How Healthy Am I? Thriva DIY Tests

I’m a big believer in preventative measures and products like Thriva tests. As I’m vegan and on long-term meds, I think it’s really important to keep track of my health. You can do that these days with fitbits and DIY testing so you don’t need to see your doctor for as many routine check-ups. You literally have all the information you need at your fingertips.

Just to give you a bit of an overview here are some of the key things I’ve done to better my health over the past is years:

  • I’ve given up smoking & drinking (5 years)
  • Stopped eating meat, dairy and any animal products (15 months)
  • Take antidepressants (8 years)

I take vitamins and a vegan diet is a good for you (even those Linda sausages). Yeah I eat burgers and but I also eat a lot of nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies (all the good stuff).

Most can get all they need from their diet but others need a bit of extra help or have trouble absorbing vitamins.

Onto Thriva! With their DIY home blood tests you can easily take a closer look at whats going on inside your body. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamins and that your liver is functioning well etc.


Convenient Testing

Do a finger-prick blood test from the comfort of your own home and get your results in 48 hours. No big needles, appointments or time off required.

Results You Can Trust

We use the same accredited labs and methods to test your blood as the NHS. Your results will always be reviewed by a UK qualified GP.

Personalised Packages And Advice

Personalised reports, test recommendations and evidence-based advice on how you can make positive changes.


The NHS is great but you can’t just say I want blood tests, they need a reason to run them. With Thrivas tests, you can see the results quickly then go from there. Whether that means making some lifestyle adjustments or seeing your GP. You get a nice overview of how healthy you are and which areas need work.

Thriva kindly sent me their Baseline test to try and review as well as a lovely discount for you guys. I’ve popped it at the bottom.

Baseline – £49 per test

  • B12 – Vitamin B12 is essential for a healthy nervous system. It also works closely with folate (vitamin B9) to make red blood cells.
  • Cholesterol – Lipids, including cholesterol, are essential for the production of hormones and vitamin D. It’s also needed to make bile, which helps you digest foods.
  • Liver Function – Your liver has over 500 functions — like detoxifying your blood and absorbing nutrients.
  • Vitamin D – Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium.
  • Iron Profile – Iron is an important part of haemoglobin, which carries oxygen around your body.

Baseline is the middle test with the advanced test being a little bit more comprehensive but I think this test is great and checks all the important stuff. 

They also have Essential (£24) & Advanced (£69) to choose from, which you can get as a subscription where you can track your progress on a graph which is pretty cool or as a one-off.

The test comes in a nice compact letterbox sized package so you don’t have to be in to receive it (amazing right) with everything you need to do your home blood test.

Before you jump into the test make sure that you register your test and fill out the lifestyle questionnaire, this will help the doctors with your results. 

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Box contents:

  • Sample collection tube
  • Alcohol Swab
  • Moist wipe
  • Two plasters
  • Three spring-loaded lancets
  • Plastic protective casing
  • Return form
  • Return envelope

Doing the test was pretty quick and painless. If you do it in the morning after a bath/shower it makes things a lot easier.

If you haven’t done tests like this before you might be a bit scared of the spring loaded lancet, which sounds a bit like a torture device. Calm down… it’s not that bad. It’s more of a shock because it’s spring loaded. Your finger feels tender for a few days afterwards but it’s not bad at all.

If you’re squeamish these tests probably aren’t for youSwabbut if not you should give it a go, you might be surprised by the results.

As Thriva are not far from my home in Brighton I sent the results off and the next evening they were available for me to view online. How brilliant is that!

I’ve just had further tests at my doctors today and I’ll be looking at 5,6 days potentially before the results come in. The NHS moves a lot slower.


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So my traffic light coloured results are worse than when I last had a test like this over a year ago. I thought it would probably say I was deficient in some vitamins but didn’t expect it to be this dire looking. I promptly made an appointment with my GP for further investigation.


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I’ve been tested for Coeliac tons of times and it’s always fine. Will be interesting to see how the further tests go.


