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Foods to Eat That Manage Thyroid Health

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Credit: Cedar Summit Farm, Flickr Commons

Sometimes the mightiest things come in small packages. Enter the thyroid. The powerful gland (located in your neck) is not-so-large-but-very-much-in-charge of all performance areas of your life, from metabolism and bone growth to hair and nail production. For something we’re so reliant on, it might be surprising to know that thyroid dysfunction runs rampant in the U.S. Even more surprising is that of the 30 million that experience this abnormality, over half of those are undiagnosed.

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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 Value Of A Practitioner Consultation

You receive your WellnessFX blood data. Your Total Cholesterol looks fine, but you notice the LDL is a little high and your ApoB is in the red. This is odd. You’ve cut out most of the fat and eat a lean, healthy diet. You workout at least an hour a day. You’re the shining image of health.

But could there be something wrong? You feel healthy but . . . is that the whole story?

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The Rebooted Body Interview With WellnessFX CEO Jim Kean – Part II

Earlier this week we shared an informative and thorough interview with CEO Jim Kean, conducted by Kevin Geary of the Rebooted Body. There’s so much content, we had to break the summary up into three parts!

In the first section of the conversation, Jim and Kevin discussed the WellnessFX process along with the origins of the company. For the next twenty minutes they went into detail about the different panels offered and how people can decide which is best for them.

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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.

Kelly Starrett and Diane Fu Talk About Life-Changing Experience

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Yesterday we brought you the story of Diane Fu, the CrossFit and Olympic lift coach who was doing everything right but felt so wrong. She changed her life with WellnessFX and is currently on her way to overcoming a detrimental thyroid issue.

Her colleague and friend Kelly Starrett joined our CEO Jim Kean to talk about Diane’s transformation from a third-person perspective. Kelly, author of Becoming a Supple Leopard and owner of CrossFit Mobility, has taught tens of thousands of people how to improve their movement in order to be more efficient and safe with their hectic everyday lives.

See what he had to say and follow along with the time-marked summary below. Enjoy!

0:00 – WellnessFX CEO, Jim Kean Introduces Our Guests
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. Kelly Starrett saw this happening and watched as his star trainer changed her life with WellnessFX.

0:51 – Kelly On Diane’s ‘Before’
Diane was Kelly Starrett’s go-to coach. Competing in the Olympics next year? See Diane. Father of five, work a traditional job, and want to get in shape? Diane’s got you.

But Kelly noticed that, lately, Diane just wasn’t feeling good. She was cold all the time, cranky, and just generally unhappy.

1:35 – Time For An Intervention
Diane was diligent about her training and nutrition: it was clear neither her movements nor her diet was a significant problem. There had to be something . . . deeper.

Diane got her blood tested with WellnessFX. All her markers were in the green, except one. That’s all it took to get the ball rolling.

2:25 – Some Problems Need Deeper Investigation
Kelly usually sees people struggle with dehydration, lack of sleep, or not handling stress well. But not Diane. When the WellnessFX results came back and highlighted a malfunctioning thyroid, things started to fall into place. As Diane worked with Dr. Justin Mager, Kelly saw firsthand that fixing this “one small thing” was like opening the flood gates. It had been blocking so much of what Diane’s body needed to be her best.

3:36 – Kelly On Why Everyone Should Get Tested
The body is never in a static situation; it’s always moving. One of Kelly’s big takeaways from watching Diane go through WellnessFX is that we shouldn’t think of conquering one problem as the end. There are constantly things changing along with diet, lifestyle, stress levels, and whatever else life decides to throw at us.

How do we stay on top of these changes as they happen? Test regularly.

4:20 – Why Diane’s Story Is So Great
Kelly can’t stress this enough: Diane was someone who had it all together. Her diet was strict, her training was perfect, her lifestyle had no major health flaws. This story just goes to show that even those who have it all figured out need to get tested.

5:25 – Test Everyone
Kelly finishes up by proclaiming that he hopes all of his clients can be tested by WellnessFX.

Our CEO Jim Kean agrees with this, but wants even more: for everyone to be tested.

Help us make it happen. Spread the word: WellnessFX changes lives!

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.