The internal environment of your body is maintained at a pH between 6.5 – 7.5, which is alkaline. For necessary cell reactions and functions to occur, our body must maintain this appropriate pH. While your body can regulate pH, there is a limit to how much it can neutralize. Excess acids can accumulate from one or more of the following conditions:
Oxidative stress is involved in many pathophysiological processes, aging and cancer. Oxidation of DNA occurs readily at the guanosine bases and thus measurement of 8-hydroxy-2’-deoxyguanosine in urine provides an assessment of ongoing oxidative damage/stress in the body. Assessment of oxidative stress is an invaluable component of preventive approaches to optimizing health and longevity.
DNA Oxidative Stress/Damage Assay (8-OHdG) requires a urine test.
The Hemoglobin A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. Specifically, the A1C test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar (glycated). The higher your A1C level, the poorer your blood sugar control. And if you have previously been diagnosed with diabetes, the higher the A1C level, the higher your risk of diabetes complications.
C-Reactive Protein is a sensitive indicator of acute injury, bacterial infection, or inflammation. Studies have been published linking serum CRP levels to coronary heart disease risk. The High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein requires a blood draw.
Homocysteine is an amino acid that plays a role in destroying the lining of your artery walls, promoting the formation of blood clots, and also accelerates the buildup of scar tissue. High levels may increase the chance of heart disease and stroke, especially if you have other risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, or family history.
Most Americans do not get enough omega-3′s from their diets. There is growing evidence for an association between omega-3 levels and health conditions such as heart disease, cellular aging, dry eye, macular degeneration, dementia, depression, joint health, etc. The Omega-3 Index can be improved by simple dietary changes such as increasing your intake of EPA and DHA from either seafood or from dietary supplements.
Trans Fat Index
High levels of trans fat have been related to increased risk for heart disease. These trans fats mainly come from our diet, particularly from hydrogenated oils. By removing these foods from your diet you can modify your Tran Fat Index.