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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What is the best nutrition software that is customized for your needs?

By Perrin Braun Apr 17, 2013

 

Nutrition software can help you improve your diet. And a healthier diet can help you boost your endurance, speed, and flexibility. But only one nutrition software program, InsideTracker, actually tells you exactly which nutrients your body needs.

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Chocolate: Is it good for you?

By Perrin Braun Oct 10, 2012

 

Do you love chocolate? If so, you may be excited by recent news about your favorite treat. Several studies have suggested that chocolate is good for recovery from exercise, heart health, even losing weight. Before you grab the nearest Hershey bar, though, it’s important to learn more about chocolate.

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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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Potassium: Don’t Sweat It!

By Perrin Braun Apr 03, 2012

 

Do you live in a hot climate or tend to sweat more than other people when you exercise? If so, you may want to pay attention to your potassium intake. Low potassium can cause muscle cramping and cardiovascular issues, so it’s a great idea to consider re-working your diet, especially if you tend to experience cramps during workouts. Check out the InsideTracker Ultimate Plan or Performance Plan to make sure that you have enough potassium to stay healthy!

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The Hidden Dangers of Inflammation

By Bobby Robins Mar 28, 2012

 

What can influence how quickly your injuries heal, whether or not you catch the flu, and the health of your cardiovascular system? The answer: inflammation! Inflammation is part of the vascular system’s complex response to harmful stimuli. The tissues and blood cells that keep your body healthy are intertwined in a complex network that makes up your vascular system. It plays a critical role in maintaining your body’s immune system and heart function. Inflammation affects everyone –

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Introducing the New Kid on the Block: Testosterone

By Meghan Johnson Mar 14, 2012

There’s a new biomarker in town! InsideTracker’s Performance Panel now tests for blood levels of testosterone in addition to nineteen other biomarkers that are used to create your optimal performance plan. The Performance Panel measures the thirteen original markers in the Fitness Plus plan, but also tests your levels of testosterone, sodium, potassium, chromium, C-reactive protein, white blood cell count, and zinc.

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How much do you know about zinc?

By Meghan Johnson Feb 29, 2012

 

Are you getting enough zinc?  Zinc is vitally important to maintain good health and optimize athletic performance year-round. Beefing up your zinc knowledgeZinc is an essential mineral that is found naturally in some foods, and can be consumed as an additive in other foods or taken as a supplement. 

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