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6 Superfoods You Might Not Have Heard About Yet

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[This is a guest blog post from WellnessFX practitioner Sarah Brett. Sarah’s background can be found at the end of this post] 

They are a special category of foods that are low in calories and dense in nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. In order to build a healthy nervous system, digestive system, and a healthy skeletal system, you need such nutrients. These can be found in what are now popularly known as Superfoods

These Superfoods contain specific nutrients that we cannot prepare at home, but instead, can only benefit from by consuming the respective food. They are loaded with precious antioxidants which are needed to keep the free radicals at bay (free radicals, oxidative damage created when cells use oxygen).

There are certain Superfoods that can boost your metabolism, slow down the aging of cells, protect you against serious diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cancerous diseases and other problems related to the immune system. Superfoods are rich in phytochemicals, good bacteria that protect your immune system, as well as antioxidants, which play a key role in fighting off the damaging processes of free radicals.

Here are my favorite six Superfoods! 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.

9 Cool, New Things You Can Do with your WellnessFX Account

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At WellnessFX we’re committed to making personal health data available and easily accessible to as many people as possible. In the rapidly changing world of health, it’s crucial to our team that we keep up on innovation. We are constantly improving to make updates that are meaningful to the most important person in the equation here: You. Whether you’re just learning about us (where have you been!? We’ve been waiting for you), or need to play catch-up on all the new features, here is a list of the latest and greatest on what you can do with your WellnessFX account: 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.

Fighting Diabetes, PCOS, & Metabolic Syndrome: One User’s Experience With WellnessFX

Of the many Dos (and one Don’t) of dealing with your blood test results, one thing we stress is analyzing your lab results with one of our practitioners. Two reasons why:

  1. Because we know that navigating your lab results can be confusing.
  2. Because you, your lab values, and WebMD are no substitute for a medical professionalimage (1)

This week, we had the joy of stumbling upon this blog post of a WellnessFX user’s experience with one of our practitioners, Jennifer Phelps, MS, MD. Elaine Barlow posted a 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.

A Glimpse in the Life of a WellnessFX Practitioner: Kathleen Bundy

When she’s not on the phone with WellnessFX members, interpreting labs and providing guidance, Kathleen Bundy is the staff nutritionist at the Center for Health and Wellbeing in San Diego. A Registered Dietitian who works with a wide range of clients, Kathleen is a prolific source of health and wellness knowledge.

For many of our WellnessFX providers, their day to day practice is much different than their member consultations. For Kathleen, clients range from those who are begrudgingly referred to her by their physician, to those who are excited and receptive to new ways of thinking about food.

Kathleen’s journey to a career in nutrition was a natural progression. “I grew up in the garden and the kitchen with a family that liked to eat well.” Raised in Alaska, physical activity and an intimacy with nature were a strong part of her upbringing. This respect for food and the environment evolved to incorporate aspects of psychology and spirituality.

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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.

How to Reach Your Health Goals (and the 4 Reasons Why Data Helps You)

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It’s difficult for many of us to stay on top of our health goals. It’s not for lack of good intentions, however. Despite our real desire to make changes or stay with the program, unfortunately, for many of us, it doesn’t just happen automatically. Read: The 5 Steps That Help You Build a Powerful Habit 

How to Reach Your Health Goals

Because it can be tough to stay on track, it’s a great idea to look for support outside of yourself. Try taking advantage of the time-tested power duo: community and tools.  

Why Community?

Your doctor or health practitioner is an important member of your health community, which can also include other experts, such as friends and family.  Doctors and health practitioners provide needed guidance for our comprehensive health with diagnostics and leading medicine.  Friends and family are there for the day- to- day encouragement – whether watching us from the stands or running alongside us in our health marathon.

Why Tools?

It might be health e-books, books, mobile apps, equipment or specific programs – your tools can be anything that works for you. We believe that a highly effective tool — probably the most effective — is a tracking tool.

Studies have shown that people who track their food, workouts or spending by creating a plan and keeping a record, are much more successful in reaching their goals. As much as our friends and family love us, they can’t monitor our behavior 24/7 and provide an accurate record of what we’ve done in the past. Keeping track not only keeps your eyes on the prize thus providing motivation to stay the course, it also brings cold, hard data into your life.

This data won’t lie, if you don’t.

4 Reasons Data Helps You Reach Your Health Goals

1. It remembers even if you forget. Humans tend to fudge a little in recalling what they did or little things will just slip their minds. How often have even daily activities, like taking out the trash, slipped our mind? Can we even recall with clarity what we ate last week? Tracking our health competes with many other activities in our busy lives – work, family, friends, and play.

2. It’s the most accurate. For an accurate map of your health behavior, data is there to tell you exactly what’s going on and where you are. And you need this map. Your map can be a tattered notebook, a chalkboard, a digital health log, a wi-fi body scale or a Garmin heart rate monitor – it’s up to you. The value in these tools lies in the black and white evidence that you can use to finesse your program. When the data is right in front of you, it is easy to plan and structure your progress.

3. It’s motivating. The motivational aspect as well as the accuracy of tracking means that you are more likely to continue your program, in effect, making it a habit. Don’t underestimate the value of a good habit.

4. The data gets better every day. These days, reaching for excellence in health is much easier with all the new programs available to us. They provide powerful feedback and many offer expert direction. While you could possibly pay more than you would for a simple notepad (although, some apps are free to very little in cost, like these 4) benefits you get from using them will probably far outweigh the cost, especially when it comes to thinking long term healthcare costs.

Health Goals: The Bottom Line

No matter which you choose, creating healthy habits by utilizing a tracking tool is the key to reaching your personal wellness goals. Your community will provide needed encouragement and guidance to help you progress, and the data will provide the most accurate measure of that progress. The combination is a powerful incentive to unfailingly achieve your health goals.

An easy way to get started with data is to create a free WellnessFX account to store and add your health biomarkers to it, which can give you an accurate picture of how your habits and hard work are paying off:

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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.