Controlling the Controllable: My Experience with InsideTracker

  I believe in and practice a methodical approach to athletic performance. I control what I can control, and have faith in myself, my training, my body, and my craft. I believe in inspirational athletic feats and heightened states of athletic performance. I know these states exist and they are almost impossible to duplicate or explain. How do you explain what it means to be in “the zone”? It’s obvious to anyone watching when an athlete is in “the zone.” The athlete moves freely and ...

Coconut oil: Should you add it to your diet?

By Perrin Braun Coconut oil has elbowed its way onto grocery store shelves across the country, and it is rapidly growing more popular. This trend is a change from the 1990s, when coconut oil fell out of favor because of its high saturated fat content. Now coconut oil manufacturers bill this tropical fat as a healthy alternative to other oils.  Many vegans rely on coconut oil as a sweet vegetable fat, and coconut oil is also a popular fat for anyone who is following a Paleo diet or eating ...

Zeroing in on healthy alternatives to nutrition bars

By Perrin Braun Many people think of nutrition bars as a health food, but are they really good for you? Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple yes or no. Some brands of nutrition bars can make for a healthy quick snack, but many varieties contain as much calories and sugar as a candy bar! While nutrition bars are a convenient way to stock up on calories and carbohydrates, don’t become dependent on them and miss the benefits of whole foods in your diet.

Are You Getting Enough Calcium?

Want healthy bones? Be sure that you are getting enough calcium! Many people—both men and women—fail to meet their recommended dietary intake of calcium. In fact, some studies show that 90% of women and 70% of men don’t consume the recommended daily allowance of calcium. To maintain optimal health, men and women aged 19-50 need 1000 mg of calcium each day; women over 50 and men over 70 need 1200 mg per day. This is especially important for women, who are at a greater risk for bone-related ...

Preparing for the Boston Marathon: How Two Runners Benefitted from InsideTracker

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 ...

The Hidden Dangers of Inflammation

  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 –

Folic Acid: Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Bad

  What’s the deal with folic acid? Folic acid (also known as folate) is a water-soluble vitamin that, along with vitamin B12 belongs to the group of B-complex vitamins. It’s an essential vitamin, meaning that our bodies can’t make it themselves, and it’s vital for production of new cells (aka the building blocks of life). Some scientists also speculate that folic acid plays a role in maintaining heart health and preventing cell mutations that may lead to cancer.
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