Optimal Health for Athletes and Biohackers

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Optimal Health for Athletes and Biohackers

If you are putting a lot of time and effort into your training, diet and nutritional supplementation you want to know that what you are doing is giving you the best return for your efforts. Having an annual check up with your G.P is a good idea, but often they do not understand the special needs of athletes.

The Problem With Your Doctors Blood Tests

Many times people are told they are “fine” by their doctor, but the level of testing they have had done was inadequate to identify issues or you could be in the “normal” range, not the optimal range and that could be affecting your performance. Inadequate testing of thyroid, adrenal hormones, sex hormones, ferritin, inflammatory markers or other nutritional biomarkers can lead to undiagnosed issues with your health or a drop in performance.

This is not necessarily the fault of doctors as they may not understand the special needs of athletes, biohackers and others who want to live their lives in optimal health and not fall into the “average” category. Also, doctors are restricted as to how many tests they can order through medicare, so they are reluctant to order specialised tests like full thyroid panels or hormone testing for their clients.

At Planet Naturopath we offer a wide range of testing services to help you optimise your performance, health and nutrition.

Is a Good Diet and Supplements Enough?

I have seen many athletes and other clients who follow a good diet, regularly take supplements and seemingly do the right thing but still seem tired or their energy levels are not as good as they should be, recovery from training is slower, they may have poor sleep or mood and they seem to get too many colds. When they have had their regular blood test check up they are told that everything is “fine” when clearly it is not.

While a great diet is vital for optimising your performance it is often not enough to help you reach your optimal health, especially when your training hard and trying to live life to the fullest.

Comprehensive testing can help to identify problems early before more serious illness develops, even improving your health by 5% can often be enough to improve performance and get a PB.

What Should Athletes Be Checking

Cardiovascular Health

Adrenal Health

Sex Hormones

Organic Acids Test

Inflammation and Blood Sugar Control

Other tests may depend on your individual circumstances and symptoms. If you are having a lot of digestion problems then a Comprehensive Digestive stool analyses can diagnose the underlying cause like bacteria or parasitic infection, low digestive enzymes or levels of good bacteria. Allergy testing, FODMAP diet or an elimination diet can help to identify foods that trigger your digestive problems.

Overall the benefits of regularly checking your biomarkers through a comprehensive Performance Panel for athletes can help you work out what your optimal levels are, so you can adjust your training, diet or supplements to improve performance and reduce injury risk.

Benefits to a comprehensive test can enable you to identify and teat underlying health issues that affect your performance so you can:

  • Boosting energy levels
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Improve metabolism
  • Reduce injury
  • Enhance performance
  • Optimise mood


Not too sure where to start!? If your not sure what the best testing options are for you, a good place to start is our hugely popular ‘Investigation Consultation’

Your 30 minute ‘‘Investigation Consultation’ is a deep dive into your health history, current health problems and planning session to work out the best testing options for you.

You will be emailed a report detailing the action steps you need to take.

So schedule your 30 minute in-depth Investigation Consultation today and discover the right testing option for you.

Act now and get the answers you need to put you on the right path towards a healthier and happier you.

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