Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis or Bio-Impedance Analysis (BIA) is a method of assessing your “body composition” –the measure of body fat in relation to lean body mass. It is an integral part of a health and nutrition assessment.
Why is Body Composition Important to My Health?
Research has shown that body composition is directly related to health. A normal balance of body fat is associated with good health and longevity. Excess fat in relation to lean body mass, a condition known as altered body composition, can greatly increase your risks to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. BIA fosters early detection of an improper balance in your body composition, which allows for earlier intervention and prevention. BIA also provides a measurement of fluid and body mass that can be a critical assessment tool for your current state of health.
BIA also serves to measure your progress as you work to improve your health. Improving your BIA measurement, or maintaining a healthy BIA measurement, can help keep your body functioning properly for healthy aging and reduced risk to illness. With your BIA results, we can recommend a personalized diet plan, nutritional supplements and exercise to help you support optimal health and well-being for a lifetime.
BIA is much more sophisticated than your bathroom scale, but just as painless –and almost as quick. BIA is a simple procedure that can be performed right in our office in a matter of minutes with the help of a sophisticated, computerized analysis. This analyzer “calculates” your tissue and fluid compartments—using an imperceptible electrical current passed through the body through pads placed on one hand and foot as you lie comfortably clothed on an exam table. The lean tissue, which is over 70% water, is a good conductor of electrical current. Fatty tissue –low in water, is not. Thus, resistance to the flow of electrical current measured by the analyzer can be used to calculate body composition. In just minutes, we’ll have very accurate measurements to help create an effective, personalized program to improve your health status.
Bio Markers Identified with BIA testing:
Phase Angle– Reflects cell membrane integrity and over-all cellular health and function.
Intracellular Water– Increased levels of ICW indicate improved nutrition status, mitochondrial function, and increased cellular health.
Extracellular Water– Increased levels of ECW suggest mineral imbalance, increased concentrations of toxins in extracelluar space, and reduced cellular health.
Fat Mass- Excess levels are associated with increased risk to a wide variety of degenerative conditions from metabolic syndrome to diabetes and even heart disease. Both % of fat and fat pounds can be determined. Toxins are stored in fat tissues and many contributing factors can elevate fat in the body.
Basil Metabolic Rate- BMR is an indication of the calories burned at rest in a 24 hour period. When combined with factored activity an accurate need for dietary calorie consumption can be determined.
These markers are much more accurate for determining ideal weight for height than Body Mass Index.
If you would like an appointment to have this assessment done you can click below to schedule online or contact us at 281-440-0024. We look forward to meeting you.