I have always wanted to have a live blood analysis. The idea of seeing those blood cells moving around under a microscope is fascinating to me! (If you’re squeamish don’t worry, I’m not going to go into great detail – this is about as scientific as I get).
I was at the Festival Of Life the other day in London, and I had the opportunity to get my blood analyzed right there. I couldn’t resist!
In the picture at the top of this page, you can see the red blood cells (the white globs) that were moving around. Mostly they were ‘free agents’ moving around separately – which I learnt is a good thing as it means your blood isn’t too acidic – but we found another surprise in there which doesn’t usually come up in a blood analysis.
If you look in the red circle, you’ll spot it…A heart! There’s a heart in my blood!
The analyst thought that was pretty cool too, so we both took a picture.
We decided that meant I had ‘happy blood’. I would hope so, with all that raw food!
What’s live blood analysis…and what’s in it for you?
Well, you are looking at the health of your red blood cells. You want them to be free-floating and of the same shape, and preferably with nothing inside – although the nutritionist told me that some little bits are normal.
Live blood analysis enables you to see at a glance if you have any nutritional deficiencies. For example, little ‘bits’ inside of the red blood cells can be a sign of Vitamin B12 deficiency, and as B12 is mostly found in meat, a deficiency can be common in raw food fans who don’t supplement their diet (B12 is the only supplement I take so I was glad to see this verified under the microscope!)
You can also see possible causes of things like fatigue, depression or other conditions that can be affected by our overall nutrition.
And one of my favorite things was being able to see one of my white blood cells – they look huge next to the red blood cells. You can see it in the picture, it’s the giant white thing that’s just about the ‘heart’ shape and looks like a planet or a fuzzy ball of cotton. The fuzzy bits are where it’s doing the job of fighting off bacteria and other things that can cause illness.
So if you haven’t had a live blood analysis done for yourself, do have a go, it’s fascinating!