I Want Your Blood Part 1!

“I want your blood” that’s what the nurse said to one of THE PIT and one of Australias’ premier athletes.

For the last 5 years I’ve seen more blood test results (termed blood chemistries) than most doctors…

And for very good reason, an athletes’ blood chemistries tell me exactly how healthy they are; and any health or disease issues that may possibly arise or may currently be below the surface that are yet to impact upon their physical sports performance.

But aren’t elite athletes healthy?

Well in my experience they are most definitely not!

Couple poor diet with numerous environmental toxins, high levels of pollution and exposure to xenoestrogens and radiation and we’ve got a sure fire recipe for poor health, disease and hampered sports performance.

Pesticides and Chemicals

Pollution

Mobile Phone Radiation

Athletes are certainly not as healthy as you’d think!

It stands to reason that if you’re blood chemistries are not optimal then your performance will suffer and you won’t/can’t play to the best of your ability. And in the world of elite sports a 1% improvement in performance can mean the difference between winning and losing!

When I say blood chemistries I’m not talking about live blood analysis by a pseudo doctor naturopath type.

I’m talking about a full spectrum of blood tests that screen for 6 fundamental health and performance markers that indicative of disease states in the human body.

The 6 Sub Clinical Defects

1. pH (Acid/Base) Imbalance-Acid or Alkaline Imbalance
2. Anaerobic Metabolism
3. Free Calcium Excess
4. Chronic Inflammation
5. Connective Tissue Breakdown
6. Oxidative Stress

So what do the blood test results tell us?

The results of the blood test  determine the health status of the individual and allows us to pin point the exact underlying causes of many of the health issues and problems athletes face such as:

• Fatigue
• Skin conditions
• Poor immunity
• Chronic fatigue
• Headaches
• Chronic aches, pains and inflammation

• Nausea
• Low testosterone and high oestrogens
• Depression
• Reduced sex drive
• Inability to reduce body fat or gain muscle
• Poor recovery from training and or competition

Ironically, almost all of the above health issues are universally seen amongst todays’ athletes!

Blood tests can help identify toxin exposure based on the toxic foot prints they leave behind. The most common toxic foot prints seen in athletes I coach are usually for mercury, solvents, pesticides and latex. The results of which allow me to individualize the health/performance program to the individuals tailored blood test results.

Who cares about disease, health or toxicity???  I’m only interested in performance!

That’s great but these results can tell us if there are any health problems, diseases that may be below the surface that could possibly set us up for future health issues or diseases that maybe beginning that we aren’t aware of yet. This is almost like an insurance policy.

If the body is trying or attempting to fight disease how can the body perform to the absolute maximal potential required by that of an elite athlete.

It can’t!

Problems with Blood Tests

Blood tests aren’t without their problems or inherent flaws.

1. Firstly they are invasive and some people have fears and phobias of needles which make the tests undesirable.

2. The turnaround time for results is usually a few days to a few weeks which can delay diagnosis and appropriate courses of action.

3. The panel of blood work I devise could be considered expensive at approx $400-$1200.

4. The results of the blood work only give you a picture of the persons health at a specific point in time. Meaning that the results could be going on an upward or downward spiral so we must re-test to ascertain what is actually happening.

5. Hard to standardize the tests meaning the patient can modify fluid and dietary intake between 2 testing occasions which can distort the data as well.

6. The action plan and dietary supplement plan can be costly for the supplements that are required to normalise your results.

I personally feel that the results and outcomes acquired from such blood tests more than make up for the fear, discomfort or costs involved.

After all, what price can you put on your health and performance?

Stay Tuned for Part 2 which will outline the blood test results, meanings, interpretation and impact upon your performance.

All the best

Joey