Athlete Nutrition

 

Personalized Feeding Plan for Young Athletes (age 10-17)

Is your teenage son or daughter a competitive athlete?  Young athletes need more overall calories with specific ratios of proteins, carbohydrates and fats depending on their sport.  Dr. Misa will design a personalized feeding plan based your child’s weekly activity schedule and measurements taken during the initial visit.  She will also teach your child how to fuel their body before, during and after competitions.  Although supplements are not a major part of this program, they may be discussed with you and your child if they are required for maintaining his/her overall health.

Cost: $330 (includes two Naturopathic visits and feeding plan)

 

Personalized Feeding Plan for Adult Athletes (age 18+)

Do you want to lose body fat while maintaining your overall muscle mass?  Are you fatigued and recovering poorly after a training session?  Are you unable to lose weight even though you are exercising?  Are you trying to gain muscle mass?  Dr. Misa can design a personalized feeding plan based on your body composition goals.

In the initial visit she will discuss with you your training schedule, perform a Bioimpedence Analysis to determine muscle quality and body fat %, take waist/hip measurements, and collect a urine sample to test stress levels and acidity in the body.   Blood work is also ordered to determine your blood type, check inflammatory status, thyroid function, muscle breakdown, iron storage, vitamin D and vitamin B12 levels, and carbohydrate metabolism.

The information obtained in the first visit is used by Dr. Misa to develop your feeding plan based on total calories and protein/carbohydrate/fat ratios to reach your goals.  Your feeding plan is given to you on the 2nd visit and will contain measured amounts of food to eat and will also provide guidance on the timing of your meals.  Dr. Misa may also implement techniques such as carb cycling and intermittent fasting when appropriate.  Supplements will be recommended based on the test results.

Cost: $330 (includes two Naturopathic visits and feeding plan) + $115 (Lifelabs bloodwork)

 

Laboratory Tests for Athletes

Additional tests are available for high-level athletes to perform optimally in their sport.  These tests are not covered by OHIP and are not available through your family MD.  They may be covered if your insurance plan includes lab tests.

 

Food Sensitivity Blood Test ($300 for 120 Foods, $425 for 200 Foods)

Food sensitivities are different from anaphylactic allergies and can be the cause of symptoms such as:

  • Gas and bloating
  • Migraines
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Inflammatory joint pain
  • Sinusitis and post-nasal drip
  • Asthma & recurring respiratory infections

The entire list of foods that are part of the test can be found here.  This Food Sensitivity Blood Test is suitable for both adults and children over age 1.  A blood sample is taken by finger prick at the lab (Lifelabs) and results take approximately 7-10 days after the lab receives your blood sample.  View a Sample Report

 

Hair Cortisol ($95)

Cortisol is an adrenal hormone, often called the “stress hormone” because it regulates may of the body’s responses to stress.   Testing cortisol in the hair provides a longer-term view of stress-levels in the body than testing saliva, urine, or blood.  Just one centimeter of hair shows the average cortisol over a month.

Cortisol imbalance may be associated with abdominal weight gain, increased muscle pain, fatigue, poor exercise recovery, mild anxiety, lowered immune function, disturbed sleep, “brain fog”, lowered thyroid function, decreased muscle mass, and inflammation.

Sample collection is easy and non-invasive.  About 1 tbsp (in total) of hair from 4-5 different areas of the scalp is collected.  Results take approximately 7-10 days after the lab receives your hair sample.  View a Sample Report

 

Urinary Growth Hormone ($180)

Having adequate growth hormone levels helps you burn fat, maintain good thyroid function, and build muscle and bone.   Growth hormone levels decline with age, and many sings of aging are also symptoms of low growth hormone including:

  • Loss of muscle mass and bone
  • Increased belly fat
  • Sagging skin
  • Memory disturbances

Because growth hormone has a large overnight surge, an overnight urine collection is a good representation of your overall growth hormone levels.  Results take approximately 7-10 days after the lab receives your urine sample.  View a Sample Report

 

Urine Hormone Testing ($425)

This Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones (a.k.a. DUTCH) measures hormones and hormone metabolites.  Measuring both hormones and their metabolites can give a better overall picture or your hormone production.  For example, it doesn’t just measure testosterone; it measures all the intermediate hormones in the biochemical pathways that are involved in the production of testosterone.  The DUTCH tests over 30 different hormones and their metabolites including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, and melatonin.  Five urine samples are collected over two days and results take approximately 3 weeks after the lab receives your sample.  View a Sample Report

 

Fatty Acids Profile ($180)

The essential fatty acid family includes omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.  They are called “essential” because we cannot make them in our body, they must come from food.  Most of us get plenty of omega-6 fatty acids from grains and grain-fed animals, but our diets often lack omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and may help reduce inflammation.

This test measures the percentage of the anti-inflammatory (good) and inflammatory (bad) fatty acids in your blood.  Measurements include Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids, Arachidonic Acid (AA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), mono-unsaturated fatty acids, trans fatty acids and saturated fats.  A blood sample is taken by finger prick at the lab (Lifelabs) and results take approximately 2-3 weeks after the lab receives your blood sample.  View a Sample Report