A Roadmap to Increasing Durability of the Body: Enter Creatine Kinase

By Carl Valle Sep 04, 2015

The biomarker creatine kinase (CK) is a useful way to determine general body strain. Anyone who exercises, ranging from light fitness to elite athletes, can benefit from correctly interpreting its data. Unlike vitamin D, ferritin, and magnesium, CK is not a nutrient and thus requires a little extra analysis to take advantage of the information it provides. The average Joe recreational runner all the way to the sports scientist can use CK to improve workouts and unveil some training patterns. In this blog, we will look at CK in detail and offer an outline of how best to use it to gauge body strain so you can plan smarter workouts.

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Artificial Sweeteners: Slimming You Down or Fattening You Up?

By Neel Duggal Aug 31, 2015

It doesn’t take a PhD to realize that too many high calorie sugary drinks are bad for you over the long run. But is the diet soda you are replacing your sugary Coke with any better for you? Are no-calorie sweeteners such as Nutrasweet and Splenda really healthier than the real sugar alternative? Below we document the truth on how artificial sweeteners affect your overall weight, body composition, and blood sugar.

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30 Day Cavewoman: How a Paleo Diet Affected My Biomarkers

By Ashley Reaver, RD Aug 25, 2015

I’ve never followed a specific diet. All foods agree with me and I generally agree with all foods. As a dietitian, health is always at the back of my mind but my philosophy is an additive one. Focus on the foods that you want to add in instead of the ones that you should cut out. If you are filling up on nutrient dense foods, eventually there won’t be any room left for the less healthy options. I don’t think there is necessarily a “perfect” diet. We are all different so, therefore, we all have different requirements. Trial and error is the best way to find the right eating pattern for you. Here’s a recap of my recent forae into a Paleo-esque diet challenge, the Whole30, and how my biomarkers were affected.

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Sports Compression: What the Science is Revealing

By Carl Valle Aug 21, 2015

Walk into any sporting goods department store and you’ll see a growing trend: compression technology is everywhere. What started out as simple spandex is now a multi-million dollar market, and it’s starting to evolve beyond just a tight outfit for superheroes. Compression is big business, but does the science support some of the current trends? Currently, compression technology is entering the wellness space for those individuals who are not training for Olympics or trying to recover from knee surgery. Thus, the question remains: is compression here to stay?

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How Flexitarian and Plant Diets Impact Your Health and Biomarkers

By Neel Duggal Aug 18, 2015

Are you a die-hard vegetarian looking to convince your omnivorous friends to follow your path? Or someone who wants to cut down on meat, but not forsake your weekly chipotle chicken burrito forever?

Vegetarian diets, which eliminate meat consumption, and “flexitarian” diets, which minimize it, are rapidly growing in popularity. Below we document some of the potential health benefits you gain by reducing or cutting out meat from your diet. Then we examine key biomarkers to monitor so you can optimize your low-to-no meat diet for overall health and peak performance.

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Sex Hormone Binding Globulin: New Science Questions Old Beliefs

By Bartek Nogal Aug 12, 2015

SHBG is a sex steroid binding protein that’s gotten a lot of bad rap in the past.  But this may largely be based on faulty interpretation of in vitro research experiments that were not set up to answer an inherently physiologically complex question.  In this blog we dig a little deeper and review some emerging findings on what SHBG is truly capable of, as well as give you some tips on how to use this biomarker to track your own metabolic health.

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A Wake-Up Call for Sleep Trackers

By Carl Valle Aug 07, 2015

A lot of press concerning athletes and their sleep coaches over the past few months makes me wonder if anyone is going to talk about the underlying problems with elite sport. The general public gravitates to professional athletes, and unfortunately assumes if an elite talent or team is doing something, it will also work for them. The truth is hard to swallow, but sleep tracking is a starting place, not an end game for those looking to improve overall human performance—be it an average Joe or Jane wanting to feel better the next day or someone training for the 2016 Olympics. Instead of the vague overview of superficial information anyone can get, this blog will tackle the reality of the new challenges of getting better shuteye that few readers even know about.

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Can Vitamin D Restore Low Testosterone Levels?

By Neel Duggal Aug 04, 2015

Modern health folklore and bioscience state that testosterone makes you manly and Vitamin D makes your bones strong. However, recent research indicates that these two famous biomarkers have a wide variety of functions in the body and may, in fact, impact each other’s levels. Below we document some of the key reasons why you need to stay optimized in Vitamin D and testosterone, and look at the nitty-gritty research examining the fascinating relationship between them.

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How Does Giving Blood Affect Your Iron Levels?

By Ryan W. Cohen Jul 27, 2015

In this blog, InsideTracker Operations Manager Ryan Cohen shares a great example of how to take control of health and human performance by doing something a simple as donating blood to help others. Not only does donating save lives, it sometimes can help with optimizing one’s iron levels as well.

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America's Attitudes to Aging

By Erin Sharoni Jul 22, 2015

How old are you?

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