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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Can Brain Games Improve Your Cognition?

By Julia Reedy & Catherine Roy Nov 08, 2017

There’s no doubt that we’re living through a technological revolution. And with the internet always at our fingertips, it seems like sheer brainpower is becoming obsolete. But whether we like it or not, our mental capacity follows the law of ‘use it or lose it;’ if we lean too heavily on technology as an external hard drive, we become more vulnerable to age-related cognitive decline.

The good news? It’s never too early to start protecting your brain! And now, there's no need to wonder any longer if those Sunday Paper brain games like Sudoku are imparting real cognitive benefits. Or better yet, if literal “brain food” actually exists. We’ve done all of the research. So without further ado, here’s some truly brain-boosting information you should know.

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A Healthy Dose of Comfort Food [Downloadable Recipes]

By Ashley Reaver, MS, RD, CSSD Nov 02, 2017

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.

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What Does "Metabolism" Actually Mean?

By Catherine Roy Oct 31, 2017

The word metabolism is thrown around quite a bit. But if we asked you to explain what it is and how it relates to your overall health, could you?

If not, don’t worry; you're not alone. That's why we're sharing the details you need to know about all things metabolism. And with some of our newest recommendations, InsideTracker can help you understand what the word really means, how it ties into your overall wellbeing, and how to optimize it.

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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark... Chocolate

By Ashley Reaver, MS, RD, CSSD Oct 24, 2017

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...

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Stress: A Guide To The Causes And The Cures

By Julia Reedy Oct 19, 2017

Sleeping through your alarm. Showing up unprepared to a presentation. Forgetting an important birthday. Getting stressed out just reading? I can relate. But by making my InsideTracker goal ‘Reduce Stress,’ tracking certain biomarkers, and making some lifestyle changes, I’ve been able to find relaxation, mindfulness, and balance in my fast-paced daily life. 

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How We Define Your Optimized Zones of Health and Performance

By Julia Reedy Oct 17, 2017

At InsideTracker, our work revolves around the concept that no two people are the same. Accordingly, neither is their health. And yet until now, we've all been treated with the same remedies, taught the same health-boosting tips, and followed nearly identical dietary patterns. But do such practices get us closer to optimal health as individuals, or farther away? We think the latter. So we've gone rogue; we track biomarkers, use them as a signpost for where our health is going, and change course – even if it's the path less traveled. 

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