Recently I had the amazing opportunity to work with WellnessFX through FitFluential. WellnessFX is a web-based platform that essentially enables you to be more informed about your health, and to use that knowledge to take control of your life. I did the WellnessFX Baseline.
How it works:
First, you purchase the package. Then, make an appointment for a blood draw, and within a couple of days, you will receive an email notification that your results have been posted to your account. Once your results have been posted, you receive an extensive list of health care professionals with different specialties, and choose the one that looks like the best fit for your consult. When it is time for your consult, you simply call in and speak to the health care professional–all you need is a phone and internet service to be able to view your results. Following the consultation, the notes from the consult will be posted in your account, and you can view them any time. Lastly, you are able to track your progress as you make lifestyle changes, and see them reflected in your personal account.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but you know I am always excited about an opportunity to learn more about my body, and what I can do to live a healthier life style. I made an appointment at a lab just minutes from my house.
They literally called me in within 5 minutes of my appointment time (my doctors could stand to learn something from these guys!) and I would say I was in and out of the lab within 10 minutes! It was so easy, and the staff were super friendly. I feel like that is a requirement when you work with needles. Required: Pleasant disposition, good sense of humor, daily showers. Oh, and I guess a degree 😉
Within 2-3 days, I received an email that my results had been posted to my account. I have to admit, I had a little bit of anxiety–“WHAT IF I’M DYING?!?!?!”–but, shockingly, my results were mostly great!
You can see here that everything looks good (thank you WellnessFX for the AWESOME color coating that made everything so easy to understand!) except my Apo B (protein in LDL) and hs-CRP (general inflammation marker). The inflammation was no surprise–I am training for a marathon, but the Apo B had me a little concerned, because cholesterol problems run in my family.
Here, everything is looking good except for the ALP. I believe they told me this was linked to my vitamin D being low, if I remember correctly. You can see that even my TSH is in balance!! Hooray! It’s been a long battle, and I never get to see my actual lab results, so it was nice to see that my meds are still working properly. Thank you, Endo!
This section gets an A+ 🙂
Womp, womp. So much orange. Really, it’s just telling me that my vitamin D is low, which is very common. Low calcium is an other thing that runs in my family, so I was happy to see those counts were good. You can see how detailed of an evaluation they give you. I was thrilled to have access to so much of my medical information! I definitely spent some time googling things before my consult, because I’m impatient like that 😉
I spoke with Rachel, an RD who specializes in endurance athletes. That’s why I chose her 🙂 The day before my appointment, I received a reminder email from WellnessFX (great for forgetful people like me!). That day, I simply called in at my scheduled appointment time and enjoyed being able to speak to a health care professional from the comfort of my own home, and actually getting to speak on time rather than waiting for hours in a waiting room. It was great! She asked what a typical day of eating was like for me, and then we moved on to my blood work.
- Apo B: She said this is most likely related to my thyroid disease (I have Hashimotos AKA Hypothyroidism), and not to be concerned with it since all of my other cholesterol levels are good.
- Inflammation: Typical for training for a marathon. She recommended fish oil and vitamin C, and suggested a more concentrated dose where I only have to take one pill.
- Vitamin D/ALP: She said to have low vitamin D is very normal, and asked where I live. I don’t think it’s quite as normal for someone who is constantly running and biking in sunny Phoenix, however since I don’t eat a ton of dairy, it is likely that my body is having a difficult time getting vitamin D from nutrition, so she recommended a supplement.
I can’t wait to see some improvement (hopefully) in my vitamin D, ALP and inflammation moving forward!
Would I recommend the WellnessFX Baseline program?
Heck yes! For someone like me who is fascinated by numbers, specifics and the way my body works, it was perfect! It helped me realize where my health could use some improvements, and hopefully making those changes will lead to a better quality of life. I feel like for all of us, there is so much to be gained in knowledge alone. The knowledge that your blood sugar or cholesterol are in the read could be the kick you need to change your diet, and refocus your health. I absolutely loved the convenience and ease of the whole process, and I would 100% recommend it.
FitFluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign. All opinions are my own.