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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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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How To Naturally Improve Your Digestive Health

By Catherine Roy Sep 15, 2017

Most of us can recognize the symptoms of an off-kilter digestive system: acid reflux, bloating, stomach pains, discomfort, constipation, excess gas, etc. But once they set in, do you know how to get back to neutral?

Two foods that have been getting the limelight lately to help? Kombucha and kimchi. But are these ‘gut healthy’ foods just enjoying their 15 minutes of fame, or are they here to stay?

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Inflammation and Heart Health

By Perrin Braun Aug 06, 2013

 

Do you have high cholesterol? While you may know that high levels of cholesterol don’t spell good news for your heart, cholesterol and inflammation often work hand-in-hand to damage your body.

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Are painkillers hurting your performance?

By Perrin Braun Jul 20, 2013

 

For many athletes from beginners to professionals, taking painkillers has become a pre- or post-event ritual. One study found that almost 60 percent of racers at the 2008 Ironman Triathlon in Brazil reported using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers (often referred to as NSAIDs) at some point in the three months leading up to the event, with about half of them taking a pill during the race. Many athletes take these medications as a way of relieving discomfort during and after a workout or athletic event, and also before exercising to prevent pain. But can overusing painkillers compromise your health and performance?

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What Are the Best Biomarkers for Inflammation?

By Perrin Braun Jun 26, 2013

 

Inflammation is part of your body’s immune response: it influences the health of your cardiovascular system, affects how quickly your injuries heal, and plays a role in determining whether or not you catch a cold. Inflammation affects everyone—whether they are young, old, athlete, or non-athlete.

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Getting on the Inside Track in the Comfort of Your Own Home!

By Perrin Braun Jun 26, 2012

 

I’ll admit it: for the past year, I had been negligent about completing my bloodwork for InsideTracker to analyze. As a full-time graduate student in Boston who was working two jobs, it was difficult for me to find the time to get myself over to the blood center in between class and work. To make matters worse, the nearest blood center in the Boston area was inaccessible via public transportation…and I don’t have a car. So, what’s a time-strapped, car-less girl to do?

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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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