Inside Tracker Results

Hello! Hope you’re all having a great week. I’ll check in tomorrow to share what I’ve been up to the last few days but first it’s time to share my Inside Tracker results. Inside Tracker is health analytics company that analyzes key biochemical and physiological markers to provide personalized dietary and lifestyle recommendations to get you to your optimal zones for each marker. I was chatting with a friend at the company about how I know I could be feeling better but wasn’t sure what changes were best for my needs, and he generously offered me a discount to their Ultimate + Inner Age plan last month. There is so much information out there that it’s often too easy to lump yourself in to the masses following along with the next trend. I know that what I need is different from what anyone else around me needs, and Inside Tracker could give me suggestions based specifically on my body.

Once I registered for the package, I created my profile and answered detailed questions about my exercise habits, eating habits, lifestyle, and goals. I made an appointment at a Quest Diagnostics lab near my neighborhood and Inside Tracker sent me the paperwork I’d need so I wouldn’t have to deal with ordering specific tests or insurance questions. I was in and out of the appointment within 15 minutes, and I received my results through an email link two days later.

I was amazed at how much information I had in front of me. Amazed and a little overwhelmed because I didn’t know what to focus on. The results start with the biomarkers that are outside an optimal range and explain ways to get those levels within that range, including specific dietary recommendations.

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I was low in iron, B12 and Vitamin D – none of which surprises me considering I eat a mostly vegetarian diet. On the other end, I was slightly high in glucose so those recommendations included increasing my dairy and caffeine consumption and limiting foods like bagels and candies but also foods like bananas and granola bars.

A few of the markers that were within the optimal range were calcium, potassium, sodium, and cortisol.

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In addition to this bloodwork page, there is also a separate nutrition page that goes in to greater detail about the foods to add to your diet and foods to limit. You can also indicate your dietary preferences so you see foods that you actually want to eat. This includes everything from vegan to paleo to ready to eat options.

The other part of this package was the InnerAge test. They calculate this by analyzing biomarkers strongly linked to aging and can be influenced by nutrition and lifestyle. I’m 26 so I wasn’t exactly thrilled to see this.

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My friend quickly assured me that most people test even higher than that. After telling me this nugget, I read that the 5 foods with the largest potential for bringing my number down are avocado, coconut, chia seeds, almonds and soybeans – each with a specific explanation for why.

This barely scratches the surface of the details Inside Tracker gave me. When I told my friend I wasn’t quite sure what to focus on next without becoming obsessive, he connected me with their dietitian  to go over the results. She emphasized that I should start taking supplements for iron, B12 and Vitamin D because it will be difficult to get my levels where they need to be unless I started eating a lot more meat, which I don’t see happening. I asked her about the high glucose, and she said I could easily get that down by adding more fiber. I initially focused on the recommendation to limit bananas and nutrition bars, which is easier said than done considering I’m a runner and work for a nutrition bar company. It was good to hear that I didn’t really need to eliminate a lot of the foods I normally eat, but rather limit them a bit and just focus more on fiber.

I’m going to make these changes gradually and get tested again in a few months so I’ll report back in full detail then, but I’ll also let you know if I’m feeling any different in the meantime. I should also note that days after I received the results, they added a new feature that narrows down some of their recommendations based on your goals. For example, if you want to sleep better and have more energy, you’re given nutrition, exercise and lifestyle tips that will help you accomplish those specific goals. This will help anyone digest the information in more manageable chunks and make the changes first that will be most impactful.

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Let me know if you have any questions and I can connect you with my friend! Have a great night.

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About Jana

Welcome! My name is Jana, and I'm a 20-something girl building a life fueled by good food, an even better sweat, and all things outdoors. I started this blog as a way for me to share my love for health and fitness. Follow along as I figure out what balance means to me these days through a little (sometimes a lot) of trial and error.

Comments

  1. This is all really fascinating and it’s something I’d love to try but I also know my glucose levels would probably be sky high thanks to my extreme sweet tooth haha I, too, would worry that it might send me into a restriction mode but at the same time, I know I could feel better than I do energy-wise, so it’s really interesting to get personalized information based on what those blood tests show!

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