Antioxidants: What Vitamins C and E can do for your body

By Ashley Reaver, RD Nov 25, 2015


Antioxidants—we’ve heard the term over and over in the health and longevity spheres, but what are they, where can we find them, and why are they so important? Several of our food and supplement recommendations are geared towards increasing your intake of antioxidants; particularly vitamins A, C, and E. The benefits of wine and dark chocolate are also buoyed by their antioxidant content. For this blog, we’ll focus on two antioxidants in particular, Vitamins C and E.

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Cardio Training: Beyond Calories and Intervals

By Katie Mark Nov 19, 2015


Sprint, rest, repeat. Or a 45-minute jog on the treadmill? Intense bursts of movement in high intensity interval training (HIIT) does more than give you bang for your workout-buck in calorie burning. Which is the prescription for better health? The mantra that HIIT workouts are more effective for fat loss does not mean that we should throw steady state cardio (SSC) – working at a lower intensity for extended periods – at the bottom of our training schedule.

In this blog, we’ll investigate HIIT and SSC and their effect on biomarkers such as glucose, testosterone and creatine kinase. We’ll also discuss the physiological adaptations that result from both. Ultimately, a blended approach of HIIT and SSC may be the winning combo.

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Spartan Race Pro Amelia Boone on the Power of InsideTracker (VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT)

By Erin Sharoni Nov 16, 2015

Amelia Boone is a Spartan Race Pro who is no stranger to big challenges. In addition to being one of the best in the world at racing through impossible obstacles (she won the Spartan Race World Championship in 2013) and beating most of the boys while she's at it, she is also a successful, full-time corproate attorney. Naturally, we had to catch up with Amelia to find out just how she juggles all the demands of two such roles... and stays healthy in the process.

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Notes from a Soccer Pro: Zev Taublieb's Story

By Erin Sharoni Nov 12, 2015

 Zev Taublieb is a 22 year-old professional soccer player currently playing in the USL (United Soccer League, the second tier of American Soccer). Zev began testing with InsideTracker thanks to the recommendation of his coach, Christopher Malenab… and hasn’t looked back since! What follows is Zev’s story, written by him and sent to us as a testament to his amazing experience using our platform.

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Anti-Aging and Weight Training: What New Research is Promising

By Neel Duggal Nov 10, 2015

Fitness Dogma says weightlifting makes you stronger and larger, which is good for men and bad for women. New research says that regular resistance training can do much more than make men more muscular: it can boost heart health and fight aging in both men and women. Additionally, a recent study indicates that there are unique biomarker benefits to sticking with that regular weightlifting program long after you get start a program. Below we examine why you want to adopt a weightlifting program- and stick with it.

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A Chat with Laura Ingalls, Holistic Health Coach (VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT)

By Erin Sharoni Nov 05, 2015

Laura Ingalls is a certified holistic health coach, workplace wellness counselor and amateur marathoner who was plagued for years by health issues with no apparent answers. Physicians told her, "You're totally normal." But Laura knew something was off. She was always exhausted and foggy-headed, her bones were weak and her weight was totally beyond her control.

Laura refused to give up until she found the answers.

Her determination paid off. Thanks to testing multiple times with InsideTracker, she was able to uncover key biomarkers that were not optimal. Using them as clues, she brought them to the attention of her doctor, requesting additional investigation. Turns out, Laura has a benign tumor on her parathyroid.

While benign, it may be a source of havoc for her body. In this interview, Laura shares her amazing story with me. "I was just seeking answers... when something like this happens to you, you feel crazy and no one believes you... I think even our doctors say crazy things to us because maybe they don't have the answers right away," Laura says.

"The thing that has helped me advocate for my own health THE MOST from InsideTracker, is how you see an optimal zone—and that is different from the 'normal zone'."

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Can Coenzyme Q10 Boost Your Energy and Fight Aging?

By Neel Duggal Nov 02, 2015

Let’s face it: life can be exhausting. There is always a looming deadline at work, another after school activity to pick up your kid from, and another attention-needy outfit worn by Miley Cyrus you have to look at. If you’re an athlete, you might understandably be exhausted from your fifth consecutive day of training just two days before your big game or race.

To keep up with the demands of work and life, you might ask yourself: Where can I get another boost of energy to make it through the week? Is there some pill out there that doesn’t contain caffeine I can use to fight fatigue?

Recently, manufacturers have hailed Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplements as an effective tool to boost energy and speed recovery. But are any of these claims backed up by credible research? The nerds at InsideTracker got you covered, and while we cannot discuss why Miley Cyrus does what she does, we can shed light on how CoQ10 impacts your wellness and fitness.

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A Chat with Spartan Race's Joe DI, Director of Fitness & Training (VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT)

By Erin Sharoni Oct 29, 2015

If you haven't heard of Joe "DI" DiStefano, head guru of fitness and training over at Spartan Race, don't worry — you can get to know him right here in this Skype interview I did with him. 

Joe, fondly known to the Spartan and fitness communities the world over as Joe "DI", is the Director of Fitness & Training over at Spartan HQ. He travels the globe spreading the gospel as passionately as you probably imagine he does (if you know anything about the fiercely loyal Spartan community). Joe is a fan of InsideTracker as both a world-famous coach and an individual athlete himself. "It's just such a cool tool," he says. We agree, Joe!

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Plant Steroids: What Are Phytosterols?

By Ashley Reaver, RD Oct 27, 2015

We all know that plant foods are good for us. They contain loads of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that keep our bodies fueled with the essential components for optimal health. Some of the beneficial phytochemicals are well known such as lycopene and resveratrol; others are more obscure, like plant sterols and stanols, which InsideTracker recommends. So what are they? And why are they recommended for optimizing cholesterol?

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Creatine Supplements: Myths & Misconceptions Dispelled

By Neel Duggal Oct 22, 2015

Creatine supplements are one of the most popular health supplements utilized by InsideTracker users and the general population. And it’s also one of the most controversial. While some hail it as a useful tool to increase muscle gains, boost recovery, and surge testosterone, others denounce it as an ineffective supplement that causes liver and kidney damage. Where does the real answer lie? In this piece, we cover all of the nitty-gritty research and distill what creatine supplements do and don’t do to your body.

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