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I don’t drink and haven’t for a long time but these definitely aren’t the only things that can screw up your liver. I’ve always had issues with my weight due to PCOS (thank you body) so I’m guessing that’s what the issue is.

Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can help support your liver and keep it functioning normally. Keep your alcohol intake moderate, exercise regularly, ensure your diet is balanced and healthy and that you maintain a healthy weight.
In particular, try to avoid refined sugars, eat plenty of vegetables and fruit, and keep your salt intake as low as possible. Don’t forget, ready prepared foods and snacks, both sweet and savoury, often contain high levels of salt.

Thriva

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I take supplements and eat vitamin D rich foods as my sun exposure is incredibly low. My vitamin D is always low so I might have to have vitamin shots but we’ll wait and see what the further tests say.

Further treatment

Because of the results and Dr Faykers recommendations I saw my GP and had further tests done today to check on my liver etc. I’ll have to wait and see what the results of those are next week. I already eat well and take vitamins so my results in theory should be better.

But because of these DIY tests, anything bad can be flagged up and any concerns can be dealt with quickly. Time is very valuable for our health and getting things taken care of quickly before they worsen or even develop is what we need to be doing more Swab.

Thriva is also trusted by the NHS & work with the Royal Brompton Hospital to help CF (Cystic Fibrosis)  patients manage their condition with a digital healthcare platform.

Find out more about Thriva here.  *Use my code VEGANBABELIFE for 50% off your first Advanced or Baseline kit.

*I believe in full transparency so wanted to let you guys know that I received the product in return for an honest review, this in no way biases my opinion of the brand. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


I hope you enjoyed this post and that you check them out.

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13 thoughts on “How Healthy Am I? Thriva DIY Tests

  1. Damn this was interesting Siobhan. I’d love to do something like this, but I’m always so scared of the result (as well as the finger pricking)… I can totally imagine I might be low in a few vitamins. It’s great that you made an appointment with your GP straight away, always feels good to be on top of your health.
    jenny x | http://www.jennyrosee.com

    1. Aww really? Oh good. I always worry that they’ll come across as dry and forced so that’s great to hear. I’m into this kind of stuff and really into being as healthy as I possibly can. Oh you should totally do it. It honestly nothing to be scared of and just lets you know if you’re getting everything you need, which is important to know 😊

    1. It is! I sometimes have a problem with blood and almost fainted and threw up at my doctors when I went for the follow up after these tests. But nothing like that ever stops me. I don’t know why I find it a bit better when there’s no needles involved.. so odd.

  2. These look so good, I’d love to give them a try as it’s a UK company and most companies that do these tests are in the US. Great review Siobhan, glad you’re getting your health under control 🙂
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.com

    1. You definitely should give it a go. I’ve used a company based on Germany before which are great but these are super fast and very detailed. Yes health labs are in the US aren’t they. I like working with companies here in the UK but it’s nice to vary it for your following. Thanks 💚xxx

  3. I love that this tool empowers people with knowledge! We should all take charge of our health and this makes it easy and affordable. I will certainly check it out as I’d like to be able to check my own levels regularly rather than wait until something is wrong to do it through a doctor😍❤️✌🏻
    Dana
    Nowheretobeproject.com

    1. Yes it’s great isn’t it! I am all about having the knowledge and doing whatever I can to be as healthy as possible.

    1. It really is! And the prices are really good compared to other I’ve seen that are over £100. With my discount it’s about £20 ish so I hope people try it. Even if it’s just once to take a look at what’s going on with their health I think that’s a good thing.

    1. Thanks. Yeah you probably can every so often but done every few months wouldn’t be ideal. They have to think of money and can’t just run all the tests etc people want. Plus it’s quick and easy so why wouldn’t you do it.

      Even my gp was a bit funny when I showed her the results and was saying some rubbish about me being too young. Too young for what. Health issues don’t discriminate.. Children get cancer and horrible things and so do old people. Age means nothing.. I’m glad I had these tests so I know I need to have things looked into and also I won’t be seeing that doctor again ha.

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