Tuesday, November 17, 2015

An Afternoon of D-Coding with Biobalance

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I was surprised to find out that I am Vitamin D deficient. This was according to the test conducted on me via a quick method using just a few drips of my blood pricked from one of my fingers. The tool was like that from a pregnancy test but instead of dripping urine, they used blood fro the testing.

According to the invitation we got, Vitamin D deficiency is now considered a global pandemic. Why does it matter? New research shows it's no longer just for calcium and bone health. Vitamin D deficiency is now linked to conditions like fatigue, depression, risk of pre-eclampsia, and diseases like diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's, and psoriasis!

This prompted me to attend the event held on November 12, 2015 at Biobalance situated at the Soho Central building at the Greenfield District along Shaw Boulevard. I assumed there will be free testing, and if ever they find me Vitamin D deficient, they will provide a corresponding solutionor cure.

We were informed that today's lifestyle, of being mostly indoors under roofed and airconditioned housing, establishments and other facilities, and the farming and preparation of our food (vegetables, fruits, poultry and similar sources, has changed the amount of Vitamin D we receive on a regular basis. At an afternoon of "D"-coding with BioBalance consultant, Dr. Stan Chua (Functional Medicine Practitioner) gave us more reasons why we needed to bask under the sun more often than stay indoors in the comfort of our homes.

Dr. Stan Chua was the one who oriented us about the many facts about Vitamin D deficiency, and how our convenient and high-tech lifestyle has made many of us lacking of the necessary amount needed by our bodies.

We heard the latest on the sunshine vitamin and each one of us found out our levels of Vitamin D using the test4d vitamin d test kit, as well as the use of the Inbody machine which gave us a few more revelations on our body conditions. The Inbody machine showed an assessment of our body composition, muscle-fat, obesity, segmental lean, Extracellular Water to Total Body Water (ECW/TBW) ratio, body fat - lean body mass control, segmental fat, basal metabolic rate, and visceral fat level.

I was not afraid of being pricked for blood samples as I have done it several times already. I even donated blood a few times already so I am used to the slight pain and sight of blood.

Just like a pregnancy test, you are said to be positively Vitamin D deficient if two red lines appear on the test4D Vitamin D test kit. Mine had two lines so I was among those deficients.

Those who were Vitamin D deficient were given 5000 IU of Biobalance Vitamin D3, while the others who met the standards were given 1000 IU.

Meanwhile, the Inbody testing showed that my visceral fat level, among other measurements pertaining to body fat, was higher than normal so I was requested to work on my daily routine by incorporating more exercise and better diet.

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Local research shows that 7 out of 10 Filipinos are low on this vital nutrient. For Filipinos who live right by the sun-drenched equator, it’s ironic that we are largely Vitamin D deficient. This is based on a 2013 study conducted by the Philippine College of Occupational Medicine (PCOM) and the Philippine Neurological Association (PNA). Participants were office workers in Metro Manila.

Considering that Vitamin D is absorbed by the body through the sun, one would think that Filipinos are “over-sunned.” “But, inadequate sun exposure is extremely prevalent in the Philippines—surprised?” posed Dr. Stan Chua, a Functional Medicine Practitioner trained in the Institute for Functional Medicine, Washington DC, USA, and Health Optimization Medicine Consultant in the BioBalance Institute.

We need to level up on the “D.” Here are top 6 reasons why we should consciously make every day a (Vitamin) D day:

1. Tired of being tired?

According to the Vitamin D Council, deficiency in Vitamin D may cause low energy, including depression and chronic fatigue. Other familiar symptoms may be brittle bones and even the propensity to put on some excess weight. We may not draw the connection easily, but our Vitamin D levels may be the culprit. Why? “Vitamin D has many physiological effects and affects the function of many organs,” simplifies Dr. Michael F. Hollick, PhD, MD, professor of medicine at the Boston University, and one of the world’s experts on Vitamin D. As such, we may be suffering from symptoms caused by our levels of “D.”

