Best of #AskGreatist – In Case You Missed It!

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With outlets like Twitter and Facebook, social media is not just a way to keep in touch with old friends. Now, more than ever before, the world is at your fingertips. Want to know the guidelines for ‘organic’ food? Google it. Think you felt an earthquake but not quite sure? Check Twitter. Need some quick health advice? #AskGreatist.

Last week WellnessFX teamed up with Greatist to answer many of your health questions on Twitter–in real time!  Our Medical Director Doctor Murdoc Khaleghi tackled questions about exercise, supplementation, and fighting the common cold. AskGreatist is hosted by Greatist and various guests every Tuesday at 7pm. Just log-in to Twitter at that time and search for the #AskGreatist hashtag! 

Check out some of the most useful questions asked below:

Full distribution of amino acids, especially glutamine. Need some carbs to increase insulin to promote absorption. — Murdoc Khaleghi (@MurdocMD)

Is it safe for women in their 20s to take low dose aspirin daily? What other supplements are recommended? — Christi Holmes (@christiholmes)

Safe unless you are pregnant, though may be minimal benefit if cardiac biomarkers are good — Murdoc Khaleghi (@MurdocMD)



Most health problems are due to long-term build-up, and biomarkers can assess this risk early in life. — Murdoc Khaleghi (@MurdocMD)

Here’s a more in-depth guide to biomarkers that @murdocmd helped us put together: blog.wellnessfx.com/2012/10/26/bio… — WellnessFX (@WellnessFX)



Zinc is impressively effective at possibly shortening duration.Ibuprofen/tylenol to decrease severity. — Murdoc Khaleghi (@MurdocMD)

Our eBook has more info on boosting your immunity: wellnessfx.com/ebook — WellnessFX (@WellnessFX)



Important to watch glucose/insulin and protein levels, as well as electrolytes. — Murdoc Khaleghi (@MurdocMD)

How often do you measure those? Blood test? Urine? — Natalie Melchiorre (@natmelchiorre)

Measure in blood. Blood takes 120 days to re-cycle so four months after make change. — Murdoc Khaleghi (@MurdocMD)

Here’s some more info on exactly what one drop of blood can tell you: blog.wellnessfx.com/wellnessfx-inf… #AskGreatist — WellnessFX (@WellnessFX)

Awesome! Does the baseline test show you your optimum levels, versus “normal” levels? — Natalie Melchiorre (@natmelchiorre)

Baseline shows what is optimal, what is higher risk, and where you stand. — Murdoc Khaleghi (@MurdocMD)

Baseline also allows you to track your progress over time, so you can track your improvements. — WellnessFX (@WellnessFX)

If you have prior blood work, you can signup for a free WellnessFX data accnt to visualize progress too blog.wellnessfx.com/2012/12/11/fre… — WellnessFX (@WellnessFX)



Ideally less than 120 (systolic)/70(diastolic).Even one of those high can be concerning.

— Murdoc Khaleghi (@MurdocMD)

If blood pressure high important to know your cardiovascular numbers, like lipid panel and hs-crp. — Murdoc Khaleghi (@MurdocMD)

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