Balancing Body Chemistry

Balancing your body chemistry can go a long way towards making you a healthier, happier person. Enzymes, along with vitamins, minerals and herbs, can be a powerful aid in accomplishing this. Before starting on a program, it is helpful to be aware of what this process entails and to decide on the level of commitment you are comfortable with.

There are three evaluation tools that are used to determine your nutritional needs:

          1.  Signs & Symptoms Survey
          2.  24-Hour Urinalysis
          3.  Homeostatic Digestive Challenge Test

From these tools we determine what foods you should emphasize, what foods you should avoid and what supplements would best aid in balancing your biochemistry. While these tools provide valuable insights individually, when used together they offer a comprehensive picture of your needs.

The process begins with the Signs and Symptoms Survey. This a form that asks about your normal eating habits, your cravings, problems your parents had, etc. It organizes your symptoms into understandable categories. Sometimes seemingly unrelated signs and symptoms can give valuable insight into a particular problem.

Next comes the 24-Hour Urinalysis. Using urine to make determinations about health and disease is an ancient, time-honored practice. This procedure requires you to collect your urine for a full day. The urine is subjected to a battery of tests that give insight into toxicity, digestive problems, mineral balance, electrolytes, kidney function and more.

Lastly comes the Homeostatic Digestive Challenge Test. This mysterious sounding test is really very simple in theory. It is based on the idea that nutritional deficiencies and digestive irritation show up as abnormal muscle contraction somewhere in the body. The test has two parts. Part One is done after the patient has fasted for twelve hours -- it indicates what the patient's body is starving for. Part Two repeats the same tests after the patient has consumed a dissolved food powder containing fat, carbohydrate and protein -- it tells how the body is irritated by food.

Once all of this information is correlated, a good picture of biochemical balance or imbalance becomes clear. These evaluation procedures usually need to be repeated periodically to monitor progress and fine tune the patient's nutritional program.

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