Nutrition Test

99,00 £

GetTested’s Nutrition Test measures your levels of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and selenium as well as the ration between these minerals. The ratio, i.e. the balance between different minerals, is often at least as important to review as the individual values. Being at the right levels of sodium/potassium can affect blood pressure and the heart and vessels. The ratio between copper/zinc has an effect on the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Potassium/calcium is an important ratio for the thyroid gland, while magnesium/calcium plays a role in cardiovascular health, bone health, metabolic and inflammatory diseases.

This test is suitable for you who suspect malnutrition, too high levels of any nutrient (can be toxic) or just want to check your values to optimize your health.

yesAt-home test without need for a doctor’s visit

yesClinically approved test that is analyzed by an ISO15189 certified lab

yesComprehensive result report in English

yesFast result

 

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Description

Which nutrients are analyzed:

  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Selenium

The test measures the ratio between:

  • Sodium / Potassium
  • Magnesium / Calcium
  • Potassium / Calcium
  • Copper / Zinc

Why measure the ratio of minerals?

The ratio, i.e. the balance between different minerals, is often at least as important to review as the individual values. Being at the right levels of sodium/potassium can affect blood pressure and the heart and vessels. The ratio between copper/zinc has an effect on the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Potassium/calcium is an important ratio for the thyroid gland, while magnesium/calcium plays a role in cardiovascular health, bone health, metabolic and inflammatory diseases.

How does the test work?

The test is a blood test via a stick in the finger where you squeeze blood and drip into a test tube. The test should be taken on an empty stomach in the morning. The test is performed at home and then sent to our lab for analysis and you will receive your answer digitally. Shipping to the lab is included in the price.

Sodium

Few people suffer from sodium deficiency today. Sodium is needed for the acid-base balance, the water and salt balance in the body, as well as it affects the balance between sodium and potassium in blood pressure. Although deficiency is less common, low levels can occur in, for example, hard physical exercise, people who sweat a lot and drink a lot of water, or people with certain chronic diseases.

Symptoms of sodium deficiency:

  • Confusion
  • Cramps
  • Sunken eyes
  • Nausea and vomiting

Symptoms of high sodium levels:

  • High blood pressure
  • Swelling
  • Migraine
  • Heart failure

Potassium

Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the body. Just like sodium, potassium is needed for the body’s water balance, to regulate blood pressure and for the body’s nerve and muscle functions. Both too low and too high amounts of potassium can affect the heart. In deficiency, insulin is not released and sugar is not converted into energy and instead stored in the liver, which can lead to hypoglycaemia.

Symptoms of potassium deficiency:

  • Muscle contractions
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue / weakness
  • Cardiac arrhythmias

Symptoms of excessive potassium levels:

  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Irregular heartbeats

Calcium

Calcium is best known for being needed for the skeleton and teeth, but is also needed for nerve signals, muscle contraction, blood coagulation and various enzymatic processes and is needed to transport nutrients through our cell membranes. Calcium can also have a calming function for the nerves.

Symptoms of calcium deficiency:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Muscle cramps
  • Numbness or tingling
  • High blood pressure

Symptoms of high calcium levels:

  • Kidney stones
  • Fatigue, indifference and mental depression
  • Constipation

Magnesium

Magnesium has a calming function and is needed for hundreds of different enzyme reactions and for the absorption of other minerals (calcium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium). Magnesium and calcium often work together, for example in our muscles and nerves. Magnesium acts as a natural antihistamine.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Fatigue or insomnia
  • Irritation and depression
  • Arrhythmias in the heart

Symptoms of high levels of magnesium (very rare):

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea

Iron

Iron is known for its oxygen-binding ability and is needed to transport oxygen to the lungs and our cells, and has an essential role for our blood and immune system. Iron is very toxic and dangerous in excessive amounts. Some people (about 1 in 250 people) have difficulty excreting iron and instead store it in the body, often without knowing it. Therefore, you should never take extra iron without first measuring your values.

Symptoms of iron deficiency:

  • Fatigue
  • Pale skin, dry hair and dry skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Intermittent claudication

Symptoms of excessive iron levels:

  • Nausea, stomach pain or vomiting
  • Pain, low sex drive, cardiovascular problems or liver problems
  • Increased risk of cancer and other degenerative diseases

Copper

Copper is needed for the cardiovascular system, bone structure, brain, nerves, connective tissue and thyroid, among other things. Copper is also needed to form superoxide dismutase (SOD) which is a powerful anti-inflammatory enzyme. Copper and zinc often work together. Elevated levels of copper are often linked to elevated levels of estrogen.

Symptoms of copper deficiency:

  • Anemia
  • Skeletal problems
  • Degeneration of the nervous system
  • Disrupted brain function

Symptoms of high levels of copper:

  • Depression, depression and learning difficulties
  • PMS and mood swings
  • Weakened immune system

Zinc

Zinc is one of the minerals that many are low on. Zinc is needed for our growth, our genitals, enzymatic reactions, digestion, for the synthesis of DNA and RNA and much more. Vegans, the elderly, pregnant women and nursing mothers are often at risk of deficiency, as are people who eat a low-calorie or low-protein diet (zinc uptake increases with protein).

Symptoms of zinc deficiency:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Impaired sense of taste
  • Impaired wound healing ability
  • Skin problems
  • Weakened immune system

Symptoms of high levels of zinc:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Anemia
  • Irritation in the stomach

Selenium

Selenium is an important antioxidant and protects the body from oxidation reactions, which can destroy cells and accelerate aging. Selenium is also important for the immune system and protects against certain heavy metals such as quicksilver and arsenic. However, selenium is toxic if ingested too much.

Symptoms of selenium deficiency:

  • Increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and heavy metal poisoning
  • Growing pains in children
  • Infertility

Symptoms of high levels of selenium:

  • Affects the gastrointestinal tract
  • Impaired growth of hair and nails

 

Instructions

You take the test yourself at home through a so-called capillary blood test. This means that you will have to make a small stick in your finger and squeeze out a few drops of blood on a piece of paper or into a test tube. Your sample is then sent to our lab for analysis and you will receive your answer digitally as soon as the lab has analyzed your sample.

  1. Make a purchase on the website and pay with Swish or card (Visa, AMEX or Mastercard). Easy and safe.

  2.  A test kit is sent to the address you enter when ordering. After your order, we will send home a test kit with instructions. It also comes with a stamped envelope that is mailed to us. It is recommended to send in your sample on a Monday or Tuesday.

  3. Carry out the test according to the instructions included in your test kit and on the web. Our Support can also answer all possible questions, before and after submissions and results.

  4. Send the test kit to our ISO certified lab and wait for results digitally. You will normally receive an answer within 15 working days after our lab has received your sample.

For more detailed instructions, see here under the category “Blood test“.

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