Biohacking: My Experience with Life Extension Lab Tests
I’m definitely not good, however I prefer to hold wholesome habits. I attempt to do the correct factor with weight-reduction plan, train, dietary supplements, chiropractic care, therapeutic massage, and different self-care. But I’m a data-driven individual. I wish to see numbers and outcomes, and never simply depart issues as much as probability.
Have you ever requested your physician to run a check on one thing, solely to be instructed that your signs usually are not extreme sufficient for them to check (or that your insurance coverage gained’t cowl it)? When it involves sure lab checks, I don’t like to attend till there’s one thing severely mistaken with me. I wish to know the place my ranges fall, so I will be proactive about my well being. This is especially true in terms of nutritional vitamins and minerals. I’m usually tweaking my complement routine or my weight-reduction plan, and I wish to ensure I’m not getting an excessive amount of or too little of essential micronutrients.
I’m so comfortable my mother (AKA my well being guru) launched me to Life Extension MANY years in the past. I’ve taken many alternative high-quality dietary supplements from this firm through the years with nice outcomes. I’m at all times impressed with their depth of data on well being subjects (they’ve a print journal with plenty of nice data). And I’m additionally impressed by their in depth medical and scientific advisory boards which can be filled with MDs and PhDs. I used to be intrigued by their lab check choices, however had by no means tried one till lately.
Life Extension affords a variety of lab checks (blood, urine, cheek swab, and so on.) for a variety of well being points and well being indicators. You can verify issues like hormones, thyroid, nutritional vitamins, minerals, cardiac perform markers, ldl cholesterol, insulin, and a bajillion different issues. Some of those stuff you could possibly get through your common physician, and a few you might not. These checks are paid for up-front, and never one thing you want medical insurance or approval out of your main doctor to get. If you’re ordering a blood check, you merely make an appointment at your native LabCorp location and so they ship the check outcomes to Life Extension. When you get the outcomes, you’ll be able to go over them through cellphone with Life Extension’s Wellness Specialists.
I wish to be very clear about one thing – these checks usually are not an alternative to skilled medical care. They are supposed to complement your common medical care. If you might be having main signs, or are managing a illness, you ought to be working with a standard or practical medication physician. If you’re having life-threatening signs, you must go straight to the ER. But, when you’re not dying, and also you’re like me and into biohacking, you might wish to get these checks instantly from Life Extension.
So let’s speak concerning the Nutrient Panel blood check that I took lately. I went to a close-by LabCorp location and was out and in in 15 minutes – no joke! It was very straightforward. I received my outcomes through e-mail lower than every week later.
If you’re involved in Life Extension checks for optimum well being, you will get particular person vitamin, mineral or antioxidant checks. Or, you will get a bigger panel like this one which covers extra floor. Overall, my vitamins are wanting fairly good. Nothing is dangerously low, however there are some issues I wish to change for optimum well being. Here’s what I realized from my check, and from speaking to a Life Extension wellness specialist. This isn’t just a pattern – these are my precise check outcomes.
Vitamin B12 – Life Extension (LE) recommends protecting your B12 over 400 for optimum well being, so I’m good with this one. I’ve began taking a VERY tiny dose of B complicated so I do know I’ll hold my ranges up.Folate – LE likes to see a quantity over Three, so I’m good. I requested a couple of “too high range”, however LabCorp and Life Extension don’t appear to have one for folate. I’ve MTHFR, so it’s actually good to know this quantity is stable.Vitamin D 25-hydroxy – Optimal Vitamin D have been hotly debated within the healthcare and practical medication communities currently. Some folks (together with a dentist I noticed lately for sleep apnea and enamel grinding) assume Vitamin D ranges ought to be a lot larger than customary ranges recommend. LE believes it ought to be within the 50-80 vary. Mine is 41.Three, which I believe ought to be a bit larger. I personally don’t wish to go larger than 60-70 or so, as a result of there actually will be an excessive amount of of an excellent factor with Vitamin D. I’ve been making an attempt to get at the very least 15 minutes of solar per day, eat extra meals with Vit D (egg yolks, tuna, salmon, mushrooms, and so on.) and I’m taking small doses of Vit D dietary supplements (something over 1,000 iu a couple of instances every week appears to provide me nervousness). It’s vital to notice, I at all times take Vit D with Vit K2 to forestall my arteries from calcifying. You additionally want adequate magnesium whenever you’re taking Vit D. I consider it’s at all times greatest to keep away from taking mega-doses of any vitamin as a result of there are such a lot of issues which can be inter-connected. Taking an excessive amount of of 1 factor can decrease one thing else, and so on.Vitamin A – My Vitamin A is definitely on the excessive facet. I assumed this was odd. It might be from skincare and wonder merchandise with retinol and different Vitamin A derivatives or it might be from weight-reduction plan. I’m not at the moment taking any Vitamin A dietary supplements, however I’m glad to have this data so I will be positive to not take a multi-vitamin with Vitamin A proper now.Vitamin C – My Vitamin C is a bit low (zero.eight). LE likes to see a quantity over 1.2 for optimum well being. I do take Vitamin C dietary supplements on occasion, however I’ll begin taking them day by day, and can attempt to improve the Vitamin C content material in my weight-reduction plan. LE recommends 2,000 mg per day for me.Selenium – My selenium ranges look good. I do take selenium 1-Three instances per week to maintain my thyroid wholesome. I’m comfortable to know I’m not over-doing it.Zinc – My zinc ranges are wholesome, and once more, I’m very comfortable to know that the zinc I take for hormonal zits isn’t extreme. If you get an excessive amount of zinc, it will possibly decrease your copper ranges an excessive amount of, and might decrease your immune perform amongst different issues.CoQ10 – My CoQ10 degree shouldn’t be unhealthy, however a bit low for optimum cardio well being. LE believes it ought to be at the very least Three. I lately realized that I’ve a genetic propensity to not make the most of CoQ10 nicely, so I have to analysis that extra.RBC magnesium – My magnesium ranges are fairly good, however LE wish to see them at a 6 or larger. They advisable I take 500 mg per day, however I’m SO delicate to magnesium (an excessive amount of causes nervousness, muscle ache, complications and insomnia – the other of what magnesium does for most individuals), so I should strive 200-300 mg for now and construct up. I had been on a keto weight-reduction plan for some time (which didn’t work out for me), so I used to be fearful that my magnesium ranges could be too low. Overall, I’m fairly pleased with the place they fall.
So total, I’m actually pleased with Life Extension lab checks. The nutrient panel I’m writing about at this time was gifted to me by the corporate, however I’ve already purchased one other one for my husband, and I plan to purchase extra sooner or later. If you’re involved in getting a check, do it ASAP as a result of proper now they’re having their annual 50% off sale!