A recent New York Times Article began by stating: “There was no reason for the patients to receive vitamin D blood tests.” No reason other than perhaps their interest in taking their health into their own hands and becoming the best version of themselves possible. Or, maybe they were feeling tired and hit a plateau in their training with no idea why. Some, even, were just concerned about aging, and feeling healthy for as long as possible.Read more
After a cold and snowy winter, at least here in Boston, spring has finally sprung! For many, that means the sun is shining and it’s time to do some spring cleaning. And our favorite type of cleaning starts in the kitchen with the cabinets. It’s the perfect time of year to focus on cleaning up your diet, and is peak season for soaking up some sunshine and vitamin D!
But did you know that the “sunshine vitamin” plays a big role in your night, too? If your vitamin D levels are on the lower end, it could actually be affecting your sleep. Worry not, though! Below, we’ll go over the evidence behind the effect vitamin D has on sleep and give you some suggestions for your best night of rest yet.Read more
Did you know that 1 out of every 2 women and 1 out of every 4 men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis? Roughly 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44 million are at risk of it due to low bone density.1 May is National Osteoporosis Month - so there’s no better time to talk bone health! A broken bone can seriously sideline you from living a healthy lifestyle, and like many other diseases, prevention is the best way to protect yourself. While proper nutrition is a major component, calcium plays a critical role in developing and maintaining your overall bone health.Read more
With Daylight Savings Time beginning, this week brings the promise of longer days and more sunshine. But don’t be fooled into thinking the return of the sun means you can toss your vitamin D supplement out the sunroof. Maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D throughout the year. And following a few simple steps will help to make sure you don’t leave your vitamin D in the shadows.Read more
Professional athletes like Sarah Haskins, Jarrod Shoemaker, and Ruben Sanca use InsideTracker to help keep their bodies in the best condition possible to rival other world-class competitors. However, not all of us are professional athletes! In fact, many InsideTracker customers work typical 9-5 hours, and fit in exercise whenever they can. Unfortunately, spending hours sitting in front of a computer can really take a toll on your health and fitness. Nobody knows this better than Brett Bloemendaal. He works at an investment management company by day, and typically goes to the gym after work. Does this routine sound familiar?Read more
Spending time outdoors is often difficult since many of us spend most of our days under fluorescent lights, but keeping yourself cooped up indoors all day long may be harmful to your health! The bad news is that if you don’t get outside often and expose your skin to the sun, you may have low vitamin D. Why? Because your body actually makes most of its vitamin D from sunshine. Known as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D provides several important benefits to our bodies, but it can be difficult to get your daily requirement from foods, as very few foods are naturally rich sources of the vitamin.Read more
Have you ever scarfed down a bowl of high fiber cereal 30 minutes prior to a long run? Skipped breakfast before a four-hour bike ride? Eaten something you’ve never had for breakfast on the morning of a big race? Unfortunately, I have to admit that I have done all of these things. While these no-no’s may seem obvious to some, I’ll bet that there are a lot of beginner, intermediate, and even advanced athletes who have made these very same mistakes.Read more
If you want to become faster, stronger, and more flexible, pay attention to the food that you eat. Optimal nutrition is the key to peak performance on and off the field, because food provides essential nutrients necessary to build and maintain a strong body.
“Biomechanical changes take time and persistence, but changes in diet can be made quickly and can have an immediate effect on how your body works,” says US Olympic triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker.Read more
InsideTracker sends our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. We are very grateful that both Marisa and Mick are safe.
With its hills and unpredictable weather, the Boston Marathon is one of the most challenging. Despite the difficulties, tens of thousands of runners tackle it every year. Two of this year’s runners took time out of their race prep to share how using InsideTracker has helped them in their training. Read on to meet Marisa Nucci and Mick Brown, endurance runners who both chose InsideTracker to help them prepare.Read more
If you live in a temperate climate, or you don’t get outside for at least 15 minutes each day, you may have low vitamin D. Why? Because your body actually makes most of its vitamin D from sunshine, and if you don’t get enough sun, you are likely to have low vitamin D. Known as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D provides several important benefits to our bodies, but it can be difficult to get your daily requirement of the vitamin since few foods are naturally rich sources.
And if you don’t get enough vitamin D, it can affect the way you feel and how well you perform. An InsideTracker blood test showed that an Olympic track cyclist had very low levels of vitamin D. InsideTracker gave this athlete and her coach a set of simple interventions to increase her vitamin D. That helped to make a measurable difference in her performance. And it contributed to her success in at the 2012 Olympics in London where she won two silver medals in track cycling!