Here's How Birth Control Can Affect Your Biomarkers

By Ashley Reaver, MS, RD Jul 20, 2017

We're often asked if hormonal contraceptives can affect female biomarkers. The answer? Yes. It makes sense then, that women begin to wonder how they are affected, and to what extent.

Like any other medication, hormonal contraceptives (pills, patches, rings, IUDs, implants, and injections) interfere with the normal functioning of the body. Naturally, there can be some unintended residual effects. Therefore, some out-of-range biomarkers may be attributed to your contraceptive use, while others may be a combination of factors. It's important to note that throughout this blog post, we will refer to all hormonal contraceptives (pills, patches, rings, IUDs, implants, and injections), as OC – aka oral contraceptives. This may seem a misnomer, but in the current scientific literature, "OC" is used to characterize all hormonal contraceptives, unless indicated otherwise. We hope this post will help you better understand how your OC could be affecting some of your biomarker levels.

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How You Can Optimize Your Iron Intake To Maximize Absorption

By Ashley Reaver, MS, RD Jul 13, 2017

Iron is an incredibly important mineral for health. Not only is it a crucial component for many biochemical reactions in our bodies, it is also required for proper oxygen transport. And since many of our users are athletes, iron deserves even more of a spotlight.

Last week we discussed the implications of inflammation on your iron levels. This week, we’re sharing how you can optimize your iron intake to maximize its absorption.

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Here's How Inflammation Affects Your Iron Levels

By Ashley Reaver, MS, RD Jul 06, 2017

Measuring your iron levels to make sure you are meeting your needs is key. After all, you can’t monitor what you don’t measure. But even we’ll admit, not all science is easily translated into plain English. That’s exactly what we strive to do here at InsideTracker. And we’ve just made understanding your iron group easier than ever!

Your iron group is comprised of five biomarkers: ferritin, hemoglobin, TS, blood iron, and total iron binding capacity. These five markers measure things like iron storage, the amount of iron your blood can carry, and the amount of oxygen your blood can circulate throughout your body. Tracking your iron group can give you a view into whether you're meeting, exceeding, or falling short of your body's iron needs.

By adding a short interpretation to your iron group, we hope it will help you understand your specific combination of iron markers and how they all work together.

One factor that you may not have expected to affect your iron group is inflammation. So, could it be affecting your iron group? Here’s what you need to know...

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Four Fantastic Recipes For Your Fourth of July

By Catherine Roy Jun 29, 2017

The 4th of July ranks pretty high on our list of fun holidays here at InsideTracker; friends, fireworks, and most importantly, food! Since our aim is to help you eat for your biomarkers and achieve your goals, we figured, what better way to celebrate one of our favorite holidays than by sharing 4 healthy additions to take your 4th cookout to the next level? Trust us when we say that your friends and family will thank you for these recipes… and for improving their biomarkers!

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A Beginner's Triathlon Training Journey, Backed by Science

By Ross Yellin, Esq. & Ashley Reaver, RD Jun 22, 2017

From CrossFit’s finest, to world record-holding triathletes, to pro ballers, we work with some of the best athletes in the world. They inspire us to make InsideTracker the authority on what the body needs to train properly, recover effectively, and most importantly, perform at 110% when it comes time for the main event.

They also inspire us on a personal level. No, we’re not going for Olympic gold anytime soon. But a noteworthy finish line is certainly on our horizon – we’re headed for Ironman Maine 70.3 this August. So please consider this post your official invitation to join us for the training ride as we – Ross and Ashley, InsideTracker's own amateur triathletes – share weekly recaps of our progress (and pain) right here on the blog!

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Blood Biomarker Data: The Coeur of Your Performance

By Mariah Bridges Jun 15, 2017

At InsideTracker, we are all about personalization. Personalized nutrition, personalized lifestyle changes, and personalized supplement recommendations. But even while personalization is the name of our game, we know that sometimes, it’s important to take a look at the broader picture in addition to the details.

What do we mean by that? Well, take the Coeur Ambassador Group for example. Each team member wants their own personalized approach, but how about their captain and leaders? For them, clicking through account after account could be a never ending task, but with InsideTracker, they can take a look at the group as a whole. From there, they can provide tips to help everyone on the team reach their goals.

We sat down with Coeur Co-Founder and Team Captain, Hailey Manning, to find out why Coeur decided to partner with InsideTracker, and what a difference it can make when a team takes a scientific approach to training.

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Magnesium Gets a Makeover! A Brand New Biomarker & Better Optimization

By Bartek Nogal Jun 07, 2017

We’re thrilled to announce the newest addition to our Ultimate Panel biomarker family: RBC Magnesium! Never heard of it? Most people haven’t, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important.

Magnesium is an essential mineral that needs to be supplied in the diet, and RBC Magnesium measures the levels of magnesium inside of your red blood cells. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the science behind why that measurement is important, and how it’s different from the standard Serum Magnesium measurement you’re used to seeing. We’ll also discuss our new and improved optimal range for the existing Serum Magnesium marker.

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Your Nutrition Coach of the Future is Here

By Gil Blander, PhD Jun 02, 2017

InsideTracker users are telling us they have big goals. So, they were our inspiration for making some big updates to the InsideTracker platform to help them reach these big goals. We're throwing coaching, A.I., algorithms, and everything we have at these goals. 

Here is a hit list of the improvements, and more importantly, why they matter…

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Fight Fatigue With These Four Recipes

By Catherine Ward May 18, 2017

How much coffee do you think you drink in a week? How about in a day? If the thought of calculating your weekly coffee bill inspires feelings of fear and anxiety, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many Americans struggle to keep their energy levels up throughout the day, and convince themselves they need caffeine to fight the dreaded “two o’clock slump."

If you're looking to kick caffeine to the curb (or just looking to keep it to one cup a day), here are some fantastic foods that help fight fatigue.

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How This Inspiring Mother Daughter Duo Keep Each Other Healthy

By Ross Yellin, Esq. May 10, 2017

She started caring for you even before you were born. Eating the right foods, avoiding the bad ones. Monitoring every step of her pregnancy to ensure you were a happy, healthy baby. And that didn't stop once you were born. As is often the case, her life likely became a whole lot more about yours. So now that it's her big day, Mother's Day, how do you say thank you to mom?

Stevie Lyn Smith is an InsideTracker athlete and Registered Dietitian who jumped at the chance to give more than flowers. Stevie is always worrying about her mother’s health, thanks to a bit of sub-par family health history, and she decided that giving InsideTracker to the woman who gave her life was a good way to show how much she cares about her.  

I had the pleasure of chatting with Stevie to discuss all things InsideTracker and triathlon training – she shares both with her mom, Lisa Beaser – and most importantly, how they laugh their way through it all.

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