Why Use The ION Profile?
Over time, functional nutritional inadequacies can contribute to a variety of health conditions. The ION profile measures more than 100 biomarkers that provide insight into a patient’s health. Insight can support individuals with conditions such as:
Multiple Chemical Sensitivies
Obesity and Weight Issues
Immune System Disorders
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Impaired Nutritional Status
What is the Purpose of the ION Profile?
The ION profile is a nutritional assessment that provides insight into a patient’s nutrient status, as well as the function of essential biochemical pathways that can help guide treatment. It measures levels of organic acids, fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, toxins, oxidation products, and antioxidants. This is the most comprehensive nutritional test available.
The ION profile combines the following test profiles:
The Amino Acid Profile
This profile determines essential acid imbalances that may affect both physical and mental function.
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Because of deficiencies in the diet of ability to absorb nutrients, certain amino acids can run low. Since amino acids are used to make muscle and tendon, the structure of your body, and to make enzymes, the workhorses of the body, function and structure can be compromised. For instance stress hormones such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine rely on certain amino acids and under stress your body uses more of these. When the supply gets low, you notice symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, and anxiety. Based on the information we receive from this test, we can have a customized amino acid supplement made which can make a big difference to people with these and other symptoms.
Nutrient and Toxic Element Profile
This profile identifies a patient’s toxic burden and mineral status:
Minerals: zinc, magnesium, potassium
Toxic minerals: mercury, aluminum, lead, and arsenic.
This profile measures vitamins involved in antioxidant functions.
Vitamins: A, D, E, and beta carotene
Coenzyme Q-10, which helps the body make energy
This profile measures oxidative damage to lipid membranes and DNA. (i.e. rancid fats)
This profile helps to identify the right balance of fatty acids that can impact cardiovascular and overall health.
This is a toxic amino acid which can be a risk factor for heart attack and stroke. It causes defects in the blood vessel walls that can be the start of plaque in the arteries. It goes up if there is not enough functional B12 or folate in the system.
This profile reveals nutritional and metabolic impairments. It can give insight into:
Neurotransmitter levels by measuring their breakdown products
Dysbiosis by measuring substances released by bad bowel bacteria and yeast.
Metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrate
State of mitochondrial energy generation
B vitamin markers
Markers that can tell if you have been exposed to a toxic chemical