Blood Work: 5 Reasons Everyone Needs It Done Annually

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In addition to being a personal trainer, Jonathan Leary of BODYFIX is a licensed chiropractor with extensive knowledge in anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, clinical nutrition, and rehabilitation, so when he tells his clients to consider a blood analysis, they listen.

With that in mind we asked Leary, who believes blood work is an integral part of improving overall well-being, to explain exactly how analyzing the results can help boost our wellness and performance.

Prevention

Just because you look and feel great does not necessarily mean that you are healthy. The truth is that you may look and feel amazing, yet have underlying health problems that exhibit no physical symptoms. An example of this could be the marathon runner who looks physically fit and then has a heart attack at the end of a race. In my opinion, it is better to take the proper steps to prevent an avoidable, chronic disease before it happens than waiting to deal with the discomfort and pain of symptoms that have already presented themselves.

Maximizing your body’s full potential

What if I told you that by having an annual micronutrient panel you could have more energy, better sleep and performance, and be a happier and healthier person? This panel will provide you with information relative to any possible deficiencies or surpluses of vitamins and minerals in your system. The information provided by these panels will allow you to optimize your health and more importantly enhance your quality of life.

Avoid taking unnecessary medications

The diagnosis of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and gastrointestinal disease are at an all time high. With that being said, it is no surprise that prescription drug sales for the treatment of these diseases have also skyrocketed. Before starting a prescription medication you should consult with your physician to find the root cause of your symptoms. It is possible that by making changes to your diet, exercise program and monitoring your blood work that you may be able to get off your medication, (with doctors approval), and handle the problem naturally.

Finding answers

It is time to start identifying the causes of our health problem instead of treating the effects. In many instances a person experiences certain signs and symptoms within their body that can be fixed by simply locating deficiencies or hormonal imbalances. Examples of this can include: unexplained weight gain due to high cortisol levels, increased bruising related to iron deficiencies, cramping caused by potassium deficiencies, constipation from magnesium deficiencies, and fatigue relative to high pro-inflammatory markers. The list goes on and on.

Being proactive to change your outcome

Find out exactly what your body requires to function at optimal levels. There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” in health care. Everyone’s genetic makeup and biochemistry is different. Everyone’s body absorbs and processes food differently. In the end, there is not one specific nutritional guideline that will work for every person. Having blood panels done annually will allow you to regularly monitor how your lifestyle is impacting your health. From there you will then be able to take the appropriate steps necessary toward making improvements.

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