Let's Talk About Mental Health in Male Athletes

Collectively, athletes are a very physically fit group of people. However, pushing the body to its limit on a daily basis can come at a mental cost. While exercise and physical activity are shown to protect against depressive symptoms, athletes of all genders can still struggle with mental health symptoms. [1] And men have continually been under-researched and underserved in the mental health space. This article aims to shed light on the unique relationship between men, mental health, and ...

The Effects of Inadequate Sleep and Poor Sleep Quality in Athletes

Athletes are always looking for ways to improve performance and take goals to the next level. Efforts for doing just that are often limited to waking hours: nutrition, hydration, recovery protocols, supplement routine and, of course, training itself. And despite all this, research shows that, on average, athletes neglect a critical performance tool: sleep. So how does inadequate sleep affect athletic performance? Interestingly, the oversight of sleep can impact performance, both directly and ...

How Blood Sugar Can Change Your Body & Brain

Fasting glucose is linked with mood, sleep and cognition. Optimizing your blood glucose (better than having a "normal" level) may be the best bet for maintaining sharpness throughout the day and feeling better overall. The misconception about fasting glucose is that many believe it's a measure used to prevent diabetes only, rather than something measured in the process of improving your mind and body. In this blog we explain why fasting glucose is important, why you should get tested, and ...

Whey Protein's Impact on Mood and Stress

We get a lot of questions about the uses of whey protein. As a result, we did some nitty-gritty research on how this protein can potentially impact levels of the 43 blood biomarkers that InsideTracker monitors. In this first blog post of a three-part series, we will explain research examining how the consumption of whey protein may be a valuable intervention in reducing chronic stress by regulating levels of cortisol and serotonin. Before we do that, we'll define what chronic stress actually is ...

Magnesium: How One Mineral Can Improve Your Sleep, Memory, and Mood

Many people spend a considerable amount of time and money trying to find the right sports drink, nutrition bar, or supplement to possibly help them get through their day and feel more energized. But truthfully, the secret to increasing your energy may be accessed in your blood rather than the store. That's where magnesium comes into play! Here are some of the mineral's top impacts.
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