The Secret to Improving YOUR Health is in your Blood
Do you routinely go to the doctor every year to get an annual physical? Odds are you probably don’t or are told that you shouldn’t come back for 3-5 years because your doctor or nurse practitioner said that you are healthier than the average person. Even if the medical professional feels that your weight, blood pressure, how you feel that morning, and a couple quick snap shot blood tests are somewhat normal. The odds are you still wonder and feel like there is something else going on in your body that is less than ideal. Unfortunately western medicine was not built on prevention or figuring out the causes of any disease. We have spent more time on how to improve symptoms using pharmacy drugs which don’t fix anything. I have comprised a list below which has substantial research to support the benefits or the blood tests ability to screen yourself from practically every life altering disease before it actually happens. Knowing the blood tests below give you a clear direction of what you can do to improve your health and cure the root cause of the problem and allow you to live a life with fantastic health.
Blood Tests to get Every Year
Vitamin D: This fat soluble pro-hormone has a number of amazing benefits that could be a long paper in itself. Having ideal levels of vitamin D can improve strength, absorb calcium for bone development, improve immune health, control blood sugar, fight arthritis, fight cancer, control blood pressure, sleep well, avoid depression, and much more. The minimum Vit. D score to reap the rewards is 40 ng/ml with an upward amount in the 70s.
RBC Magnesium: This is the most precise way to evaluate how much magnesium there is in your cells. Magnesium is important for maintaining a health blood pressure, nerve function, muscle relaxation, energy production, and healthy digestion. People with low magnesium may experience muscle weakness, muscle cramps, confusion, seizures, and heart arrhythmias. Normal range is 4.2-6.8mg/dL.
Omega 3 Index: This blood test shows how much omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids you have stored in your blood. A healthy range is 1:4 ratio between omega 3 to omega 6. Higher ratios mean that you have excessive inflammation in the body which can lead to lots of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, alzheimers, dimentia, arthritis, and can also lead to an increase in your body fat %.
Fasting Insulin: Insuline resistance is the factor for all chronic disease. The more insulin your body produces on a daily basis, the more likely you are to increase your body fat %, and become desensitized to insulin. This test reflects how healthy your blood glucose levels are over time vs in a brief moment of time. Healthy fasting insulin levels below 5 are ok but below 3 are ideal.
Serum Ferritin: This is a protein that binds with iron and stores it in cells for use. This is the best test to see how much iron is stored in the body for use. Having enough iron is important to destroy small ldl particles (the kind that cause atherosclerosis), carries oxygen to your brain for energy, and carries oxygen to muscles to keep your muscular endurance at its peak level. An ideal level is 30-40ng/mL.
Gamma Glutamil Transpeptidase (GGT): A liver enzyme correlated with iron toxicity and sudden cardiac death. According to the Mayo Clinic normal levels are 9-48U/L, and the ideal health range to be in will slide up or down depending on your age.
C- Reactive Protein (CRP): Is a liver protein that shows chronic inflammation in the body. Ideal score is below 1mg/L. If you are above 3mg/L then you should get Lp-PLA2 test to measure the enzyme that gets released when there are plaques breaking off from artery walls increasing your risk of atherosclerosis.
Homocysteine: An amino acid in your blood from meat consumption. It will show a B6, B9, and B12 deficiency. Elevations of homocysteine is a risk factor for heart disease, brain atrophy, and dimentia. Ideal levels are below 10umol/L.
NMR Lipid Profile: This is the most important test you can get for heart disease risk and insulin resistance. The normal tests done at your doctor that show HDL, LDL, and triglycerides are inadequate to reflect your heart disease risk. There are 5 different sizes of LDL particles and the smallest ones are the most concerning. Understanding how many particles you have of each size can only be shown if you do the NMR lipid profile. There are 3 sizes of HDL cholesterol and the more particles you have of the largest size the more protection you have against the smallest LDL particles. The closer to a 1:1 ratio you can have between your triglycerides and the combined HDL weight is a healthy balance and low risk for heart disease. Also there is a safe particle number for the smallest LDL cholesterol that you want to strive for. That particle number below 1000 is ideal.
Plasma Zinc: This important element which helps keep the immune system strong, makes all of the hormones that control how you feel, and how our body heals itself, and adapts to exercise. Zinc also improves how foods smell and taste, along with slowing down bone loss in people with osteoporosis. Estrogen therapy, stress, heart disease, and when our blood clots depletes our stores of zinc. Normal values are 10-17 umol/L.
Copper: This mineral is required for iron absorption, bone formation, makes red blood cells, immune function, and is vital for the health of all organs in the body. Low copper levels are associated with people who get alzheimers disease, elevated blood pressure, leads to osteoperosis. Normal values are 10-22 umol/L.
If your doctor won’t or can’t do some of these tests they are all available at the following websites:
You have a fundamental right to your own data and if a doctor isn’t willing to partner with you to prevent disease and improve your health to the ideal level then you should fire them and find someone else.
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