Can I order my own blood tests?

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Yes, with the exception of a few states, consumers can order their own lab tests.  This process is sometimes referred to as Direct Access Testing (DAT) and allows consumers to order discount lab tests online.

Will I understand the test results?

Many worry if they order their own blood tests that they will not be able to understand what the results really mean. Nowadays, the blood test results includes the reference ranges and the individual’s test result.  Each test is annotated if any results are outside the normal reference values.  Ordering and receiving your own lab tests are not the same as getting medical advice.  It is always recommended that an individual review and initiate a discussion with their health provider to explain those results.

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How do you Order Your Own Blood Test?

  1. Go to www.HealthOneLabs.com
  2. Click on Tests Offered to view available tests
  3. Select a test and Add to your Shopping Cart
  4. Open a secure account on our server and use the secure check-out process
  5. You’ll receive the lab requisition form within two hours and take it to a lab location near you.

Results for different tests range in time on when they will become available, check at the bottom of the description to see what the turnaround time is for the test you want to order. You will receive an email that will notify you when these results are available.

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Signs your thyroid may be slowing you down

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The thyroid is a large ductless gland in your neck that produces hormones.  The thyroid gland is controlled by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, so disorders of these tissues could also affect thyroid function.  The inter connectivity of the hormones, organs and the brain must be in sync for optimal performance.  If one of the portions of the equation is not working properly, you could have symptoms of a thyroid disorder.

Low levels of the thyroid hormone could cause various symptoms such as dry skin, changes in your hair, brittle nails, constipation, fatigue, and aches/pains. If low levels of this hormone remain untreated, it can increase the likelihood high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. Women have increased chances of having thyroid issues than men, especially as they get older.

In some cases, symptoms can be gradual and not very noticeable, and in other cases symptoms can be abrupt within a few weeks or months. Symptoms can include exhaustion, depression, constipation, muscle aches, cardiovascular effects, cold intolerance, and appetite loss. Please consult a physician if you experience any of these symptoms. Hypothyroidism is typically treated with a daily dose of synthetic hormone, in pill form, and essentially does the job of your thyroid. Usually, people with hypothyroidism experience a substantial symptom relief after starting this treatment.

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Steady state cardio was the norm for a lot of people when they worked out, however in the recent years High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has become increasingly popular. HIIT is when you perform your exercise for about 30 seconds at 90% to 100% capacity, meaning you will be going as hard as you can for this period of time, and then rest for 3 minutes or less. You repeat this cycle for 20-60 minutes, depending on your fitness level. HIIT burns the same amount of calories as steady state cardio, but in a shorter period of time. If you are looking get fit, the following are some important benefits that come from HIIT:

  • Betters insulin sensitivity. Your body will become less sensitive insulin, thus reducing blood glucose levels. This will cause the exercising muscles in your body to use glucose for fuel much more efficiently.
  • Can improve heart health and lower blood pressure
  • Increases your stamina. HIIT activates aerobic and anaerobic systems, which in turn causes you to be able to perform better in your workouts.
  • Burns calories after your workout. Because HIIT forces you to work at the hardest you possibly can, it leads your body to burn calories after your workout to get your system back to the state it was before HIIT. This is called post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), or often referred to as afterburn.
  • Workout time is shorter. As mentioned previously, because you are working so hard, it’ll take you less time to get the benefits of cardio training than if you were performing steady state cardio.

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How to get better sleep

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Sleep is one of the most important factors to good health because it restores the immune system, metabolism, and physical/mental health. It is essential that you get enough sleep so that you not only feel well rested, but also get enough sleep for these functions. Many often resort to sleep medication when they cannot fall asleep, but the following are a few techniques you may want to try out before using medicine:

  1. Avoid using electronics 30-60 minutes before bed. Things such as your phone, emit blue light which is helpful during the day because it increases attention, mood and reaction time, but not very helpful when you are getting ready to go to bed. Light in general suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep.
  2. Be sure to get rid of noise. A quiet room is important when trying to go to sleep, especially if you are a light sleeper. However, some people find that white noise, such as a fan or ocean noise, will soothe them. Try different sounds to see if it improves your sleep quality.
  3. Alter the temperature in your room, to what makes you most comfortable. Many wake up in the middle of the night because it was too cold/hot, so be sure you set the thermostat to your perfect sleeping temperature.
  4. Have a regular sleeping schedule. Having a schedule reduces the chances of getting insomnia, because the circadian sleep-wake schedule is synchronized

