Patient Education

Why Urinalysis is Critical to Your Success

SHAPE ReClaimed is unique among wellness programs. We are focused on helping you decrease inflammation, enhance immune function, detox and cleanse, and release toxic weight as part of your journey to ReClaiming their health. Urinalysis, or urine testing, is one of the keys to this program’s success.

Because you have your own unique health profile, our practitioner-supervised program is designed to be customized to your unique needs. Your SHAPE practitioner is carefully trained on how to administer the program based on how you are responding (dietary requirements and lifestyle challenges) as revealed through urinalysis.

Urinalysis strips

Our program requires frequent urinalysis because it is essential to your long-term success. This is truly our secret weapon. It’s what sets us apart from other programs.

Here’s why: Most diet programs fail because the brain (specifically the hypothalamus) receives a message that the body is starving. Yes, you’ll drop weight, but as soon as you reintroduce excess calories, your body will regain the weight you lost, and it will raise its “set point” to protect against further starvation.

Your set point is the weight range in which your particular body is programmed to function at its best. Your body and brain work together to set the amount of body fat they believe is necessary to sustain and maintain your overall health through energy usage, metabolism and hunger. Based on the metabolic set point theory of homeostasis, the body tends to maintain a particular weight range. However, your body’s set point can be reprogrammed through embracing sound dietary habits.

Urinalysis is an appropriate and inexpensive way to detect markers that indicate starvation and adjust your program to avoid them so you don’t send the wrong message to your brain and body.

Through urinalysis, your practitioner can see how your body is responding to the SHAPE ReClaimed program and will customize your dietary requirements to meet your specific metabolic needs. For example, you may be asked to eat more protein and/or fruit, to increase your water intake or to consider adding supplements to your SHAPE regimen.

What Does Urinalysis Show?

Our practitioners use Siemens Diascreen 10 SG urinalysis strips to measure 10 different metabolic markers. The following is a list of those markers and what they indicate in your body.

  What it is What it may indicate
Leukocytes White blood cell activity Infection
Nitrites Urinary tract infection
Urobilinogen A compound formed in the intestines by the degradation of bilirubin Gallbladder weakness
Protein Digestive weakness, dehydration, pH imbalance, over-exertion, lack of enzyme activity, HCl deficiency, diabetic tendencies
pH Acid and alkaline levels
Blood Vaginal dryness, prostate weakness, kidney infection/stones
Specific Gravity A measure of how ‘thick’ the urine is compared to water High: dehydration, blood sugar, and adrenal imbalances

Low: hypothermia, cellular dehydration, diuretic usage, excess water intake

Ketones An indication that the body is burning fat instead of sugar Trace to moderated are acceptable, large indicates starvation

(Please note that not every patient goes into ketosis while on SHAPE. Ketosis is not a requirement; you can still experience tremendous success without it.)

Bilirubin A compound that circulates in the blood attached to protein Liver or gallbladder weakness
Glucose Blood sugar Diabetic tendencies
urinalysis key

How Often Should I Have a Urinalysis?

Regular urinalysis is MANDATORY in Phase I: FasTrac. You will have a baseline urinalysis before beginning the program. The frequency with which you should be monitored will be determined by your SHAPE practitioner, who will consider:

  • Your overall health history — If you have a chronic illness like diabetes, you will need to be monitored more carefully.
  • Your use of prescription medication — As your health improves, your medication needs may change, and you can talk with your prescribing physician about decreasing or eliminating some medications.

SHAPE ReClaimed is not a one-size-fits-all program. If 10 patients start together, we know that within a month or two all of them will be at different places in their journey. Our practitioners are trained to monitor and respond to each patient’s unique needs. That’s why regular urinalysis is so important. You’ll have a greater chance at long-term success if you work closely with your practitioner and follow the program through Phase III and beyond. Trust the program, trust the process and trust your practitioner.

August 6, 2018