Executive Summary: Coconut products are growing in popularity and we see a vast amount of food and beverage options touting the power of this tropical drupe (stone fruit). Paleo enthusiasts and fitness buffs are touting the benefits, but does the research support the claims? Looking at the science can be perplexing, due to the mixed results of coconut fat in the research. Coconut fats, in the form of cream, oil, and milk are very unique and may interact with one’s body differently depending on an array of factors. We have done some investigation for you and report key findings from scientific literature below- but the only way to be sure if coconut fats are a healthy choice for you is to monitor your biomarkers using InsideTracker.Read more
Our team of nutritionists is always investigating the latest research on the overlooked health benefits of food products. Recently, we stumbled upon research documenting the therapeutic value of a common, versatile kitchen staple: vinegar. Read below to learn how five common types of vinegars can help you control your levels of lipids and blood sugar and quick tips on how you can incorporate them into your diet.Read more
If you could tap into >40,000 calories of your fat fuel during endurance exercise instead of relying on your maximum 2,000 calorie storage of carbohydrate fuel, would you do it?
What if it meant no more liquid gels, sugar-containing sports drinks or bananas to give you that energy boost when you're on the verge of exhaustion? If LeBron James did it. Was it really a wise choice based on current science?Read more
Fish oil has become increasingly popular in the last couple of years, as more people have started to understand the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in growth and development. Thanks to extensive amounts of scientific research and reporting by the media, fish oil is one of the most popular and widely-accepted supplements in the country. Americans spend nearly $1 billion per year on over-the-counter fish oil supplements. Should fish oil become a part of your nutrition regimen?Read more
Whether hunching over a computer screen, spending hours behind the wheel of your car, or plopping down on the couch for an evening of television, we all do it. What do all of those things have in common? Sitting! The bad news is that we are more sedentary than any previous generation. In fact, most adults spend over nine hours a day doing sedentary activities. Research shows that long periods of sitting down, even for people who are otherwise physically active, take a toll on your health.Read more
Less than two weeks after clicking the “Order” button for my InsideTracker Home Kit, my results were in. I received an e-mail in the morning, notifying me that my results were ready on the InsideTracker website. Here’s the scoop on what I saw when I picked up my results:Read more
Many people enjoy a drink now and then. But how is that alcohol affecting your body? When you drink, alcohol goes into your bloodstream. Your liver processes what you eat and drink into energy and nutrients for your body, and filters out harmful substances, such as alcohol and toxins, from your blood. Your liver also produces bile to help you digest food, stores blood sugar in the form of glycogen, and performs many other essential functions. So a healthy liver is critical to your overall well-being and performance. How can you find out whether your liver is healthy, or whether you may have liver damage?Read more
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.Read more