Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
As part of the overall nutrition assessment, patients are also evaluated using Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). The BIA includes measurements of body composition, fluid status, basal metabolic rate, body mass index and the integrity of a patient's cellular health. The results from the BIA assessment help the practitioner to evaluate the overall metabolic status of the patient in an effort to provide more targeted interventions.
Metabolic typing is a system that helps to optimize health by addressing the patient at the fundamental metabolic level. Through a series of simple tests, we can determine each patient's Metabolic Type, which is the way his or her body produces and processes energy. With this knowledge, the practitioner can then recommend foods and nutritional supplements that are customized to each patient's specific metabolism. This system recognizes that all foods (and supplements) are not equally suitable for all people and any given nutrient can have the opposite effects in individuals of different metabolic types. With knowledge of a person's metabolic type, the practitioner can provide direction for foods, diets, nutrients, exercise and therapies that may yield the best results.
Functional Nutrition Therapy
At Sanoviv, we practice "functional nutrition," an emerging new system of clinical assessment and intervention that takes conventional nutrition to the next level by understanding the origins, prevention and nutritional treatments of chronic diseases. Functional nutrition seeks to identify root causes and imbalances in cellular function that result from improper or inadequate diet, long-latency nutritional deficiencies, or from diseases that make the body unable to handle the nutrients delivered to it in the normal diet. The usual treatment is dietary, but can include the delivery of nutrients by other means, such as oral supplementation, intramuscular injections, or intravenous therapy.
We consider the unique genetic makeup of the patient as well as the complex interactions in the patient's history, physiology and lifestyle than can lead to illness along with internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect overall functioning. Function Nutrition has emerged from the field of Functional Medicine and has the physician and nutritionist at the core of the chronic health care team. Many others on the team such as psychologists, chiropractors, biological dentists, nurses, fitness professionals, and massage therapists contribute valuable information through their own assessments in an effort to find the root causes of chronic degenerative diseases.