31 May Improve Your Running and Life by Improving Your Health
We all want to run better, feel better, and be the best we can be. I am on a journey to do just that. I had been feeling run down earlier this year. I have had issues with low iron since 2012. I decided to bite the bullet and have Inside Tracker run my labs. I wanted to know what I could do to improve myself. What I love about Inside Tracker is that they look at you in terms of what you do (physically, diet, and supplements) and who you are as a person. They consider that I am an ultra runner and have different needs than an “average 45 year old woman”. It all starts with a blood draw.
41 biomarkers (Ultimate Plan) were evaluated from a blood draw (there are lesser options/different plans as well). There are 3000 biomarkers one could test, but Inside Tracker has narrowed the list down to biomarkers for best overall well-being and athletic performance. This was more comprehensive than I have ever done. I list the 41 biomarkers (Ultimate Plan) at the bottom of this page. A couple of my favorite biomarkers are Ferritin and Cortisol. I like the fact that Ferritin is basically stored iron. In the past, when I had my Iron tested at my General Practitioner’s office, Ferritin was never tested. I also liked seeing the Cortisol level. It’s a measure of stress and can indicate overtraining.
So, a couple of days after my test, I got an email with my results. Of 41 biomarkers, I had 3 listed at high risk, 8 at moderate risk, and 30 in the optimal range. Then, YOU get to pick how to address what’s most important to you! The nice thing about biomarkers is that they are easily malleable by simply altering your diet slightly, supplementing, adjusting exercise, or lifestyle. There are many suggestions to help get your levels in the optimal range. You pick what to focus on, which may include: enhancing performance, raising metabolism, reducing pain and injury, improving sleep, boosting energy, or optimizing mood. I posted a picture of one group of biomarker I had tested (In February and again in May)…Lipids: If you look, on each biomarker it lists various interventions and places you can click for more information.
Testing is super helpful. Getting all of your levels in an optimal range takes time. Things don’t change over night. I would encourage anyone who feels like they want improvement, to be a better steward of their health. I am glad I did this in February so that I had time to make changes…If you are interested in getting tested yourself…follow this link for 10% OFF: InsideTracker
I learned A LOT about Iron. I was going to put it in this blog, but it got lengthy, so I hope to have it done in the next week or two. Look for it if you have ever been anemic or feel low on energy!
41 Biomarkers Tested (Ultimate Plan):
Energy & Metabolism: Glucose, Total Cholesterol, Low-density Lipoprotein (LDL), High-density Lipoprotein (HDL), Triglycerides
Strength & Endurance: Creatine Kinase, Testosterone, Free Testosterone, DHEAS, Cortisol, Sex-Hormone Binding Globulin, Albumin
Bone & Muscle Health: Calcium, Vitamin D
Brain & Body: Magnesium, Folate, Vitamin B12
Oxygen & Performance: Hemoglobin, Ferritin, Total Iron Binding Capacity, Iron, Transferrin Saturation
Inflammation: White Blood Cell Count, High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein
Minerals: Potassium, Sodium
Liver Health: Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT), Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST), Gamma-glutamyl Transpeptidase (GGT)
CBC: Complete Blood Count