Amino acids are integral to healthy body chemistry. They serve as the bodyʼs basic building blocks and are responsible for the production of bone and muscle. Balance is critical for proper nerve function, metabolism, detoxification, and digestion. When certain amino acids are too high or low, they can cause fatigue, increased cardiovascular risk, and impair mood and cognitive function. Once identified, imbalances can be corrected, which helps to prevent many chronic illnesses before they can cause severe and lasting damage.
Fatty acids are essential to the construction of cell membranes. Too little or too much fat can cause health problems. Reduced levels of certain fats can result in depression, hyperactivity, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, and early senility. In addition, pregnant and lactating mothers should have their fatty acids tested to ensure their children receive the fats needed for proper brain and nerve development. Measurement is the only means to determine your individual needs.
Minerals in our body serve two functions: building blocks and regulators,controlling our bodyʼs processes. Many of these minerals are derived from diet, and sometimes minerals are added to a diet as supplements. Magnesium,copper, and manganese are beneficial. If proper amounts are not obtained, problems such as joint pain, weight problems, depressed libido, depression, or anxiety can occur.
On the other hand, some minerals can be toxic. Exposure to mercury, lead,arsenic, or other heavy metals can be harmful, causing fatigue, emotional disturbances, and even renal failure. Laboratory testing can provide valuable information about your health.
Antioxidants are protective molecules that reduce free radical damage or oxidative stress. Free radicals are naturally-occurring compounds in our bodies that can cause severe injury to cells. Low levels of antioxidants lessen your protection from these harmful compounds. Antioxidants are essential for the bodyʼs ability to protect against free radicals and for healthy function of the neurological, endocrine, and immune systems.
Oxidative stress is linked to premature aging, heart disease, neurological diseases, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Dr. Thomas utilizes lab tests that can assess equilibrium between oxidative stress and antioxidant protection.