Does Eating Fat Really Make You Fat?

By Catherine Roy Feb 21, 2018

As the second chapter of our three-part National Heart Health Month series, we're talking about a topic that can sometimes confuse even the best of us: the difference between fat in our diets and fat in our bodies (and the implications of both on our health).

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Does Your Total Cholesterol Number Even Matter?

By Ashley Reaver, MS, RD, CSSD Feb 13, 2018

February is National Heart Health Month. So, we thought we'd do our part in spreading awareness by bringing you a three-part heart health blog series. First up? The ever-ominous "total cholesterol."

As one of the most ordered lab tests, total cholesterol can provide a high level glance at how your body is handling lipids, or fats. According to the CDC, roughly nine percent of all doctor’s visits include a cholesterol test.1 So, how should you interpret your total cholesterol value? Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts?

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Hello, DNA. Personalized Genetics Is Here, With GoalGetter!

By Erin Sharoni Jan 25, 2018

Drumroll, please… it’s a brand new year, and we’re excited to reveal a brand new tool to help take your wellness mission to the next level – with DNA! GoalGetter is the freshest addition to the InsideTracker family of products, and true to its name, it uses the power of your genes to help you get closer to your health and performance goals. Whether you’re excited about working towards a “new you” in 2018, or just looking to improve the already awesome “old you”, GoalGetter can help you get there. Nearly two years in the making with our scientific experts hard at work, GoalGetter marks our foray into the personalized genetics revolution.

GoalGetter is the first and only product of its kind to use your DNA to tell you which goal best fits your genes. At InsideTracker, we’re longtime veterans of the personalized wellness world: give us your blood test results, and we’ll give you a one-of-a-kind action plan based on your body and your goals. With GoalGetter, we’re taking that a step further by using your DNA. 

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I Couldn't Bounce Back After a WOD. I Was Overtraining.

By Jimmy Kennedy Jan 19, 2018

As competitive fitness athletes, our drive to perform at our best runs deep. We choose to do the same workouts, in groups, at the same time. We time ourselves, write our scores on a whiteboard, and compare them to our classmates'. As “exercise racers," we embrace this, so much so, that we're often poked fun at for it. But this competitiveness is why we love the sport so much. It pushes us to places we never thought we could reach and allows us to do things we could never have imagined ourselves doing. It drives us to be better every day – right up until it doesn’t.

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Wrapping Up 2017: How InsideTracker Grew This Past Year

By Julia Reedy Jan 12, 2018

From product updates to team member achievements and countless medals around the necks of InsideTracker Athletes, 2017 was quite a year for us. Here’s a highlight reel of the top moments of the past year.

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A Guide To Understanding And Using Your HSA, HRA, or FSA

By Julia Reedy Jan 11, 2018

 

HSA, HRA, FSA, CIA, MIA... It seems there's an acronym for everything these days. So when it comes to healthcare, it should come as no surprise that there are acronyms aplenty.

But in particular, when dealing with insurance, health savings accounts, and other types of health benefits, the terminology can be difficult to navigate. So to help, we're going to dive into some of the details.

Why do we care? Because some health savings agreements can help you pay for InsideTracker plans! Here's the nitty gritty of differentiating between these three major types of accounts, and how to use them...

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How To Create a Roadmap for Your Strongest Racing Season Ever – with Megan Roche

By Julia Reedy Jan 05, 2018

Perform. Recover. Repeat. At InsideTracker, we know that training and optimized performance is more of a journey than a destination, and even then, it’s more of a cycle than a straight line. As we reach short-term goals, new, longer-term goals come into focus, and the journey begins again.

A new study shows that these training cycles have more to tell us than meets the eye: with calculated, purposeful, and timely blood testing, we can maximize an athlete's performance throughout their season to minimize the likelihood of overtraining and injury.

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Can a FODMAP Diet Alleviate Your Food Intolerances?

By Catherine Roy Dec 28, 2017

Optimized digestion is a hot topic right now, and for good reason: it makes for a speedy metabolism, a healthy immune system, and can even regulate inflammation. And obviously, we're all about optimization. So, we've done the research, and it looks like a low-FODMAP diet could be a key to alleviating digestive woes like abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, and diarrhea.

Not quite sure what FODMAPs are, or how to avoid them? We break it down for you in this quick read...

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Natural Ways to Stay Healthy All Winter Long

By Julia Reedy & Catherine Roy Dec 13, 2017

When our immune system is in tip top shape, we take it for granted and rarely give it any love. But, the minute the sniffles start, our eyes begin to water, or we get that raw feeling in the back of our throat, we expect (and hope) that our immune system will pick up the slack. And only then do we reach for the vitamin C, sneak in an extra hour of sleep, or take a precautionary day off of work. 

But the immune system is a complicated network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect our bodies on a daily basis, not just on sick days. And since it’s so complex, maintaining immune health can’t be narrowed down to popping one supplement or adding one superfood to a breakfast bowl. Rather, the key to a healthy, well-balanced immune system is an equally healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.

Looking to optimize immune health? Here's our how-to guide for immune responses that work like a well-oiled machine, and a body that feels like one.

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Erectile Dysfunction Is Affecting More Men Than Ever. We're Here to Help.

By Gil Blander, PhD Dec 07, 2017

We all know how the commercials go: 1) a pair of bathtubs face the sunset (which we have so many questions about), 2) a deep voice-over warns us about erectile dysfunction’s ability to ruin the perfect moment, 3) you pray that you won’t end up a slave to the blue pill. But you don’t have to be a silver fox like the ones on TV to suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). In fact, it’s more common in younger men than you’d expect.

A study from 2013 found that 1-in-4 men seeking treatment for ED were under the age of 40.1 We're guessing you don’t want to be on the wrong side of that statistic, so keep reading – we’ve gathered some valuable information about how to avoid and/or counteract its onset.

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