What is Bioimpedance Analysis?
(And why is it important for you?)
Bioimpedance analysis (BIA) is a valuable tool for body composition testing—the measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass. It is an important part of our health and nutrition assessment.
Why is body composition important to YOUR health?
A normal balance of body fat to lean body mass is associated with good health and longevity. Excess fat in relation to lean body mass, can greatly increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more. BIA enables early detection of an improper balance in your body composition, which allows for earlier intervention and prevention. BIA also provides the measurement of fluid and body mass that can be a critical assessment tool for your current state of health.
BIA can be used as a regular monitoring tool, watching your progression, will motivate you further and enabling us to ensure your individualized nutritional plan is meeting your ever-changing needs.
How does BIA work?
BIA is much more sophisticated than your bathroom scale, but just as painless-and almost as quick. BIA is a simple procedure performed in our clinic in a matter of minutes with the help of a sophisticated computerized analysis. The analyzer calculates your tissue and fluid compartments using an imperceptible electrical current passed through pads placed on one hand and foot as you lie comfortably on a treatment couch. Lean tissue, which is over 70% water, is a good conductor of electrical current. Fatty tissue, which is low in water, is not. Thus, the resistance to the flow of electrical current measured by the analyzer can be used to calculate the body composition. Optimal body fat ranges from 15% to 25% for women and 10% to 20% for men.