Nutrition Services - Wellness and Analysis

Body Composition Analisys

At Lifespark nutrition, we accurately measure your body composition using the latest tool called a bioelectrical impedance analyzer (BIA). BIA is one of the most accurate methods of measuring body fat, muscle and water and it has been an invaluable tool for our weight loss program.

What is it?

Simply explained, BIA measures the impedance or resistance to the signal as it travels through the water that is found in muscle and fat. The more muscle a person has, the more water their body can hold. The greater the amount of water in a person’s body, the easier it is for the current to pass through it. The more fat the person has, the more resistance to the current. BIA is completely safe and it does not hurt. In fact, the signal used in body fat monitors cannot be felt at all either by an adult or child.

How is it performed?

It takes less than 10 seconds to complete! The client just stand's on our special scales, holds the easy grip handle and the results are immediately available to us within 10 seconds. The person’s height, age, gender and weight along with other characteristics such as body type and physical activity level are entered in a sophisticated computer system. The results show:

  • Body fat percentage
  • Total kg of fat
  • Total kg of muscle
  • Total kg of water
  • Total body water with a differential of water both in and out of the cell

Cost: $25.00

Wellness Check

What is it?

20-minute insightful consultation that will give you an overview of how your lifestyle is affecting the health of your heart and your body composition. It can transform your life when you know your risk of common life threatening issues like heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. How can we test for it?

We test your cholesterol and glucose (sugar) levels using a nifty Cardio Check machine that takes small blood samples. We can check your total cholesterol, HDL ‘good cholesterol’ and cholesterol ratio ‘how much good to bad cholesterol you have in your blood stream’. Checking blood cholesterol along with taking blood pressure can give us the data needed to assess any risk and help you make some lifestyle changes. Sugar or glucose levels is also tested to check for signs of insulin intolerance (too much sugar in the blood), an early risk for diabetes. What’s involved?

lifespark healthcheck

* Please note the Model of BIA system used by Lifespark is different from the image shown.

  • Standing on our Bioelectric Analysis machine so we can collect body composition data like water hydration, body fat percentage, visceral fat, bone density, muscle mass, weight and metabolic age which all speak volumes about your health.
  • Waist measurement
  • Blood glucose test on Cardio Check machine
  • Blood cholesterol test on Cardio Check machine
  • A full report on any risk factors (if any) for you to take home.
  • Full explanation of what the numbers mean and advice on how to make sustainable positive changes (if any).

Cost: $45.00

Zinc Testing

What is it?

Knowing your zinc levels is crucial! Zinc is one of the most important minerals in our body, with having hundreds of roles to play and interactions to make for our body function efficiently. For example healthy thyroid function, immunity and bone formation. Common signs of zinc deficiency:

Acne, stretch marks, white spots on your nails, poor wound healing, poor immunity, dry skin, fatigue, hair loss.

What can cause deficiency?
  • Phytates that can be found in wholegrain, rice, corn and legumes can reduce absorption. This means that strict vegetarians and vegans are at risk of low zinc as these foods often contribute highly to their diet.
  • Zinc absorption is impaired by iron, copper and calcium
  • Oral contraceptive
  • High perspiration – so athletes can lose a lot in sweat
  • Diarrhoea – people with persistent diarrhoea can become deficient. This can include people with inflammatory bowel disease and other digestive conditions with impaired absorption.
  • Diabetes, liver or kidney disease
  • Caffeine and high alcohol intake
  • Antacids and antibiotics
  • Stress

How can we test for it?

A simple taste test can give us a good indication of your zinc levels. This test takes 5minutes to administer. What we give you to try is a special zinc talley and then check your response to it.

Grade 1 (Poor zinc status) - No specific taste or sensation. Just like water

Grade 2 ((Mild deficiency) – No initial taste, but gradually starts to taste dry, mineral like, furry or sweet

Grade 3 (Good zinc status) – A definite taste straight away that intensifies over time

Grade 4 (Optimal zinc status) – Strong unpleasant metallic taste immediately that does not go away for ages

Always get your zinc levels checked as high amounts of zinc can also be toxic. Always best to do the test before buying/taking supplements.

Who would benefit

80% of us are in some form zinc deficient so getting this checked is important. Ideally those who would benefit:

  • Vegetarians as zinc is most abundant and bioavailable in proteins such as beef, oysters, seafood, chicken etc. Vegetarians typically eat high levels of legumes, grains, that contain phytates that bind zinc and inhibits its absorption.
  • People with gastrointestinal issues
  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • Heavy drinkers/ smokers
Cost: $20 plus $49 for a half hour consultation
Questions? Read the FAQs or contact us today so that we can set up an appointment for you.

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