As a self-confessed health and fitness addict, I’m always looking for new and innovative ways I can improve my lifestyle, especially now I have kids. I was really excited when I realised that Vitl offered a blood testing service so that you can find out the levels of vitamins you have in your body and what you might be lacking, so that you can tailor your lifestyle and supplements to reach specific targets. This has also been a bonus for my wife, who was sick of me hoarding hundreds of bottles of different supplements in our bedroom! Now I know exactly what I need and have been able to formulate a unique person-focused health plan for myself – supplementing my lifestyle with only the essentials.
At-home blood tests can be daunting, especially if, like me, you don’t like needles. However, I was really impressed with how easy Vitl makes the whole process. There are easy to follow, step-by-step guides, and Vitl provide you with everything you need to simply and safely perform the test, including antiseptic wipes, lancets, plasters etc. The best thing for me was that the lancet provided has an internal needle, so you don’t have to see it! All you have to do is press the plastic spout onto your finger and it lances it for you – it’s virtually painless too. The whole process was over in a matter of minutes and was totally fuss free, perfect if you find it difficult to get a spare minute from the kids like me! I was admittedly quite nervous, but I promise you it was absolutely fine.
The process couldn’t be simpler:
- Order your test kit
- Use the step by step guide to perform the test and send it back to Vitl
- Get a professional results review and a tailored health plan
Through the blood test, Vitl is able to test your levels of vitamin D, iron, zinc, B12, Folate and Cholesterol. These results are then reviewed by a qualified professional (Vitl’s head nutritionist) who is able to give you personalised feedback and dietary/lifestyle recommendations. I loved this because the whole process is fuelled by science, and you’re not left to try and interpret your results yourself. I’m a bit of a flexitarian myself, and though I would like to cut back my meat consumption even further, I was concerned about missing out on certain nutrients. My Vitl blood test actually showed that my iron levels were slightly low, and I was given some really useful suggestions that I was not previously aware of on how I could rectify this. I think this is a great option for anyone who is vegetarian or vegan out there, as I know lots of people can struggle getting certain nutrients in their diet, particularly iron and B12, as they are primarily found in meat. Also, the feedback from the nutritionist is always really positive and you are always given constructive feedback on how to make changes for the better, you’re never told off for being ‘unhealthy.’
I think the best thing about using the Vitl blood test is that you can actually see it working. Once you’ve got your results you can streamline your health plan. Vitl even offers personalised vitamin subscription packs which are tailored to your goals. Then, you can take another test and have proof that the changes you’ve made have had a positive impact on your body and are actually working. It makes all the hard work and lifestyle changes worth it when you can physically see the impact they have on your health. I love that I can track my progress, especially over different periods throughout the year. For example, over the winter months last year my cholesterol raised – probably due to all the Christmas comfort food! Rather than embarking on the ritual of a January fad diet, I was told exactly what I could do to lower it again – it’s so easy!
I really can’t recommend the Vitl vitamin and cholesterol blood test enough if you’re interested in taking your health journey that one step further, and what’s more, they’ve got a great offer on exclusive to LifestyleReviewer readers – 15% off with the code Blood15.
This article contains a sponsored offer from Vitl.