Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Top Ten Ways to Test Your Body


The Top Ten Ways to Test Your Body

As a sports nutritionist, I recommend many of the athletes and clients I advise to undergo basic blood testing for vitamins, hormones, nutrients, and metabolic factors that directly affect health and performance. I personally test my blood four times each year.

After all, if you don’t know what’s going on inside your body, then how do you know you’re not one of those people who are healthy on the outside, but unhealthy on the inside? And if you struggle with anything like brain fog, constipation, bloating, low libido, poor sleep, or slow workout recovery, then you probably fall into the category of people who need to test their body.

As a matter of fact, even if you’re exercising hard and eating healthy, it turns out that what’s actually going on inside your body can be quite disturbing, and include:

  • Low testosterone and high cortisol, manifesting in overtraining symptoms, low libido, lack of motivation, and loss of competitive drive.
  • Low luteinizing hormone, high estrogens, and low progesterone, manifesting in brain fog, appetite cravings, and a seeming inability to shed fat despite lots of training.
  • High thyroid-stimulating hormone and low thyroid hormones, resulting in a constant feeling of being cold, sluggish metabolism, and impaired digestive function, gas, and bloating.
  • Low magnesium and electrolyte levels, which can cause trouble getting to sleep at night, waking up multiple times during the night, or being tired during the day.
  • High inflammation markers, resulting in sore joints, nagging injuries that won’t go away, missing workouts from sickness or having sniffles all the time, and occasional ghost symptoms, like random headaches, heart flutters, or muscle tingling and numbness.
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