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Home Testing Kits

written by Guest Blogger February 9, 2013

Until guest blogger, Lena Butler, sent in this article, I didn’t know there were such things as home testing kits! If you’re interested in taking more responsibility for your health, you might like to read today’s post.

We all want to try and live healthy lives (that’s why you’re reading this blog, right?) but despite our best efforts, sometimes it can be difficult to know if the choices we make are as healthy as we think.

Or, to look at it slightly differently, it can be difficult to know exactly where you need to start to improve your lifestyle and be healthier.

This is where home health testing kits can be of great benefit to people who want to identify the areas they need to address to live a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Home health testing kits offer you peace of mind and also the ability to test yourself or your loved ones in the comfort, privacy and convenience of your own home. For those of us who have to pay for healthcare on a per visit basis, these kits can also save money.

Hormones

Every person’s body produces hormones and needs hormones to function. Hormonal deficiencies can cause myriad health problems for a person, especially in certain stages of life like menopause, puberty or during pregnancy.

Some of the hormones you can test for at home include:

  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • Cortisol
  • Estriol
  • Estrone

You can test for these hormones individually or get multi-panel tests that will test multiple hormone levels at the same time.

Generally, these tests will require a urine or saliva sample and some of them require you to ship the specimen to a laboratory for the results. The kits come with everything you need to collect the sample and ship it, including the forms that the lab uses to keep track of the sample.

Minerals

These oft forgotten elements in the body help to control everything from cellular function to the body’s structural and metabolic function. Toxic minerals in the body can negatively affect brain function and kidney function, blood flow, sleep and digestion.

With a small hair sample, you can have the following essential mineral levels tested in your body:

  • Calcium
  • Chromium
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Iodine
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Selenium
  • Strontium
  • Sulfur
  • Zinc

Those same tests will also tell you the levels of toxic minerals in your body, including:

  • Aluminum
  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Bismuth
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Nickel
  • Tin

Antioxidants

By now, you’ve probably heard a lot about anti-oxidants and you know they’re helpful for your body. Low levels of anti-oxidants may indicate increased free radical activity in your body. Free radicals are cells that have become unstable and they have an affect on aging, the cardiovascular system, the neurological system and the immune system.

With a simple urine test done at home, you can determine if you have enough anti-oxidants in your body.

Vitamins

Early signs and symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency may include loss of appetite, diarrhea, numbness, tingling in the hands and feet, paleness, tiredness and decreased concentration and memory.

The signs and symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency include:

  • Anxiety & restlessness
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Carbohydrate cravings
  • Insomnia
  • Physical weakness
  • Connective tissue swelling
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • ‘Inflammatory’ Pain such as Irritable Bowel Disease and Crohn’s Disease

If you have any of these symptoms and don’t have any explanation for them, it would be worth it to get tested for a vitamin deficiency. A Vitamin B12 test kit involves collecting a urine sample while a Vitamin D test kit will involve collecting a tiny amount of blood.

Other health & wellness tests

In addition to these, you can test yourself for food intolerance, test your cholesterol level or test for signs of a number of diseases including HIV and STDs, diabetes, cancer and Hepatitis C.

Some testing kits are meant to test things in your home that might be affecting your health, including tests that detect lead, asbestos, radon, mold, fungus, heavy metals and bio-contamination.

These kits can be found online or in stores and they make a great jumping off point to find out what health hazards you may need to address in your life. Obviously they are not meant to take the place of professional medical advice but you can share the results with your doctor and together you can start the process of introducing or eliminating what you need to in your life to get back to living a well-balanced and healthy life.

About the Author

Lena Butler is a blogger for TestCountry. She writes about all things that are addiction and health related on her blog. She lives and works in San Diego and likes spending time with her husband and children when she’s not busy blogging.

Have you done any home tests to see where you’re at in the health department? Did you find them to be fairly accurate? If you didn’t know about them before, would you now do home tests? 

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