Have you received routine blood work this year? If not, you should make it a priority as we come into the fall season.
Most people don't understand the importance of getting a full spectrum screen at least once a year. There are many factors that affect our health- monitoring our deficiencies and other potential hazardous issues in our body is one critical way to stay on top of our health.
So what should we ask our doctor to test for during the exam?
Unfortunately, most traditional practitioners will not be as thorough or think it's necessary, unless you ask. It will also depend on your insurance, but checking for these markers will be covering most angles:
-CMP (Comprehensive Metabolic Panel)
-CBC (Complete Blood Count)
-Full Hormone Panel
-Full Thyroid Panel (not just TSH)
-MTHFR (Genetic mutation that affects the methylation process: this is just a one time check, not yearly)
-Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Calcium
- Vitamin D! (Last year, this saved my "winter blues")
-CRP (Biomarker for inflammation)
- Hemoglobin A1C (Diabetes risk)
Check with your doctor to see if there are any other tests that he/she thinks is important to know at this time in your life and then double check your coverage before going thru with the exam.
Marrying the results of your specific blood work with a personalized nutrition and wellness program is the absolute recipe for long term success and vitality. The future of medicine is both traditional and holistic working together for healing, and this is a great place to start.
For more information from the master of Functional Blood Chemistry check out Datis Kharrazian and his two books: Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? & Why Isn't My Brain Working?
Do your research, speak with your doctor, and get scheduled today!
"Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For..."
This past weekend was one of the most beautiful ones of the entire summer. I don't know about you, but everything on my "to do" list definitely did not get done. One of the things I typically accomplish is grocery shopping and meal prepping for the week, like discussed in a previous post. Due to endless rays of sunshine and sand bars, I chose to spend that time at the beach. Can you blame me?
The great news is, thanks to Artisan Bistro, our house has healthy meals stocked until I am able to make it to the store. I am usually not someone that likes already prepared meals, but let me tell you, these are delicious. They are clean, so easy to make and great for the entire family. A simple flash freezing process allows them to stay fresh right until they hit your front door, and will remain that way in your freezer for months.
Every Artisan Bistro entree is made from all natural and organic ingredients. There are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and nut free options, making it allergy friendly for all. The balsamic glazed chicken is my favorite, but they have all kinds of options ranging from chicken to turkey to salmon. Yum!
Click here to check out the website and see for yourself. You will need a Practitioner code to purchase, which is 592664. Depending on your freezer space and budget, meals can turn out to be under $8.00 each!
Any questions please don't hesitate to ask me. I look forward to hearing about your favorite dish~
To Meals Made Simple,
There is always a debate between meat eaters and vegetarians on how much protein an individual needs, where they get it from and how often they should be consuming it.
In my opinion, protein is the stumbling block in our society today. Carbohydrates are cheap, readily available and enjoyable to eat. Most people do not even come close to their daily intake of protein, lacking in the essential and branched chain amino acids that we need abundantly. This can be for many reasons, but for a long time, animal protein has been given a bad rap.
The problem is not necessarily animal protein, but saturated fat in general; the omega 6 fats and other highly processed oils that are found everywhere in today's society. Combining these types of fats with foods that are high glycemic, that's a recipe for heart disease. Also, the quality of meat is a huge issue; making sure to get free-ranging animals is what makes the difference.
But just how much do we need?
A 150 pound person who works out 5-10 hours a week needs about 120 grams of protein each day. It's not that being a vegetarian is bad or something that I am completely against. It's just from a nutrition perspective, it is so much easier to achieve this daily intake when consuming animal proteins in conjunction with a plant based diet.
If you are looking for more information, please check out The Paleo Diet for Athletes. This book is a great resource for those looking to have a greater understanding.
Moral of the story: if you want to be lean and optimize your athletic performance, it's critical to reach your protein requirements each day! Best way to do this is with clean animal protein; just like our ancestors.
To a Wholesome Week,