Blood Testing for Athletes: Improving Performance & Outsmarting the Competition

Should athletes turn to blood tests to improve their performance? Blood tests can help athletes measure specific biomarkers related to performance and give them an edge over the competition. Blood analysis provides a unique window into an athlete’s health and performance. Certain biomarkers like vitamin D and ferritin can directly impact athletic performance, while others like cortisol and creatine kinase can provide insights into overtraining and injury prevention. Athletes can now rely on ...

How Intermittent Fasting Impacts Longevity: A Summary of the Research

Intermittent fasting (IF) has risen in popularity, as numerous studies continue to illustrate its many benefits. In humans, intermittent fasting improves weight, insulin resistance, inflammation, dyslipidemia, and hypertension.[1] IF has also reduced tumor growth, boosted stem cell production, and increased lifespan in mice.[2] One compelling explanation for these outcomes relates to a term called adaptive stress—a type of physiological stress that elicits positive responses. During fasting, ...

Is Melatonin Safe? All About the Popular Sleep Supplement

Melatonin is naturally produced in the brain as a part of our sleep/wake cycle. And in recent years, researchers have realized that melatonin in supplement form has similar effects. But are melatonin supplements safe? What is the most effective and safe form to take? In general, melatonin is quite safe, though experts recommend being conservative with the dosage and the number of nights in a row that you use it. Here's a breakdown of common questions about melatonin supplements.

9 Ways to Biohack Your Healthspan and Improve Longevity

Advancements in Western medicine and technology have extended the average American lifespan, but a longer lifespan doesn't always translate to an increase in healthy years. In fact, your chronological age may not accurately represent your body's biological, or your InnerAge, at all. InsideTracker’s new InnerAge 2.0 is an innovative tool that reveals your biological age—a measure of how well your body is aging internally. What’s more, research shows that we have the power to slow down the aging ...

Introducing InnerAge 2.0: A Sophisticated New Model of Biological Age Designed to Optimize Your Healthspan

The truth is people age at different speeds—some faster, some slower. The number of birthdays you’ve had doesn’t necessarily reflect your body’s internal, biological age. An age of 40, for example, can look incredibly different from one person to the next depending on a combination of lifestyle and genetic factors, like diet, exercise, stress, and sleep. 

The Benefits of Music on Stress, Cognition, and Performance

It’s no scientific breakthrough that music can impact our brain mental state. Research shows that music can significantly improve mood, stress, cognitive performance, and even endurance and power when applied correctly. How exactly does music benefit the brain and body? Most evidence points to the fact that it boosts mood, which has other downstream effects. Here's a summary of what we know.

How Underfueling Impacts Performance—And How to Prevent It

It’s no secret that many athletes or active individuals feel pressure to look a certain way or hit a specific number on the scale. But this mindset can often lead to overtraining or underfueling, both of which are harmful to an individual's mental and physical health. And though the occasional skipped snack or gel won't substantially affect long-term physical health, consistent underfueling, particularly during bouts of intense training, can impact performance, recovery, and overall health in ...

Prepping Your Brain and Body for the New Back-To-School

School’s back in session, so we did a little studying ourselves. Whether you’re in college, grad school, or just affected by a student’s schedule (hi moms and dads), improving certain aspects of your life can better equip you for this unpredictable new school season. This school year, focusing on our immunity has become just as important as improving our cognition. We often tend to think of our brain and immune system as completely separate entities, but they share a fascinating link that we'll ...
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