You can only improve what you can measure.
WellnessFX Baseline launched early last year and since then thousands of members have been tracking their biomarkers and consulting with our practitioners to improve not only the present, but the future as well.
Many of our members are active athletes and more and more we’ve seen interest in measuring other biomarkers to track and improve physical performance, energy and vitality. We’ve been working hard consulting with our practitioners, extensive health network, and knowledgeable staff and we’ve come up with an answer: WellnessFX Performance Panel.
The Performance Panel is designed to give you all the benefits of WellnessFX Baseline plus thirty more biomarkers to help you take your health and performance to the next level. Here’s some of the key features:
- Identify and resolve factors impacting performance plateaus and recovery times.
- Consult with a physician for techniques to manage your hormones naturally and safely (without steroids!).
- Analyze and modify your body’s efficiency in carrying out key metabolic processes.
- Receive all the benefits of WellnessFX Baseline, including personal risk evaluation for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and a variety of chronic illnesses.
Recently fitness expert, personal trainer, and WellnessFX practitioner Ben Greenfield stopped by our office. He chatted with Medical Director Doctor Murdoc Khaleghi on how blood testing can be used to enhance athletic performance. In the first of three videos, he discusses what he sees as the most important and basic biomarkers for athletes to monitor.
No matter their level of competition, there are a lot of athletes walking around with sub-optimal biochemistry. Taking notice of short-comings and making changes to fix them can lead to better gains, quicker recovery time, and overall heightened performance. Ben Greenfield considers the following to be key starting points for assessing the body’s current state:
- Testosterone – A lot of people walk around with low levels without even being aware. Sub-optimal testosterone can stop gains cold.
- Vitamin D – A precursor to testosterone, this is usually low or average in a lot of athletes.
- Magnesium – Part of 300 different enzymatic reactions in body, including many used during performance.
- Vitamin D12 and Ferritin – Information on these markers can give insight on an individual’s capability of transporting and utilizing oxygen.
Maintaining As We Age
Not everyone is concerned with being the best on the field, and that’s okay. Maintaining excellent shape and athleticism is a feat all by itself, especially as we age. One of the most common questions people have is: how do I know if I’m not exercising enough versus overtraining?
- Inflammation is a big factor. The Performance Panel looks at hs-CRP, an important marker for inflammation and, thus, muscle damage. Levels shouldn’t be consistently high unless you’ve completed an especially taxing activity recently, like a marathon. Get inflammation under control is essential for rest and recovery.
- Cortisol can also tell us a lot. Like thyroid-stimulating hormone, both too little and too much can be mad. Overtraining causes us to be hyper-cortisolic (too much cortisol), but when we’ve been overtraining over a long period of time, we become hypo-cortisolic (too low). This latter is called adrenal fatigue. The key is to keep cortisol levels within a good medium.
Be sure to check back soon for parts two and three of our chat with Ben Greenfield. In the mean-time, head on over to the new WellnessFX Performance Panel and check it out for yourself!
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