Urinary Essential Elements

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Latest Edit: Hector 2014-03-28 (EDT)

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The urinary essential elements test is used for the assessing the body status of essential elements. Malnutrition, mal-absorption or the presence of heavy metals or other environmental toxins can result in a deficiency of specific nutrients and hence a range of symptoms or conditions.

Patient Preparation

The procedure for assessing essential elements depends on the specific lab, it generally includes:

  • Pre-testing requirements
  • 2 to 4-days prior to the test specific supplements and/or medications may need to be avoided, such as creatine supplements.
  • Up to 4-days prior to the test the following foods may need to be avoided: certain fruits, nuts and drinks.
  • Testing for urinary essential elements should not be done by women during menses or if a person has a urinary tract infection.
  • Urine Test
  • First morning urine specimen
  • Collection strip is dipped in the urine sample, allowed to dry and then transported to the lab for assessment or tubes of the urine may be required to shipped frozen to the lab.
  • The turnaround time is between 2 to 4 weeks.

Clinical Implications

  • Essential Elements

Associated Tests

A urinary tests of essential elements is often associated with the following tests: