via BIA (Bio-Electrical Impedance Analysis)
Dr. Jason Bojar DC
Body-Composition can be assessed via a device called a Bio-Impedance Analyzer. The Analyzer introduces a small electrical signal into the body, and through that pathway measures the resistance to the current through the aqueous fluid surrounding the cell. The test is non-invasive, as the electrical probes are placed on the left hand and left foot of the test recipient. The test does not produce a shock or any type of sensation, and can be completed in a matter of seconds.
The BIA will calculate the total body water content, fat content, the BCM or Body Cell mass (lean muscle mass), Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), which is the calorie burning capacity of the body at resting states, and the intracellular water (water in the cells) and the extracellular water (the water circulating around the cells). The relationship between intracellular water (ICW) and extracellular water (ECW) has a strong relationship to the general health of the test recipient.
There have been 10 identified biomarkers of aging by Dr. Evans, PhD and Dr. Rosenberg, MD of Tufts University in their aging study. The 10 factors are muscle mass, strength, basal metabolic rate, fat mass, aerobic capacity, blood sugar tolerance, cholesterol:HDL cholesterol ratio, blood pressure, bone density, and temperature regulation. The BIA will directly calculate the muscle mass, the basal metabolic rate and the fat mass.
The BIA test results offer a clinician an amazing amount of information as to your body’s metabolic efficiency or lack thereof, and help to guide therapeutic recommendations to improve therapeutic outcomes no matter what the disease or symptoms. Body-Composition Analysis is also useful for the athlete interested in gaining metabolic efficiency.
Dr. Jason Bojar is a nutritionally oriented chiropractor who practices a specialized form of nutritional medicine called Functional Medicine. He performs BIA test on all his patients as a simple, cost-effective means of guiding patient therapeutic programs.