When I first heard of the company InsideTracker I was intrigued. Then I went to their site, read reviews, did some research of my own and realized they are offering something I hadn’t seen being offered before. This is directly from their website:
“InsideTracker is a personalized health analytics company founded by leading scientists, physicians, nutritionists and exercise physiologists from MIT, Harvard and Tufts University. The InsideTracker platform tracks and analyzes key biochemical and physiological markers and applies sophisticated algorithms and large scientific databases to determine personalized optimal zones for each marker. InsideTracker’s expert system offers science-driven nutrition and lifestyle interventions that empower people to optimize their markers. When optimized, these marker levels have been scientifically proven to increase vitality, improve performance and extend life.
Our goal is to empower individuals with the essential information they need to manage and optimize their own health. We believe that by providing a dynamic, personalized analytic platform at the intersection of biology, science and technology, then distilling the results into simple, natural and sustainable nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to follow, we can help people live longer, healthier lives.”
First thing that came to my mind is how beneficial this could be for me and my goal of a BQ at CIM this year. Then, the more I thought about it the more I realized this is not just for my athletic performance but my overall health. Coming from the veterinary field I know many veterinarians recommend annual blood work for your pets, and biannual blood work when they reach a certain age. Yet when was the last time I had labs done? It has been 3-4 years. Which is crazy! Knowing your blood values is a must, comparing them year to year, catching diseases before they become a problem…it just MAKES SENSE to have annual labs at the least. But let me get off my soapbox and talk about my experience.
I was told to not exercise the day before and I had to fast for 12 hours. Ugh. But I knew it was worth it. Blood draw went great. The nurse (?) was super nice, we talked, she was fast & proficient and while I was shaking the whole time I was fine. Until she pulled the gauze to look at my arm. I saw the tiniest red spot on my arm where the needle was and I guess that set off the chain of events. I left the room feeling queasy and sat in the waiting room for a minute. Then I thought I wanted air so my bf & I headed to the elevator, but I realized I wasn’t going to make it outside so we went back to the office and one of the ladies told me they had a bed to lay in if I wanted to for a few minutes. I gladly accepted her offer and walked into the back…then I woke up with a cold towel on my head, someone squeezing my arm, another person fanning me and wondering, “Why the fuck am I on the floor? They said they were taking me to a bed!” Then I realized what happened. Yep. I passed out.
Personally, I thought it was pretty funny. So I just had to tell my story. But I am REALLY hoping it doesn’t happen next time.
On April 27th I decided I was going to cut meat from my diet. I have a lot of reasons for doing so, but that is a topic for another post. Training has been harder for me some days, easier others which is how training goes. However, I decided after a month of no meat (I still eat eggs, fish and cheese…don’t come between me and my cheese) it would be interesting to see where my blood values are and like I said earlier good info to also have for my BQ this December. Here are just a few of the findings.
This is what I was worried about. Low iron levels. Since I no longer eat meat I will have to really focus on raising these levels. My Ferritin, which is an iron storing protein, is pretty low too. This is bad for me as an endurance athlete because, “Iron is required for the formation of the oxygen-carrying proteins hemoglobin and myoglobin, and for enzymes involved in energy production. Oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood is essential for endurance exercise as well as for normal function of the nervous, behavioral, and immune systems.” – InsideTracker.
Happy to report my creatine kinase levels are WNL – and actually even better. They are in my optimal range. “One of the most valid and reliable methods for assessing muscular damage is to check for increases in blood serum levels of creatine kinase” – InsideTracker