Biomarkers: Going Beyond “Normal”

By Margie Ploch Sep 18, 2013

 

Do you have an annual blood test at your doctor’s office? If you do, then you’re probably used to getting a follow-up postcard in the mail that says your blood test was “normal.” You may not know which blood tests your doctor ordered, let alone what your results actually were.

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Triglycerides: the Key to a Healthy Heart

By Perrin Braun May 29, 2012

 

Whether you are an athlete or someone who is just concerned about your diet, the foods that you eat affect your heart. Blood pressure and cholesterol levels are common indicators of cardiovascular health, but you should keep an eye on your triglyceride levels too! Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood thatcan increase your risk of heart disease if your levels are too high.

The good news is that diet and exercise can help lower your triglyceride levels. InsideTracker blood analysis will let you know if your triglyceride levels are optimal, and will also provide you with ways to keep your heart healthy.

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Magnesium: the Multi-Purpose Mineral

By Perrin Braun Apr 17, 2012

 

Every part of your body, from your heart to your bones, needs magnesium to stay strong. In fact, magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body! Roughly 50 percent of the magnesium in your body is stored in your bones, and the other half is mostly located in your organs and tissues.

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The Skinny on Dietary Fat

By Perrin Braun Apr 11, 2012

 

Fat may no longer be a dieter’s worst enemy, but misconceptions about this important macronutrient still run rampant. In the 1990s, the low-fat diet was thought to be a straightforward route to preventing heart disease, some cancers, and obesity. The USDA Food Pyramid perpetuated the idea that an ideal diet should be low in fat, and didn’t differentiate well between sources or types of fat.

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Got Calcium? Many Men and Women Don’t Get Enough

By Perrin Braun Feb 14, 2012

 

Do you remember those “Got Milk?” advertisements from the 90’s? Milk processors and dairy farmers used these ads to increase Americans’ consumption of dairy products, stating that the calcium found in milk was essential for good health and optimal athletic performance. Before we examine the truth behind this health claim, let’s discuss what calcium actually does.

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Folic Acid: Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Bad

By Bobby Robins Jan 25, 2012

 

What’s the deal with folic acid?

Folic acid (also known as folate) is a water-soluble vitamin that, along with vitamin B12 belongs to the group of B-complex vitamins. It’s an essential vitamin, meaning that our bodies can’t make it themselves, and it’s vital for production of new cells (aka the building blocks of life). Some scientists also speculate that folic acid plays a role in maintaining heart health and preventing cell mutations that may lead to cancer.

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Hitting the Wall? Could You Be Over-Exercising?

By Perrin Braun Dec 13, 2011

 

If you participate in strenuous exercise, you probably have some amount of sarcomeric damage, which just signifies that you’re muscles and skeletal system are being worked hard. Marathon runners, and weight-lifters put the greatest amount of stress on their muscular-skeletal system, and evidence of the damage can easily be found in the body.

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How InsideTracker worked for me

By Meghan Johnson Dec 04, 2011

 

I would not consider myself your typical graduate student.  I am a 22-year-old who recently relocated from North Carolina to Boston to study nutrition at Tufts University.  I run marathons, work out every day, give blood regularly, and am a picky, but healthy eater.  I will not lie and say I do not enjoy my victory pizza or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream after a successful marathon because I do, but when I follow a strict daily food routine, I consider that my reward.

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Why athletes should pay attention to vitamin D

By Meghan Johnson Oct 17, 2011

 

Vitamin D has become somewhat of a media hog in the past few years, but for good reason. While it tends to be highlighted for its prominent role in bone health, vitamin D provides other health benefits that should make athletes want to pay attention.

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