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Over Half the U.S. Population is Deficient in This Critical Mineral: Maximizing Your Mitochondria with Magnesium Part 1

In this post, we’ll delve into how optimizing your magnesium levels, an essential mineral that 56% of the U.S. population is deficient in, can help you maximize your mitochondria in order to enhance your performance.1 (Note: Magnesium can be tested by the WellnessFX Performance package.Your mitochondria are what give you energy through the process of oxidative phosphorylation – the consumption of oxygen to generate ATP, the energetic currency of your cells. They supply fuel to every single type of cell in your body, from muscle to neuron, to keep your cells functioning at their best. Your mitochondrial health is strongly tied to your fitness both in terms of physical performance and even longevity. It is your mitochondria that provide nourishment during injury to speed up wound healing and recovery.

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WellnessFX Is National – Now Available in 46 States!

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WellnessFX has expanded! We are now able to offer affordable blood-testing and expert consultations to more than 4,000 locations nationwide in 46 states and Washington D.C. Chances are, you’re just a short drive, train ride, or walk away from changing your life.

How is this possible? We recently partnered with the world’s largest producer of diagnostic testing. We are very happy to enter into this next phase and bringing wellness to a national member base.

WellnessFX has been gearing up to go national for months now. Our wildly popular low-cost e-Checkup more than doubled our user base, and we’re ready to serve an even greater number of people who are frustrated with today’s healthcare. The wellness revolution is just beginning.

“The lab expansion comes at a critical inflection point for our company, enabling us to support the explosive demand.”

-Jim Kean, CEO

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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.

Be Your Best Self: Practice Good Hygiene

 

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Germs have to find a way inside before they can start wreaking havoc on the body. People touch their faces many times a day, so it’s easy to see how hand health affects overall health. It becomes especially important during the holidays, when public transportation, crowded malls, social gatherings, and other germ factories offer ample exposure to potential illnesses.

Washing your hands thoroughly before and after interpersonal contact, meals, and going through heavily populated areas like a metro train can go a long way. Using hand sanitizer is in no way a substitution for washing your hands; it’s been found to be less effective than soap and water. However, carrying it can be useful when in situations where hand washing is not an option.

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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.

CrossFit and Olympic Lift Coach Diane Fu Changes Life with WellnessFX

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WellnessFX changes lives.

That’s what CrossFit and Olympic lift coach Diane Fu learned when she tried WellnessFX for the first time. See what Diane did when she found out she wasn’t quite as healthy on the inside as she thought.

Follow along with the time-marked summary below. Enjoy!

0:00 – WellnessFX CEO, Jim Kean, Sets the Scene
As a CrossFit trainer in San Francisco back in 2011, Diane was often known as the “cranky” one. On the inside, she felt tired, bloated, and was constantly cold, even though she was eating right and training like a beast. Then she heard about WellnessFX. She got tested and the results have been transformational.

1:40 – Diane’s Story
If you had seen Diane two years ago, you probably wouldn’t recognize her. She was training full time, working as a coach at SF Crossfit, competing nationally as an Olympic weight lifter, and had a very active personal and social life. She was tired all the time. She thought this was just the price to pay for being so busy.

Diane’s WellnessFX panel came back with a lot of green. This made sense: she’s Paleo, has a relatively healthy lifestyle, and her life revolves around physical fitness. So, yes, her numbers looked good. Except one thing . . .

3:15 – WellnessFX Identifies an Off-Balanced Thyroid
Diane would have not thought to see a physician. Her annual physical would not have picked up what was off-balance in her body. Plus, her busy lifestyle explained her constant fatigue, right?

But that’s not what WellnessFX is about. “Fine” is not optimal, and it’s clear from her story that Diane was feeling far from optimal. Working with Dr. Justin Mager, Diane got  an extensive blood panel and discovered her thyroid numbers were off.

Her thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) was very high and actual thyroid hormone productions were low. Diane’s running cold, constant fatigue, and numbers suggested she was suffering from hypothyroidism, which is an underproduction of the thyroid. In short, Diane’s metabolic system was not keeping pace with her life.

4:40 – Diane Makes Changes, Reaps Rewards
Diane had one goal: she just wanted to be warm again. Everything else would just be the icing on the cake.

