Why Giving Blood Can Be Good For you

By Ross Yellin Jan 21, 2016

Did you know that every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood? In the time it took you to read these two sentences, at least two people have received a blood transfusion.

The numbers are staggering, and the need for blood donation is not only constant, but it’s also critical.

Since blood is at the core of our business, and January is National Blood Donor Month, we thought you might like to know how blood donation affects your biomarkers.

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Why Iron is So Crucial to Your Body

By Ray Nguyen Jan 15, 2014

 

Why is iron important to the body?

The human body requires iron to perform many vital physiological functions. For instance, iron is the key component of hemoglobin that allows red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the body, and it plays a key role in cell growth and differentiation. According to the World Health Organization, up to 80% of the people in the world may be iron deficient. Premenopausal women, particularly those who exercise regularly, face a great risk of iron deficiency, or even anemia. Athletic, active males are also at high risk for iron deficiency. Low levels of iron can leave you feeling physically tired and weak, impair mental function, and weaken the immune system. Having too much iron in the body, on the other hand, can poison certain organs and even cause death. Maintaining the optimal balance of iron within the body is therefore essential to one’s health.

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Do You Need More Energy? Look to Your Blood for Some Answers!

By Perrin Braun Dec 04, 2013

 

Is your energy low? Don’t just chalk it up as “one of those weeks”—you might be deficient in certain nutrients! Fatigue is a common complaint for many individuals, and it becomes more common with age. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways to boost your energy levels, but you need to find out what’s going on inside of your body first.

 

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Pump some iron! Do you know the difference between heme and non-heme iron?

By Perrin Braun Dec 26, 2012

 

Did you know that iron plays an important role in ensuring wellness and optimizing physical performance? If your levels of iron are low, you may feel fatigued and run down; if you have too much iron, your levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol may increase. To find out exactly what your iron levels are, sign up for an InsideTracker plan. If your iron levels are out-of-range, InsideTracker will give you suggestions for diet, exercise, supplement and lifestyle changes to help you optimize them.

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InsideTracker Works: I'm a believer

By Meghan Johnson May 16, 2012

 

After my last blood test, I received some pretty embarrassing results. As a master’s student studying nutrition, I had both high cholesterol and low ferritin, a blood marker for iron.  Despite eating a very healthy diet, I was still missing the mark on some seriously important nutrients.

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How Much Protein is Enough?

By Perrin Braun Apr 25, 2012

Consumers are constantly exposed to messages that more is better. It’s not surprising that many athletes assume that consuming more protein will help them build bigger muscles and make them stronger: the ‘Super Size Me’ approach. But protein is only part of the puzzle when it comes to fueling your body, and consuming too much can actually do more harm than good.

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Blood Iron Levels and Athletic Performance

By Perrin Braun Nov 28, 2011

 

If you’re an athlete, you’ve probably heard plenty of information about the importance of incorporating ample amounts of protein and carbohydrates in your diet. Especially during training season, it can be a challenge to meet your nutritional needs when it comes to healthy calorie, fluid, vitamin, and mineral consumption. However, adequate iron intake plays an equally important role in optimizing physical performance, despite the fact that it receives much less recognition.

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