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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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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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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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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Get A More Restful Night's Sleep Without Changing Your Bedtime

By Julia Reedy Oct 12, 2017

Have you ever wished you could sleep all day without judgement from others, or even worse, yourself? We’ll admit – it’s certainly crossed our minds once or twice. With the fast-paced, dog-eat-dog world out there, restful nights can be few and far between. 

So to help combat the imbalance between hours spent awake and those spent sleeping, we’ve created our “Sleep Better” goal. No, we didn’t quite figure out how to add hours to the day or turn ourselves into cats. But we did put together a comprehensive list of research-tested remedies. So all you self-diagnosed insomniacs, light sleepers, and chronic nappers, read on.

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Fight Afternoon Fatigue Without Another Cup Of Coffee

By Catherine Roy Oct 04, 2017

Craving that mid-afternoon coffee? Hitting your coworker’s candy bowl come 3:00PM? Too tired for that evening gym session? You’re not alone!

Even the InsideTracker office struggles with the dreaded afternoon slump sometimes. So, as usual, we took matters into our own hands and did some digging into easy ways to boost energy – besides coffee, of course. 

Want to banish fatigue, keep your afternoon productive, and maybe even save a few bucks? InsideTracker customers will find these recommendations and more in our "Boost Energy" goal.

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Magnesium Gets a Makeover! A Brand New Biomarker & Better Optimization

By Bartek Nogal Jun 07, 2017

We’re thrilled to announce the newest addition to our Ultimate Panel biomarker family: RBC Magnesium! Never heard of it? Most people haven’t, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important.

Magnesium is an essential mineral that needs to be supplied in the diet, and RBC Magnesium measures the levels of magnesium inside of your red blood cells. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the science behind why that measurement is important, and how it’s different from the standard Serum Magnesium measurement you’re used to seeing. We’ll also discuss our new and improved optimal range for the existing Serum Magnesium marker.

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Your Nutrition Coach of the Future is Here

By Gil Blander, PhD Jun 02, 2017

InsideTracker users are telling us they have big goals. So, they were our inspiration for making some big updates to the InsideTracker platform. We're throwing coaching, A.I., algorithms, and everything we have to help them reach their goals.

Here is a hit list of the improvements, and more importantly, why they matter…

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New Year, New Goals: Use Motivational Science to Win Big in 2017

By Kalyn Weber Jan 09, 2017

The start of the New Year is always an exciting time for the fitness community: It’s a time for goal setting; for dreaming big… basically a fresh, clean slate waiting to be filled with all potential the New Year brings. But before you let your daydreams of shattered PRs get away from you, lean on the InsideTracker team for the tips to make 2017 your most game-changing year yet!

If you’ve been following the blog, you know that the team here at InsideTracker is all about the science behind performance. While we feel strongly that biomarkers are the foundation to better health and fitness outcomes, we are also always looking for new tools to add to your support kit.

Which is why we bring you… the science of behavior change theory!

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Time-Restricted Feeding: Fitter Through Fasting

By Ashley Reaver, MS, RD, CSSD Jun 08, 2016

When you think of holidays, you probably don't think of food deprivation. But, plenty of cultures have integrated fasting into their traditional observances, for millenia. This month, Muslims around the world are celebrating Ramadan, a holiday which emphasizes fasting during daylight hours. Since the holiday essentially mandates time-restricted feeding, with food only being consumed before sunrise and after sunset, Ramadan has piqued the curiosity of the research world. What's more, we also recommend time-restricted feeding. Therefore, it only seemed appropriate to dive into the topic of fasting this month and discuss the potential benefits that time-restricted feeding can have on our health and how it can help us reach our goals.

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