Micronutrient Analysis

Vibrant’s Micronutrient test is the only test that provides a comprehensive extracellular and intracellular assessment of the levels of the most important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids, and amino acids.  Knowing both your extracellular and intracellular micronutrient levels are key to a thorough understanding of your nutritional requirements at a foundational level, which may contribute to your risk for disease, while simultaneously and positively impacting your overall health and well-being.    

 

MicronutrientEXTRACELLULAR MICRONUTRIENTS
Extracellular Micronutrients that are free floating in your blood and exist outside the cells, determined in serum are called extracellular micronutrients.

These extracellular micronutrients are a static measure of what is in your blood at any given time. These are dependent on your short-term intake of supplements or diet and give a direct assessment of your baseline micronutrient levels.

Extracellular nutrient tests reflect a person’s diet over a relatively narrow time frame.

INTRACELLULAR MICRONUTRIENTS
Intracellular micronutrients are the micronutrients absorbed by your circulating white blood cells and red blood cells.

Cellular micronutrient absorption is an important step in maintaining and promoting optimal functioning of all our cells.

It is important to understand that, even though you may be consuming an adequate or healthy diet or supplements, your cellular intake levels of those nutrients may not be sufficient and may still provide risks for deficiencies and the disorders associated with them.     

 

Your genetics, aging, lifestyle, chronic illness, and medications all affect your cellular nutrient absorption. The intracellular portion of Vibrant’s micronutrient test takes all the above factors into consideration to identify your cellular nutrient absorption status. This test can reveal a person’s functional nutritional status over a much longer time (4-6 months) than extracellular testing.   

 

Vitamins: Minerals: Amino Acids Antioxidants: Metabolites: Intracellular (RBC: Electrolytes:
Vitamin A Calcium Asparagine Coenzyme Q10 Choline RBC Folate Sodium
Vitamin B1 Magnesium Glutamine Cysteine Inositol RBC Magnesium Potassium
Vitamin B2 Manganese Serine Glutathione Carnitine RBC Iron
Vitamin B3 Zinc Selenium MMA RBC Omega Fatty Acids
Vitamin B5 Copper (Methyl Maloneic Acid)
Vitamin B6 Chromium
Vitamin B12 Iron
Vitamin C
Vitamin D, 25-OH
Vitamin D3
Vitamin K1

 

ROLE OF MICRONUTRIENTS

Almost every physiological function in your body requires micronutrients to function optimally. Vitamin, minerals and anti-oxidants play a key role in:

  • Producing and releasing energy.
  • Strengthening the immune system.
  • Reducing systemic inflammation.
  • Protecting against free radical damage.
  • Maintaining a healthy hormonal balance (i.e. thyroid, sex hormones, adrenal hormones, neurotransmitters/brain hormones, etc.).
  • Maintaining insulin sensitivity.
  • Slowing down cellular aging.
  • Promoting the health of all tissues: skin, bone, brain, breast, gut, prostate, heart, muscle, organs, etc.
  • Protecting against the development, progression, and recurrence of cancer.

 

 

WHO SHOULD BE TESTED?

 

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This testing would be most beneficial if you:

A. Suffer from B. Are experiencing C. Have a history of D. Are Someone who is a
Chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and/or arthritis. Advanced aging. Long-term use of prescription medications. Athletic competitor/exercise regularly.
Skin problems. Stress, feeling tired, or chronic fatigue. Poor diet. Vegan or Vegetarian.
Numbness/tingling in your hands or feet. Depression. Obesity.
Weakened Immune system.
Digestive issues/disorders like celiac, wheat sensitivity, IBS, IBD, and SIBO.

 

 

 

Wheat Zoomer 

 

Wheat ZoomerThis test is designed to distinguish between celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, non- gluten wheat sensitivity, and other autoimmune diseases triggered by gluten. It also includes the market’s most comprehensive biomarker panel to identify intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome). The Wheat Zoomer has been validated at 99% specificity and sensitivity.

