How to interpret your blood test results without a medical degree.
Blood tests, these pathology tests can be a highly valuable tool for assessing health and creating a treatment plan or a complete waste of time if you don’t know how to assess them correctly. I’m a big fan of looking at blood work, why, because our blood is super important, some describe it as the river of life, it contains lots of cells, nutrients, immune factors, salts, hormones and much much more!
The problem is, 9/10 blood tests results I see which have been deemed as ‘fine’ by a GP are really quite far from fine and its all to do with the reference ranges, in my opinion being inadequate! You see the problem is, these reference ranges are set based on the average results of the population, hhhmm there’s a few things wrong with that.
Firstly, unfortunately the average population isn’t all that healthy, which means we’re setting the standard pretty low to begin with and to make matters worse, the majority of the population are going to the doctor to get blood tests performed because they are unwell, again lowering the bar further.
We are so so so lucky to have access to some incredible advancements in medical science with a huge range of diagnostic tests available, but if we can’t interpret these to a standard that optimizes health, well we’re nowhere really!
So to prevent yourself from flying under the radar or falling through the cracks of the health system, I have created a quick easy to interpret guide which will help you identify when something is out of whack with your blood, which may not show up as an issue due to the inefficient reference ranges.
So just remember, having a blood test done can provide you with a lot of important information about the health status of the body, being able to interpret it from a holistic, whole body perspective and gauge what elements of the body has the potential to fall out of line is far more valuable than simply identifying disease once it has already manifested. It is our job as individuals to take back our power and take responsibility for disease prevention and not merely expect our doctor to solve all our health problems once we have neglected the body through poor nutrition and leading a toxic lifestyle. Make disease prevention top of your to do list by flooding the body with healthy raw, wholefoods, drinking lots of pure filtered water and embarking on activities which help to cleanse and detox and support the liver in its ever growing role of facilitating the removal of toxins from the body.
Live Your Best Life,
Written by Stacey Foat, Naturopath, Nutritionist
The Healthy Living Expert