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Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

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Intermittent fasting has become very popular recently, and it is simply when you eat for a certain  period of time during the day and fast for the of remaining time of the day. The most common way of practicing this is the 16:8 ration, which is eating for 8 hours and fasting for 16 hours. However, there are many other ways and variations to practice intermittent fasting. It is up to you to choose the time period that is most convenient to fast and to eat. Although intermittent fasting is often thought of as a way to lose weight, it isn’t always the case. Intermittent fasting is an eating habit, and a common misconception is that if you fast you can eat whatever you want during your eating window. Like any other eating pattern, you should opt for healthy eating habits. The following are a few other health benefits of intermittent fasting:

  1. Reduces inflammation. Fasting causes autophagy, which is when the body gets rid of damaged or old cells, helping the body cleanse it self, thus reducing inflammation. Intermittent fasting also causes your body to use up all of its sugar stores, and then forcing it to turn to fat as fuel. When fat is used as fuel, it creates ketones which block part of the immune system responsible for regulating inflammatory disorders.
  2. Insulin levels drop. This makes it easier for your body to burn fat
  3. Creates brain cells. Studies have shown that fasting stimulates and increases the rate of neurogenesis in the brain, which is the development and growth of new cell/nerve tissue. This may increase brain performance, focus, mood, and memory.
  4. Gives you energy. Intermittent fasting increases the creation of new mitochondria. Since mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cells in your body that take the food you consume and turn it into energy, the creation of new ones will boost your energy.

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The Importance of Gut Health

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illustration-fruits-vegetables-grains_0What is considered as “The Gut?”

It is typically considered your digestive tract – which includes a muscular tube that starts at your mouth and ends at your anus.  The food and drink journey is about 30 feet long and works with other parts of your digestive system to break down food and drink down into smaller molecules of nutrients. The blood absorbs these and carries them throughout the body for cells to use for energy, growth, and repair.

Why your Gut is Important

The gut is referred to as the “second brain” a lot because of its many important functions in the body. It is responsible for the immune system, digestive system, how well your body absorbs minerals/vitamins, capacity to remove toxins from your body, and well-being of your mental health.

Many are surprised to find out gut health can affect mood, and mental health.  Hence it is important to maintain a healthy gut.

The Enteric Nervous System (ENS) is what lines the gastrointestinal tracts, and this is important because the ENS is not only responsible for the immune system, but also for communicating with the brain regarding the body’s gut. There are certain types of bacteria that are helpful for your gut and types that are harmful, and when there is an imbalance of these, it damages the mucosal layer in your gut. In turn this leaves you susceptible for the food you consume to enter your bloodstream, thus triggering your immune system, and causing food sensitivity, inflammation, and other symptoms. The ENS also sends messages to your Central Nervous System (CNS), which can affect mood, memory and cognitive function. Lastly, most of the body’s serotonin is cultivated by a certain bacteria in the gut, which can also affect your mood.

Ways to Heal your Gut

There are a few things you can do to heal your gut naturally. First you need to figure out what is damaging your gut, like food sensitivity, too much consumption of processed fatty foods, or if you’ve taken antibiotics recently as these are damaging to the gut. You should also make sure you are getting enough prebiotics and probiotics. Probiotics are helpful bacteria for your gut and prebiotics induce the growth of these helpful bacteria. Good sources of probiotics are kombucha, sauerkraut, yogurt and kefir. Prebiotics can be found in bananas, onion, garlics, jicama, and oats. If you believe you have a leaky gut, or any other type of gut issue speak to a physician first.


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How to Protect your Skin this Summer

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sun raysWhen you think of summer, one of the first things that may pop into your head is tanning. Sure, it is good to go outside to get some vitamin D from the sun, but it is important that you take the precautions necessary to protect your skin by wearing sunscreen. Studies show that only about 30% of American women and 14% of American men wear sunscreen, which are incredibly low numbers. Many cases of cancer could have been prevented by simply wearing sunscreen before going outside. The following are some tips you should follow to make sure your skin is protected this summer:

