The Nutrition Exam
There are numerous physical indicators of your nutritional status. For example:
- Your waist-to-hip ratio is the simplest and best predictor of future chronic health problems. According to the National Institutes of Health, a ration greater than 1.0 is indicative of a higher than normal risk of developing heart disease. A healthy ratio is under 0.80 for women and 0.90 for men. (Oddly enough, I remember when these ratios were even lower—0.75 for women and 0.85 for men.)
- Ridler Nutritional Reflexes utilize reflex points on the body to determine specific nutritional deficiencies. Dr. Robert Ridler, D.C., tested various trigger points and then tested the points after giving the patients certain nutrients. For example, the point one anatomical inch inferior and lateral to the xiphoid process on the left side of the body is known as the Hydrochloric Acid point and responds to the introduction of HCl, indicating that the stomach pH is too alkaline. Many people—especially those suffering from GERD or ulcers—have low stomach acid. See Dr. Jonathan Wright’s book, Why Stomach Acid is Good for You: Natural Relief from Heartburn, Indigestion, Reflux, and GERD for additional information.
- Balancing on one foot with your eyes closed should be easy to do. If not, this can be an indication of an RNA deficiency. Dr. Benjamin S. Frank (see Dr. Frank’s No-Aging Diet) was a biochemist who studied Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) for 20 years. As we age our levels of RNA decrease, which affects brain function but also leads to such things as sagging skin. Another indicator of RNA depletion is difficulty calling words to mind. RNA supplementation (especially in combination with Tumeric Forte) can provide quick relief for brain fog and balance.
There are many additional tests that we perform as part of the Nutrition Exam. These tests, in combination with the System Survey, lay the foundation for preliminary lifestyle and nutritional recommendations. This consultation/exam is especially useful for uncovering the root cause of digestive complaints. If your digestive enzymes are inadequate to properly break down your food, or if your gut has become “leaky,” or if your pH is too low or too high (depending on which section of the GI tract we’re talking about) you will be missing out on the benefits of even the best dietary habits. By first “Healing the Center” you will derive the maximum nutrition from your food.
Contact our office today to schedule a free five-minute telephone consultation to find out whether this test is right for you.