Restorative Medicine Testing
Here at Heart and Soul we believe in treating the underlying causes of illness and not just treating symptoms with a barrage of prescriptions. One way we accomplish this is by incorporating what we call the 5 Pillars of Health – Hormonal Balance, Nutrition, Fitness, Stress Management, and Sleep Optimization. In order for you to be healthy, feel good, and look and age well it is necessary for each of these areas to be operating at their optimal function and in balance.
In order to evaluate these areas, we use Restorative Medicine testing to help determine where there may be a problem. Restorative Medicine testing, or RM testing, is composed of 3 non-invasive tests that look at your body at the cellular level and provide important information about your health and wellness. The tests do not produce any risk or discomfort for clients, and can be done in a matter of minutes. These evaluations will identify how well your body responds to stress and any autonomic nervous system and adrenal dysfunctions, screens for neurotransmitter and gut health, cardiovascular health and arteriosclerosis, biological markers of aging, and measures basal metabolic rate, muscle mass, cellular health and toxicity burden on your body.
Heart Rate Variability
1. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is a five minute test using specialized EKG technology to evaluate how your heart and autonomic nervous system is functioning and can help discover hidden health problems. The autonomic nervous system is the master controller of all bodily functions and the body. HRV testing shows how well a person adapts to changes in the environment and how well your body is handles stress. Studies have shown that low heart rate variability is a valuable indicator or predictor of illness and mortality.
2. In a healthy individual there is a balance between the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) that constantly changes to meet the needs of the body’s emotions, thoughts, or activities. An imbalance indicates stress and science now confirms that stress significantly increases the risk of heart disease, including sudden cardiac death. This unmanaged emotional stress is equally if not more important than physical variables in determining health outcomes. A conservative estimate is 75% of visits to primary care physicians are due to stress-related disorders. With HRV we can determine your stress and fitness levels and make recommendations on how to improve your results.
Digital Pulse Analysis
1. The Digital Pulse Analyzer (DPA) uses non-invasive, pulse wave technology to look at arterial elasticity which is an important preventive measure in overall cardiovascular health. Testing uses a small clip that is placed on a finger to observe the changes in pressure, blood flow, velocity and profile throughout the whole pulse wave. The DPA collects and presents data on arterial wall stiffness and determines the biological age of arteries in less than three minutes.
2. The DPA can also monitor the effectiveness of treatment modalities-whether they are lifestyle changes such as exercise supplementation or pharmaceutical medications. If a particular treatment is effective, you will see an improvement in your DPA test.
3. Cardiovascular disease continues to be the number one killer for both men & women throughout North America. If symptoms have developed, laboratory tests can help confirm that a problem does exist. But a normal test result is just as significant as an abnormal result. A normal result does not mean that a test was unnecessary. When a result is normal, it not only helps rule out disease, but is also establishes a baseline “normal”.
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) is considered one of the most reliable and accessible methods of screening body fat. BIA is measured when a very small electrical signal carried by water and fluids is passed through the body. It measures the impedance or resistance to the signal as it travels through the water that is found in muscle and fat. The more muscle a person has, the more water their body can hold. The greater the amount of water in a person’s body, the easier it is for the current to pass through it. The more fat, the more resistance to the current. The technology is relatively simple, quick, and non-invasive.
1. By using the impedance measurements along with a person’s height and weight, and body type, it is possible to calculate the percentage of body fat, fat-free mass, hydration level, and other body composition values.
2. Using BIA to estimate a person’s body fat assumes that the body is within normal hydration ranges. When a person is dehydrated, the amount of fat tissue can be overestimated. Factors that can affect hydration include not drinking enough fluids, drinking too much caffeine or alcohol, exercising or eating just before measuring, certain prescription drugs or diuretics, illness, or a woman’s menstrual cycle.
3. BIA will show the following composition results for your body:
Total Body Water: The total amount of fluid in the body.
Body Cell Mass: The total mass of all the metabolically active components of the body such as the muscles, internal organs, and blood. It’s a sensitive indicator of nutritional status.
Total Fat: Shows fat percentage of healthy and unhealthy weight. Excess levels are associated with increased risk for a wide variety of cardiac conditions.
Extra Cellular Mass: The support mass of the body, consisting of extra cellular fluids, bones and cartilage. Its primary function is to support and transport nutrients, wastes and fluids.
Phase Angle: This is a measurement of the cell membrane’s health. The higher the phase angle, the healthier cell membrane and over all cellular health and function.
Cellular Health: By measuring Phase Angle and Capacitance.
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