Assess Your Nutrition
How's Your Diet?
Are you missing out on essential nutrients? Does your diet include variety, balance and moderation? Do you.
Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods? No single food can supply all the nutrients your body requires.
If you are not achieving these basic dietary guidelines, then you may need to further evaluate your diet to ensure the appropriate intake of vital nutrients. Remember, there are many factors that influence your nutritional needs - age, gender, physical exercise, health and other medical concerns.
Eat 6-11 servings from the bread, rice, cereal and pasta group, 3 of which should be whole grains?
Eat 3-5 servings of vegetables?
Eat 2-4 servings of fruit?
Eat 2-3 servings of lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans or nuts?
Eat foods low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol?
Use salt, sodium and sugar in moderation?
Eat meals regularly, including breakfast?
Eat moderate portions?
Control calories based on physical activity and weight concerns?
Drink alcohol in moderation, or avoid?
Compare Your Diet To The Guidelines
17 quick questions to find out how your diet compares to the dietary guidelines and where you should improve. If you only have a few minutes and want a general analysis of your dietary habits, then use this questionnaire by the American Medical Association as an indicator.
Analyze Your Consumption Of Essential Daily Nutrients
Enter your daily meals to calculate the nutrients consumed. Choose the downloaded or online program that work best for you.
Personal Nutrition Assessment - (USDA)
www.usda.gov/fcs/cnpp/usingdap.htm to download
This USDA program analyses 27 nutrients and food components for approximately 850 foods. Enter your food intake for up to 3 days and produce a report comparing your actual nutrient intake to your RDAs, and the total amount of calories, fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, proteins, carbohydrates, etc. It takes some time to enter your meals, but provides helpful dietary information for essential nutrients. Personal Nutrition Assessment - (link to University of Illinois.)
This is similar to the USDA's download program, but is online and has some extra features.
Count Calories And Fat In Your Foods
Enter specific foods to determine your calorie and fat intake. Provided by the Calorie Control Council
Determine The Nutrients And Calories You Need
Determine your recommended nutrient levels, calories and fat intake based on your age, gender, physical activity and other information you enter
Consider Home and Clinical Laboratory Tests
Several home tests can be performed with hair, saliva, urine, and stool samples to check or screen for nutrition, nutrient, and hormone related conditions. Visit the HealtMax Products for additional information and how to order these and other home tests.
OsteoCheck - Reveals your current rate of bone loss earlier than conventional methods and before it causes irreversible damage.
MineralCheck - Reveals key mineral shortages linked to poor health and increased risk of certain degenerative diseases.
ToxicCheck - Detects long-term exposure to toxins such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and aluminum that are commonly found in the air, water, and soil of our environment.
CandidaCheck - Reveals the presence of various intestinal yeasts, including Candida albicans, often triggered by high sugar or starch diets and many medications such as antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and antacids.
FemaleCheck - Assesses Estradiol and progesterone levels. Balanced levels of these hormones assist in preventing bone loss and certain cancers, and reducing the risk of heart disease.
MaleCheck - Monitors testosterone and DHEA-S levels. Proper levels of these hormones can strengthen bone and muscle tissue, improve thinking ability, heighten energy levels, and increase your sex drive.
StressCheck - Assesses DHEA-S and Cortisol levels. These hormones are directly involved in your body's resistance to stress, as well as cardiovascular function, modulating thyroid function, immune system response, and affect your general sense of well-being.
SleepCheck - Provides an accurate analysis of Melatonin, your body's natural safeguard for healthy sleep, mood, and cell function. Low levels of Melatonin can contribute to insomnia, a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, and immune disorders. High levels may bring about decreased body temperature and prevent ovulation.
Consult your physician regarding clinical tests and all medical advice.