7 Ways Blood Testing Can Help the Nutrition Professional
As you know I have become quite involved with the biomarker testing company, InsideTracker based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts. If you have yet to hear me talk about it, then you must have been off the grid. I am a terrible liar so if I don’t believe in something, you will know it immediately. I believe in this company wholeheartedly and I want everyone to realize that they cannot only get healthy but they can optimize their health on a super personalized level. No matter your fitness level, no matter your goals, you can get healthy from the inside out. Yes, you. And the best time to test is now, not when you finally get around to cleaning out your diet or changing your lifestyle because we both know that sometimes never happens…
I was recently on a podcast “Health Geeks Radio” where I discussed the importance of blood testing and about real food sports nutrition. I realized that while it is great to talk about this to athletes (and I will do more of that later) it may be an even more urgent matter to discuss this with health care and nutrition practitioners.
Because I want you to understand how blood testing can benefit your practice. I realize the thought of us testing your clients seems like we may be competing with you and your services, however, we are actually complementing each other’s services and it’s time we get on the same page and start helping people optimize their health today. Blood testing allows us all to look deeper into our clients and get to the root of their health issues.
Let’s dig a bit deeper into how something as daunting as blood testing can be implemented into any nutrition professional’s practice, shall we?
7 Ways Blood Testing Can Help the Nutrition Professional
Alright, so here it is, here is how blood testing can improve your profession and aid in helping your friends, family, followers and clients. Blood testing…
Creates Change Now. It can help you & your client make a change NOW. Wait Sass, isn’t that what I’m already doing? Most likely, BUT these blood results make it real. Sure it can be easy to say they’ll make a change and maybe they will without blood but blood is personal. We want that blood to reflect our health and so it may help kick that change into gear faster than if the client does not know what’s going on.
Complements your services. That’s right, you are on the fighting lines with your client, you know what they are eating, what their primary goals are and what their barriers to success are. We now give you an inside look into what’s going on inside to help you better serve your client. Blood testing allows you to get to know your client better and then help tailor their diet and lifestyle based on these results. You look more knowledgeable and they get more personalized results, win-win.
Shows the Big Picture. It is easy to think that most people just want weight loss, and on the superficial level that is normally the case. However, weight loss may have to be more of a side effect of optimizing your health through changing up your diet, exercise, lifestyle habits and more. Maybe the reason they are not losing weight is because their cortisol is elevated. Maybe it’s because their glucose is too high, maybe a little bit of both. Hard to know without proof of what is happening on the inside. Seeing the big picture not just one symptom is what it is all about.
Is affordable. Yes, at first glance it may seem expensive. But, can you really put a price on health? You should not. You cannot have wealth (and in this case wealth means more than just financial wealth) without your health. In the long run it is very affordable and for what you receive both as a client and as a practitioner it’s priceless. There are monthly subscription options as well as discounts for when you buy 2 or more tests at a time. That new Apple Watch is nice, but wouldn’t health and longevity be the best investment? I sure think so.
Is an accurate Food Journal. It’s a more accurate journal than any food journal. While I think there is a time and place for food journals like MyFitnessPal or your handy dandy written log, your body keeps far better track than any of that ever will. We can check under the hood of the car and see how things are truly going. Sure you can keep a log of the miles driven and the fuel you put in, but if the engine is shot or the transmission is out of whack non eof that is all that helpful. For instance, if you want your client to make one small change, say add a Vitamin D supplement, and you see that it was not repleted by the next blood test, chances are they may not be following through with that recommendation, so what else must be going on?
Allows YOU to lead by example. That’s right, it is time to put money where your mouth is. You too can get tested, see how to optimize your own health (which all of us nutrition professionals should be striving to do) and thus lead by example. If you are able to optimize your own health, imagine what you can do for others. It also shows your clients that you are human and you are NOT perfect. This makes you relatable and trustworthy. As health professionals we also like to take care of our own health and sometimes its best for us to outsource our care to get a look at the bigger picture and gain a new perspective.
Is backed by science & research. Sure we can make educated guesses and we are normally in the realm of what people need but what if we could now back our recommendations with science and HUMAN research. In walks in InsideTracker. Having that evidence based research to back your recommendations is powerful and comforting. Rest assured that you are not just making a blind guess with your clients health and nutrition, you have the research AND the blood results to back you up.
Now that you have a better understanding about how blood testing can help you as a practitioner, I would love to hear from fellow nutritionists, dietitians, health coaches, doctors, etc. to connect! Have a podcast, blog or other social media outlet your clients use to connect with you? I’d love to chat with you on how we can partner up.
Feel free to email me at ltligos [at] insidetracker [dot] com for more information!