Have you ever wondered what you’re made of?
A bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) is a painless test that only takes minutes to run. Small electrodes are hooked up to your hands and feet and a small current (don’t worry, it is safe and you won’t feel a thing) runs between them providing us with a measurement. This information, along with your age, weight, height, activity level and frame size are entered into the machine software which then provides us with a detailed print out of your body composition.
Five benefits of a bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA)
1. Track your weight loss goals
Because a bathroom scale can’t measure fat loss. Your BIA results will show what percentage of your body weight is fat mass. When you get regular testing, you can measure your progress of fat loss more effectively and see how your body composition is changing as you work towards your weight loss goals.
2. Measure your cellular health.
BIA measures your phase angle, which indicates how well your cells store and use energy, basically the health of your cells. The higher the phase angle, the better.
3. Status of your hydration levels
Water is life. Hydration, or how much water is in the body, is very important for overall health. A BIA can indicate if you have issues with water retention or dehydration. It will also measure what percentage of your body water is inside and outside of your cells, which can indicate if there might be issues of inflammation or things such as edema.
4. Measure your muscle tone
Because a bathroom scale can’t measure your lean muscle. A BIA can measure what percentage of your body is lean muscle mass. Getting a regular test will help you monitor any increases in healthy muscle mass. But it’s not just about muscle gain; a BIA can also measure if you are actually losing muscle or if muscle wasting is occurring. This can be a sign of a more serious health condition.
5. Age healthily
BIA results can indicate such things as inflammation, nutritional deficiencies or possible toxicity. Knowing your results can also help you make specific changes that improve your overall health and can help you monitor and track chronic diseases.
By providing an overall picture of these components, a BIA allows us to develop a personalized treatment plan that incorporates dietary changes, nutritional supplements and lifestyle suggestions to assist you in achieving your goals.
Book in today to find out what you’re made of!
In good health,
Tracy Thiessen is a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, C.H.N.C.™ Her interest in nutrition started at a young age, when she learned how to prepare meals but also began to question what was in the foods she ate. Her curiosity and interest continued after seeing major improvements in her own health after modifying her diet and altering her lifestyle, which led her to the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, where she graduated from the comprehensive R.H.N Holistic nutrition course in Calgary, Alberta in 2012.