Key Advantages

  • Assessment of tissue toxic metal retention and essential element excretion
  • Monitors detoxification therapy
  • Analysis by sensitive ICP-MS
  • Variable urine collection periods available
Introduction

Urine, being an excretory tissue like hair, offers a great method of detecting metabolic ‘wasting’ of various electrolytes and cofactor elements due to toxicity (see toxic elements tested on second page of the report), nutrient deficiencies elsewhere in the body, or general organ/gland dysfunction such as the liver/kidneys and as a result of genetics, lifestyle, diet or environment. Beyond general insight into the current metabolism of toxic and essential elements in the body (and therefore body sufficiency need) – including specific trace elements such as copper and chromium, the urine elements test helps to monitor the efficacy / efficiency of any dietary, environmental or supplemental changes / regimes.

Urine toxic and essential elements analysis is an invaluable tool for the assessment of retention of toxic metals in the body and the status of essential nutrient elements. Toxic metals do not have any useful physiological function, adversely affect virtually every organ system and disrupt the homeostasis and utilisation of the nutrient elements. Analysis of the levels of toxic metals in urine offers a valuable insight into the current metabolic burden of these metals in the body, and must be accompanied with assessments of kidney function in order to make informed choices surrounding the need for a toxic metal detoxification program. Chronic low-level exposure to toxic metals is far more common than large acute exposures, and can result in significant obstructions to optimum cell and body functions from their retention in the body. A substantial body burden of toxic metals  can thus be associated with a vast array of vague, intermittent adverse health effects and chronic disease.