Identifying the underlying deficiencies impacting your health.
Good nutrition is key to good health. But, eating a nutrient-rich diet in Hong Kong is usually easier said than done. No matter how clean and well you eat, factors like poor quality soil, pesticides, the loss of nutrients in imported foods during transportation, pollution, toxins and stress can significantly affect your intake of health-essential vitamins and minerals. In fact, studies show 97% of Hong Kongers have suboptimal levels of calcium, 60-70% have suboptimal levels of magnesium, and 80-90% have suboptimal levels of iron.
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can lead to a range of minor to severe health issues. Fatigue, osteoporosis, hair loss, anaemia, poor immunity, sugar cravings, mood disturbances, mouth ulcers, bleeding gums – and so much more.
It’s too easy to mistake your symptoms for something else, which is why we recommend you test, don’t guess.
Our industry-leading expert tests can identify the underlying nutritional deficiencies impacting your health and wellbeing. By knowing what’s missing, our naturopaths can create a personalized plan to optimize your nutritional health.
Depending on your health symptoms, your practitioner may suggest one or more of the following nutrient blood tests. These individual blood tests will determine your levels of vitamins and minerals that are essential for your health and wellbeing.
** Serum level and RBC level
- Vitamin A
- Beta Carotene
- Vitamin D Total - $680
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12 (active form)
- Serum or RBC Copper
- Serum or RBC Manganese
- Serum or RBC Selenium
- Serum or RBC Folate
- Iron & Ferritin
- Serum or RBC Zinc
- Serum or RBC Magnesium
- Serum or RBC Calcium
- RBC Chromium
Measure your blood levels of Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (RBC Folate), B12 (Active), C, D (25-OH or total) and vitamin E.
Analyse your red blood cells (RBC) to determine the status of vitamins and minerals in your system. With a small blood sample, we can test for deficiencies or excesses of elements that are of high importance to cell function, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, copper, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, iron, boron, and molybdenum.
These imbalances can lead to a range of health issues like anaemia, cardiovascular disease, impaired glucose tolerance, immune function challenges, inflammation, gastrointestinal symptoms and more.
RBC element analysis is also useful for assessing ongoing or very recent exposure to specific toxic elements like arsenic, cadmium, lead, methylmercury and thallium that tend to accumulate in red blood cells. Do keep in mind that elevated levels of the toxic elements in these cells reflect recent or ongoing exposure and do not provide information about the net retention of the metals in the body.
What makes this test stand out from many other red blood cells element tests is the fact that the cells are not washed. Your results will not be skewed by the partial loss of important elements that bind to the plasma membrane.
By accurately assessing your essential element status, our practitioners can recommend appropriate supplementation or heavy metal detoxification to support your nutritional and body function needs.
A similar test can be arranged for Whole Blood Cell Element (with Heavy Metals)
Determine imbalances, insufficiencies, or excesses of extracellular circulating elements that have essential or beneficial functions in your body. This test is useful if you are experiencing alopecia, anemia, depression, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s-like symptoms and more.
This test also determines elevated or excessive levels of eleven potentially toxic elements.
Your IMI Doctor will choose the RBC Elements or Whole Blood Elements for your needs.
Test your primary fat-soluble vitamins including Vitamin D (total), D2, D3, Beta Carotene, Retinol (a form of Vitamin A), Vitamin E (Tocopherol alpha and gamma) and Vitamin K. These antioxidant nutrients are involved in multiple protective and regulatory functions and can be impacted by nutrient-poor diets, smoking, excess alcohol, malabsorption and more. This test also analyses CoQ10, which can be depleted by exercise training and ageing.
Doctor’s Data Fat Soluble Vitamins Serum is an excellent complement to the RBC Elements or Whole Blood Elements tests on minerals and heavy metal toxins.
Measure your levels of the primary forms of folate (B-9) in plasma. This test is useful for assessing folate levels related to prenatal care, nutritional deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, neurotransmitter imbalances, detoxification challenges, genetic disorders, behavioural disorders and more.
Measure your levels of amino acids to determine nutrient adequacy and the effects of any deficiencies. This urine test can indicate the absorption of amino acids from dietary proteins, as well as their metabolism. It can also indicate vitamin and mineral deficiencies, particularly magnesium, vitamin B6, B9 (folate), and B12, that are needed for the metabolism of amino acids. The test can aid in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal dysfunctions, protein intolerances, renal and liver dysfunction, susceptibility to occlusive arterial disease (homocysteine), susceptibility to inflammatory response and oxidative stress, reduced detoxification capacity and more.
Measure the critical balance between essential Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as your levels of trans fatty acid with this quick finger prick test. Omega 3 deficiency leads to increased inflammation related diseases and trans fats are a cardiovascular toxin.
Many diets have excessive omega 6 to omega 3, which can accelerate conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline. Imbalances can also contribute to health conditions including chronic pain, depression, hair and skin related conditions, obesity, autoimmune disorders, hormonal disorders, behavioural disorders.