Millions of people vowed in the late hours of December 31st, 2021 to improve their health in some way in the year 2022.
If that includes you, pat yourself on the back!
While most people start by striving to eat healthier and exercise, seeing your doctor for a checkup is also a good idea to get on the road to a healthier you.
Because although you may get a clean bill of health after the usual physical exam and bloodwork, trouble may still be brewing.
In order to get a more complete picture of your innards and help nip potential problems in the bud, here are…
Eight tests you must ask your doctor to run
1- C-reactive protein (CRP)
C-reactive protein is a marker for inflammation.
C-reactive protein is a compound that, when elevated, indicates either inflammatory or free radical damage is occurring within your blood vessels in a way that contributes to cardiovascular disease.
Homocysteine is an amino acid produced as a by-product of your digestion of animal proteins.
High levels of homocysteine in the bloodstream can cause inflammation in the blood vessels and increase your heart disease risk.
Your entire body needs magnesium for a plethora of different functions and enzyme reactions and being low in it can have devastating consequences.
Here are just a few of the conditions that are caused or worsened by magnesium deficiency:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Restless leg syndrome/muscle cramps
- Gallstones and joint problems
- Elevated C-reactive protein levels
- Autoimmune conditions and impaired immune function
- Chronic fatigue
- Low serotonin levels and depression
- Low insulin levels (a concern for Type 2 diabetes)
- PMS symptoms
4- Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a very common deficiency, especially in the northeast where sunshine levels are limited.
Plus fears of skin cancer have caused many people to completely shun the sun and/or only venture outside when slathered in sunscreen (which blocks your body’s ability to produce vitamin D from the sun).
Vitamin D is crucial for bone health, maintaining healthy blood glucose and insulin levels, proper immune system functioning, controlling inflammation in your blood vessels (thereby reducing heart disease risk) and cancer prevention, among other things.
5- TRH stimulation (or TRH challenge) test
When assessing thyroid function, the typical go-to is the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test.
But TSH is secreted by your pituitary to “nudge” your thyroid into action…so the TSH test primarily assesses the functioning of your pituitary—not necessarily your thyroid!
Plus the TSH test measures your blood level of thyroid hormone at that one moment in time when your blood is drawn. But your thyroid hormone levels are constantly changing—so a “snapshot” blood test is not always an accurate picture of what’s really going on 24/7 with your thyroid.
A far more accurate and sensitive test that assesses thyroid health is the "TRH stimulation test" also known as the “TRH challenge test.”
6- Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is also a very common deficiency due to our heavy reliance on acid reducers (stomach acid is needed for proper B12 assimilation) and high prevalence of digestive issues which can impact absorption in the intestinal tract.
B12 is crucial for the formation of white blood cells that comprise your immune system, and red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout your body.
It's also an important player in your metabolism that helps generate your body’s energy and is needed for your body to control homocysteine levels (and thus help prevent heart disease).
And vitamin B12 is positively vital to your nervous system and brain health.
Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can include:
- Lack of energy
- Memory problems
- Confusion and disorientation
- Swelling of the tongue and bleeding gums
- Walking difficulties and falling
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
- Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
- Numbness and tingling in the extremities
- Vision problems
- Weakened immunity
7- Heavy metals urine test
Heavy metals are much more prevalent in our atmosphere today than they were even a few decades ago.
The main "offenders" than we are exposed to that can cause health problems are aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic.
Aluminum is extremely harmful to your nervous system; it can impair your body's ability to use calcium and phosphorus; plus it binds with brain cells and is associated with the plaques found in Alzheimer's patients.
Mercury is the most deadly, potent neurotoxin known to man, plus it weakens your immune function and can eventually lead to failures of your organ systems.
Lead can damage your brain and nervous system, cadmium is a known human carcinogen, and arsenic has been associated with various cancers and blood vessel damage.
8- Candida overgrowth test
Candida overgrowth in the body can cause an enormous variety of problems including leaky gut, rashes, food sensitivities, brain fog, fungal skin and nail infections and vaginal yeast infections in women, among other things.
The best test to detect Candida overgrowth is a comprehensive stool analysis. Note that this is different from the typical standard stool analysis that is usually performed.
A complete blood count (CBC) can also help detect Candida, since white blood cells are typically low when Candida is growing out of control.
Don’t be shy!
Remember that your doctor is supposed to be your partner in your care—so don’t be shy about asking him or her to run these tests.
If they ask you why, show them this email.
And if they refuse, well, I strongly suggest you seek out another doctor who will be happy to run these tests and work with you as a trusted partner.
I can help too!
Don’t forget your friend in the nutrition world (yours truly) is here to help you too!
As a holistic nutrition coach, I am very well-trained in the whole-body effects of nutrients and how deficiencies can spell disease.
And as such I am dedicated to helping create a healthier you by offering top-quality solutions to your body’s needs including:
VitalMega-3 fish oil formula: To help combat arterial inflammation.
Hydroxaden 2.5 Vitamin B12 formula: To counteract B12 deficiency.
Optimal Yeast Support Blend: To help fight back and address Candida overgrowth.
Super Core multi vitamin formula: To help ensure your core nutritional needs are met and provide additional support against inflammation and free radical damage.
Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula: To support sound digestion and immune function.
Make 2022 the year you get on the road to great health and never look back!
To your health,