She was diligent about implementing Dr. Mager’s recommendations. The first 30 days weren’t epic – she simply felt better.

6:00 – Thyroid Imbalance in the U.S.
Twelve percent of Americans walk around with an undiagnosed thyroid issue.
Diane’s experience brings up a good point: change happens gradually. The current medical system is geared towards diagnosing a problem and fixing it as quickly as possible, but that’s not how the body works.

7:50 – Using Data to Optimize Performance
Seeing your biological numbers can be powerful information. But one data point is not helpful in the long run. It was time to track Diane’s progress.

9:30 – Achieving Optimal Performance
The most important part is to monitor how Diane’s doing overall as she moves forward. We don’t want to treat her numbers just for the sake of treating her numbers. There’s also a risk in having TOO much thyroid. Graves’ Disease, for example, stems from an overactive thyroid and actually causes one to lose muscle. This is exactly what Diane DOESN’T want.

Dr. Mager is going to keep an eye on Diane’s basal metabolic rate, weight, and performance during the next few months as they up her thyroid production. This way he can ensure Diane doesn’t go overboard and end up on the other end of the thyroid spectrum.

13:00 – Good or Bad, Data Is Useful
Now that Diane has seen what’s under the hood, she can’t stop. She’s constantly asking what’s the next step, how do I improve, how do I get actively involved in my own health. That’s the beauty and success of WellnessFX.

Our CEO gave some insight on what he’s seen far too often with our members: people aren’t getting retested because they don’t think they’ve been living healthy enough. Even though it’s time for a retest to see how things stand, people feel guilty for not following all of the recommendations, or falling off of their diets, and want to hold off retesting until they are “back on track.” It’s important to get retested even if you’re one of these people: your health doesn’t take a break, so why should you?

14:20 – Diane’s WellnessFX Experience: The Nuts and Bolts
Diane shares a little bit about her experience with getting tested and going through her consultation with Dr. Mager.

15:30 – The Teleconsult
Hear how phone consultations work and how WellnessFX’s interface is optimized for a great experience for members and practitioners.

16:05 – Getting Drawn
Diane must admit, she doesn’t like needles. Still, she found her blood draw relatively easy and objectively fast. She was in and out in 15 minutes.

16:30 – The Future: Diane’s plan
Onward and upward. Diane keeps working and tweaking her wellness regimen for optimal health and performance. Dr. Mager also put her on a thyroid replacement that’s biologically identical to the hormone in our bodies. It will be interesting to see how her body reacts.

The Bottom Line
We look forward to tracking Diane’s progress as she continues to push towards optimization. As for her WellnessFX experience, we’ll let her tell it:

“My progress speaks volumes to what WellnessFX is doing. You’ve provided me with the opportunity to be my best self!”

Check out the WellnessFX Advanced Thyroid panel here.

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.

The Buzz Around WellnessFX

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WellnessFX Annual Checkup has landed and sure has made a big splash! Our new service (FREE for a limited time) lets you take control of your health by accessing and owning your data.

But what is the experience really like? Sure, it’s free, getting your blood drawn is quick and easy, and you’ll be able to access your health data from the palm of your hand, but is it worth your time?

We say YES. But, of course, do you expect us to suggest any differently? The best way to tell if WellnessFX is for you is through customer experience and word of mouth. We continually bring you these member stories right here on our blog. We encourage you to assess the data for yourself. It’ll be practice for when you get your blood results back!

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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.

Tim Ferriss: “Building the Perfect Human” – Episode 2

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Last week we brought you the first of four episodes from Tim Ferriss’ phenomenal Building the Perfect Human fireside chat. Part One focused on turning back the clock on aging, tracking the human body, and how medicine will evolve in the next 20 years.

This week’s episode continues the conversation. In classic fireside-style, our CEO Jim Kean, best-selling author Tim Ferriss, and Dr. Justin Mager go on wonderful tangents and side-stories but hold on to the central theme throughout: personalized peak performance.

Specifically, tune in this week to learn about: calorie restriction, antioxidant cycling, food allergies, using whole foods to heal, the master regulatory gene, mitochondria and microbiome, and performance enhancement for the future.

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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.