What does the BIA data tell about my health?
Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 9:14PM
Dr. Emily Chan in FirstLine Therapy

Water: “The solution to pollution is dilution” Increased fluid outside the cells may indicate a toxic body. Adrenal stress affects aldosterone, which regulates fluid distribution. Proper amounts of water need to be inside a cell for optimal function. Maintenance of intracellular water is essential for mitochondrial energy levels and regulation of electrolytes. 

Muscle: Body cell mass (Active Tissue Mass) can indirectly give information on muscle mass when taken into account other parameters such as intracellular water. Sarcopenia (loss of muscle) is associated with poor immunity, aging, osteoporosis, impaired healing and poor quality of life. 

Fat: Pounds or percentage of body fat cannot be determined by weight or BMI. Decrease in weight with some weight loss programs does not necessarily mean loss of fat. The BIA can measure these components, tracking shift of body composition such as reduction of body fat and not loss of muscle mass. 

Phase Angle: Phase angle clinically correlates with cell membrane integrity and water distribution. Increase in phase angle usually indicates improvement in health. Higher phase angle increases prognosis in HIV, bacteremia, liver disease, kidney disease, and cancer. 

Basal Metabolic Rate: BMR measures how fast your body metabolizes. BMR calculations based from BIA are more accurate than calculations based only on height and weight. Knowing your BMR is useful to calculate daily food intake requirements. 

Article originally appeared on Naturopathic Doctor San Diego, NET San Diego, Neuro Emotional Technique, Craniosacral Therapy, Stress Reduction (http://modernintegrativemedicine.com/).
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