Part of being ready for anything is taking steps to make sure you’re in good health.
A smart step on the path to long-term health is to get a blood-work baseline now – before you notice any problems. It may sound boring or routine, but the fact is that taking a close look at what’s going on with your blood is like having a crystal ball to look into your future health. It’s one of the best tools out there to detect oncoming health problems and take corrective action to avoid them and their potentially deadly consequences.
Three Major Benefits
to Establishing a Blood Chemistry Baseline Now
By getting a baseline now, you take an important step for being prepared later.
First, by having a doctor test your blood – both for overall health and for common risk factors of major diseases like heart disease and diabetes – you can detect problems in the earliest stages. That means you’ll have the best treatment options available to you and the best chance of beating a disease before it gets a real foothold.
Second, you achieve the peace of mind that comes with knowing roughly what state of health you’re in, what you need to look out for, and what you don’t need to worry about. Getting a blood-work baseline puts more control in your hands when it comes to your health.
Third, and most important, these blood tests can give you an idea of what medicines and remedies you should stock up on in case of a major breakdown in our society (or disruption in the medical system). Without a baseline, you might be planning to stock up on multivitamins and a few specific supplements you know help the immune system. But with your baseline, if you have high cholesterol, for example, you’ll have the foresight to stock up on supplements that can help address that problem – things like coenzyme Q10 and omega-3 fatty acids.
A blood-work baseline gives you the opportunity to be as prepared as you can be for whatever might come.
That Can Help Keep You Healthy
Complete Blood Count: This test looks at the overall health of your blood. It can identify nutritional deficiencies like anemia that can lead to big health problems down the road. It can also help you to know if you have any chronic or acute conditions that need to be addressed, although it might take further testing to determine what those conditions are.
Full Lipid Profile: A lipid profile measures the different fats in your blood. It will measure your total cholesterol, your LDL cholesterol, your HDL cholesterol, and your triglyceride levels. The results from this test indicate if you are at risk for heart disease or for metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes.
C-Reactive Protein: Low-grade, chronic inflammation contributes to your risk of heart disease and heart attack. You can determine if this is a risk factor by having your C-reactive protein levels measured.
Hormone Panel: Healthy, balanced hormone levels are what keep you feeling young and energetic. But, as you age, hormone levels begin to decline. Getting a baseline on your hormones now can help you see which of your hormone levels are not at optimal levels. Then you can make lifestyle changes and take natural supplements to help restore your balance.
PSA Levels: You need to get your PSA levels checked if you’re a man. This test will tell you whether or not you are currently at risk for prostate cancer.
Aspirin Resistance: Every medicine cabinet should have a good stock of aspirin. In the event of a cardiac emergency, taking an aspirin can save your life. However, about 20 percent of the population is aspirin resistant, and aspirin won’t have any useful effect. It’s good to know if you fall into that category.
Insulin Sensitivity: Declining insulin sensitivity is a sign you might be on the path to diabetes, and diabetes puts you at high risk for many other diseases like heart disease. Testing your body’s fasting glucose is the first step in knowing if you’re having blood-sugar problems. If that test comes back with bad news, the next step is to do an oral-glucose tolerance test to see how your body responds to a sudden intake of sugar.
Food Allergies: Some food allergies have obvious signs. Peanut allergies, for example. Other food allergies are subtler and may be affecting you in ways you don’t realize. They make you tired and more prone to illness. Getting a broad food allergy test is a good idea.
Start Taking Action
to Improve Your Results
Once you’ve done your baseline tests, it’s important that you take action based on the results. Go over the results with your doctor and determine your biggest risk factors. Again, this may sound routine or boring, but it’s actually about your future health, and no other topic is more important. Nearly every chronic disease or condition responds to diet and lifestyle changes. In the early stages, you may be able to reverse your risks through diet, exercise, and natural supplements alone.
Based on what you learn, make a plan to improve your health and lower your risk of getting sick with a chronic disease. This would be a smart and worthwhile goal – even if we didn’t live in such troubling times. But as things stand, it is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for a breakdown in the medical system.
In the coming years, it’s quite possible we may not have easy or affordable access to prescription drugs, surgical options, and specialized care. It’s best to start taking steps now to prevent the need for those things in the first place.
Stock Up on Medicines
and Remedies You’ll Likely Need
Once you know your risk factors, you can start targeting your preparedness efforts to support your specific health needs. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Heart Health: If heart disease is your main risk, include CoQ10, omega-3 fatty acids, an antioxidant-rich multi-vitamin and l-arginine in your preparedness plans.
Diabetes: If you’re at high risk of diabetes, include alpha lipoic acid, chromium, ginseng, and green tea extract in your stores.
Prostate Problems: For prostate problems, keep saw palmetto, lycopene, and selenium on hand.
Ask the Same of Your Loved Ones
In a time of crisis, yours isn’t the only health that matters. The health of your loved ones is also important. You’ll depend on each other and if one of you gets sick, it weakens the whole group.
So, it’s not only important for you to get your blood work and identify your major risk factors, you also need to encourage your loved ones to do the same. Obviously, you want your spouse to take the same steps, but you may also have parents, siblings, grown children, or close friends who should also get their basic blood work done now.