My mom casually mentioned an upcoming lab work appointment, I couldn’t help but send her a checklist of labs just to be sure. Despite knowing that she consults a holistic healthcare provider who likely orders all the necessary tests, I’m a firm believer in double-checking – especially when it comes to your health.

Rethinking Conventional Healthcare

Before I delve into the essential lab tests I recommend, let’s take a moment to reconsider the conventional healthcare model. More often than not, it operates on a “wait until it’s a full-blown chronic condition” approach, and I believe it’s time for a paradigm shift.

My advocacy for clients revolves around regular lab check-ups, although it’s not uncommon to encounter pushback. Sometimes, you may even need to guide your healthcare provider in understanding the WHY behind these tests.

So, here’s the question I pose to everyone:

Why wait for a full-blown issue when we can identify early indicators of disease and intervene before it becomes a significant problem? That’s my two cents.

The Essential Lab Tests You Should Be Getting Annually

Now, let’s get into it – the basic labs I wholeheartedly recommend for most adults to have checked annually:

Complete Blood Count with Differential (CBC)

This comprehensive test assesses red blood cells, white blood cells, hemoglobin, hematocrit, and platelets. It serves as a valuable indicator of oxygenation issues, acute or chronic infection, toxicity, autoimmunity, nutrient deficiencies, and hydration status.

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)

Going beyond the Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP), the CMP delves into electrolytes, blood sugar levels, kidney function, and liver function.

Lipid Panel

Don’t assume you’re in the clear just because you’re young. This panel looks at your good and bad cholesterol levels, helping you understand the impact of diet on your health. Remember, fat is not the enemy!

Homocysteine or C-reactive protein (HsCRP)

Inflammatory markers like homocysteine and HsCRP can be early indicators of chronic inflammation, a precursor to many health issues.


This test measures your average blood sugar levels over the past three months, making it the gold standard for diagnosing prediabetes and diabetes.

Fasting Insulin

An early indicator of blood sugar imbalances, this test can start the conversation about blood sugar management before prediabetes becomes a looming concern.

Full Thyroid Panel

Don’t settle for just a TSH test – it’s not enough to catch all thyroid problems. A comprehensive thyroid panel should include TSH, Free T4, Total T4, Free T3, Total T3, Reverse T3, T3 Uptake, and thyroid antibodies (TPO and TG).

Vitamin D

Crucial for bone and teeth health, as well as immune system function, vitamin D levels deserve regular attention. If you’re supplementing, recheck after three months to ensure you’re in the optimal range.

RBC Magnesium

I firmly believe that magnesium deficiency is widespread and often overlooked. While a regular blood draw (serum) measures magnesium levels in the blood, it doesn’t reflect how much is getting absorbed into bone and soft tissue. For a more accurate assessment, ask your provider for an RBC magnesium test, not just a serum magnesium test.

These annual lab tests serve as a proactive approach to health, allowing you to take charge of your well-being. Remember, your health is your responsibility, and knowledge is power. Regular check-ups can help you spot potential issues early and pave the way for a healthier future. Don’t wait for a wake-up call; take action today.

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