BIA Analysis: Tracking Cellular Health and Muscle Mass

Using simple electrical readings taken by 4 small gel patches placed on your hands and feet the BIA accurately calculates your body composition, fluid balance, and cellular performance. This information gives me a better picture of how your body is healing and changing over time.

For example, a healthy body is 60% water. The BIA measures the total body water as well as the percentage of water inside your cells compared to the water between your cells. If the water in-between your cells becomes toxic your body will release water from inside your cells in order to flush-out the toxins. The BIA can detect even slight shifts in cellular fluid levels, allowing us to track these changes.

Other helpful markers the BIA tracks is percentage body fat and non-fatty tissue (muscle mass). By monitoring changes in body composition you can tell exactly what you are losing and gaining as your weight changes. This is very important for several reasons.Muscle weighs more than fat so it is hard to track your progress by looking at total body weight alone. You could be losing fat mass and gaining muscle (which is ideal for any diet or training program) but this could show as a net gain in total weight, discouraging to most people unless you can see the gain in muscle over fat mass on your BIA.

An example of poor weight loss would be someone who uses a fad diet or quick weight loss supplement, which usually leads to loss of muscle and body fluids. Even though the total body weight is dropping week by week, a loss of muscle mass is very bad for your metabolism and will lead to weight gain within the same year, the cause of all yo-yo dieting.

So who should have a BIA done? Everyone! This test is incredibly simple, safe and time proven. The benefits of the BIA are not in having a single reading but knowing what changed over time. This means the sooner you have your initial scan the sooner we will be able to track the changes in your cellular health.