Nutrition Test

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Blood

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GetTested’s Nutrition Test is our most detailed nutritional analysis, measuring 12 key markers to accurately assess your nutritional health. This test not only identifies potential mineral deficiencies but also analyzes important mineral ratios that are crucial for overall wellbeing and performance. Ideal for anyone looking to optimize their health, address chronic conditions, or improve athletic performance, this test provides a comprehensive view of your nutritional status.

Additionally, pairing this test with our Vitamin D Test, available as both a rapid and laboratory test, is a common practice for a holistic assessment of nutritional and bone health.

 

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Minerals measured in the Nutrition test

Calcium
Calcium is vital for strong bones and teeth. It helps in muscle function, nerve signaling, and heart health. Calcium is in dairy products, leafy greens, and fortified foods. Many people, especially older adults and those who don't consume dairy, might need supplements. A lack of calcium can lead to weak bones and other health issues. It's key for bone density, especially as we age.
Copper
Copper is important for iron absorption, nerve function, and making red blood cells. It helps keep blood vessels and the immune system healthy. Copper is in nuts, seeds, whole grains, and shellfish. Some people might need more copper, especially if they have certain medical conditions. A lack of copper can lead to fatigue and weak immunity. It's key for heart health and maintaining strong bones.
Iron
Iron is essential for making hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. It's crucial for energy, brain function, and a strong immune system. Iron is in red meat, beans, fortified cereals, and leafy greens. Many, especially women and vegetarians, might need supplements. A lack of iron can lead to tiredness and weaken immunity.
Magnesium
Magnesium is key for muscle and nerve function, blood sugar control, and making protein and bone. It helps regulate blood pressure and supports a healthy immune system. Magnesium is in nuts, seeds, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables. Many people, especially older adults, might not get enough. A lack of magnesium can lead to muscle cramps and fatigue.
Potassium
Potassium is crucial for heart health, muscle function, and maintaining a healthy balance of fluids in the body. It helps nerves to function and muscles to contract. Potassium is found in bananas, oranges, potatoes, and spinach. It's important for controlling blood pressure and reducing the risk of stroke.
Selenium
Selenium is important for thyroid function, a healthy immune system, and protecting cells from damage. It helps in fighting off infections and supports thyroid health. Selenium is in Brazil nuts, fish, poultry, and whole grains. A good balance of selenium is key for preventing cell damage and boosting immunity. Not getting enough can affect thyroid function and immune response.
Sodium
Sodium is key for nerve and muscle function and helps control blood pressure and fluid balance. It's essential for maintaining the balance of fluids in our body. Sodium is found in salt, processed foods, and many common snacks. It's important for hydration and nerve signals. Too much sodium can lead to health issues like high blood pressure.
Zinc
Zinc is essential for immune function, wound healing, and DNA synthesis. It plays a key role in growth, taste and smell, and hormone production. Zinc is found in meat, shellfish, legumes, and nuts. Many people, especially vegetarians and older adults, might not get enough. A lack of zinc can lead to weak immunity and slow wound healing. It's important for skin health and fighting off infections.

Mineral ratios measured

GetTested's Nutrition Test

GetTested's Nutrition Test is an essential tool for uncovering hidden nutrient deficiencies, which often go unnoticed without specific testing. Therefore, our comprehensive test plays a crucial role in identifying these deficiencies. Initially, some deficiencies may cause immediate health issues, while others might subtly affect your well-being over time. Fortunately, once identified, these deficiencies are typically easy to rectify.

Our test is a nutrition blood test you can take at home. It is convenient to use. Simply collect a blood sample and have it sent over to our certified lab for analysis. 

For those interested in a complete assessment of their vitamin levels, GetTested also offers a Vitamin Test as part of our home-testing range.

Key Nutrients Analysed in the Nutrition Test

Our test includes a range of essential nutrients, each with a unique and vital role in maintaining health:

  • Sodium: Crucially maintains the body's water-salt balance and can be depleted by excessive sweating or certain chronic conditions. The body requires only a small amount of sodium to perform these functions.
  • Potassium: It is indispensable for water balance, blood pressure regulation, and maintaining a healthy heart. It also helps the nerves and muscles function properly. Potassium is found in various fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and meat products.
  • Calcium: Notably essential for bones, teeth, nerve signals, and muscle contractions. Dairy products, cheese and yoghurt contain calcium. 
  • Magnesium: It plays a key role in enzyme reactions, muscle and nerve function, and in the absorption of other minerals. Dark chocolate, avocados and nuts are some of the foods that contain magnesium. 
  • Iron: This element is critical for oxygen transport and immune function, but can be toxic in excess. The body uses iron to make Haemoglobin, which is what helps carry oxygen to different parts of the body. Iron is found in poultry and meat, but also beans, spinach and beets. 
  • Copper: Supports the cardiovascular system, brain, nerves, and acts as a powerful antioxidant. Copper helps with the production of red blood cells. Shellfish is rich in copper. 
  • Zinc: Essential for growth of cells, digestion and a healthy immune function. It also helps with the healing of damaged tissue. The body only needs a small amount of Zinc. Meat, fish and seafood contain the most Zinc. 
  • Selenium: Acts as a potent antioxidant, vital for immune support and protection against heavy metals. It also helps to make DNA. Organ meats, Seafood and Brazil nuts contain a high amount of Selenium. 

Importance of Measuring Mineral Ratios

Although mineral levels are important to be considered, the mineral ratios are often more important when it comes to determining nutritional deficiencies and excesses. Balance is crucial in all phases of life to maintain health, and the same goes for balance in mineral levels. 

Our Nutrition Test evaluates the ratios between key minerals, such as Sodium/Potassium, Magnesium/Calcium, and Copper/Zinc. These ratios are vital for managing blood pressure, heart health, hormonal balance, and overall well-being.

Advantages of Whole Blood Analysis

GetTested's Nutrition Test utilises whole blood analysis, which is a method that offers a more comprehensive view of nutrient levels. This is especially beneficial for those with chronic conditions. This approach contrasts with the traditional healthcare practice of measuring nutrients in serum or plasma, typically focused on acute issues. Whole blood analysis ensures a deeper understanding of long-term nutritional health, providing insights that are crucial for addressing chronic nutrient deficiencies effectively.

Simple and Convenient Home Testing Process

With GetTested's user-friendly home blood test, you simply use a finger prick to collect a blood sample and send it to our lab. For optimal accuracy, it's best to take the test on an empty stomach in the morning. Consequently, your comprehensive digital results will provide a detailed view of your nutritional health.

FAQ

How is the Nutrition test carried out?

Our Nutrition test is a home test kit. After ordering, we will send you a kit with everything you need to collect the blood sample. Then, simply return your sample to us in the pre-paid envelope.

What is the difference between measuring minerals in whole blood vs serum/plasma?

The choice between whole blood and serum or plasma depends on the specific clinical purpose of the test and the minerals being assessed, with each method offering different information. Serum and plasma is more used for acute purposes, whereas whole blood is better to assess overall health status and to find clues related to chronic disease.

What happens if I fail to take the sample?

If you read the instructions carefully before you take the test and it should go well. Should something go wrong, you are welcome to contact us and we will help you.

How quickly will I receive my results?

Once we receive your sample, average response time is 10-15 business days to receive results.

When should I take the test?

It is recommended to take the test on an empty stomach in the morning.

Example Report

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Example of Nutrition Test

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    Elevated my dietary choices, emphasizing nutrient harmony. A revelation.
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