There’s more to supplementation than a simple pill a day
It’s no secret that vitamins are crucial to our health. Vitamin C and D help us fight infection by boosting our immune system. Magnesium supports healthy muscles and nerves. Calcium leads to stronger teeth and bones. And the list goes on.
But, many people walk through life not knowing they are deficient in certain vitamins, and those deficiencies can have a large impact on their health. Luckily, supplements are an effective way to address these key deficiencies and lead to more optimal performance.
But how do you know where your deficiencies are and how specifically to address them? Through blood and gene testing, of course!
Gene testing and vitamin deficiencies
While genes themselves determine a lot about your health, genetic mutations are where we can learn the most about your health. One of the most important genes when it comes to supplementation is MTHFR because it’s the gene that controls your methylation cycle.
The methylation cycle is essentially the process in which your body takes nutrients and turns them into forms that can be used by your body. If this cycle isn’t working properly, it may be harder for your body to properly leverage the vitamins and minerals you consume for vital bodily functions, like detoxification, producing, balancing hormones, repairing damage, and more.
Out of the tens of thousands of genes in the human body, our expert medical team has identified some of the most influential (and consequential) genes, including MTR, MTRR, ACY, COMT, and MTHFR.
MTHFR, one of those genes, can have far-reaching implications when a mutation is present, but through a simple saliva sample and some expert analysis in the lab, we can help you identify a mutation with the MTHFR gene that may be making you deficient in certain vitamins. From there, we can provide a customized plan to address those deficiencies and make sure your body gets the nutrients it needs to thrive.
Blood testing and vitamin deficiencies
By evaluating dozens of unique biomarkers within your blood, we can easily identify vitamin deficiencies and how those deficiencies may be impacting your life and your health. We can also determine how efficiently – or inefficiently – your organs and other systems are functioning, and if specific vitamins can make those systems perform better.
When paired with a gene test, we can provide you with a comprehensive snapshot of your current health, including key deficiencies that need to be addressed, and even give you specific actions you can take to address inefficiencies in your body and start the journey toward better health, which may include supplementation or other therapies.
How testing can lead to better supplementation
The vitamin and supplement industry has boomed in recent years as folks have become more aware of the importance of vitamins to their overall health. But we find that very few people actually know how to take supplements effectively, and even fewer people know exactly what vitamins they actually need to supplement.
Without proper testing to identify gaps in vitamin levels within your system, you won’t be able to identify which vitamins you need or what dosage you need.
More importantly, however, gene and blood testing can help you identify issues with your body in processing the vitamins you consume, making supplementation less effective overall.
If your body can’t even use the vitamins you give it, then taking more isn’t going to solve the problem, but there are other ways you can make your system more effective, and our team of health experts at 10X Health can put together a customized plan for optimization.
While blood testing and gene testing alone are powerful tools to learn more about your health and how best to optimize it, combining these two tests provides the most complete snapshot of your health and can help you determine the path to 10X health. Book your blood test and order your at-home gene test to get started!