Our cars have warning lights for when things are going wrong. We don’t. That’s why getting regular blood work done is hands down the most important aspect of biohacking and performance optimization.
Why You Should Blood Test
There’s no better way to fully optimize your health, performance, and longevity than getting regular blood work done. It should be an absolute priority and should be viewed as an investment in yourself that will help you perform at your absolute best.
You can take all the right supplements, get the right amount of sleep, do all the right training… and there could still be something wrong.
The only way to really know what’s going on, and therefore the only way to reach your full potential, is to test, track, and analyze your key blood biomarkers.
Things like free testosterone, estradiol, and growth hormone. Vitamin and mineral levels. Liver and thyroid function indicators. The list goes on.
It might seem overwhelming at first, but fortunately nowadays there are tools that do all the hard work for you.
We originally discovered WellnessFX after it was recommended by Tim Ferriss a few years back, and it’s been our go-to blood testing service ever since.
The company offers the most comprehensive analysis tools available which are all wrapped up in an easy-to-use interface. You order one of their lab work packages, go get your blood drawn at a local lab (there are thousands across the country), and after a few days the results pop up in your dashboard.
The tools show you customized recommendations for the optimal levels of each marker. And what’s more, if your numbers are off they give you recommendations for what to do to get back in range.
You can also track results over time to see how your improving after each test. And they even let you manually add your own test results into your profile yourself (more on that later).
The only problem? It can be expensive. We think it’s worth it to get every biomarker we’re looking for and have all the processing done for us.
But if cost is an issue we’ve also included a second option that will allow you to test for many of the same biomarkers and still use the same great analysis tools. All it takes is a little extra work.
Option #1: The Full WellnessFX Performance Package
WellnessFX offers three package levels to choose from: Baseline, Performance, and Premium.
While the Baseline package covers a lot of great biomarkers, it lacks some key things that we look for like testosterone and IGF-1. And on the flip side of that, their Premium package includes a lot of biomarkers that honestly aren’t that necessary to test for unless you’re about to climb Everest or go the space station.
The happy medium? Their Performance package.
The WellnessFX Performance package offers the perfect combination of biomarkers that we look for. Here’s a few key standouts:
- Testosterone – The main driver of anabolic muscle building activity in the body.
- Sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) – Binds to testosterone and other sex hormones, taking away their bioactivity.
- Free Testosterone – Testosterone that’s not bound to SHBG and therefore is available for your system to use.
- Estradiol – An estrogen steroid hormone and the byproduct of testosterone metabolism; still extremely important for men, but too much or too little can be detrimental.
- Cortisol – Stress hormone that breaks down muscle, raises blood sugar, and stores fat.
- IGF-1 – Growth hormone surrogate which affects the production of muscle and burning of fat.
- Insulin – Storage hormone for blood sugar and fat, where resistance is a precursor for diabetes.
- ApoB – A key binding protein of LDL cholesterol to tissues that has been shown to be one of the most accurate indicators of overall cardiovascular health.
All of those key factors come on top of a full triglyceride (cholesterol) panel and an advanced electrolyte and nutrients panel that covers every vitamin and mineral you could ask for. They also include markers for inflammation, livery & kidney health, and thyroid function.
In short, it’s exactly the set of biomarkers that we would create if we were to build our own. There’s literally no other measurement which we feel should be tested regularly for men’s health that they haven’t included. And the analysis dashboard makes reading the results and adjusting your behavior accordingly simple for anyone to do.
Here’s an example of the results readout:
Our electrolytes are looking pretty good! Unfortunately our latest HDL cholesterol levels weren’t quite as great. But WellnessFX tells you how to work on them:
The only downside to the WellnessFX package? It can be expensive. At the time of this writing the Performance package diagnostics are priced at $497.
We personally think that the services they provide are absolutely worth the price, and as mentioned earlier this shouldn’t be seen as wasted money but actually an investment in yourself that’s used to maximize your future output.
But, if that package is a little out of your price range, we’ve come up with an alternative solution that still offers a lot of the same benefits for a smaller price tag.
Option #2: Order Independent Labs and Upload The Results To WellnessFX
If you aren’t quite ready to get the full Performance package, our advice for the next best option is to order your own bloodwork done from an independent provider and then upload the results into a free WellnessFX account.
That’s right, you actually don’t have to buy a package to get access to the analysis tools that WellnessFX provides. You can create an account (here’s the link) and then follow the steps to manually input your own lab results into the system.
You get the same great benefits for tracking and analysis as you would normally, with all the recommendations for target levels and suggestions for improvements that we described above.
In terms of which independent provider to use, we’ve researched and tried dozens of options and by far our favorite so far is the Standard Male Hormone Panel from HealthLabs.com.
HealthLabs is one of the oldest and most reputable independent blood work providers available, and their standard male hormone panel hits a lot of the same checkboxes as the WellnessFX Performance package.
Here are the highlights:
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) – Blood sugar (glucose) levels, electrolyte and fluid balance, kidney function, and liver function.
- Complete Blood Count (CBC) – Differential and platelets test helps to give an overall view of general health and screens for a broad scope of diseases and conditions.
- Total Testosterone
- IGF-1 (Insulin Like Growth Factor)
- Uric Acid
- Lipid Panel
- Thyroid Panel
- Human Growth Hormone (hGH)/Growth Hormone (GH)
The package does leave out some biomarkers that we’d like to see included: SHBG, free testosterone (although that’s available to add for an additional cost here), insulin, DHEA, vitamin B12, and ApoB.
