InnerAge: The Data-Driven Solution for Sport & Health

By Carl Valle Jul 01, 2015

Hundreds of elite athletes use InsideTracker to improve performance and extend their careers. What can regular users learn from using InnerAge to guide their fitness and wellness goals?

The move from analyzing individual biomarkers in the blood, to summarizing the current state of health and performance, is the new direction of being truly data-driven. Users who have either been tested with the InnerAge panel, or added the feature to the Ultimate and Performance Panels, can enjoy a few hidden gems in the platform. InnerAge is indeed a number, and it’s also the perfect gamification for those who want to win in life. As the great blog earlier this year explained, InnerAge is more than just a calculation of one’s biological age—it’s a support team in the race against the clock.

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Soluble Fiber Simplified

By Ashley Reaver, RD Jun 19, 2015

Soluble fiber is a key factor of metabolic health. Unfortunately, it has been thrown to the wayside recently with the re-emergence of low-carb diet trends such as the Paleo Diet. Its absence has a number of adverse effects.

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Your Diet and Your Allergies: An Unexpected Relationship

By Neel Duggal Jun 15, 2015

At InsideTracker, we believe that food affects much more than how you look in the mirror: It affects your total health and wellness. Thus, we are always investigating the latest research to learn more interesting relationships between your diet and biomarkers, the key health indicators in your blood. Recently, we stumbled upon a fascinating research review by three leading scientists which shows an association between diet, biomarkers, and allergies. Here’s how you can use InsideTracker’s blood testing and nutrition-based recommendations to optimize your biomarkers and potentially reduce inflammation associated with allergy-related conditions.

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Pace Breaker: How Biomarkers Move Sport & Life into Full Throttle

By Carl Valle Jun 12, 2015

Last weekend was a perfect example of how the term pace, in sport, is evolving each year. Three sports exemplified the concept of pace: horse racing, elite soccer, and Formula 1 auto racing. In a span of 24 hours, history was made at the Belmont stakes, thrilling lead changes in occurred Montreal during the Canadian Grand Prix, and glory was claimed in Berlin at the Champion’s League Final.

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QS15 Forget Normal Challenge

By Erin Sharoni Jun 10, 2015

InsideTracker recently teamed up with the fine folks over at Quantified Self Labs for the QS15 Forget Normal Challenge. What on earth is that, you ask?

Let us explain: Quantified Self Labs asked people to fill out a questionnaire explaining what kind of self-experiments they wanted to conduct, and how unlocking the answers in their blood using InsideTracker’s platform would help them do that. The selected winners would receive two free Ultimate panels, and would be asked to present their data and initial findings (in person or virtually) at the QS15 Conference & Exposition on June 18-20th in San Francisco.

The responses were nothing short of amazing.

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The Heart in Sport: What You Need to Know

By Amy Fiedler M.D. Jun 08, 2015

After receiving more and more interest on how an athlete’s heart responds to training we decided to ask one of Boston's experts on the subject. Amy Fiedler is a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellow at The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University in Washington DC where she studied Biology and ran Cross Country and Track.  She then obtained a Master’s of Science in Microbiology and Immunology from Georgetown University prior to entering Medical School at The George Washington University.  Following medical school, she began General Surgery Residency at The Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University and completed a two year research fellowship at The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, studying non-transplant surgical treatments for right ventricular failure.  Her clinical interests include cardiovascular care of the athlete, cardiac adaptations to endurance sports, and surgical treatments of heart failure.  Amy is an avid triathlete, two-time Ironman finisher, and is currently training for her third full Ironman, Ironman Mt. Tremblant in August of 2015.

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Athlete Tracking- From Satellite to Microscope

By Carl Valle Jun 02, 2015

When president Clinton opened GPS data to the public, the ensuing translation of space-age, futuristic technology into consumer products enabled the weekend warrior to experience and deploy an entirely new way of measuring and contextualizing training. We have reached critical mass in this market. Now that the most casual of 5k racers is sporting a GPS-enabled watch, the question is, what is the future in wearables and monitoring? Many tracking devices have recently been under scrutiny for accuracy, according to research at the 2015 American College of Sports Medicine Conference, but the potent question is less about the precision of the sensors and more about the value of the data in driving and improving human performance. Interestingly, what started out as a seemingly long shot with GPS athlete tracking from satellites is rapidly combining with body mechanics and blood analysis, and entering the molecular level. Sports data and sports analytics are not a fad and are here to stay; and the casual fan will start seeing more live athlete data in the years to come, weaving data sets from the satellite to the microscope.

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How Technology and Biology Can Improve Your Pedal Power

By Carl Valle May 29, 2015

Anyone involved with cycling, from Tour de France competitors to those doing indoor spinning, wants more power. With so many options in equipment and training methods, we did the homework for you. Over the last few months, GU Energy Labs is examining all possible ways to improve performance by looking at the complete picture of endurance sports: what works and wins, and what is just nice to know. After countless hours of partnering with some of the best minds in cycling, InsideTracker found the perfect solution by combining the latest sensor technology and the power of blood biochemistry. In this blog we will review how endurance cycling research can make anyone better, including regular athletes looking for the right fit on their bikes, and doing better on race day.

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Fish Oil Supplements: Heart-Healthy or Hoax?

By Neel Duggal May 27, 2015

About 145 million Americans use nutritional supplements each year—that’s almost one-half of the population. [1] One of the most common is fish oil. Manufacturers claim that these little capsules filled with golden fish juice can lower your risk of cardiovascular diseases, improve immunity, and boost athletic performance. But what does the science say? In this article, we critically examine the research about the effects of fish oil supplements on key health indicators in your body—especially triglycerides, cholesterol, and testosterone. Then we evaluate to see if you should use them to optimize your health based on your personal, data-driven InsideTracker analysis.

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Berberine: Its Potential for a Metabolic Makeover

By Ashley Reaver, RD May 22, 2015

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I have spent the last few months combing through massive amounts of research to find supplement recommendations that improve the biomarkers monitored by InsideTracker. Our recommendations come from peer-reviewed, scientific studies that produce significant results. Some of my findings were expected, like zinc increases zinc—not very exciting, but others were incredibly interesting. I found dozens of these recommendations, which are provided to InsideTracker users only when they are right for optimizing their unique biomarker profile. One of these was garlic, which I wrote about in a post last month. Simple, ordinary garlic actually has some pretty legitimate health benefits. Another one was something that no one at InsideTracker had ever heard of before: berberine.

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