Saturday, 21 July 2018

Is The Vegan Life For You? Nutritional Testing with Healthlabs.com.*


I'm a vegetarian, but my long-term goal is to go completely vegan (although don't worry, I'm not going to judge anyone who doesn't want to do so - my own husband is currently eating hot dogs next to me). For me, it just seems like the right choice. It would be best for my health (even though I'm lactose intolerant I struggle with giving up my beloved cheese - much to the detriment of my stomach), it's best for the animals, and it's best for the environment. However, I have definitely heard my fair share of horror stories about how going vegan has destroyed people's health. While it's true that not everyone will be able to completely cut out meat and dairy products for health reasons, perhaps a few of us just need a bit of help with adapting to a new diet - and that's where Healthlabs.com could help. 

The world is slowly changing: our society is becoming more eco-conscious and lots of us are scrutinising our lifestyle choices to try and make the most sustainable and compassionate decisions we can. We can no longer ignore that our oceans are full of plastic, that our use of fossil fuels is affecting the global climate, and that the meat and dairy industries are set to overtake the oil industry as the world's biggest polluters. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we should all get rid of our possessions and go live in the woods, but we do need to think about our lifestyle choices. Even reducing your meat intake by one or two days a week could make a big difference. 


One of the main problems I see with people trying to eat a vegan diet is that they struggle with their wellness afterwards; complaints range from feeling exhausted to having a weakened immune system seeing you catch every sickness bug that floats around. People who really, desperately want to be vegan for moral or ethical reasons find themselves unable to continue with it.

Personally, I believe this probably comes down to the fact that most of us don't actually know a huge amount about how our diets affect our body. I got so used to feeling sick that I didn't even clock on to the fact it was the cheese I was shovelling in my mouth that was causing it. People see that a vegan diet is primarily plant-based, and think that's all it takes to be healthy. But perhaps you have an allergy or deficiency that is now being aggravated by your change in eating habits? 


Healthlabs.com is a wellness company that offers nutritional testing, helping you to get a better understanding of what your body needs. They have a variety of test options, from basic wellness panels to their 'Should I Be Vegan?' test options, which can help identify whether or not you have any allergies to animal-based products. You might not be aware that it is your steaks or bacon sarnies that are making you feel unwell or sluggish so this test could help indicate whether reducing your meat intake would be of benefit.

For me, the most interesting test Healthlabs.com offer is a Vegan Nutritional Maintenance Panel. This set of tests helps indicate whether you have any nutritional deficiencies, testing a range of crucial vitamins and minerals including B12, calcium, folic acid, iron and zinc. Drastically altering your diet can affect the levels of these nutrients, so it's really important to get an idea of what you're lacking. Making small adjustments to boost these levels will hopefully improve your overall health, allowing you to continue eating a vegan diet without feeling tired or unwell!

Healthlab.com offer quick, convenient nutritional testing options. All you have to do is order your test online or over the phone, find the lab location closest to you, and pop down for a ten-minute testing session. After that, your results will be available 1-3 days later. The tests are also incredibly well-priced, with the 'Should I Be A Vegan?' panel starting at just $199 while the Nutritional Maintenance Panel is just $149. If you use the code ADVENTURE25, you can get a whopping 25% off your test as well, which is brilliant!

Unfortunately for me, the testing locations are currently only available in the United States. However, this is definitely something I'd be interested in doing - either when I next pop over the pond, or if they make it to Blighty. I noticed a change in my digestion and energy levels when I went vegetarian, so I'd love to see if I have some sort of vitamin or mineral deficiency before I take the step to veganism. Even if you're not vegan, being aware of your own body and taking care of your health is so important!

Would you be interested in finding out about your nutritional levels? And would you ever consider a vegan lifestyle?
*This is a sponsored post.
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