Biocellular Assessment(BCA) – Patient Instructions

You have been scheduled for a test called a “Biocellular Assessment” or “BCA”. This laboratory test will be providing valuable information about the underlying biochemistry of your body. This test analyzes small amounts of your blood, urine, and saliva. In order to assure accurate BCA results, it is very important for you to follow the instructions below.

  • Fast for 12-14 hours prior to your test. In order to do so, please complete your dinner the evening prior to your test no later than 5:00-6:00 p.m. After dinner, brush your teeth and refrain from eating or drinking anything until after your test. (This includes chewing gun, candy, and water) If you are presently on any type of regular medications (example: blood pressure medicine or insulin), take your medications as prescribed with only a small amount of water.
  • Refrain from using any toothpaste, mouthwashes, or mouth rinses at both bedtime and the morning of your test. Also, avoid use of any lipstick or makeup around your mouth and lips. Such substances can change the chemistry of your mouth and your saliva.
  • On the morning of your test, obtain a sample of your first morning urine. Try to obtain a mid-stream specimen; (urinate a small amount first, and then obtain the remaining urine in your specimen cup). If a specimen cup was not provided for you in time for your test, thoroughly wash a glass jar and lid (in the dishwasher is best) and bring that into the office instead. Some individuals may have to get up during the night or early morning to urinate. If this happens to you at 4:00 a.m. or later, collect this urine in your specimen cup and keep refridgerated.
  • When you arrive at our office, a small amount of blood will be tested. A specimen cup will also be given to you to collect a small amount of your saliva. Swallow any saliva that may already be in your mouth. Close your mouth gently and allow saliva to accumulate. Expectorate into the cup. Do not bring up post-nasal drip.
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    Intermittent Fasting

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     Intermittent Fasting: Fasting is not starvation. Starvation is the involuntary absence of food, while fasting is the voluntary withholding of food for health or spiritual reasons.
    Fasting has been practiced by all civilizations worldwide for thousands of years.
    Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It’s not about what you eat, but more about when you eat. Fluids such as water, tea, small amounts of coffee etc. are not restricted in IF.

     

    These are the most popular methods:

    The 16/8 method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as between 12-8 . Then you fast for 16 hours in between, til lunch the next day. Ideally you do not want to eat later than 3 hours before bedtime.

    Eat-Stop-Eat: This involves fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week, for example by not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day.

    The 5:2 diet: With this method, you consume only 500–600 calories on two non-consecutive days of the week, but eat normally the other 5 days.

    IF has been shown to drop insulin levels and make insulin more sensitive. This forces more fat loss, thus assisting in weight loss. Growth hormone levels significantly rise in IF which help muscle growth and fat loss. Many immune and genetic functions balance and repair themselves with IF, leading to longevity and disease protection.

    IF can help you lose weight, reduce inflammation, improve blood sugar and insulin control, improve brain and heart health, may reduce cancer risk and overall act as an anti-aging tool.

    Pregnant, breastfeeding, underweight/eating disorder individuals and less than 18 years of age people should not IF. Diabetic, hypoglycemic, low blood pressure or seriously ill people should not IF without medical guidance or supervision.

    At KNC, we have experience with IF and assisted many through implementation and monitoring of this technique. If interested, give us a call.

    Some info above is taken from https://www.healthline.com/nutri…/intermittent-fasting-guide

     

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