BioImpedance body composition Analysis (or B.I.A.) is an important tool as part of our Therapeutic Lifestyle Program.

A "therapeutic" lifestyle is one in which the choices we make in our daily lives, actually make us healthier! It's living life in a way that allows us to achieve full, healthy potential - hopefully long into our later years. The goal is full function, vibrant health, and an absence of dis -ease!

Heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's, lung disease... on and on goes the list of killers of Americans. The common thread? -- ALL are examples of chronic degenerative disease -- a gradual breakdown of cellular integrity, and diminishing function over many years, until our bodies finally give out.

These conditions are largely preventable and NOT amenable to the tools of the American Medical model . Western Medicine is wonderful for trauma, acute injury, certain life saving surgeries, and so forth. But true health comes as a result of proper lifestyle and nutrition choices.

In 1980, Stanford Universty Medical School's Dr. James Fries published his now well-known Compression of Morbidity Hypothesis in the New England Journal of Medicine . I read his paper in 1986, and it immediately resonated with me. Essentially it said that the lifespan of humans maxes-out at about 100 years regardless of what we do. The average American's last decade or two of life is spent in functional decline (mental and physical), relying on multiple prescription medications and hospitalizations, and experiencing varying degrees of disability (in a word - "morbidity" ). To "compress" the years of morbidity into the very end of a person's lifespan is an obvious goal. Fries proposed that this is possble only by addressing lifestyle and diet -- NOT by drugs .

Our Biomarkers2000 bioimpedance computer is an FDA-approved medical device which measures body composition electronically. Body composition analysis is the clinical assessment of tissue and fluid compartments in the body. A normal distribution of tissue and fluid in the body is associated with immunity, high function and longevity. Essentially, bioimpedance measures our vitality at a cellular level!

We do this simple test in the office. It takes about five minutes, and involves delivering a minisclule electric current (imperceptible to you) via electrodes attached to one hand and foot. Using a bunch of sophisticated math computations like "regression analysis" (yikes!) the analyzer computes:

Resistance (R)
Reactance (X)
Phase Angle (α)
Body Capacitance (C)

Fat-Free Mass (FFM)
Body Cell Mass (BCM)
Extracellular Mass (ECM)
Fat Mass (FM)

Body Mass Index (BMI)
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)

Total Body Water (TBW)
Intracellular Water (ICW)
Extracellular Water (ECW)
TBW/Fat-Free Mass
TBW/Total Weight

In a nutshell - the data gleaned from these calculations is of enormous value in our assessment of your specific cellular health and function.

For instance, knowing your Basal Metabolic Rate (the number of calories you burn at rest in a 24 hour period); and your ratio of Lean Muscle Mass-to-Fat Mass , we can calculate your optimal daily caloric intake in order to favorably alter your body composition. And --- we know that there is a direct relationship between body composition and wellness!!

From results of our BIA analysis , along with knowledge of your exercise habits , and a full Applied Kinesiological work-up, we'll help you design a diet and supplement program based around optimal amounts of healthy fats, proteins and carbohydrates for you -- based on your particular metabolic needs .

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