Health & Wellbeing's producer tested VLA Body Composition and Cellular Health Analysis.
I celebrated my 29th birthday this year, but wondered if my stressful job, a penchant for a glass of wine with dinner and a not-so-saintly diet had sent my body's age into my thirties. I headed to Alkaline Spa & Clinic in Potts Point in Sydney to find out.
How it works
The practitioner connects leads to your hands and feet that pass a low-voltage electrical current through your body. The flow of the current then gives them the feedback they need to analyse your body's composition.
VLA can provide information on:
- how much fat and muscle your body is made up of;
- your ideal fat-to-muscle ratio and weight;
- hydration levels inside and outside the cells;
- the quality of your muscle tissue;
- your cellular age; and
- your level of risk for metabolic disease.
According to Alkaline, because VLA gives you feedback on what's happening in your body, it can help you manage your weight effectively, increase muscle tone and fitness, improve your energy levels and help your body age slower.
"Erin Gall, the naturopath at Alkaline hooked me up to the machine, and while I braced myself for the current, it turned out to be painless. In no time at all she had a reading of my body's composition, which was illustrated on a series of graphs.
The news wasn't too bad, she informed me, but there was definitely ways I could improve my health. She showed me that my ideal weight was a few kilos lighter than my current weight, and that while I had a good amount of muscle tissue, building a bit more would be beneficial for my body.
What I found most interesting was the reading of my body's nutritional requirements to maintain my current weight, including protein, carbs, fat and water per day. So I knew that in order to lose the few kilos I was carrying around, I had to eat less than 6964 kilojoules a day, and also amp up the exercise.
While the test was insightful, the naturopath also recommended that I have a live-blood analysis to complement the VLA, which they claim delves deeper into your health at the cellular level and helps pinpoint things like food intolerances, nutrient deficiencies and the state of your immune system.
And my body's age? Twenty-nine. I was pretty pleased, although Erin said I can bring it down even lower with some more resistance exercises to build up lean muscle mass and some supplements to help my body cope with the stress better." Holly Enriquez, Health Producer.
For more information, visit www.alkaline.com.au.