Burned Out and Gaining Weight: One Entrepreneur’s Quest to Take Back His Health

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Meet Josh Trent

Josh Trent, WellnessForce

I live in San Diego, CA and I’m a 36 year old digital health coach, podcast host, and wellness entrepreneur at www.wellnessforce.comMy 23andMe test has me at 50% Italian and 50% English, while my north star as a wellness coach guides my passion for helping others improve their personal wellness. This post is about sharing my ongoing journey of using biomarkers and self quantification to discover how I can show up more powerfully in the way I work, live, and perform with the intention to help others do the same.

Having lost over 70 pounds in 2003, I’m no stranger to the journey of health transformation.

That very passage is what inspired me to use my weight-loss as a health professional and guide clientele since 2005. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Hate Blood Draws? 5 Tips for Making Your Next One a Better Experience

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Blood draws are a likely and necessary procedure in many healthcare scenarios. Some of those include:

  • Preventative care:  Preventative care: An annual physical, workplace wellness screening, or ordering a test to try and optimize your health or reach peak athletic performance
  • Disease management: Monitoring a chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hyperthyroidism, or metabolic syndrome
  • Working to improve a health risk: Regularly testing markers of risk such as blood sugar, cholesterol, vitamin D, magnesium, and hs-CRP (inflammation)

Whether you are comfortable with blood draws or part of the 20% of the general population that has fear associated with needles and injections, here are tips from Dr. Murdoc Khaleghi, Medical Director at WellnessFX, to help make your next blood draw a better experience. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Think You’re Done with Cold & Flu Season? Not so fast

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While you are more susceptible to getting a cold or flu during the peak months (December – March), a weakened immune system can and does happen year round. Common causes of catching a cold or flu include:

  • Through your mouth, eyes or nose, since the virus can spread through droplets in the air when someone who is sick coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • Hand-to-hand contact with someone who has a cold
  • Sharing contaminated objects, such as phones, utensils, towels, or toys
  • Touching your eyes, nose or mouth after such contact or exposure

Don’t let prevention be put on the back burner simply because you’re not sick. When you are sick you do everything you can to try to get better, but the easiest way to get better is not get sick!

For many their prevention plan consists of any or all of:
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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

NEW WellnessFX Feature for iOS & Desktop: More Tracking, Less Guessing

WellnessFX habit tracking

Part of living a healthy life is enacting lifestyle changes that become habits.  We believe habits are important because it turns “Things You Want/Have to Do” into “Things You Do,” alleviating you from the will I/won’t I decision making battle. Consistency over time = change.

We’re excited to announce Continue reading

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Wine, Coconut Milk, or CrossFit? One Biohacker’s Quest to Improve His Cholesterol

Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Lukáš Jirovský

Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Lukáš Jirovský

Meet William Green

williamI’m a 44 year old father of two, husband of one and director of the E. O. Smith High School Depot Campus, a Big Picture school (www.bigpicture.org). I’m a former high school science teacher, research scientist, consultant, and entrepreneur working towards a better fit between education, life, and human nature. I enjoy exercise, hiking, beekeeping, winemaking, and blogging at depthofengagement.com.

[William’s testing results, health outcomes, and biochemical changes he shared here are unique to William, influenced through a number of factors. Through diagnostics, we know that our biochemistry is unique and health and wellness is not  “one-size-fits-all.” To receive recommendations based on your unique biomarkers, consult your PCP or book a consultation with any of our nutritionists, registered dietitians or physicians.]

The Why Behind the Experiment 

I’d had my cholesterol checked a few times before last year, and it was a bit high, but I wasn’t really concerned. True, I’d started the high fat “paleo/primal” diet in 2012, and I’d been wondering if all that meat and fat might affect my heart, but I also knew the research was mixed (see here and here, for example). So, I ignored it and kept eating as much bacon as I could. Continue reading

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4 Big Misunderstandings About Blood Testing

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, David_Jones

We are in the age of the consumerism of healthcare.

You are able to have an inside look at your body and how it functions at a level that simply wasn’t there before. Healthcare is transforming because of digital and mobile innovation. More people every day gaining access to health management tools, apps, devices and software that empower them to take control. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.