09/20/2013 05:44 EDT | Updated 11/20/2013 05:12 EST

VIDEO: Understanding Blood Test Results

The Gitalis System Blood work made simple

This is an almighty and important episode for all of you! I know you follow along with what I do because you have a keen interest in your health -- whether it be preventing disease or healing.

One of the most important and empowering things we can do is learn to understand what our blood work means.

Most often we get blood tests done, and if all is normal, we never hear another thing about it. If something is off, we get the call to either take one supplement or another, are advised to monitor and have another test done, or are called in to discuss the results. How many of us actually say "Thank you, and please send me a copy?"

You. Must. Start. Now.

Having copies of my own blood work was part of how I was able to fully heal and track my results when I was diagnosed with Crohn's and a suspected thyroid condition. I am now able to monitor and compare current records easily with past records to know whether I am on track -- and more so -- know, really, how I am measuring up, and not based on what conventional medicine considers the "normal range" but what is ideal and optimal for me.

Clinical nutritionist and functional medicine specialist Josh Gitalis is in the kitchen today to break it down for us.

In this episode....

  • What are the docs looking for when they do blood work?
  • What does it mean to be in the "normal" range?
  • What is considered "optimal" when it comes to test results?
  • How subclinical symptoms can lead to disease.
  • What it means to be "pre-disease" -- i.e. pre-diabetic.
  • Optimal nutrient levels for prevention of disease.
  • Benefits to your healing of understanding your state of health.
  • A key tool in helping you get organized when it comes to your health.

Join the conversation: Do you keep records of your bloodwork? Do you know what it all means? Share your story below.

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