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10 “Hard Truth” Health Indicators 

How many ways do you measure your health?

 Our annual physicals are, indeed, essential. They offer us a basic check-in on certain numbers. Nonetheless, there’s so much more to the story than what standard tests gauge that I encourage my clients to look deeper with additional assessments.

When we’re interested in getting a sense of where we’re at health-wise and what kind of progress we’re making (or not making), certain numbers simply tell us more. In some cases, that means more detail around the basics. In other cases, it means examining additional dimensions that conventional screening doesn’t cover.

Many of these added assessments don’t cost anything. In fact, one you can even do before you finish reading this article. Check out ten health indicators that offer a clearer picture of your current health status.


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Longevity and Vitality Series, Part 1: Focusing Your Aim

Recently, the group I work with (an extremely talented and passionate bunch) was discussing how there can be such a disparity between the healthiest, most vitality-filled people on the planet and the larger group of people who fit into the category considered “healthy” simply because they lack immediate symptoms of disease. As it is, he vast majority of people are free of known chronic diseases but are blindly headed down the path towards prescription-directed symptom management for more than half their time on earth. When did we develop so many statin, venlaflaxine, famotidine deficiencies? When did kids start getting diseases of old age? What’s wrong with our definition of “healthy” when so few people know what it is to physically thrive? What can we do to envision--let alone claim--a richer experience of wellness for ourselves? 

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Lab Lesson: Comprehensive Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin known as the “sunshine vitamin” as it is primarily produced in the skin by way of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Vitamin D needs to be converted in the liver to 25-hydroxyvitamin D, which is the most prevalent form found in our blood. The kidneys then convert this form into the active form of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D. Vitamin D receptors have been detected in almost all tissues of the body so it obviously affects the body in many ways. These tissues include the bone, heart, adrenal glands, stomach, liver, skin, breast, pancreas, immune system, brain, prostate, ovaries, and testes. [i] The Comprehensive Vitamin D profile assesses...

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Lab Lesson: Anabolic Amino Acid Profile

The Anabolic Amino Acid Profile is a blood test that measures the levels of amino acids (building blocks of protein) in the body. It tests the nine (9) essential amino acids that cannot be produced in our bodies and must come from diet.

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