Are you one of those runners who trains smart and eats right? Are you a textbook case for what you’re supposed to do but despite all those things, you still end up injured?
What if the answer was inside of you, more specifically inside your blood? Some people believe that’s where the answers are and they may be right.
Welcome to the world of blood analysis.
I’m not a professional athlete by any means but it’s very important to me to get the most out of my exercise and diet. I’m all about optimal health and taking the right steps to obtain it. Blood analysis can give you a picture of your overall health and information to evaluate how your diet and your lifestyle affects your body and your athletic performance.
Analyzing your blood can help you achieve better athletic performance by telling you what you personally need in the form of nutrition and supplements.
Many professional athletes have been using blood analysis for years but it’s now making its way into the mainstream. There are many companies that offer blood analysis and the testing ranges from basic to very advanced. Most of these companies offer packages which you can choose from depending on which biomarkers you want to get tested for. The price also varies.
So let’s look at why you would want a blood analysis test in the first place. First of all, it’s important to note that these aren’t the type of blood test you would typically get at your doctor’s office. Doctor’s test your blood to detect illness or disease. Blood analysis quantifies your biomarker levels, including your total cholesterol, cortisol, testosterone, glucose, triglycerides, C-reactive protein, vitamin D, calcium and iron to give you a complete picture of your overall health and then provide you with science-based nutritional recommendations to improve your health. So, let’s say for instance that the test reveal you’ve got low vitamin D levels, then you’d be given diet recommendations to raise your level. For instance you may be told to consume more salmon or tuna.
Since your blood regenerates every 120 days, it’s suggested that you retest to see how you’re doing. Most companies suggest testing 3 times a year. By screening and doing analysis of our blood, we can find out what we need to improve and make the dietary changes necessary to achieve optimal health. That sounds like a no-brainer to me.
The only issue I’m having right now is choosing the company to do the analysis. Here are three that I’m currently researching.
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