Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA): Are There Benefits from Supplementing This Antioxidant?

    Vitamin C and vitamin E tend to get the most attention as antioxidants. But there are numerous others found in plants or produced within the body that contribute to health, including alpha-lipoic acid (ALA). Though it may not be as prominently known as other antioxidants, research has linked ALA supplementation with improved cholesterol measures, blood sugar control, inflammation, and possibly weight status.  Here’s what you need to know about ALA supplements. 

    6 Supplements for Workout Recovery

    Supplements can't take the place of refueling with food, hydrating, and rest after strenuous activity. But there are some supplements that have been scientifically shown to promote recovery and healing post-workout. Here’s what you need to know about supplements for recovery. 

    Project Eclipse: How Shalane Flanagan Relied on InsideTracker to Run Six Marathons in Six Weeks

    Chasing big, wild, audacious goals is nothing new to Shalane Flanagan. This four-time Olympian, Olympic silver medalist, TCS New York City Marathon champion, World XC Bronze medalist, American record holder, Nike Bowerman Track Club coach, three-time New York Times best-selling cookbook author, and proud mom inspired runners and non-runners across the globe with her recent incredible running journey known as Project Eclipse.

    What Happens to Your Body After a Marathon?

    Running a marathon certainly impacts how your body feels. But what actually happens internally? During a race, the body goes into overdrive, uses up energy stores, breaks down muscle, and loses fluid and electrolytes. And afterward, the body needs to recover from that damage. Measuring blood biomarkers post-race can provide you with real data on your recovery status and explanations for how you feel physically after an intense event. This article outlines what to expect from your body and your ...

    Sauna Bathing's Impacts on Heart Health and Longevity

    Sauna bathing has been used for centuries as a means of relaxation, but it’s becoming increasingly popular in the modern age among biohackers, athletes, and everyday men and women. Evidence suggests that the effects of sauna bathing go beyond relaxation, and instead may also improve cardiovascular function, reduce inflammation, and lower cholesterol. But how often do you need to use a sauna to reap these benefits? What temperature is considered optimal? Is sauna bathing safe for everyone? We’ll ...

    Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for You? Their Role in Weight Loss, Appetite, and the Gut Microbiome

    The first artificial sweetener was developed in 1879, and despite being some of the most scientifically studied food substances on the market, their use remains controversial. [1] "Diet," reduced sugar, and sugar-free foods and beverages manage to maintain sweetness with the help of sugar substitutes like artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners don’t raise blood glucose (also called blood sugar) levels and have been promoted as a way to reduce excess sugar intake and better manage chronic ...

    Sore Muscles from Exercise? Here's What Helps—And What Doesn't

    After intense exercise, it's tempting to reduce muscle pain by whatever means necessary to stay on a training regimen or routine. But common pain-relieving practices like taking ibuprofen or using ice may not be best post-workout. Instead, research shows that supplements like fish oil, collagen, and curcumin, along with active recovery methods, are more efficacious in alleviating muscle tenderness. Here’s how. 

    The Gut-Brain Axis: How Gut Health Influences Dementia Risk

    Though genetics certainly play a role, recent research shows that modifiable lifestyle factors like diet and exercise can actually influence someone's risk of developing age-related cognitive diseases like Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other forms of dementia. In recent years, investigators have explored the role of the gut microbiome in the connection between lifestyle and disease risk. Emerging evidence shows that dementia patients have significantly higher pro-inflammatory ...
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