Environmental pollutants are all around us - in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, in the food we eat and in materials we touch.
These pollutants can significantly increase our risk of developing conditions like dementia, infertility, diabetes and cancer. They are also known to cause damage to the liver, kidneys and brain, as well as the cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine systems.
In excess, and when persistent, they can affect the synthesis and actions of hormones essential for managing our general health.
Essential elements, overall, are only healthy when they are within optimal ranges. Levels too low or too high can have detrimental effects on health. Therefore, it's important to know if essential or toxic elements are outside their optimal ranges.
Testing a panel like the Comprehensive Elements Test offers the top four most toxic heavy metals and reveals levels of the nutritional elements iodine, selenium, zinc, copper and magnesium.
Toxic and nutritional elements affect different systems of the body, so it makes sense that they can't all be measured using the same method. ZRT tests using the most scientifically accurate method – either urine or whole blood – for our Elements profiles.
ZRT tests the following in dried blood spot: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Selenium, Zinc, Copper and Magnesium.
ZRT tests the following in dried urine: Iodine, Selenium, Bromine, Mercury, Arsenic, Cadmium
Patients who benefit from elements testing include those who:
- Are exposed to heavy metals through work, hobbies or dentistry
- Live in older homes or areas where metals may be present in drinking water
- Have thyroid-related health issues
- Have health issues that could result from nutritional deficiencies or imbalances of essential elements