2. Lack of D spells Deficiency, Disease, and Deadly.

It’s a known fact that Vitamin D deficiency leads to Osteoporosis, since the body needs Vitamin D in order to absorb Calcium. However, recent studies show that Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to even more life-threatening diseases, like Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and even Cancer. Vitamin D has been discovered to affect the brain though our nerves, the heart muscles, and even our bodies’ absorption of pertinent nutrients. Bottom line: We need adequate levels of Vitamin D in our bodies not just to function efficiently, but to manage our risk for these diseases.

3. Why guess, if you can test?

Aside from local hospitals and laboratories that offer Vitamin D testing, there is also more affordable and more convenient option like the point-of-care testing kit called Test4D. It’s is a simple finger prick test that tells you if you have low or enough levels of Vitamin D. Not only is it half the cost of laboratory tests, results are also available in just 10 minutes. It’s that simple.

4. Getting your “D” dose is free!

Getting your daily dose of “D” is as simple as taking a 15-minute walk outdoors, every other day (sans sunscreen, except on your face and neck). It’s important to just note that there are different factors that affect how much Vitamin D we can optimize from the sun – like the time of day (midday is best), how far we are from the equator (the nearer, the better), the color of our skin (darker skin needs more exposure), and the amount of skin exposed (more skin, please!). Our bodies are also so unique that our ability to absorb vitamin “D” naturally vary, so it’s also best to complement sun exposure by eating more D-rich foods or even popping a Vitamin D supplement.

5. If you need it, then do something about it.

As with anything, knowing is half the battle. In the case of Vitamin D, proper testing your Vitamin “D” levels can identify if you need to take more Vitamin D–rich food, up your dosage of Vitamin D supplements, or increase your exposure under the midday sun . Taking advantage of today’s scientific breakthroughs, like the latest Test4D can help you harness the power of Vitamin D in your life.

Knowing where you stand in a scale of health is the first step in becoming healthy! If you need necessary tweaks in your daily habits or require drastic changes to your overall lifestyle, you’ll need to test first for your basic levels of Vitamin D and other markers in order to know which habits and lifestyle changes will lead to your optimized health.

3 Resolutions To Bring On The D

These daily habits may give you the Vitamin D lift you need.

“For a breather, I will take a quick walk outdoors during the day.”

You don’t need to stay under the sun too long to get your body’s required dose of Vitamin D. A simple 15-minute midday stroll can be enough. If tests show deficiency, you may stay under the sun longer. 

“I will make an effort to know about my health—and do something about it.”

Take today’s medical advances as tools you can use to be your best you. Tests like the Test4D™, help you begin your Vitamin D journey with the right information, making you able to achieve optimal health. 

“I will be conscientious about my D-rich diet and eat accordingly.”

To optimize your level of Vitamin D after testing and to address deficiency, you can up your D-rich foods, like mushrooms and oily fish, or take necessary supplements to arrive at optimal D levels.

The Test4D is a point-of-care Vitamin D test kit that shows you if you are deficient or sufficient in just 10 minutes. SRP is at P1,100, which is half of the cost of testing in most local laboratories, but test accuracy is at 97%.

Test4D is available in the following clinics/wellness centers:

BioBalance Wellness Institute
Address: 3rd Level Soho Central, 748 Shaw Boulevard Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City
Contact No.: +632 650 4858; mobile no. +63917 521 4860
Twitter: @biobalanceinc
Instagram: @biobalanceph

Health First – Eastwood
Address 1: Level 3, Cyber & Fashion Mall, Eastwood Ave, Quezon City
Contact No.: +632 718 0829

Health First – Shaw Blvd.
Address 2: 2nd Level Soho Central, 748 Shaw Boulevard Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City
Contact No.: +632 634 5714

Health First Wellness Station – BGC
Address: Bonifacio Technology Center, 31st St. Corner 2nd Ave Bonifacio Global City, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Contact No.: +632 856 7939

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