I’d recently talked about having my BIA (BioImpedence Analysis) done, where I was told the phase angle of my cells. Asked how this test actually acquires this information was met with laughter, as I completely understand the complete dis-trust of the information, and I really didn’t have a clue. BIA’s are not known for their accuracy. They are known for their cheap and easy availability, which is why I continue to opt for it. Some measure of change is better than no measure of change, in my opinion, so I definitely believe it’s something worth my time. Even so, I’ve wanted to follow that up, and am finally getting to it (this is for you Rachel )…
The Phase Angle of the cells is a great judge of cellular health, used in many terminal illness cases such as HIV, and some cancers. The lower the angle, the lower the cell’s ability to store energy and filter toxins (hydration plays a huge part in the latter, also). The higher the angle, the better the cells, and the bodies, overall health.
During a BIA, a small electrical current is sent through the body. The phase angle is measured by the small delay between the electronic waves [the ratio between the resistance and the reactance (biodyncorp.com)]. The phase angle range is between 1 and 20 degrees. Mine is 6.1. 6.0 – 8.0 is the “good” range. Anything over 8.0 is excellent. I was told Olympic Athletes typically have around a 12.0. A reading under 5.0 would suggest a severe energy deficiency.
Even so, having a sub-par reading isn’t a reason to freak out, as this test isn’t 100% reliable, with many variables to consider as to why a reading may be what it is. A low reading would suggest getting further checked out to determine if there truly is an issue.
I was told to add fish oil, (I’d increased my 1500mg of Krill, to 3000mg plus 950mg of regular fish oil from the first BIA to the second) and chia seed to help improve my phase angle. A good liver detox would also help, though I have yet to start this, being so busy I’m afraid I won’t be able to maintain the rigid diet for the full 10 days. It is on my list of things to do though.
Check out my original results here, and compare to the second, here (also, a search for BIA in the right side search bar will bring up a few more articles). I’m planning on scheduling another in about 3 more weeks.
- Anyone else had any experience with having a BIA done?
- Any other body fat measuring techniques used?