 

 

 

WHAT IS WHEAT/GLUTEN SENSITIVITY?

 

Wheat and gluten sensitivities are immune responses in which, upon ingestion of wheat or gluten(from gluten containing grains), antibodies against the protein component of these grains are generated. Gluten sensitivity is only a subset of a much larger group of wheat/gluten-related disorders.

Symptoms and conditions associated with wheat/gluten sensitivity:

  • Digestive discomfort/IBS
  • Low vitamin D levels
  • Difficulty concentrating or “brain fog”
  • Low energy levels/fatigue
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Skin inflammation (eczema, dermatitis)
  • Chronic headaches
  • Weight gain/weight loss
  • Joint pain or numbness in the legs, arms or fingers.

 

The Wheat Zoomer allows detection of protein antibodies associated with wheat and gluten sensitivities for information to reduce, monitor and manage the inflammatory effects of those sensitivities.

Wheat Zoomer Intestinal Antibody Detection Includes:

  • All known deamidated gliadins
  • Alpha, alpha-beta, gamma and omega gliadin
  • HMW and LMW glutenin family
  • Zonulin protein and actin
  • tTG-DGP Fusion Peptides
  • Wheat germ agglutinin (WGA)
  • Differential transglutaminase: 2, 3 and 6
  • Non-gluten wheat proteins
    • Farinins
    • Globulins
    • Serpins
    • Amylase/Protease Inhibitors
  • Total IgA and IgG
  • Plus additional antibodies tested…

Wheat Zoomer Intestinal Permeability Panel includes:

  • Lipopolysaccharide IgG/IgM/IgA
  • Zonulin
  • Anti-Actin IgG/IgA
  • Anti-Zonulin IgG/IgA

 

Gut Zoomer (Gut Bacteria, Parasites, Fungi, and Virus)

 

GUT ZoomerThis test provides an unique opportunity to better understand your gut microbiome. This is a microchip-based exploration service that allows you to look at the populations of bacteria that reside in your gut. This test is based on extensive research from the NIH Human Microbiome project. The Gut Zoomer looks at specific DNA fragments that identify the unique bacteria in your sample. 16S Ribosomal Gene enables us to classify and distinguish bacteria from phylum up to sub-species level.

 

WHAT IS THE GUT MICROBIOME

The gut microbiome, which hosts more than 1000 bacterial species that encode about 5 million genes, performs many of the important functions like aid in the digestion of foods, immune system development, vitamin synthesis, ion absorption, salvage of energy, which our body cannot perform by itself. As its name states, gut microbiome is harbored in the intestine, one of the main areas in our bodies that comes into contact with the external environment (other examples are the skin and the lungs). Alterations in the composition of the gut microbiome could lead to a bacterial imbalance which has been related to an increasing number of intestinal and extra-intestinal diseases. Some of the factors that lead to such imbalances include:

  • Diet high in refined carbohydrates
  • Proinflammatory food choices
  • Excessive protein intake
  • Lack of fiber
  • Stress
  • Antibiotic use
  • Foreign travel
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Household environment

 

GUT MICROBIOME IMBALANCE EFFECTS

 

Imbalances in your gut microbiome may lead to the following symptoms/effects:

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms / IBS
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Nutritional (or vitamin) deficiencies
  • Skin conditions
  • Autism Spectrum / ADH
  • Food intolerances
  • Inflammation or joint pain
  • Low energy levels / fatigue

 

                                                                              

GUT MICROBIOME IMBALANCE TESTING

Of all the bacterial species, only about a 100 types have potential health outcomes based on existing scientific studies and peer reviewed journals.

It is important to know the abundance of these bacteria to make healthy lifestyle decisions.

