Body Composition Analysis FAQ
What is Body Composition Analysis?
Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA) testing is a modern and non-invasive electronic tool for measuring the various tissue and fluid levels in your body. Some of the key measures provided are Body Fat Percentage, Fat Free Mass, Body Hydration, Cell Health Status, and Body Mass Index. These measurements are indicative of your overall state of health. By using these numbers as a baseline, your progress toward greater health can be monitored.
What should I expect / Will it hurt ?
Unlike older methods of calculating body fat there are NO painful calipers and there is NO need to get undressed. As you lay comfortably clothed on the exam table, the analyzer measures your tissue and fluid compartments. It uses a completely painless electrical current which passes through pads placed on one hand and one foot.
How long do the results take?
Results are virtually instantaneous and Dr. Ruth will review them with you immediately after testing. If multiple readings are completed as part of an ongoing program, Dr. Ruth can provide graphical comparisons, tracking your improvements over time.
Tell me more about the individual measurements?
Overall cell health ("Phase angle"): This is an indicator of the overall state of your cell's health and therefore your overall health. The most important thing is to see this number increase throughout the course of your treatment.
Fat Mass & Fat Free Mass: Fat Mass is literally the amount of fat you have in your body; Fat Free Mass includes muscle and organ weight. Knowing these numbers is not just for athletes or people who are trying to lose weight. The more body fat you have, the more inflammation you have in your body in general. Inflammation stresses your liver, immune system and adrenal glands and is a significant risk factor for several diseases, including heart disease.
Hydration: This is a measurement of total body water. Most people do not drink enough water and are chronically dehydrated and this affects many bodily functions including metabolism. Some health problems that may result from low-level dehydration are headaches, fatigue, carbohydrate/sweet cravings and more.
Intra/Extra Cellular Water: This measurement differentiates the water that is inside vs outside of cells. When your body has a high level of toxicity, or if the cell membranes are weakened due to disease, then there will be more water outside your cells than inside them. This is not a healthy state to be in because the inside of your cells do not have enough water to function properly.
BMI (Body Mass Index): This is a calculated number based on age, height, and weight. It is often used to differentiate underweight / ideal / obese body mass categories. Together with the actual fat and fat free mass percentages, it is helpful in monitoring treatment progress and goal setting for weight loss.
How should I prepare for my BIA Test?
To prepare for your analysis, please follow the recommendations listed below:
- Come normally hydrated
- Voided (empty bladder)
- No exercise 2 hours prior to reading
- No caffeine 2 hours prior to reading
- No alcohol 12 hours prior to reading
- Ensure your clothing allows access to your hands/wrists and feet/ankles.
How much does it cost?
$25.00 per reading
$60.00 for a package of 3 readings
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How can I benefit from BIA?
BIA is a great tool to measure your progress as you work to improve your health. Everyone can benefit from (BIA) as it provides a number of different measurements which are indicative of your overall state of health.
A normal balance of body fat is associated with good health and longevity. Excess fat in relation to lean body mass, can greatly increase your risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. BIA fosters early detection of an improper balance in your body composition, which allows for earlier intervention and prevention.
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