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51x3MpW-0UL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_“Your Blood Never Lies” is an excellent book Dr. James LaValle wrote. In it he shows you how to read your blood work and what you can do to improve upon what’s not good. 

Having blood work done can be crucial to getting great results from your training.

Have you ever been busting your ass in the gym and getting sub par results? If you haven’t perhaps you know someone that this has happened to.

I’ve had many people come train at USI that have benefited from having certain blood tests done. One woman I trained wasn’t seeing results fast enough to satisfy her or I so I told her to get your magnesium and vitamin D levels checked. She did the tests with her doctor along with a few others and found out that she was very low in both magnesium (the test was a Red Blood Cell magnesium test) and in vitamin D. She was also very low in iron, which can be caused by a B-vitamin deficiency. She started taking supplements to increase her levels and ended up losing 30 pounds.

I’ve also personally done a lot of blood work on myself and have had my T3 thyroid hormone come back as low and some issues on my small particle LDL.

The point is you could be working your ass off and getting very slow results if you have deficiencies. Exercise alone won’t fix all your problems.

Getting blood tests on:

  • vitamins/minerals such as magnesium, zinc, folate, b-12, iron, calcium
  • hormones such as cortisol, testosterone, dhea, thyroid
  • blood sugar to determine how well you handle glucose

If anything is off it could be holding you back.

Another issue I frequently see is being able to read your blood work. That’s one of the reasons why Dr. James LaValle’s book is so valuable. Another great tool you can use is wellnessfx.com. You can get an account for free and input any blood work you do get. This website makes it very easy to see if something is to high or to low in your blood by coloring anything out of range as red. Here is a screen shot of mine to show you an example.

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If you don’t have insurance you get also order blood work through them and have the blood drawn at a Quest Diagnostics near you.

At USI we use two amazing tools to determine what you may need to work on both in the gym and out of the gym, and that’s Biosignature readings and a great general questionnaire, but nothing is better than blood work. I would have every person that trains at USI get this done if I could. I’m convinced that once you know something is out of range and you fix it, you would see a profound difference in your appearance and how you feel.

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