Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA)

As part of the overall nutrition assessment, patients are 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 evaluate the patient’s overall metabolic status in an effort to provide more targeted interventions.

Metabolic Typing

Metabolic typing is a system that helps to optimize health by addressing the patient at the fundamental metabolic level. Through a series of in-house tests, we can determine each patient’s Metabolic Type, which is the way his or her body processes energy. With this knowledge, the practitioner can better recommend foods and nutritional supplements customized to each patient’s 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 on 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 system of clinical assessment and intervention that takes conventional nutrition to the next level by understanding chronic diseases’ origins, prevention, and nutritional treatments. Functional nutrition seeks to identify root causes and imbalances in cellular function that result from an improper or inadequate diet, long-latency nutritional deficiencies, or 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 that can lead to illness along with internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect overall functioning. Functional Nutrition 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.