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Nutrient Deficiency Test

Nutrition plays a major role in a person’s development, the processing of information in the body, and the progression towards disease. Being properly nourished is crucial to overall quality of life and longevity.  Therefore, improper or insufficient nutrition, or a nutrient deficiency, can disrupt the body’s ability to heal and repair itself but also can cause disease. 

$475

INTRACELLULAR VS SERUM NUTRITIONAL TESTING

Intracellular nutrient analysis (INA) detects intracellular nutrient stores that reflect long-term nutritional status, giving an extremely accurate account of a persons nutritional deficiencies. Traditional Serum testing (which is most commonly ordered by general practitioners) represents a narrow “snapshot” of a persons nutritional status, and results can fluctuate widely from day to day, giving an inaccurate representation of a persons true nutritional status. 
  

Why assess nutrient status?

Nutrients are vital to health. They are required for every metabolic process in the body including:

  • Energy generation
  • Production of cells, tissues, organs, bones, genetic material, and teeth
  • Protective mucous membranes
  • Immune cells function and structures
  • Synthesis of important compounds such as neurotransmitters, enzymes, hormones, and other functional proteins

Essential nutrients—vitamins, minerals, trace elements, water, phytonutrients, amino acids, and essential fatty acids— must be obtained from what we ingest. We must obtain these nutrients from food or in supplement form because the human body cannot produce them at all or in quantities sufficient to meet metabolic needs.

In order to promote optimal health, assessing nutrient status regularly is key to understanding what to address regarding the ideal dietary intake for an individual.

 

What Are The Nutrients Being Tested?

Gluten Causes Nutrient Deficiencies

Nutrient deficiencies for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity can be caused both directly from gluten ingestion and indirectly through the damage done by gluten.  In addition, many following a traditional gluten free diet choose highly processed gluten free food substitutes lacking appropriate nutrient density. This increased consumption of empty calories contributes to a lack of vitamins and minerals in the diet. 

Symptoms of nutritional deficiencies

There are different symptoms associated with nutritional deficiencies depending on how significantly the deficiency has progressed. Symptoms also vary based on the type of deficiency that you are experiencing. Here is a brief summary of what to expect by stage of deficiency.   Keep in mind that symptoms will vary by person, and any questionable symptoms should be thoroughly explored by a practitioner through nutrient testing. 

What You’ll Be Getting From Us

  • All Inclusive Collection Kit
  • Lab Requisition Form
  • Phlebotomist Collection Guide
  • FedEx Envelope and Pre-Paid Overnight Label
  • Digital and Printable Results
 

how it works

Purchase your kit and we'll mail it directly to your home

Step 1: Purchase Your Kit

Purchase your kit and let us know where to send it. We'll mail it out to you at no cost, and will provide you all of the materials needed to complete the collection and return. 

Step 2: Schedule Blood Draw

Keep in mind that you are dealing with time sensitive materials. Schedule your blood draw, and use the pre-paid FedEx label to ensure your blood sample is overnighted to our lab.

Step 3: Get Your Digital Results

Digital results are emailed within 2-3 weeks and will include a list of your insufficient and/or borderline nutrients (if any), as well as a detailed description of each.

Questions?

No, fasting is not required.

There is no need to discontinue supplements weeks prior to testing. This micronutrient analysis is a reflection of the individual’s longterm nutrient status (over ~ 6 months). IF possible, do not take any medications/supplements at least 4 hours before blood draw.

No. Insurance plans do not reimburse for this
test, currently.

Test results are typically emailed to you 7-10 business days after the specimen is received in the laboratory.

For status updates, please contact us at support@glutenfreesociety.org

Unfortunately, if you are living in New York, you will not be able to perform this blood draw as the lab cannot accept any samples drawn within the New York state limits.

Please do not order this test if you are located in the state of New York.  

Additionally, this test is currently only being offered to residents of the United States. The materials are extremely time sensitive and overnight services cannot be guaranteed to international destinations. We hope to be able to expand our borders in the future, but only ship within the United States at this time.

It is important to find a location that can properly draw your blood. You will be provided with the test kit and it includes all of the materials needed for the phlebotomist. 

Please keep in mind that a blood draw fee will likely be charged to you at the time of your draw. Every location charges a different amount, depending on the area and lab. We recommend that you ask for the cost prior to scheduling your appointment. 

NOTE: Many phlebotomy labs will take care of shipping the specimen using the included prepaid FedEx label and shipping envelope. If the lab does not provide that service, you can take the kit to the FedEx location nearest you.

Here are some labs options that you can utilize, but you are certainly not limited too:

Option 1 – Any Lab Test Now

Use the link to find the closest location by entering your zip code – https://www.anylabtestnow.com/locations/

Option 2 – ARCpoint Labs

Use the link to find the closest location by entering your zip code – https://www.arcpointlabs.com/locations/

Option 3 – Check with your local doctors office

If either of the above options are not available to you in your area, we recommend asking your local doctor for a phlebotomist or draw site referral. 

Option 4 – Optimal Lab Test (local to Sugar Land, TX)

Sugar Land Location
Address: 6350 US-90 ALT Suite#300
Phone: 832-532-7294
 
Houston Location
Address: 2703 Highway 6 South, Suite#138
Phone: 832-758-5227
 
Fondren Location   
Address: 3301 Fondren Rd Suite M
Phone: 346-409-1757
 

NOTE: PLEASE AVOID HAVING YOUR BLOOD DRAWN FRIDAY-SUNDAY. WE ALSO DO NOT RECOMMEND ANY APPOINTMENTS AFTER 12:30PM AS THAT DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SAME DAY PICK UP.  

We’ve got you covered on the shipping. Each kit includes a return label with pre-paid FedEx overnight services.

Blood specimens must be received within 72 hours. During times when inclement weather may be present, please check for possible FedEx delays here: FedEx Service Alerts

** Keep in mind that warmer temperatures can cause degradation of blood specimens, so make sure to include the ice pack with your specimen. Please place the frozen ice pack outside of the silver bag before shipping **

Yes, Gluten Free Society uses a nutritional lab that is accredited – Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), #10D0283906

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