is ripe for the development of more serious and life-altering diseases. For example, arthritis, parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, and many other terrible diseases have been linked to nutrient imbalances and poor cell function. 

Micronutrient testing helps by enabling your primary health provider to know whether or not your symptoms are being caused by nutrient deficiencies. If they are, this testing also helps your doctor know exactly which nutrients to prescribe. 

Who Should Do Micronutrient Testing 

Most people could benefit from doing micronutrient testing. Symptoms of micronutrient deficiency may not always be evident, so it’s important to periodically test your micronutrient levels to ensure that you are getting everything you need. Too many people suffer from being deficient in one or many micronutrients. 

Give yourself the peace of mind that accompanies knowing your body is fully healthy. If you do discover that you have a micronutrient deficiency and take measures to balance your body’s micronutrients, you will notice such a difference.

Get in Touch With a Naturopathic Doctor Today

Good nutrition is the groundwork for good health. Without a healthy and thriving body, you cannot have stable emotions and a fully functional body. Our bodies are each unique, they require so many different vitamins and minerals to function properly. Taking care of your body by ensuring that you have balanced micronutrients is one of the most important things you can do to promote lasting health. 

To learn more about micronutrient testing or to speak with a naturopathic doctor, get in touch with Port Orchard Natural Medicine. Our nutrient specialists care deeply about the health of our patients. To schedule a consultation with our naturopathic doctor, give us a call today.