These CrossFit Athletes Are Ready For The Games

By Laura Ligos, RD Jul 21, 2016

With the 2016 CrossFit Games in full swing, we wanted to share our excitement with you, our readers. Not only are we looking forward to watching the athletes fight for the title of “The Fittest,” but we are also excited to have members of the InsideTracker team at The Games this year in Vendor Village. If you are going to be there, be sure to stop by to learn how you can improve your health and fitness!

For the 10th anniversary of the Games, Games Director, Dave Castro, promised the athletes that “this year’s competition is going to push you to limits you have never pushed yourself to before. This will be the most difficult CrossFit Games, mentally and physically, we have ever done.” For the sake of good sport and competition, we hope he keeps his promise!

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Just Keep Swimming

By Laura Ligos, RD Jul 13, 2016


It’s Olympic season, so that means it’s time for a few sports to grab a bit more of the spotlight than usual. In particular, swimming seems to be the defining example. As a sport, swimming comes to the forefront every four years, peaks in popularity, and slowly treads its way back into the deep. But if you're a swimmer like me, whether you were an age-group swimmer, club swimmer, college swimmer or even a Masters swimmer, a certain sense of pride and awe comes over you as you watch the world's best swimmers go stroke-for-stroke in the Olympics. Though, perhaps more people should ride this wave and jump in. Swimming might just be the sport you've been looking for.

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Lower Your Blood Sugar With These Supplements

By Catherine Ward Jul 06, 2016


Blood glucose, more commonly known as blood sugar, is the primary source of energy for your body. It is the first thing your body turns to during activity, and provides quick energy that you can burn through before switching to burning body fat. Clearly, it’s important to have an adequate level of glucose to perform activities, but having enough glucose is not usually the issue for people. Rather, most of us have too much glucose, which can lead to weight gain, elevated triglyceride levels, and high blood pressure. Surprisingly, only 23% of InsideTracker users have an optimized glucose level, which proves that even the most health-conscious among us can have elevated blood glucose. Regular testing of blood glucose is the best way to monitor your levels, ensuring that you stay consistently in the optimal range.

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Eat Your Red, White & Blue this Independence Day!

By Diana Licalzi Jul 02, 2016

It’s 4th of July weekend and what better way to celebrate than with food? Naturally, we’re showing our patriotism in the form of nutrition – with a list of the healthiest red, white and blue foods to chow down on as you celebrate. Plus, we’ve added our favorite recipe to each color group so that you can make a healthy (but yummy) contribution at your BBQ. To borrow from our favorite film: May the Fourth be with you!

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Harvard Medical School's Dr. Kathryn Rexrode on Hormones & Health [VIDEO]

By Erin Sharoni Jun 29, 2016

When it comes to the subject of hormones, there's plenty to discuss. For most of us, hormones are as confusing and complex a topic as they are fascinating. How do they work, exactly? What roles do they play in our bodies at different points in our lives? Why are men and women affected so differently by the same ones? Thankfully, we have an expert on hand to help us sort through it all! Dr Kathryn Rexrode is a rockstar in the world of women's health, and an expert on hormones and metabolic health.

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In the News: Lowering Medical Costs with Technology [VIDEO]

By Erin Sharoni Jun 23, 2016

According to a recent study, Americans spent $310 billion dollars on medicines last year. Companies like ours are part of a popular, growing movement towards preventative care – using advanced technology and expert guidance to put your health in your hands.

Channel 2 News in Atlanta recently featured InsideTracker in a television segment on this very topic. Check out the video replay, above!

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No Food For Four Days? Yes, Really.

By Kenny Westerman Jun 22, 2016

 

Every once in a while, someone on the team here at InsideTracker decides to take on an interesting challenge. From nutrition, to exercise, or a lack of both, these challenges have really run the gamut. So, when our Data Science Intern, Kenny Westerman, who is a Ph.D. student and holds his Masters in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition from Tufts' Friedman School of Science and Policy, decided he wanted to take on a challenge of his own, who were we to stop him? After all, it's all in the name of science!

Here's Kenny's story...

“You haven’t eaten anything? In three days?” This was the response I got from my astonished (and skeptical) coworkers at InsideTracker upon hearing about my current dietary experiment. As a nutrition-centric company, all of us are major foodies, and it is certainly hard to imagine resisting eating for even one entire day. So why did I choose to undergo what ultimately became a four-day fast?    

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Dr. Gil Blander Shares Top Tips for Men's Health [VIDEO]

By Erin Sharoni Jun 15, 2016

It's National Men's Health Week, and with Father's Day coming up this weekend, we thought we'd honor all the dads out there with a special video – just as we did for Mother's Day with tips on women's health. Dr. Gil Blander is the founder and Chief Science Officer of InsideTracker, and he joins me in this special video interview. Gil has nearly 20 years of experience in systems biology, aging, metabolism, and caloric restriction research. In short, he's a smart and passionate guy whom we love to pieces around here!

In this video, Gil breaks down the biomarkers for men's health that InsideTracker tests for. He explains what they are, why they're important, and how anyone can make simple changes that improve these markers. He also shares some surprising insights – like the fact that in the case of testosterone, having more of a good thing isn't good at all: "Like with every marker, you need to be in balance – there is an optimal range," Gil explains. Far too much testosterone can be just as bad as far too little.

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Time-Restricted Feeding: Fitter Through Fasting

By Ashley Reaver, RD Jun 08, 2016

When you think of holidays, you probably don't think of food deprivation. But, plenty of cultures have integrated fasting into their traditional observances, for millenia. This month, Muslims around the world are celebrating Ramadan, a holiday which emphasizes fasting during daylight hours. Since the holiday essentially mandates time-restricted feeding, with food only being consumed before sunrise and after sunset, Ramadan has piqued the curiosity of the research world. What's more, we also recommend time-restricted feeding. Therefore, it only seemed appropriate to dive into the topic of fasting this month and discuss the potential benefits that time-restricted feeding can have on our health and how it can help us reach our goals.

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How Going Vegan Affected My Body

By Diana Licalzi Jun 01, 2016


Some people hesitate to pursue a vegan diet because they fear not getting adequate amounts of protein. This, however, should not be the case as beans, nuts, seeds, quinoa, edamame, and peas all provide sufficient amounts when consumed as part of a balanced vegan diet. As a nutrition graduate student at Tufts University, I recently completed a course called Nutritional Biochemistry: Micronutrients. In this class, we rigorously analyzed the metabolism of vitamins and minerals and their requirement for the functioning of the human body. Along the way, I discovered that despite popular opinion, a more pertinent concern for vegans revolves around micronutrients rather than protein.

This left me asking the question, "Does a plant-based diet provide sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals?" Well, I decided to find the answer on my own, and thus began my two-month vegan challenge. In this blog post, I share a recap of my results and the important lessons learned.

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