Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA) is a method of assessing your body composition. The measurement of your body fat in relation to your lean body mass. It is an integral part of health and nutrition assessment at our centre.
Research over the years has shown that your bodys composition is directly related to your health. Normal balance of body fat is directly associated with good health and longevity and an excess of fat in relation to lean body mass (altered body composition) increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc. BIA enables early detection of improper balance of body composition, which allows early intervention and prevention.
BIA provides a measurement of fluid and body mass that can be a critical assessment tool for your state of health.
BIA allows healthcare practitioners to develop and manage nutrition and exercise programs that lead to improved overall physical condition.
Components of BIA
Fat-Free Mass (FFM): Sometimes referred to as Lean-Body Mass, refers to the amount of non fat parts of the body. FFM is made up of approximately 73% water, 20% protein, 6% mineral. FFM cotains virtually all the body’s water, metabolically active tissues and bone, it is the source of all metabolic caloric expenditure.
The Bioimpedance nalysis can detemine both subcutaneous fat (muffin tops) as well as visceral fat found around the organs of the body.
Fat Mass: The total of all stored fats in the body, made up of subcutaneous and visceral fat. Ideal fat percentage is dependent on age and gender.
Intracellular water(ICW): Healthy cells maintain their integrity and hold their fluid inside.
Extracellular Water(ECW): Water volume outside the body cell mass. Higher values may be related to fluid retention.
Total Body Water(TBW)/Total Body Weight (TBW):Refers to the hydration of the patient, higher is typically better.
Total Body Water(TBW)/ Fat Free Mass (FFM): The percentage of total weight that is water.
Body mass Index (BMI): Correlated with a persons health, even a moderate shift means health consequenses. Lower is better.
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): The amount of calories a person burns during a 24 hour period. more lean body mass will increase the BMR. Higher is typically better.
Preparing For a BIA Test
- Do Not eat 4 hours prior to the test
- Do not exercise for 12 hours prior to testing
- Drink at least 32 oz (approximately 1litre) of water.
- Do not drink caffeine the day of your test.
Segmental bioimpedance test……………….$25
PREPARING FOR A BODY COMPOSITION BIOIMPEDANCE ANALYSIS
- Do not eat for 4 hours prior to the test.
- Do not exercise for 12 hours prior to testing.
- Drink at least 32 oz, approximately 1Litre.
- Do not drink caffeine the dy of your test.