This post is sponsored by HealthLabs. In exchange for writing this post, HealthLabs paid for my blood work tests. All opinions are 100% my own (seriously!).
Last month a company reached out to me called HealthLabs and asked if I'd be interested in doing a blood work test to check for possible deficiencies in plant-based diets.
After being plant-based for a few years, I wanted to get blood work done, but thought it would cost thousands of dollars and not be covered by insurance.
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Turns out, you can get your blood checked for possible deficiencies you may encounter on a plant-based diet for less than $150 without a doctor referral.
I want to clarify I am not a doctor or a medical professional. If you have any questions related to blood work or vitamins, I recommend speaking to your doctor.
Why choose HealthLabs?
- No insurance or referral needed
- No hidden fees
- Same local lab your doctor uses
- Super fast results
- Very affordable
- No appointment needed
Why wouldn’t I just go to a doctor?
When you do your blood work testing with HealthLabs, you don't have any of the expenses associated with going to the doctor.
There are no copays, deductibles, or hidden fees.
Any time I go see a healthcare provider, I have a ton of fear.
This is because in the past, I've been given tests I had no idea would even be done.
I ended up getting a $2,500 bill just for getting my poop and other things tested.
Unfortantely, we don't know what anything will cost as clients.
You don't have to deal with insurance or referrals.
It's so simple – you pay for your test and get the results in 1-3 days.
Here are the tests you can get done:
- Allergy Testing
- Anemia Testing
- Arthritis & Inflammation Tests
- Blood Type & Blood Disorders
- Cardiac Health & Cholesterol
- Diabetes Testing
- Drug Testing
- Fertility Testing
- Gastrointestinal Health Tests
- General Health & Wellness Testing
- Heavy Metals & Toxins
- Hormone Testing
- Immunity Detection & Titer Testing
- Infectious Disease Testing
- Kidney Health Tests
- Liver Health Tests
- Military Testing
- Pregnancy & Prenatal Testing
- Sports Testing
- STD Testing
- Testosterone Testing
- Thyroid Tests
- Vegan Testing
- Vitamin & Nutritional Testing
Here are the steps to get a test done:
1. Order your test online or by phone, no doctors referral required
2. Visit a local lab
3. Get your lab results within 1-3 days
Does HealthLabs offer result(s) interpretations?
Yes. Their certified health specialists can walk you through your results and provide clarification if needed.
The test I did: HealthLabs Vegan Wellness Panel tests for the 11 most common deficiencies:
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- D-25 Hydroxy (Vitamin D-3)
- Folic Acid
Besides B12, there's no nutrient you can't get from a plant-based or vegan lifestyle.
To clarify even further, 40% of the U.S. population is deficient in B12. This includes all people, meat eaters or vegans.
For my blood work, I was required to fast 9-12 hours before, so I scheduled my test early in the morning.
I set up an appointment online at Quest Diagnostics and honestly, I was nervous and scaaaaaared.
I don't like needles or blood, despite having piercings and tattoos, but the process went by so fast that I didn't even have time to think about it all!
The appointment took approximately 10 minutes and on a scale of 1-10, the pain was a 1, if that.
My nurse was so patient, caring, and funny, too!
I got my results the next morning.
Turns out, all of my levels were incredible besides Vitamin D, which is common around the world if you don't get adequate sunlight daily.
I live in Colorado and the winter is pretty brutal, meaning I haven't gotten out in months!
B12 is talked about a ton in the plant-based/vegan community.
Frankly, I was a little worried about what my test results would say because I found out that I had only been taking 1000mg of B12 every couple weeks (and not even consistently) for years.
My b12 ended up being on the higher side (I was nowhere NEAR being deficient), despite not taking b12 consistently.
However, I do plan on taking 2500mg of b12 per week just to be responsible and healthy.
Helpful vegan articles:
- 10 High Protein Vegan Meal Recipes On A Budget
- 22 Delicious Vegan Lunch Recipes
- Lean and Clean Meal Plan & 200 page eBook
- 21 Documentaries That Will Inspire You To Go Vegan
It's so awesome we live in a time where we can make sure our bodies are getting enough nutrients and that we are truly healthy!
Have you ever gotten your blood tested? What was your experience like?
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