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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Osteoporosis: Prevent it Now, Enjoy Life Later

By Ashley Reaver, RD May 25, 2016

 

Did you know that 1 out of every 2 women and 1 out of every 4 men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis? Roughly 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44 million are at risk of it due to low bone density.1 May is National Osteoporosis Month - so there’s no better time to talk bone health! A broken bone can seriously sideline you from living a healthy lifestyle, and like many other diseases, prevention is the best way to protect yourself. While proper nutrition is a major component, calcium plays a critical role in developing and maintaining your overall bone health.

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Test Your Way to the Top: CrossFit Edition

By Laura Ligos, RD May 18, 2016

As a CrossFit L1 Trainer and all around enthusiast of the sport, this time of year is exciting because we get to watch our sport take the spotlight. We see the underdogs reach new levels at CrossFit Regionals and in the same moment see our favorites fall from their podium. It is exhilarating and heart wrenching. The sport is constantly varied which seems to mean anyone can come from the shadows to win, and we’ve seen that happen many times. But, are those athletes lucky? Are they really in the shadows?

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Vitamin B12: A Critical Consideration For Vegetarians

By Ashley Reaver, RD May 11, 2016

So you missed Earth Day last week, huh? Don't worry, just because we only celebrate once a year, that shouldn't stop you from taking action year-round! Whether you do your part by recycling, using public transportation, walking or biking to work, shopping with reusable bags, or turning off lights and faucets – a big thank you from us fellow Earth dwellers! There are many ways that we can protect the environment, and most of them can actually protect our health too. One of the most significant ways to reduce your carbon footprint AND likelihood for chronic disease is to reduce or limit your consumption of animal products, specifically meat. However, while eating less meat has plenty of benefits, it also requires some special considerations, like vitamin B12.

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5 Fabulous Foods for Female Health [VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT]

By Erin Sharoni May 07, 2016

With Mother's Day just around the corner and people rushing to buy gifts for the women in their lives (we suggest an InsideTracker gift card, hint hint), we thought we'd show our appreciation with a special video interview. Laura Ligos is an InsideTracker team member and Cornell-educated, registered dietitian. Plus, she's a Level 1 CrossFit coach. Laura knows a thing or two about healthy eating, and in this video, she breaks down her five favorite foods for female health.

Wondering what they are? Watch and learn. Spoiler alert: they're all delicious! Case in point, Laura admits, "I'm pretty sure that the day I created this list, I ate all of these foods in one meal."

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Q&A: How Harvard's David Sinclair Unlocked His Own Fountain of Youth

By Erin Sharoni May 02, 2016



Sometimes, you really are talking to the smartest person in the room. David Sinclair, Ph.D. is a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School. He’s the co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging and has been a member of our scientific advisory board here at Inside Tracker since the early days of the company. David is a world-class expert on aging; a quick Google search will produce an impressive dossier of additional accomplishments that alone would warrant a separate blog post. David's recent claim to fame is that he was selected by Time Magazine as one of their 100 Most Influential People In The World — along with Beyoncé. Not bad company to be in.

But, as I recently learned in a fascinating Q&A with this brilliant scientist, there are always new discoveries to be made... and sometimes, what we discover is that a simple answer has been sitting right in front of us all along. Such is the case in David's own quest to unlock a younger biological age. His acclaimed scientific studies have proven age reversal is possible, but it's InsideTracker that really turned back his clock.

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