There’s two big problems in the world of health and fitness. First, there’s a lot of contradictory information. Second, people are very different from one another. This means that the age of one-size-fits-all advice is dead. What I want to talk about today is where that leaves you.
In my experience, 9 out of 10 people are playing “guess and check” with their health. They mix and match advice from random internet research, blogs, friends at the gym, and family members and give it a solid college try. They have no idea whether the advice is good or bad, beneficial or destructive.
If this is your game plan, you don’t really know where you started—there’s no objective baseline—and there’s only circumstantial evidence of progress. While having more energy and dropping dress sizes can be promising signs, it’s not definitive evidence that what you’re doing is truly in your best interest.
So, here’s what I recommend: Take an objective look at your health by testing where you are now and then follow up with re-testing every 4 to 6 months. What kind of testing am I talking about? I’m talking about functional lab testing.
We’re the first generation in history to have objective health markers at our fingertips.
Only recently has modern medicine evolved to a point where you can order a clear picture of what’s going on inside your body on any given day. Before now, your only hope was to get a doctor’s appointment and have them run a general lab panel. It was ultra basic and provided very little insight into the actual state of your health.
Trying to get these extensive panels isn’t easy. Doctors normally aren’t interested in ordering them unless they already suspect something to be wrong with you. The modern medical system is not interested in prevention or optimization, it’s only interested in finding and treating existing illness.
The good news is that you no longer have to rely on conventional doctors. You can put yourself in the driver’s seat. Not just with prevention and optimization, but with investigation as well.
The Baseline Panel
This isn’t a standard blood test panel that your general practitioner runs. It’s much more comprehensive. But there’s also a more important aspect to testing that doctors will rarely share with you: a blood test is merely a snapshot in time. One test alone is of little value.
Your doctor likely recommends that you get a yearly physical and perhaps a yearly blood test. But getting a snapshot every year is not very useful. Markers can change overnight. And they change in response to stress, lifestyle, exercise, and so on. For example, a single blood test that shows “high cholesterol” could be a false reading based on recent weight loss or even highly stressful events.
The power is in tracking markers more often and over time, something that wasn’t possible for most people even as recently as 5 or 10 years ago. And if you’re about to start building new diet and lifestyle habits it’s a great idea to get a baseline starting point for your markers so you can track what effects the new habits have on your health. A 4 to 6 month re-test of these same markers gives you objective evidence that what you’re doing is working.
This is why we’re so confident in the Total Body Reboot blueprint. We’ve put thousands of men and women from over 30 countries around the world through this program and have tracked key biomarkers in a good percentage of them. Total Body Reboot doesn’t just teach you how to nourish your body; heal your relationship with food, body, and self; create healthy lifestyle habits; and get you moving in functional ways—it makes you healthier in a way that’s provable.
Never again do you need to take what a research study “proved” or what an “expert” told you at face value. Empower yourself by knowing what’s going on inside your body and monitor the changes over time as you make adjustments!
Investigative Lab Tests
Where the Baseline Panel we recommend is designed to give you a “baseline” health snapshot, there are other panels and tests that are much more specific. The goal of these tests is to search for specific issues. Instead of believing you might have an issue (guess-and-check), you can now verify for sure and follow a treatment plan accordingly.
It’s impossible to have a body and life you love if you have underlying health issues that need specific treatment. This is also a main cause of people “doing all the right things” and not seeing great external results. Here’s three quick and fairly basic/common examples:
- Those with adrenal fatigue (AF) will have a lot of trouble losing weight and will not see an increase in their energy levels until the AF is found and reversed, regardless of changes to diet.
- People with SIBO will have a lot of trouble overcoming sugar cravings and digestive distress until the SIBO is found and dealt with.
- People with leaky gut will continue to suffer from energy issues, inflammation, and nagging ailments until their gut is healed.
Again, the popular method to deal with these things is to guess and check, which often yields very poor results. It’s also a highly frustrating way to approach health. When testing for these things is available, taking the test and getting an accurate result is a no-brainer.
We are the first generation to have this type of testing at our fingertips. The excuse that you don’t know who or what to believe is no longer relevant. Objective proof is available to you.
If you’re ready to end the guess-and-check strategy you’ve been following, check out the lab tests that are available to you through the Rebooted Body Academy. Your test will be scheduled immediately after you order, the results will come back from the lab quickly, and all tests include a results consultation.
All tests are available to anyone in the U.S. Select tests are available to those outside of the U.S. Contact our support team for information on what is available to you depending on your location.
Founder of Rebooted Body and host of The Rebooted Body Podcast. Kevin helps men and women finally get a body and life they love with his unique blend of real food, functional movement, and psychology. To work with him personally, choose a program.