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September 30, 2011

How Do You Know What Supplements Your Body Needs?

How do you test to make sure your body is getting the right nutrients from your nutritional supplements?

How do you know the proper combination of supplements?

How do you know what’s going to be beneficial to you and worth the money you’re spending?

These were common questions I received from those who participated in the Nutritional Supplement Survey.

These are questions that everyone needs to have answered before you invest in even one bottle of a nutritional product intended to improve or maintain your health.

Why?

Because if the product or products you buy are not beneficial for your health, you will not only be wasting your money, but you may also be creating greater nutritional imbalances in your body and setting yourself up on a path toward declining health and eventually disease.

You are unique and so are your body’s nutritional needs. What you require is different from what your mother and father need. It’s not the same as what your siblings require. And it certainly isn’t equivalent to what your friends, acquaintances and co-workers need.

Biochemical individuality is a term coined by Roger Williams in his book of the same name back in the 1950’s. You are unique and you have unique nutritional needs.

So, how do you address your uniqueness?

It’s not done by choosing nutritional supplements off the shelf in a grocery or health food store. And you won’t meet your unique needs by reading books or magazines, searching the internet or any other intellectual approach. Nor will you find it in any one-size-fits-all product. It all boils down to identifying your biochemical needs based upon some means of reliable testing.

Blood and hair testing combined is the superior way to go. Nutritional programs can be designed to address your specific biochemical needs as determined through the results of your tests. When you follow the nutritional protocols for a specified period of time, then retest at three to four month intervals, you are able to watch your body come more into balance and your health improve. You have proof in “black and white” as to whether your nutritional supplements are working or not.

Additionally, nutritional programs can be designed to support your body’s needs based upon hair testing alone. When done correctly, a hair test can tell you a lot about patterns of imbalance, as well as issues with blood sugar, your thyroid and adrenal glands and more. A skilled and experienced health care professional can determine much more from a hair test than toxic metal levels and imbalances in the essential elements. In fact the most important information from a hair test is what can be determined from the patterns and ratios, rather than the levels of individual metals and minerals. Re-evaluations every three to four months will tell you how well your program is meeting your needs.

Another possibility is the use of comprehensive questionnaires that evaluate all the systems of the body and combine that with additional information that can be determined from home tests, dietary evaluations and other in office procedures. The health care professional who is knowledgeable in this area can also design nutritional programs that will address your body’s unique nutritional needs and monitor results with periodic retests to make sure you’re making the progress you want.

This is not exhaustive of all modalities available. However, the commonality among all the different methods of meeting your essential needs is that you need to be tested by some means that is reliable in identifying the nutritional needs that are unique to you.

You can request a Free Consultation to determine the best way to meet your body’s nutritional needs by filling in the form on the top right of this page.

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