Wellness Pathway #266 Get Yourself Checked

“What is the definition of a healthy person?” the medical school instructor asked. “Someone we have not finished examining yet,” came the reply. And so it is. Sooner or later, modern medicine can find something wrong with just about anyone.

For some people, that’s reason enough to avoid the doctor like a plague. “I don’t want to know!” they exclaim. “What difference does it make anyway? To learn I have some condition will just make me nervous, since there is probably nothing I can do about it anyway.” But that’s not true when it comes to some of the simplest of blood tests for cholesterol, triglyceride, homocysteine, and c-reactive protein.

All four of these chemical markers are important indictors of risk for cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions, and all four can be brought into their optimal ranges through changes in nutrition, fitness, and stress. So get yourself checked!

The first two, cholesterol and triglyceride, are well known tests that are routinely ordered. They look at some of the fats in your blood. The second two are not so routinely ordered, and you may have to ask for them yourself. They look at some of the amino acids and proteins in your blood.

Of the four, homocysteine may be the most important to keep an eye on. Fortunately, it is also the easiest to control. In many ways, homocysteine is an indicator of how well your body is processing B-vitamins (some of which is genetically determined). The higher your homocysteine score, the more B-vitamins you need to be supplementing with. Of special note for homocysteine control (in decreasing order of importance) are: Folic Acid, B12, B6, and B2 as well as Zinc, Magnesium, and TMG or Trimethylglycine.

We, of course, also have to focus on nutrition, fitness, and stress in order to optimize homocysteine, as well as the other blood markers. High-quality, low-fat protein (such as wild game, fish, and soy) as well as fresh, organic fruits and vegetables should be the staples of everyone’s diet. Avoiding salt, not smoking, reducing your consumption of coffee and tea to two cups a day, and limiting your consumption of alcohol are also important. Regular exercise and relaxation sessions round out the program.

So get yourself checked for these four blood markers as soon as possible. For homocysteine, there’s even a do it yourself kit on the market. Knowing where you stand can put you on the pathway to optimal wellness.

Coaching Inquiries: Do you know your cholesterol, triglyceride, homocysteine, and c-reactive protein levels? Do you want to know? Would you be more or less motivated to change your nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and supplement regimens if you did know? Why not find out today?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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