Updated: Nov 12, 2019
I recently went for my yearly blood tests. It’s something I do not only to check my thyroid, but I just want to get a baseline of all of my vitals.
Here’s what I check:
Thyroid (T3 is the base that they check for in Canada)
Lipid profile ~ cholesterols
Hematology Blood count (RBC, WBC)
All the micro minerals that are on the list, (iron, calcium, potassium, etc…)
Why do I do this?
To make sure that physically I am strong and doing well. And when something is out of balance, I know that I have to make some changes. Once a year is a good indicator of how things are going and it gives me time to make some good changes.
Thyroid - is actually normal! And when I say normal, it’s NORMAL!!!!
The acceptable range for T3 is 1.2 - 3.0 nmol/L (nano moles per litre)
Since I’ve had thyroid issues, this is the main thing I ALWAYS check. The thyroid is the main regulator in the body. It regulates temperature, metabolism, hormones, stress….it’s the traffic cop and when it goes off duty or works overtime it causes traffic jams.
The good one - 👍🏻 HDL, (high-density lipoprotein) is high, that means I’m getting enough Omega 3’s in my diet! (YAASS!)
The bad one - 👎🏼 my LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is slightly high, BUT is slightly counteracted by my high good cholesterol, but means that I am eating too many saturated fats. (The Ketogenic diet will be discussed in a future post)
But I’m not out of the woods! Paying attention to the amount of saturated fats, processed foods and eating out will be on the list to cut out. Paying attention to your cholesterol levels is important to heart health. Elevated levels of LDL in your blood stream can lead to plaque build up which then can contribute to high blood pressure and heart issues.
Getting a balanced diet with low saturated fats is the best way to lower cholesterol levels. Supplements which may help are plant sterols, hawthorne and CoQ10.
I have never had an iron problem. In fact, my iron levels have always been high, so this result was shocking for me. At the same time, if I think about what changes have been happening in my life, it makes sense. I’m at a time in my life where I’m starting to go through “the change” 😮 and so things are changing….
To give you a sense of my iron level, “normal” starts at 15. I’m at a 7!
Sure, I’ve been tried, but I’m always tired. And if you have ever dealt with the fatigue that comes along with thyroid issues, this is not THAT tired. My fatigue metre is busted. My metre starts at “I can’t even stay awake and I have to fall asleep on my desk at 1pm” so I didn’t even consider my iron as a factor.
So what does this all mean?
It’s time to pull up my socks and change somethings in my life:
Stop eating processed foods that are made with any vegetable oils, (canola, sunflower, safflower, corn, etc…)
Crackers are a large source of this 😫
Taking my iron pills- 300 mg of iron and surprisingly I haven’t experienced any negative issues, (ie, constipation)
Increase cardio 😑
Over the next few weeks, I will be going over some tips of what I’m doing to keep heart healthy! Join along and see what I’m doing!
I want to know,
- Do you get regular blood tests?
- Does your doctor go over them with you?
WHAT IS YOUR MAIN CONCERN? Email me back and we can talk about it!
Until the next time,
Eat well. Work hard. Seize Wellness.