So it’s definitely not quite on par with the Performance package.
But if cost is a factor then this is absolutely a great option to get you started, and the ability to pair these labs with the WellnessFX dashboard will get you well on your way to fully optimizing every aspect of your health.
You can get started ordering the Standard Male Hormone panel here.
 BOTTLED FLOW-STATE – The Top 3 Best Nootropic Supplements And Our Guide To Using Them
Probably no other type of supplement elicits as much interest (or argument) from the biohacker community as nootropics. These compounds are meant to boost your brain’s cognitive function, increasing memory, focus, energy, and drive – similar to the effects of Adderall or Vyvanse but without the prescription.
The problem? Most of the nootropics on the market today are little more than caffeine pills masked with flashy marketing. Lucky for you we’ve compiled our top 3 favorite over-the-counter nootropic supplements here, along with our guide to using them effectively.
ANDREW HUBERMAN TESTOSTERONE BOOSTING SUPPLEMENTS – Updated March 2022 – Plus Bonus Tips From Tim Ferriss
Most of the testosterone boosting supplements on the market are bullshit. There. We said it. At best they have a barely-measurable effect and at worst they do nothing or could even be harmful. But fortunately there’s hope for those of us who aren’t quite ready to stick a needle in our ass just yet.
Stanford neurobiologist Andrew Huberman recently appeared on JRE and other podcasts where he discussed supplements that have a clinically proven effect on testosterone. On top of that, we’ve also included a few bonus tricks from Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Body chapter on testosterone boosting. Enjoy.
JOE ROGAN FULL SUPPLEMENT LIST – Updated February 2022 – Full Breakdown Of What He Takes & Why
Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that Joe Rogan never shy’s away from self-experimentation with the goal of optimizing his performance. Whether he’s spending 20 minutes in a 200 degree sauna, taking nootropics for a brain boost, or using the latest piece of training gear, there always seems to be something we can learn from him.
Get the full comprehensive list of what supplements and gear he uses for health and longevity here.
THE PSO-RITE REVIEW – A Game Changing Tool For Mobility and Muscle-Release
We were skeptical about the Pso-Rite to begin with, we’ll admit it. But when you keep hearing rave reviews from the likes of Joe Rogan, UFC fighters, NFL athletes, and other high-performing individuals, it’s hard to ignore. And needless to say we weren’t disappointed when we finally tried the tool for ourselves.
Designed in the shape of a therapists hands with the hardness of an elbow, the Pso-Rite allows you to easily massage and release your psoas complex (hip flexors) along with a number of other key muscle groups – leading to better mobility, less chronic pain, better circulation, and a host of other benefits.
 EVERLYWELL FOOD SENSITIVITY TEST REVIEW – The Top Food Sensitivity Testing Service For 2022, And Our Guide To Which Package Is Right For You
Ever eat a meal and get a headache afterwards out of nowhere? Or maybe it makes your brain feel slow, or gives you an upset stomach, and you have no idea why? Food sensitivity could be to blame. These sensitivities aren’t quite allergies in the sense that they’re dangerous, but their mild symptoms can absolutely affect your performance. And if you have no idea what’s causing them there’s no way to stop it.
The only way to really identify the culprit and avoid any future issues is with food sensitivity blood tests. These tests measure your body’s immune response to a wide variety of food and give you actionable information to better improve your health overall.
We’ve compiled a guide to our favorite testing service for 2022 here.
DNA SEQUENCING GUIDE – Our Review Of 23andMe + How To Use Rhonda Patrick’s Analysis Tool For The Best Genetic Health Reports Available
In the past five years the price of getting a full genetic sequence test has gotten so low that it’s benefits are now open to anyone. These DNA tests give you key insights into your health – factors like muscle composition, genetic age, weight loss traits, and specific genetic health risks that can show trends for certain diseases.
At the very least these tests give you a better sense of how your body reacts to diet and exercise, and at best they can quite literally save your life by showing you potential health risks from genetic variants.
We’ve compiled a guide to using one of the most popular testing services here, as well as tips for how to pair it with Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s proprietary analysis report tool.
 BEST EXOGENOUS KETONES – The Top 3 Best Ketone Supplements And Our Guide To Using Them
Supplementing with exogenous ketones allows you to take advantage of many of the benefits of the ketogenic diet – increased energy and mental clarity, improved weight loss, reduced hunger – without actually having to stay low carb.
The only problem was that up until a couple years ago the only supplements that you could find (if you could get your hands on any) tasted like straight up gasoline. It was hard not to gag getting them down. Fortunately there have been some great recent developments and nowadays there are a few supplements on the market that taste decent while still giving you the same great benefits. We’ve compiled our three favorite options here.
 VERMA FARMS CBD REVIEW – Our #1 CBD Supplement Source
Chances are you’re probably already familiar with (at least some of) the benefits of CBD. This hemp-derived molecule is non-psychoactive (doesn’t get you high) and non-addictive, but offers real, scientifically proven health benefits including anxiety reduction, improvements in sleep quality, reduction of inflammation and joint pain, muscle recovery, and much more.
The problem? Not all CBD supplements are created equal. We’ve been searching for a reputable supplier for some time and finally came across Verma Farms, which quickly became our #1 favorite. Read on to learn why.
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