Do you ever wonder what is going on inside your body aside from what you hear from your doctor? Physicians often give us limited information and do standard tests. But what if you could test yourself at home to check your cortisol level, how you are doing hydration-wise, or what vitamins you may be missing? Vessel Health offers an at home self-testing kit and a smartphone app that will give you online support and a plan to optimize your wellness based on your results.
The company asked if I wanted to try it out for myself, so I thought “Why not?” I’m one of those people who loves tracking my health whether it be how many steps I take a day or lab results from my doctor. As older adults, so many things can go wrong with our bodies but if we have a chance to stay on top of how we are feeling, we may have a better chance of staying well longer.
I received a box with a set of four test “cards” as well as an extra card to share with a friend.
The self-testing process
To self-test, all you do is upload the Vessel Health smartphone app, collect your first morning pee, and scan the test card for your results. That’s simple enough, right?
There are two ways to collect your pee. You can either tinkle in a cup or directly on the test card like you would a pregnancy test. I chose the latter. The night before, I set up the app on my smartphone and put a test card on the sink of my bathroom so I could find it if I got up too early to think clearly.
In retrospect, I should have peed in a cup because doing it direcly on the test card was a little hit and miss. When you use a cup all you do is insert the card up to a fill point so there is less over splash. LOL
I clicked the app to proceed and a timer appeared with an explainer video. This gives the “wet” card a couple of minutes to settle for an accurate reading. After the timer gave me the go-ahead, I scanned the QR code on the card so it could calculate my results. Within a few seconds, a screen appeared with my score. I got 98 out of 100, which was exciting because it meant I must be doing something right.
The app checked for B7 (Biotin), Cortisol, Magnesium, pH, Hydration, Vitamin C, and Ketones. Each test marker was green for good except for my ketones which were a little low.
Low ketones can occur from fasting. It may also be an indicator that I need to consume more fat. Does that mean I get to eat a hamburger without guilt? Sounds good to me!
Coincidentally, my doctor had ordered a blood test the week before I did the self-test to check my electrolyte levels. They were all good, so my results from my Vessel score made sense. Creatinine, Nitrate, Calcium, Leukocyte, and Sodium will soon be added to the app soon which will be an exciting upgrade.
The app gave me the option to focus on body, immunity, or endurance. I chose body. Then, it came up with a daily/weekly plan to enhance my wellness. It suggests that I eat walnuts, almonds, and broccoli, drink more water, set a regular schedule to get low-intensity exercise, mix up my workout, walk on an incline, spend time stretching, strength train twice a week, consume more protein for athletic performance, and eat a pre-workout snack.
It did not recommend supplements because I didn’t need any which I was more than happy to learn.
There are additional programs you can join to optimize your results for your next test.
What are the benefits of Vessel Health for you as an individual?
We all want to stay well but you may have goals that go beyond what we hear from your doctor. For instance, you might want to improve your sleep, have more energy, less anxiety, greater immunity, or boost your mood.
The Vessel Health program is backed by over 250 studies and is doctor-approved. It tests 10+ wellness levels. And, for each wellness card purchased, Vessel has partnered with Vitamin Angels to make a donation toward life-changing Vitamin A which helps mothers around the world have healthy pregnancies.
After you receive your results, you can live chat with a nutritionist, order supplements if needed, and get additional online support.
What is on the testing card?
A single Vessel wellness card has 15 colorimetric assays which are used on pee sticks and 6 lateral flow assays used on pregnancy tests. These are routinely used in labs and medical offices and are reliable for home testing.
Vessel recommends that you test yourself weekly and you can do this by purchasing a membership level.
- For a $50 monthly membership, you will receive 4 test cards per month.
- A 6-month membership for $40 per month will deliver 4 test cards per month.
- A 12-month membership for $35 per month will deliver 4 test cards per month.
Shipping is free.
There is a 30-day guarantee. Vessel membership plans are valid for the period of service selected at the time of purchase. All membership plan types include a 30-day money-back guarantee which extends 30 days from the initial delivery of the product. Read their refund policy here.
I like that the app focuses on overall wellness rather than on specific diseases. It gives you insight into how to feel better in the long term.