We would like to start this off by going on the record and saying that we are not doctors. However, one of the most tried and true facets of the human condition is the self-diagnosis. We are all guilty of this, and besides, who needs a medical degree anyway?
We’re not saying that a self-diagnosis is necessarily a good or bad thing. Nor are we saying that medical practitioners are infallible. But, you’re the person who spends the most time with your body, and you obviously want to feel as good as possible all the time.
That’s where identifying areas for improvement comes in.
Cue the issues.
Do your joints scare small children away?
Does your body shape resemble the offspring of Gumby and a pear?
Does the majority of the sloth population have a higher energy level than you do?
Do you gain weight like a bear preparing for hibernation (even when dieting)?
You’re going to be the person who’s best aware of any potential issues or shortcomings with your health. And provided you’ve done your research, we would highly recommend you go about getting those issues addressed as soon as possible.
Getting Your Fluids Checked
Where do we recommend you start? Go and get your bloodwork done.
This is the best way to get the inside scoop on what’s going on inside your body. Is this going to give you the answers to everything? No, but it’s definitely one of the most important places to start.
You would be surprised just how much a basic blood test covers.
You will have in your hot hands the quantifiable results of your vitamin and mineral levels, cholesterol levels, hormone levels, blood sugar levels, and all of those other important things.
You would think that having access to such basic and essential information would be paramount. However, most people never have their blood checked unless ordered at a doctor’s behest. The first thing you can do to start taking your health into your own hands is to have the oil checked in your biological machine.
What to Do With Your New Information
Are your hormone levels out of whack? Go see an HRT specialist, and start addressing some of your poor lifestyle factors (poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, poor sleep habits, etc.).
Has your Ho-ho and Ding-Dong addiction finally taken you to pre-diabetes territory, skyrocketing your glucose and A1C levels? Time to go see your doctor and/or an endocrinologist and start addressing some of your poor lifestyle factors (your crippling Ho-ho and Ding-Dong addiction).
Even something like high blood pressure can be addressed through the monitoring of your hematocrit levels and can be fixed simply by donating some blood. A fun fact is by donating blood you have an 88-percent reduced risk of a myocardial infarction, also known as a heart attack. Don’t believe us? Check out this study.
As you can see, this is a great place to start on your path to perfect physical performance.
Nutrition-Dependent Physiological Issues
Addressing nutrition and lifestyle choices should always be your first starting point. However, oftentimes addressing these factors is just a single component of a much larger course of treatment. That being said, excellent nutrition and proper fitness habits don’t require a prescription, and they’re something you can get started on immediately.
Do you have poor energy levels? Dry skin or brittle hair? Do you feel like you are suffering from chronic inflammation or joint pain? Are you always hungry, or do you have a hard time losing weight?
We have some really simple recommendations for you.
First and foremost, drink more water. We promise that you’re not getting enough. And if you just shook your head and said “I drink plenty of water,” the dehydration has already gotten to your head. Proper hydration goes a long way in addressing many issues, such as edema, inflammation, dry skin, and in many cases, fatigue.
We could sit here and preach to you about all the supplements you should be taking but probably aren’t, and tell you how each and every one of them would cure 10th Stage Super-Cancer while gold-plating your turds.
Unfortunately that’s not the case. Whereas there are certainly beneficial supplements you should be availing yourself of, no one supplement by itself will be the cure-all. There are, however, many supplements that are proven to be a boon to almost anyone, such as fish oil and Vitamin D, and if you begin to take these you will gradually begin to notice many changes for the better.
Nutrition-Dependent Psychological Issues
Do you struggle with any of the following? Focus, productivity, positive outlook, happiness, success-based mindset, or perceived self-worth?
The potential always exists that there is a latent medical issue at the root of the problems you are experiencing. This circles back around to why having blood work done and/or speaking with a trusted and well-educated medical professional is always a great starting point.
That being said, being the walking, talking complex bundles of chemical soup that we humans are, some proper nutrition and supplementation can go a long way to helping address many of the issues you might be experiencing.
Supplements like fish oil, magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, B vitamin complexes, and L-theanine all represent the ability to be game-changers in the psychological department. Keep in mind that we are all different and results can and will vary.
On Supplements and Supplementation
We would once again like to go on record and say we are not doctors. However, here’s a list of our favorite supplements and why:
- Caffeine. No explanation needed. Keep administration under 200mg and don’t take any after 2 p.m. if you want to sleep well at night.
- L-Theanine. Incredibly synergistic with caffeine. Boosts alpha brainwave activity, as well as memory and concentration. Also helps prevent any overstimulation from caffeine.
- Vitamin A. Great for your skin and its regenerative abilities. Helps balance pH levels and fight acne.
- Methylated B vitamins. If a B vitamin isn’t methylated, you probably won’t be garnering its complete benefit. As science has dictated, a mutation in MTHFR gene requires your B vitamins be methylated in order for them to work properly. Your energy levels and your thyroid function will thank you.
- Vitamin C. If you’re drinking teas, coffees, or taking caffeine, it’s absolutely imperative that you’re supplementing with Vitamin C. Stimulants are taxing on your adrenal glands, and your adrenal glands are where the highest concentrations of Vitamin C are located and used. Vitamin C is also great for regulating sleep patterns, helping maintain excellent daily energy levels, and front-loading can help decrease the duration of illnesses.
- Vitamin D. Yes, it’s summer time, however as most of us are working adults who spend the majority of our time indoors, the likelihood that you’re getting enough sunshine is slim-to-none. Supplementing specifically with Vitamin D3 reduces the risk of metabolic diseases, regulates hormone production and function, and increases cognition, just to name a few benefits.
- DHA/EPA (a.k.a fish/krill oil). The number of benefits here are too many to add to this list. The most prominent benefits to key in on, however, would be fish oil’s ability to fight all forms of inflammation, promote skin and hair health, and reduce triglyceride levels in the blood stream.
- Magnesium. This electrolyte is becoming commonly deficient in first-world countries as the majority of grains are tremendously poor sources of magnesium. Magnesium is excellent for improving insulin sensitivity, reducing blood pressure, and when supplemented to address a lack in diet, will act as a mild sedative. It can often be found combined with calcium and potassium, the three of which are very synergistic.
- Zinc. Another essential micronutrient, zinc can help promote increased testosterone levels provided the user is deficient, and also helps other endocrine- and hormone-based systems. Zinc will also promote restfulness, act as a powerful antioxidant, and can help mitigate some prostate issues. An important piece of information to note here is the fact that zinc is rapidly lost through sweat. So, if you’re a frequent exerciser, and you aren’t getting enough zinc through your diet, supplementation will be key for you.
The aforementioned supplements can and will help with promoting energy levels, overall health, fitness-related goals, aesthetic appearance, performance physically and mentally, and in many cases can help reduce internal and external pain and problems.
Also, when considering supplements for personal usage, it is tremendously important to make sure the ingredients in what you’re purchasing are standardized, which means the ingredients have been tested and verified to include what is listed and in what quantities on the nutrition facts.
Take two of these recommendations and call us back in the morning. We all but guarantee you’ll feel better.