Paralympic Swimmer Ollie Hynd MBE
Last Updated: 3rd February 2023 · Written by Donna Mastriani
Paralympic athlete Ollie Hynd MBE has won a multitude of medals in the pool making him World, European and Paralympic champion and although these are amazing achievements, he couldn’t stop thinking about how he could still improve on his performance and keep aiming high. As a result, he considered allergy testing.
Ollie found Lifelab Testing on Instagram and decided to take an allergy and intolerance test because he wanted to find a way that he “could improve training by that 1% on a daily basis.” Ollie has focused on his diet and the foods he puts into his body in the past but, like many athletes, he’s never gone into much detail on the effects the foods are having on his body. Ollie had chosen to do the Lifelab Testing Complete Body test which tests for 40 of the most common allergens, and 80 of the most common foods he could be intolerant to, which includes fruits, vegetables, dairy and gluten.
Speaking about his Lifelab Testing customer journey, Ollie said “the test itself was really easy, just a small blood sample which is collected and then sent to the lab for the testing to be done in house.” His results were collated and popped straight into his online account and were available right away. Ollie looked through his results and realised not many foods do affect his body aside from an allergy to soy. He said “with the amount of sushi and soy sauce I enjoy, I can now narrow down the cause of my stomach pain and bloating afterwards.”
“I’m already looking forward to working with Sian heading into the new season and can’t wait to implement some of the things we spoke about going into my training.”– Ollie Hynd MBE
Upon receiving his results, Ollie got in touch with our team over Instagram DM and arranged a one to one consultation with our in-house BANT registered nutritionist. This helped Ollie to understand his allergies and the relationship between nutrition and sports performance and ways these can be improved. Ollie says “I’m already looking forward to working with Sian heading into the new season and can’t wait to implement some of the things we spoke about going into my training.”
If you’re a professional athlete or an active individual (link to elite performance page) who is looking to improve their sports performance or even looking to discover what is causing your discomfort in training, Lifelab Testing can help with a simple blood testing kit delivered straight to your door.
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