What is Body Composition and Why is it Important? Body composition is a term associated with measurement of percentages of the water, proteins, nutrients, muscle mass and fat in our bodies. Because improper balance and degrees of these components can signal health-related problems, defining yours can be important. Additionally, body composition testing can provide you and your Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a baseline from which to measure improved strength and health. Excessive body fat is associated with: Coronary artery disease Obstructive pulmonary disease Diabetes High Lipids Osteoarthritis Other physiological disease Too little body fat can lead to: Eating disorders Exercise addiction Other organ breakdown and other body disease Emotional instability Body Composition Assessment and Testing Body composition assessment and testing is performed at SO Nutrition with the use of special equipment called InBody. It uses specific technology called Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis or (BIA) to measure the water in your body by administering tiny amounts of current in both the trunk as well as different extremities, safely obtaining your measurements. Through the use of this test, SO Nutrition determines your body composition of fat. The non-fat portion of your body is called lean tissue including muscle, bone, water and organs. This lean mass is what is responsible for burning calories. Fat however, is a storage form of your energy and uses very few calories. Additionally, BIA analysis can be used for detecting potential risks factors associated with heart disease and diabetes. It is a powerful diagnostic tool detecting earlier nutritional counseling for intervention and prevention of disease. Body Assessment Measurement in Disease Management Kidney Disease Management The InBody Test provides a comprehensive view of the body, allowing SO Nutrition to work closely with your physicians to coordinate post-dialysis assessments in kidney disease. This testing can provide valuable information on extracellular body water ratio (ECW/TCW) to ensure the body water ratio has returned to its proper balance after dialysis. SO Nutrition can coordinate with your physician and team of specialists to provide this quantitative analysis. Orthopedic or Rehabilitation InBody composition testing can also be a great adjunct to monitor strength and body repair in other post-treatment areas such as orthopedics or rehab therapy. Body Assessment for Physical Fitness If you are looking to work on a healthier body and reduce fat, SO Nutrition can offer individualized treatment and menu plans combined with periodic InBody body composition analysis. This will help you chart and see the results of all your efforts. View InBody Sample Report Brides Included Brides-to-be take heart! We can develop a training program in conjunction with your personal fitness coach and get you wedding day ready. Call us today at (281) 684-4733 to schedule that most important step to better fitness and overall health.