Testing on an empty stomach?For this test, it is necessary to be fasting. So, do not eat or drink anything except water for 8 hours beforehand.
Minerals - What is it?This blood test measures six different minerals in the blood. Minerals and vitamins function as building blocks for certain essential processes in our body, helping us feel fit and healthy. Minerals are also found in food supplements, and this blood test allows you to evaluate the effect of these supplements on your health.
What do we determine?
SodiumSodium is a metal that occurs as a salt compound in our body. It maintains a good balance in the electrical potential of cells. An excess of sodium can cause problems such as confusion or feeling unwell. A sodium deficiency in the blood can cause more severe damage over time, such as serious confusion, brain damage, and drowsiness. Deficiency can have various causes, such as certain disease processes, excessive water intake, use of diuretics, diabetes insipidus, or diabetes mellitus. A deficiency must be corrected properly and timely, as there is a risk of cerebral edema.
PotassiumPotassium, like sodium, plays a role in the household of cells and tissues. A potassium deficiency can be caused by insulin, medications, alcohol withdrawal, etc. It can lead to muscle cramps, heart rhythm abnormalities, and gastrointestinal complaints (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea). An excess of potassium is usually only due to medication, with muscle weakness, tingling, and paralysis as the main symptoms.
AlbuminAlbumin is a large protein that often binds other (toxic) substances in the blood. It acts as a guard, carrying harmful substances in the blood until they reach their destination, often the liver. That's why we also call it a chaperone protein. Albumin gives us an idea of how the kidney function works and whether the toxic substances in the blood are being made harmless and bound to albumin.
MagnesiumMagnesium plays an important role in alertness, muscle strength, and heart rhythm. A magnesium deficiency is often secondary to a deficiency of potassium or calcium. That's why we always test for these as well. A magnesium deficiency can be caused by medications such as antibiotics, gastrointestinal complaints like diarrhea, kidney abnormalities, and alcohol abuse. A deficiency of magnesium in the blood causes muscle weakness, tremors, and heart rhythm disorders. An excess is rare and involves nausea and sluggishness.
CalciumCalcium plays a role in strong bones and electrical conduction in muscles, particularly the heart muscle. It also plays a role in the conduction of the nervous system. A deficiency can occur due to:
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Parathyroid disorder
- Kidney disorder
- Magnesium deficiency
IronIron plays a role in the oxygen supply and removal by red blood cells through the production of hemoglobin. It also plays a role in defense. If you quickly become tired, short of breath, and have restless legs, you might have an iron deficiency. Anemia due to iron deficiency is most common in women of childbearing age.
When to choose this test?Choose the mineral blood test when:
- You want to know the effect of mineral supplements
- You have been feeling tired for a while and think it could be due to an iron deficiency
- You have symptoms of muscle twitching, lethargy, low energy, or restless legs
- You want to know if tingling or confusion is due to a mineral deficiency
- You are a woman of childbearing age and a vegan who periodically feels tired