Soy: How a Good Food Got a Bad Reputation

When you think of soy, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the nutrient dense food or the “health risks” that accompany it? In the nutrition realm, particular foods get a bad rep that they don’t necessarily earn. A single study with a controversial finding can dominate headlines—even if 100 other studies conclude the contrary! Soy foods are an unfortunate example of this. Here's how soy became linked with an increase in cancer risk, how the research has panned out since then, and ...

How to Avoid Age-Related Weight Gain

Ever wonder why we tend to gain weight as we get older? Or why it becomes harder to lose any pounds we put on over the holidays or while on vacation? As we get older, we gain an average of one to two pounds per year. [1] This may not seem like a lot, but over time, it can accumulate and lead to weight gain or even obesity. Here are four major reasons why age plays a role in weight management and what to do about it:

A Surprising Way Birth Control Affects Your Health and Hormones

As we’ve talked about before, birth control can have some drastic effects on blood biomarkers including sex hormones. If you’ve received your blood test results and been concerned about some elevated (or low) sex hormone markers like DHEAS and SHBG, it’s important to consider how lifestyle factors, like whether you're taking hormonal contraceptives, may play a role. Here's how birth control can affect blood levels of various hormones – and the implications those imbalances have on your health.

How Do Our Sex Hormones Change As We Age?

Like many other biomarkers, age is a contributing factor in how our sex hormone levels change. Males experience a more gradual change throughout their lifetime, while women have a more abrupt change during the years leading up to menopause. Although we can’t stop the biological clock that dictates some of the changes to our hormone levels, we can alter some lifestyle factors in order to slow the process.

Optimizing Training Around Your Menstrual Cycle

As women in the sports and fitness world, sometimes it can feel like we have something to prove — that we can train, grow, and recover with the rest of 'em. But our female physiology isn't a weakness, and it certainly doesn't have to impede our training goals. Just like anything in the natural world, our bodies and hormones go through cycles, which can be monitored and adjusted to accordingly. While we recognize that every woman is different when it comes to her period, we can use science to ...

Here's How Birth Control Can Affect Your Biomarkers

We're often asked if hormonal contraceptives can affect female biomarkers. The answer? Yes. It makes sense then, that women begin to wonder how they are affected, and to what extent. Like any other medication, hormonal contraceptives (pills, patches, rings, IUDs, implants, and injections) interfere with the normal functioning of the body. Naturally, there can be some unintended residual effects. Therefore, some out-of-range biomarkers may be attributed to your contraceptive use, while others ...

Using DHEAS as a Biomarker of Aging in Women

DHEAS is part of InsideTracker’s new Female InnerAge, a set of biomarkers that are particularly important in women’s health and physiology.  DHEAS is an abundant molecule in the body that decreases naturally as women age. While it garners limited attention in health-related media, becoming informed about your own DHEAS levels using InsideTracker may help you optimize your muscle and bone health, sexual function, fitness performance, and longevity.
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