A Chat with CrossFit Coach Ben Bergeron (VIDEO)

By Erin Sharoni Oct 08, 2015

I caught up with our good friend, world renowned CrossFit coach Ben Bergeron, on Skype to get his take on blood and biomarkers.

Spoiler alert: Ben LOVES that "blood don't lie" and can't imagine ever giving nutrition advice to his athletes without first testing with InsideTracker. "With blood, I can truly tell from the inside not only nutritionally, but training-wise, how the training volumes are affecting their performance," he says.

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Psyllium Spotlight: A Simple Way to Improve Your Metabolism

By Ashley Reaver, RD Oct 05, 2015

If you’ve checked your InsideTracker account in the past few months, you may have noticed an update in your supplement recommendations. While they are all backed by science, some may sound pretty foreign. One such supplement is psyllium, which is recommended for many of the metabolic markers if they are outside of the optimal zone. And although it sounds exotic, psyllium is just the husk of a seed—but it does have some serious health benefits.

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How I Lost 20 lbs While Eating Pizza and Doing No Cardio

By Ryan W. Cohen Oct 01, 2015

Last Fall, I came back from a two week Paris vacation feeling fat and happy. Happy, at least, until I realized I couldn’t fit into my pants. When I later got a new set of blood test results, I was also confronted by the fact that my weight was having a negative impact on my health. My InnerAge was a full ten years older than my actual age!

It was time for a change: I resolved not only to lose the weight I’d gained over the previous two weeks of eating chocolate croissants and macaroons — not even just the weight I’d gained over the past two years — but to become the leanest and fittest I’ve ever been in my life.

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8 New Additions To InsideTracker That You'll Love

By Erin Sharoni Sep 29, 2015

Here at InsideTracker, we get as excited about the little things as we do about the big ones. After all, when it comes to science, discoveries on the most microscopic level can impact life in unimaginable ways!

While we’re not about to alter the course of humanity (yet), we do have some pretty stellar new upgrades to the InsideTracker platform to share with you. You may have already noticed a few things — from our robust new recommendations to enhanced mobile function — but just to be sure you know what’s cooking, here’s a hit list:

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Cutting Through the Clutter - How InsideTracker Can Help You Optimize Yourself

By Margie Ploch Sep 24, 2015

Another study? Another headline? Another list of things to eat, or not to eat? Every day, there’s new advice -- about what diet you should follow and when you should exercise and how much sleep you really need. It’s overwhelming.How do you know which advice is solidly backed by science? There are all kinds of recommendations on the internet and in the media. Some of them conflict. Worse yet, it can be hard to tell which studies are well-designed, and which are faulty. 

Even if you feel confident that you have found a trusted source of information, you still have to figure out which advice makes sense for you. The same recommendation doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone. What is right for you? for your body? for your goals?

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Body Fat Measurement: The Options that are Best for You

By Katie Mark Sep 22, 2015

Measuring our body fat and pinpointing its location on our body is one of the best ways to assess our health status and health risks. Fortunately, there are options to measure body fat – from body calipers, to the gold standard of DXA scans. In this blog we review the best options in total body fat measurements that the general public can do on their own, including information on how fat distribution within that percentage matters for health.

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Does Supplementing with Spirulina Improve Your Health and Performance?

By Neel Duggal Sep 17, 2015

One of the most common new fitness trends is eating a mysterious blue-green algae called “spirulina.” Trendy fitness magazines and celebrities hail it as a top-secret “superfood” you take as a supplement or powder. However, are any of these claims actually based on real, scientific evidence? Or is spirulina as dubious as a health product shamelessly advertised by the Kardashians on Instagram? Below we sort out the fact and fiction by delving into the high-quality that shows how spirulina might impact your body and your health.

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The Lean Machine: How Your Body Fat Affects Your Health and Biochemistry

By Katie Mark Sep 14, 2015

Visible fat people fear, yet, this fat might not be the only villain with health and human performance.  There is a more dangerous factor than just body fat percentage, the distribution of fat, linked to numerous health risks. In this blog, we will explore the importance of body fat distribution, and, how it affects our health. We will evaluate the research on waist circumference (WC) – not weight – and how it affects biomarkers such as fasting glucose, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, testosterone and sex hormone binding globulin.

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Regenerative Medicine – Stem Cells, Platelet-Rich Plasma, and Blood Analytics

By Bruce Williams Sep 10, 2015

 Over three years ago, an article from ESPN, featuring Dr. James Andrews, highlighted the interest in stem cells as a way to help athletes heal. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections for athletes and other attempts to accelerate healing are exciting and very promising. Unfortunately, the media misunderstand regenerative medicine and fail to see the bigger picture of what else is needed to keep athletes on the court or the field. As a medical professional who employs PRP injections and collaborates with doctors who use stem cells, my perspective is that we need to put prevention first, and deploy therapeutics only when necessary.  I believe in regenerative medicine, but without doing the basics first through blood analysis, reactive medical care can be severely limiting.

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A Roadmap to Increasing Durability of the Body: Enter Creatine Kinase

By Carl Valle Sep 04, 2015

The biomarker creatine kinase (CK) is a useful way to determine general body strain. Anyone who exercises, ranging from light fitness to elite athletes, can benefit from correctly interpreting its data. Unlike vitamin D, ferritin, and magnesium, CK is not a nutrient and thus requires a little extra analysis to take advantage of the information it provides. The average Joe recreational runner all the way to the sports scientist can use CK to improve workouts and unveil some training patterns. In this blog, we will look at CK in detail and offer an outline of how best to use it to gauge body strain so you can plan smarter workouts.

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