Biohacking, what is it?
Our desire to be the best versions of ourselves has led some to take available resources to self-improve their own biology. What we do, eat, drink, and listen to all have different effects on the way we feel. For example, listening to classical musical will have you feeling differently than blasting hard rock. The things we allow inside our body are inputs into our biology.
Biohackers use tools made readily available to be able to quantifiably measure these inputs in order to measure what is being outputted and to see how their inputs can be tweaked to put out a better output e.g. behavior, performance and health.
Why Blood Work
Innovative Health Diagnostic (IHD) is laying the foundation for a better you. Blood work in the biohacking space is what allows you to see what is happening inside of your body not just sometimes, but all of the time. Through cumulative reporting you will begin to see small changes in your blood to track shifts in your health in order to make dietary and lifestyle changes.
What Sort Of Blood Work Should I get done?
In order to effectively track biological changes happening within your body you must test for an array of specific tests including: cardiovascular health, complete blood count, inflammation, hormones, liver & kidney health, vitamins and minerals, and metabolic health.
People usually get their cholesterol tested annually through their physician, however, these result readings are poor predictors for your cardiovascular risk. As noted by Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA “A new national study has shown that nearly 75 percent of patients hospitalized for a heart attack had cholesterol levels that would indicate they were not at high risk for a cardiovascular event, based on current national cholesterol guidelines.”
Beyond regular LDL and HDL checkups more comprehensive testing should be considered including Lp(a), ApoB, and NT-ProBNP.
While there is overbearing focus on cholesterol, new evidence suggests that inflammation is the main cause for heart disease. Tests such as hsCRP, homocysteine and fibrinogen are indicators of inflammation occurring in the body.
Complete Blood Count
Indicates how effectively your body is transporting nutrients, oxygen, and its ability to fight infection throughout your body. Monitoring this testing is vital for your overall wellbeing.
If you want to be at your optimal levels a healthy metabolic balance is essential. Even with a good diet you may still suffer nutritional deficiencies if you have poor digestion.
Hormone levels such as testosterone and estrogen will vary greatly between women and men, however, both are gravely affected by exercise, diet, stress, sleep, and illness. Finding the right balance for you will make a great amount of difference for your health and performance, since hormones are how our body’s control their function.
The things we allow inside our body are inputs into our biology.
Liver & Kidney Health
Proper kidney and liver function is crucial for the elimination and detoxification of harmful bodily pollutants. These organs play a major role in helping avoid certain chronic disease, and cancers.
Vitamins & Minerals
Electrolytes such as sodium and potassium allow your body’s cells to function properly. The right balance of electrolytes helps to optimize nerve and cellular function that supports your body’s systems.
In addition, calcium and vitamin D are essential for hormone, bone and steroid formation, strengthening the immune system, and reducing the risk of cancer.
How to interpret results?
Interpreting results can be tedious and confusing not just for you, but for your doctor. This is why along with the consultation and interpretation of your doctor, IHD provides test descriptions to go along with your lab results that will help you understand the testing.
Testing ranges a lot between labs. A simple CBC test can found to cost anywhere from $10 to $2000. Meanwhile, IHD’s pricing has been shown to be among the most competitive with savings of up to 60% or more per test.
Since most insurances only cover those tests that are required for your current health situation, you most likely will be having to pay for these tests out-of-pocket. It is recommended that if you order testing through your doctor that you ask that they list out the testing along with the cost per test. Since you do not want to be surprised with a large bill.
Additionally, your physician may have special discounted cash pricing established with their laboratory of choice, so it is recommended to ask about that at the time of the draw before submitting your insurance information.
Lastly, we recommend to shop around for your blood testing needs. There are various “direct-to-consumer” laboratories available online that offer discounted testing. Which is why we invite you to visit our store.