Category Archives: Quantified Self

“Am I Overtraining?” What this Performance Nutritionist Learned Through Blood Testing.

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Meet Kyla Channell, a 29-year old Performance Nutritionist from California. When she’s not gardening or hiking with her dog, she loves to listen to crime podcasts and spend time with

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family and friends. She currently manages and maintains her health with frequent blood tests and supplementing as necessary. Her diet consists of whole, unprocessed foods and exercise 3-6x/wk with a combination of activities like mountain biking, Bikram yoga, strength training, trail running, and swimming.

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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.

10 of the Best Ways to See How Fast You’re Aging (or How Young You’re Staying!)

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When it comes to the discussion of longevity and aging, you’re no doubt familiar with the so-called Blue Zones1 – environments in which unique characteristics and lifestyles seem to produce the world’s longest-lived people. Elements such as high intake of wild plants, absence of smoking, legume intake, conscientiousness, gratitude, tannin-rich beverages and a handful of other qualitative markers are associated with these zones. And while these markers are indeed valuable subjective measurements of longevity or risk of mortality, I’m a fan of combining such measurements with quantitative, objective data and biomarkers that truly allow one to marry ancestral wisdom with modern science. 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.

What our hormones tell us as women: Progesterone

In Part 2 of our May series on women and their hormones, we are going to talk progesterone.

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Progesterone has the root “-gest-” right in the middle to tell you that its most well-known functions are all about gestation or pregnancy. A woman makes this important hormone in a temporary endocrine gland called the corpus luteum, which is formed in the space that is left behind after an egg is released from her ovary. Pretty cool, right?

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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.

5 Behavior Changing Tips to Amp Up Your Health & Fitness Goals

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Whether you love attacking New Year’s resolutions or if that word ignites an allergic reaction in you, there’s no time better than now to make a change.

The reality is that if you want to change something, you have the power to change it, no matter what day of the year. When assessing some of the most common New Year’s resolutions, the list seems to stick to three common themes:

  1. Losing (weight, debt, stress)
  2. Gaining (muscle, financial stability, a new job)
  3. Giving (volunteering, recycling, charitable donations).

Whether you’re trying to lose, gain or give, the opportunity can be intimidating if it’s something you’ve been waiting to tackle for a while. Try attacking using these 5 tips 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.

WellnessFX Home Kits Are Here: Welcome Lifelong Vitality

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WellnessFX is excited to introduce our first home testing kit for advanced blood chemistry. Today we welcome Lifelong Vitality, a home kit specifically designed to address gaps and risks integral to women’s health, such as optimum sleep, energy, mood, longevity, and more.

Through advanced testing and analytics, we continue our mission to bring the next generation of health by way of personalized medicine.

The Lifelong Vitality home kit is $111. It is available to order right now – you can click the attractive button below or keep reading to learn more: 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.