InsideTracker Works: I'm a believer

      After my last blood test, I received some pretty embarrassing results. As a master’s student studying nutrition, I had both high cholesterol and low ferritin, a blood marker for iron.  Despite eating a very healthy diet, I was still missing the mark on some seriously important nutrients.

    Introducing the New Kid on the Block: Testosterone

    There’s a new biomarker in town! InsideTracker’s Performance Panel now tests for blood levels of testosterone in addition to nineteen other biomarkers that are used to create your optimal performance plan. The Performance Panel measures the thirteen original markers in the Fitness Plus plan, but also tests your levels of testosterone, sodium, potassium, chromium, C-reactive protein, white blood cell count, and zinc.

    Why I’m Getting on the Inside Track

      When I talk with athletes, they always wonder how fast I can go and how many watts I push. I get a lot of questions about power meters and GPS devices. But those are just tools to measure outcomes of a few factors; good training, good equipment and good body chemistry.

    How Much Do You Know About Zinc?

    Are you getting enough zinc?  Zinc is a mineral important to maintain good health and optimize athletic performance year-round. It's a vital part of healthy cell metabolism, immune function, protein and DNA synthesis, and wound healing. If you’re not convinced that you should be paying attention to zinc, keep in mind it's also important for healthy heart, cholesterol levels, respiratory system and low inflammation levels!  

    My Eye-Opening InsideTracker Experience

    As a public health and nutrition graduate student, I didn’t think I had much to worry about when I went to have my blood drawn for my personalized InsideTracker analysis. Given my education and resources, having nutrient deficiencies would be not only a surprise, but a bit of an embarrassment. I believe in walking the walk in addition to talking the talk and try to set an example with my diet and exercise regimen. I cook the majority of my own meals, which generally consist of whole grains, ...

    A Balancing Act: Calorie considerations for athletes

      For endurance athletes, consuming enough calories (and calories from the right foods) is important to achieve optimal athletic performance. Many endurance athletes are exercising at a level that far exceeds the ‘Active’ description in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans of ‘walking more than 3 miles per day at 3 to 4 miles per hour, in addition to the light physical activity associated with typical day-to-day life.’ If you read my last post and thought, ‘wow, my activity is well above ...

    A Balancing Act: How to meet your unique calorie needs

      One of InsideTracker’s most useful features in promoting a healthy body is its customizable food basket that takes into account your food preferences, macro and micronutrient levels (according to your blood), and activity level (according to you). It’s like having your own personal dietitian, but you don’t have to feel guilty if you disagree with his/her twice weekly kale recommendation.

    How InsideTracker worked for me

      I would not consider myself your typical graduate student.  I am a 22-year-old who recently relocated from North Carolina to Boston to study nutrition at Tufts University.  I run marathons, work out every day, give blood regularly, and am a picky, but healthy eater.  I will not lie and say I do not enjoy my victory pizza or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream after a successful marathon because I do, but when I follow a strict daily food routine, I consider that my reward.
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