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Health is an Ongoing Journey: WellnessFX Loyalty is Back

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We talk often about the importance of regular blood testing. With good reason:

Health is an ongoing journey that requires maintenance and constant assessment.

Where you were a few months ago may not necessarily be where you are today, because lifestyle and habits change over time for a number of reasons, from job change and stress levels to nutrition habits and level of physical activity. 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.

Hype or Health: Sports Drinks – Are They All They Claim to Be?

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Mike Mozart

It’s not uncommon to see glass cases at gyms full of neon colored beverages. If you’ve been to a youth sporting event on a warm Saturday, you often see kids holding one. They’re stocked in convenience stores and are a $6.81 billion business. We’re talking about sports drinks. Are they good for you and help sports performance as much as they claim? 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.

Is it Responsible to Give Consumers Access to Blood Testing?

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The personalized medicine and quantified self movements have created the opportunity to measure our bodies on-demand. Mobile apps, online platforms and direct-to-consumer services dive into various aspects of our health and well-being, such as: 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

Close-up of ill woman in bed holding thermometer

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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

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.