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, ...

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 ...

Factors that Affect Male Fertility—and that Standard Tests Might Miss

Male fertility is declining worldwide. Over the past 40 years, sperm count among men in the western hemisphere has decreased by 50%—and it continues to fall by an estimated 1.4% each year. [1] Unfortunately, male fertility is often overlooked—some men prefer not to discuss it, and when they do, some standard male fertility tests fail to capture contributing factors (more on this later). Stats show that one-third of all infertility cases are due to male infertility factors.[2] In this article, ...

NR and NMN: Do These Longevity Supplements Work in Humans?

Could a simple pill be the solution to our aging problems? NAD+ boosters have risen in popularity as laboratory research continues to shed light on their promising effects on longevity and aging. But have we really discovered the fountain of youth? While cell culture and animal research is encouraging, the results of human studies will always trump these laboratory outcomes. And with multiple clinical studies already published or underway, let’s dive into the current research in humans.  

Everything You Should Know About Taking Supplements

Did you know that some supplements are better taken with meals while others should be taken on an empty stomach? And that some vitamins and minerals interact with each other and should be taken separately? Or how to find a reputable, safe supplement brand? In this blog, we reveal everything you should know about taking supplements, including which ones to take, when and how to take them, how to pick safe types, and much more.

Science-Backed Ways to Maintain Mental Health During a Pandemic

COVID-19 has thrust us into a new world of isolation and uncertainty that challenges our mental health daily. However, finding support in each other can help us persist despite this unpredictable time. So, we turned to members of the InsideTracker community to find out about strategies they find particularly helpful to support their mental health. It turns out, some approaches are so powerful that researchers have been studying them for decades—and some healthcare professionals go as far as to ...
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