  1. A very common misconception is that just because it is cloudy outside, you don’t need to wear sunscreen. Up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds, which is why people sometimes get sunburned on cloudy days.
  2. Wear sunscreen under your makeup. There are foundations and powders that contain SPF(sun protection factor), but you would need about 10 times the normal amount of foundation/powder to get the right protection from the sun. You should opt for a moisturizer with broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 15, and apply foundation over it.
  3. If you are planning to go in the water, be sure to wear water resistant SPF
  4. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or 1 hour if you are in water or sweating
  5. Limit your time directly under the sun under sand or water. These surfaces reflect the damaging rays from the sun, which increases the likelihood of you getting sunburned
  6. Don’t spend too much time under the sun between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm because the sun’s rays are most intense during these times

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How to Prepare for Spring Allergies

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As spring is soon approaching, so are the spring allergies. If you suffer from allergies you may want to take some preventative steps, so that instead of having to suffer through the symptoms of your allergies you can actually enjoy the spring season. The following are some ways you can prepare for allergies:

  1. You should see an allergist before your allergies actually start.Typically, the best time to go before the pollen peaks and is visible on the trees is in February. The allergist may start you on antihistamines that  were successful in previous years.
  2. Pollen is the most known culprit for spring allergies, but mold can actually worsen your allergy symptoms. Be sure to check your basement, kitchen and bathrooms for mold. Mold can be removed from hard surfaces with water and detergent.
  3. Keep your doors and windows closed. As beautiful spring can be, keeping your windows and doors open to let the breeze in will also bring the pollen into your house.
  4. If possible, try to not go outside when the pollen count is at its highest, which is around 5 am and 10 am.
  5. You may want to consider nasal irrigation. Studies have shown that using nasal irrigation twice a day for 3 to 6 weeks help wash the spring allergens out of your sinuses.

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Benefits of Aromatherapy

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Aromatherapy is becoming more widely known and used throughout the US, but what is it? Aromatherapy is when you inhale different volatile plants, also referred to as essential oils, to help with many different health conditions. Remember that use of all natural and synthetic substances should be discussed with your physician to ensure there are no negative consequences or drug interactions.

Different essential oils have different health benefits, the following are some essential oils and their health benefits:

  1. Increases energy levels: Cardamon, cinnamon, black pepper, tea tree, jasmine and sage are some essential oils that can help with your energy levels. Most people often lean on stimulants like coffee, energy pills, or cigarettes for a quick pick me up, but these essential oils can help without the damaging side effects on the body. These essential oils increase circulation, and stimulate the mind and body which in turn helps to boost your energy.
  2. Accelerates healing: Rosehip, calendula, lavender, and everlasting are all essential oils that help speed up healing processes in your body. The increased blood flow and oxygen to the wounds is what helps to speed the healing up. These essential oils have anti-microbial properties that protects the body during the healing process. It can also help relieve and reduce severity of skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
  3. Helps reduce headaches: Eucalyptus, sandalwood, rosemary, and peppermint are some essential oils known to help with headaches/migraines. These oils can be a great replacement for pharmaceuticals like Ibuprofen. They will not only eliminate your headache, but also help with stress and anxiety.
  4. Managing sleeping habits: Essential oils like lavender, chamomile, rose and jasmine have sedative properties that regulate your sleep. Lack of sleep inhibits you from performing your best on daily activities which could reduce your productiveness throughout the day. Instead of taking hypnotic or soporific drugs to help you sleep, you may want to give essential oil a try. They help realign your circadian rhythm creating a balanced sleeping schedule and has you waking up feeling more energized and refreshed.
  5. Stress relieving: One of the most known uses of essential oils is that helps reduce stress. Some essential oils for this are bergamot, lavender, lemon, and peppermint. These oils are very soothing and even help with anxiety.
  6. Boosts immune system: Oils like lemon, peppermint, cinnamon, and oregano can help boost your immune system. They have antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties.

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Food Allergies vs Food Intolerance

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Food allergies and food intolerance are often used interchangeably because they can have some of the same signs, but they are two very different things. When you are allergic to a food, your immune system reacts and affects many organs in the body. Sometimes allergic reactions can be severe and even life threatening. Food intolerance reactions are usually less severe and often only cause digestion problems. If you are allergic to something you cannot consume the food at all, whereas one can ingest foods if you have an intolerance although it will cause discomfort at some level.  Food intolerance can be due to many different things like sensitivity to food additives, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, or the lack of enzymes required to fully digest food. If you have a reaction after eating a certain food, you should consult a physician so that they can determine if you have a food allergy or are intolerant to that specific food.

 


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