Last Friday I went for Live Blood Analysis at a place called Health Works in the Hyde Park Shopping Centre. Even though the mere sight of my own blood makes me feel like jelly that’s been left out of the fridge for too long, I have always been curious to see what’s going on under this skin of mine, find out what kind of blood I have.
Walking into Health Works, which has been around for over 15 years, makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a shop that could easily exist inside a Harry Potter movie. It’s packed to the rafters with all sorts of jars and bottles, supplements and lotions, organic foods, bits and pieces, jewels and trinkets and the ladies that run it are absolute dynamite and seem to know everything to do with taking care of your body the all-natural way.
I met up with Tandy who took me into her office and pulled out that dreaded needle/pricking machine that doctors use to poke your finger. You know the one I’m talking about? Tandy pricked my finger and then popped a drop of my blood on some glass and slid it under a microscope. Next I got to see what my blood looks like up close and let me tell you something, it’s weird! Blood looks like like a horde of badly illustrated characters aimlessly wandering around an empty room.
Tandy jumped right in and let me know that I have what they call sticky blood, which means that I eat TOO much pasta (can’t deny this, if loving pasta is wrong I don’t wanna be right!) and I don’t drink enough water for my weight. I also can’t hide the fact that I could be drinking more water, she actually showed me a nifty little way to work out how much you should be drinking – take your weight times it by 8 then divided it by 0.25 which gives you the amount of water you should be consuming in a day.
In under 5 minutes, she was able to tell me how to better myself mentally and physically. Whilst scrolling some more she begins to ask if I’m an anxious person, which unfortunately I am. I have low GABA levels (the brain chemical influencing anxiety) which in turn prompts the body to crave things like carbs….pasta, french fries etc. As she goes on I learn more about how I can help take better care of my blood. There are small changes I have to make, some I’ve considered in the past but have ignored, like eating less carbs. Seeing your blood up close and hearing someone describe it to you is an interesting process, it forces you to visualise your insides in a very unique way and makes you want to take better care of yourself.
I don’t want my faceless little blood soldiers to be sticky and sluggish anymore, or my low GABA levels to affect my anxiety and at least now I know how to deal with both these issues. Tandy also went over a basic list of foods that my specific blood type reacts well and badly too. I found this part super interesting, I mean there are some things, like oranges for example that I have been eating my whole life that I should actually be avoiding!
I’m keen to see what the difference in my blood and overall lifestyle will be after a few months of taking certain things into consideration. I don’t think I will ever be like those people who are super strict with what they eat and drink; I’m not disciplined enough. But I am interested to see how a few careful changes to my diet will affect my overall health.
This may sound obvious but this experience really reinforced that we should always be looking out for our bodies, every part of them. Bad habits that you have now might seem fine but as you get older you’ll really start to notice the negative impacts of these habits.
A Live blood Analysis is done in about 45 mins for R350 and is totally worth it if you’re interested in how to better take care of your blood and your body. They also offer an array of other services like DNA testing, Weight Loss Support, Aura & Chakra Balancing, Nutritional 1-on-1 Counselling and Neuro Transmitter Balancing.
A DNA test could be super interesting, might go back for one of those! Anyone ever been for one?
Health Works in the Hyde Park Shopping Centre (011) 325 5168.