As we’ve talked about before, birth control can have some drastic effects on blood biomarkers. If you’ve received your blood test results and been concerned about some elevated (or low) sex hormone markers, it’s important to consider how lifestyle factors, like whether you're taking hormonal contraceptives, may play a role. Here's how birth control can affect blood levels of various hormones – and the implications those imbalances have on your health.Read more
Like many other biomarkers, age is a contributing factor in how our sex hormone levels change. Males experience a more gradual change throughout their lifetime, while women have a more abrupt change during the years leading up to menopause. Although we can’t stop the biological clock that dictates some of the changes to our hormone levels, we can alter some lifestyle factors in order to slow the process.
A common misconception about holiday meals is that we should starve ourselves before and after them. This isn’t true! In fact, we should try to stick to our usual routines as much as possible leading up to a big holiday feast and jump right back into them after it. Under eating before or after the meal can do more harm than the large meal itself.Read more
Ok, we know we talk about oatmeal around here quite a bit, but it's for good reason! Not only is oatmeal one of the best ways to start your day, aside from having someone else make breakfast for you, it's also among the easiest. Here, we'll share yet another health benefit of starting your day with a delicious bowl of oatmeal, lowering your cholesterol levels one spoonful at a time.Read more
The liver is the main “chemist” in our body. It is the primary location for the conversion of one compound to another. Because of this, the liver can be thought of as the body’s detoxifier. If you have a liver, there is no need to “detox” through juice cleanses or lengthy fasts. Your liver does that for you every day.Read more
As we wrap up National Heart Health Month (and our blog series dedicated to it), we're addressing a topic that affects millions of Americans, in fact, 1-in-3 of them.1
High blood pressure can lead to extremely serious consequences like heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and death.2 Yet, this health malady affects 1-in-3 Americans, with 1-in-5 over the age of 40 taking a daily statin to help lower their blood pressure (or cholesterol). Thus, statins are the most widely prescribed drug in the world.
So, what can you do to avoid joining, or perhaps, wave goodbye to the millions of Americans who make up these scary statistics?3 Well, there's no simple solution, but here are a few ways to maintain a healthy blood pressure – naturally.Read more
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?Read more
Ready or not, fall is here. Perhaps more notably, however, are the increasingly colder temperatures that come with it. And on those especially brisk days, even the puffiest of coats can’t cure those bone-deep chills. Our favorite cure? Warming up from the inside out with good old-fashioned comfort food.
Unfortunately, hearty homemade recipes don’t always go hand-in-hand with training goals. So, to smooth out that wrinkle, we’ve put a healthy twist on some of our favorite fall foods. But don’t worry – we didn’t take the "comfort" out. After all, your diet doesn’t have to be boring to be healthy! Here are some InsideTracker approved recipes that will please both your taste buds and your biomarkers.Read more
With Halloween approaching and daydreams swirling of the sweet treats that come along with it, we thought we’d take a moment to talk about our favorite candy: dark chocolate. But beware; dark chocolate comes with both tricks and treats.
Not only is it delicious, but dark chocolate is actually good for your biomarkers, too. In fact, we recommend dark chocolate to our users looking to improve their iron and inflammation groups.
So what makes the difference from one bar to another? And with so many options, how do you know which one you should choose? Read on as we reveal the sweet science behind the chocolate bar...Read more
Earlier this month, an article was published suggesting that endurance athletes may be more susceptible to diabetes. Since diabetes is usually associated with a sedentary lifestyle, in addition to a poor diet, this goes directly against what most people would expect. We were curious about the conclusions of the article so we decided to jump into our own database to see if InsideTracker’s endurance athletes suffer from the same fate.
So, the question was clear: do runners, cyclists, and triathletes have higher fasting blood glucose levels?Read more