Some of these include:

BACTERIA INCLUDE  PATHOGENIC BACTERIA INCLUDE PARASITE AND YEAST INCLUDE
BACTERIA INCLUDE PATHOGENIC BACTERIA INCLUDE PARASITE AND YEAST INCLUDE
Bifidobacterium Shigella Cryptosporidium
Propionibacterium Helicobacter pylori Entamoeba
Lactobacillus Salmonella sp Giardia
Prevotella Clostridium difficile Candida Albicans (Fungal yeast)
Roseburia Campylobacter
Clostridium Listeria sp
Faecalibacterium prausnitzii Yersinia
Desulfovibrio Klebsiella
Escherichia coli Edwardsiella tarda
Akkermansia Escherichia coli O157
Methanobacteriales Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli
Eubacterium and many more…

The Gut Zoomer performs the most comprehensive analysis available of your microbial profile from a simple and easy to use feces collection kit and provides you with an actionable report that includes potential risks for:

  • Intestinal Permeability (SCFA producing Bacteria and Tight Junction Integrity)
  • Intestinal Disorders (IBD related bacteria)
  • Heart Health (Lipid Influencing and TMAO bacteria)
  • Autoimmune Disorders (Celiac, Crohn’s etc)
  • Metabolic Disorders (Obesity, Diabetes)
  • Nutrition (Vitamin Production, Oxalate Metabolism)
  • Intestinal Parasites – Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba and Giardia
  • Fungal yeast – Candida Albicans

Food Sensitivity (96 foods) Testing

 

FOOD SENSITIVITY (96 FOODS) TESTING

 

Food SensitivityFood Sensitivity is your body’s response (IgG antibody reactions) to certain foods that occur hours to days after certain foods are consumed. These are also termed as delayed food reactions.

This test uses a chemiluminescent method of detecting food sensitivities on a silicon chip. This proprietary technology allows for the highest sensitivity of detection. Vibrant tests for IgG and IgA antibodies to food.  These are delayed sensitivities which can take up to 72 hours to appear.

  • IgG antibodies are the most common form of immunologic mediated food responses.  Most food sensitivity testing only include an IgG response.
  • IgA antibodies provide protection from mucosal damage. Elevated levels may indicate mucosal damage.
  • If IgG reactions are negative and you are still symptomatic, IgA reactivity may help provide answers.  

This test identifies both IgG and IgA reactivity to 96 of the most commonly consumed foods including dairy, meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, nightshades, and more

SYMPTOMS TO CONSIDER FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING

 

  • Abdominal pain
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin itchiness and redness
  • Rashes like eczema
  • Bronchitis and asthma symptoms
  • Musculoskeletal joint pain
  • Muscle stiffness and swelling
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating and feeling wea

Undetected food sensitivities could lead to symptoms and systemic changes that are associated with certain conditions/illness.

      

DIGESTIVE DISORDERS MIGRAINES MOOD/ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDERS WEIGHT GAIN
Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease have been linked to IgG food reactions. Research has shown that elimination of IgG reactive foods can alleviate IBS symptoms. A 2007 research study found that 43/65 patients with migraine headaches had complete remission of headaches after one month of eliminating reactive foods. Another study in 2010 found a significant reduction in the number of headache days and migraine attacks with elimination of reactive foods. Deposition of antibody antigen complexes in nervous system tissues may contribute to hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate and other mood disorders. There is some evidence that eliminating IgG food antigens improve attentiveness in children. Antibody-antigen complexes in tissue cause inflammation, which leads to fluid retention and weight gain. To fight inflammation, the body releases a chemical called ghrelin, which also happens to be an appetite stimulant. Thus, IgG food reactions may contribute to weight gain in two ways: fluid retention and increased appetite.

 

WHY TEST FOR FOOD SENSITIVITIES?

Since food sensitivities are delayed reactions, testing is the only way to determine which foods are responsible for the reaction. IgG reactions frequently occur to commonly consumed foods such as dairy, wheat, eggs, yeast, pork and soy.

ELIMINATION DIETS

(removing suspect foods for a period of time and then reintroduce and check for reactions) are difficult to follow and can take months to complete.

 

 

 

 

Rotation Diets

 

Can be implemented working with our team of clinical dietitians.

 

 

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