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Nutrient Testing Scottsdale & Phoenix, AZ

Nutrient Testing Scottsdale & Phoenix, AZ

Food is medicine. Our health is highly dependent on our nutrition. As the saying goes: – “You are what you eat.”  Nutritional deficiencies can lead to potential for chronic disease and illness. Evidence has shown that micronutrient deficiencies as well as “inflammation” caused by food allergies and sensitivities affect the way we feel and ultimately our health. Here at Ong Institute for Plastic Surgery & Health, we are committed to your health and offer comprehensive nutrient analysis measuring functional nutrient deficiencies at the cellular level, as well as comprehensive food allergy testing.

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The various nutrients in our body

Nutrient lab testing gives us the ability to test how our body utilizes the 31 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants and metabolites.

They include:

  • Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, K, Biotin, Folate, Pantothenate
  • Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese
  • Amino acids: Asparagine, Glutamine, Serine
  • Antioxidants: Alpha Lipoic Acid, Coenzyme Q10, Cysteine, Glutathione, Selenium, Vitamin E
  • Carbohydrate metabolism: Chromium, Fructose sensitivity, Glucose-Insulin Interaction
  • Fatty acids: Oleic Acid
  • Metabolites: Choline, Inositol, Carnitine
  • Immune Response Score and Total Antioxidant function

The information obtained from this elaborate testing can be the first step in helping one figure out their nutrient deficiencies. It is an objective guide to know exactly what is going on in your cells and what types of food and supplements you should be taking. It takes the guesswork out of the amount and type of supplements you need to be taking.

This is also very helpful during your surgery planning stage, as this information can help you recover and heal better after a surgical procedure.

What is micronutrient testing?

The foods we provide for our bodies are its fuel source. Deficiencies will show themselves through frequent illness, compromised immune function, or even the development of disease. To let our patients know where their diets are providing what they need, and where they are deficient, we provide micronutrient testing.

Our Ong Institute, micronutrient testing measures the levels of 35 nutritional components: vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids. We do this by analyzing the patient’s white blood cells.

What is the benefit of micronutrient testing?

With our modern lifestyles, it’s hard to eat right. Grabbing a bite on the way to a kid’s soccer game doesn’t usually include weighing what’s in that combo meal. Or on a work trip, it’s hard to eat well when at hotels every night.

Detecting Nutrient Deficiencies

Micronutrient testing lets our patients step back and see where their body is deficient in its nutrient needs. People can mistake taking a multivitamin as a substitute, but most of those end up being flushed through the digestive system. When our Ong Institute team sits down and goes through your test results, you’ll be surprised at what they find. And your body will be better for it moving forward.

Is Every NAD IV Therapy the Same?

One of the benefits of nutritional testing and therapeutic services is that your treatment is personalized to your body’s needs. Dr. Ong plans the administration of NAD therapy around the issue that needs attention and, as well, the goals you’d like to achieve. In many situations, NAD is administered in a series of treatments, sometimes administered daily for up to 10 days. Each infusion may involve 500mg to 1,000mg of this nutrient, as well as others that are relevant to your goals.

Daily infusions may be more advantageous for the treatment of significant health concerns, such as alcohol abuse recovery. For age-related concerns, a weekly infusion may be sufficient. After some time, you may sustain the effects of your IV therapy with monthly infusions. Your health and wellness needs are unique to you. This is why Dr. Ong begins your course of care with a thorough, thoughtful consultation. During your visit, you can discover what will best serve your goals, what to expect, and how to prepare to achieve the best treatment outcome. 

How Quickly Will I Feel the Effects of NAD IV Therapy?

Even if you are scheduled to receive a series of infusions over the course of several days, you can expect to feel some degree of improvement right away. In most cases, the effects are immediate. Some of them include increased mental clarity and physical sensation. Again, this depends on the severity of your health condition and your overall treatment goals. It may take a few infusions for noticeable physical and mental benefits to occur. It’s quite possible that you may notice some changes right away and that others will take more time. This, too, is a point of discussion during your consultation. 

Is NAD IV Therapy Safe?

Yes. While NAD IV therapy is not an FDA-approved treatment, because NAD is not a pharmaceutical drug, the treatment has a proven safety record. For most people, the side effects that occur after treatment are very mild. These may include slight bruising or soreness at the injection site or short-lived flu-like symptoms. In most situations, patients feel a surge of natural, non-jittery energy after receiving this form of IV therapy. Studies confirm that NAD and other nutrient infusions are safe and hold virtually no risk of adverse reactions; 

How is NAD Good for Brain Health?

NAD IV therapy can help boost your mental performance or restore your memory, whichever feels most important for you at the moment. A 2019 study describes NAD as “a vital cofactor involved in brain bioenergetics for metabolism and ATP production, the energy currency of the brain.” Where there is more ATP production in the brain cells (and the body), there is more fuel to use energetically. In the brain, this translates to greater mental capacity and clarity as well as improved memory function. 

Schedule your Nutrient Analysis

Contact us today with questions or to schedule an appointment by calling (480) 771-7771 or complete our online contact form here! Ong Institute for Plastic Surgery and Health proudly provides Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa AZ and the surrounding areas with comprehensive nutrient testing.

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