The Alkaline Diet: Friend or pHoe?

  As a consumer in our health-conscious world, you may have come across a current fad: the alkaline diet (which may also be referred to using a combination of the terms acid or ash). Fancy name, but what does it mean? The alkaline diet holds the assumption that, if we only eat optimal pH foods, the pH level of the fluids in our bodies will optimize in response, thereby protecting our organs and systems from damage and disease and improving our general health.4 But how realistic can that be?  Is ...

The Ketogenic Diet Might Not Be As Hot As You Think

If you’ve been looking to lose weight, you’ve probably heard of the ketogenic, or "keto" diet. Supporters swear by the plan’s ability to promote weight loss without calorie restriction, while skeptics cite the strategy’s restrictive nature. Want our two cents? Sure thing. Here, we provide a brief background on the keto diet, how it changes your body’s wiring, and whether we think you should give it a shot.

Shop Local: A Fresh Take on Healthy Spring Produce

Don’t get us wrong, after this long New England winter, we're definitely ready for longer days and warmer temps. But our favorite part of spring? The re-opening of local farmers markets that showcase all of the season’s juicy and crisp produce ripe for fresh, healthy meals. This guide will help you navigate your neighborhood market and showcase some new staples of your springtime menu. As an added bonus, these top choices are from a study done in 2014 that ranked the top 41 “powerhouse fruits ...

Can Brain Games Improve Your Cognition?

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 ...

Running the Road to Recovery: From an Eating Disorder to a Healthy Body [VIDEO]

Over the past few weeks, our blog has been chock full of food tips and biomarker-friendly recipes for National Nutrition Month. This week, I thought it was important to shift our focus to a nutrition-related topic that probably doesn't get the attention it should, especially in the world of endurance sports: eating disorders – specifically, the challenges to performance they present, and of course, recovery from them. In this video interview, I'm joined by the amazing Sarah Canney. She's a ...

Houston Rockets Sports Dietitian Tara Boening Talks Nutrition in the NBA [VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT]

NBA season is underway and that means players need to be in tip top shape. But, it's not only the athletes who have work to do; just like the game itself, keeping NBA players healthy is a team effort. Coaches, trainers, physicians and dietitians all work together to ensure that players are primed for performance throughout the season, and often use tools like InsideTracker to help them do so. Just ask Tara Boening, a sports dietitian for the Houston Rockets who has tested a number of the team's ...

Just Keep Swimming

It’s Olympic season, so that means it’s time for a few sports to grab a bit more of the spotlight than usual. In particular, swimming seems to be the defining example. As a sport, swimming comes to the forefront every four years, peaks in popularity, and slowly treads its way back into the deep. But if you're a swimmer like me, whether you were an age-group swimmer, club swimmer, college swimmer or even a Masters swimmer, a certain sense of pride and awe comes over you as you watch the world's ...

No Food For Four Days? Yes, Really.

  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 ...
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