How low iron ended a season

What happens when your metabolism essentially shuts down on you? “After what would be a normal work out for me and feeling the obvious fatigue I was experiencing, it became clear I had a bigger problem” says Betty Elite and AthleteBloodTest.com athlete Susan McNamee. She got into endurance sports later than most and the majority of Americans have resorted to a relatively sedentary life void of any major challenges. Not Susan McNamee! Susan opted to challenge herself Read more…

Ever wondered how a pro triathlete such as Thomas Gerlach processes AthleteBloodTest.com insights?!

AthleteBloodTest.com athlete, Thomas Gerlach lifts the hood on his own personal physiology and invites everyone in to see how he consumes the critical insights we provide him through our Performance Panels (http://www.athletebloodtest.com/our-test-panels/). For him, it is very critical to his training and race performances that he is able to identify anything that is going on BEFORE it becomes a major issue.  See his full post for details: http://www.thomasgerlach.com/2017/07/Blood-work-testing-labcorp-athlete-runner-triathlete-cyclist-endurance-biomarkers.html

Ladies, Know Your Iron Levels!

Iron deficiencies occur in up to 50% of female endurance athletes. Yes, 1 in 2 of you will have inadequate iron levels and may experience some of the consequences commonly associated with iron deficiency; performance declines, fatigue, dizziness, higher than normal heart rates during exercise, delayed recovery from workouts, muscle cramps, sleep problems…all the symptoms you don’t want to feel during training! This has been well reported and has led to widespread blind supplementation of Read more…

AthleteBloodTest.com featured by Red Bulletin – The Ironman Algorithm

AthleteBloodTest.com has been fortunate enough to be featured in a great article written by Will Cockrell with The Red Bulletin.  He does a fantastic job of telling the story of elite endurance athletes and how they use sports science and technology advancements to drive better performance. What is even more interesting is how the innovation starts with the professionals, but the common athlete often is the biggest benefactor of these advancements. Check out the full article at: https://www.redbull.com/us-en/theredbulletin/the-ironman-algorithm Read more…

Testing Options for Athletes: The Proven, Unproven, and TBD

Questions contact: results@athletebloodtest.com The wide world of sports is being inundated with physiology tests promising data to determine your unique physiological needs. From blood tests to genetic tests, saliva tests, and even hair analysis, the options seem to be expanding. For this reason, we decided to grade each testing method based on research available. The Four Factors used in scoring include: Validity – is the data factually sound? Reliability – is the data consistently accurate? Read more…

Is There a One-Size Fits All Diet for Athletes?

For those of you “get to the point” people, the answer to the title is no. But, that is not the real point of this blog. Read on, it will be worth your time, I promise. Dietary advice for athletes is everywhere. Bananas make you fat, avocados make you fast, asparagus is high in performance enhancing vitamins, Scottish Highland cattle have the perfect fat to protein ratio, and on and on. (Disclaimer: the preceding sentence Read more…

Supplements for Triathletes: What Works?

The world of endurance sports is being inundated with supplements manufactured with the endurance athlete in mind. It’s easy to get wrapped up in supplementing. Before you know it you’re taking a handful of pills in the morning, a special powder for your water bottles, and another handful of pills in the afternoon. The goal of this series of posts is to help you understand which supplements appear to be effective through solid research, and which may not be Read more…

Red Blood Cell Turnover In Endurance Athletes: How to Apply This Information

Red blood cells are one of the most important physiological components for athletes, especially endurance athletes. These cells are responsible for carrying oxygen to the body’s tissues (including muscles). Without adequate oxygen delivery, muscles cannot perform well. When red blood cells become too low, a person becomes anemic, which is characterized by extreme fatigue. Anemia and “pre-anemia” are somewhat common in long-distance triathletes, runners, and cyclists. This is because of a higher turnover rate of Read more…

Juicer: The Athletes Friend

Endurance athletes demand a lot from their bodies. Hours of training depletes micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and stresses cells. Although some supplements can help replete important micronutrients, research suggests repletion through whole foods is far superior. Whole, unadulterated foods contain thousands of enzymes. At the current time, the complete role of these enzymes in our bodies is not fully understood, however it appears that one role the enzymes play is to make micronutrients more bioavailable Read more…

Cramps: What We Know About Prevention

Cramps are a very common occurance in endurance athletes. Despite plenty of research, the science of cramping is still a bit inconclusive. Despite our desire to pin cramping down to a single nutrient deficiency or event, it does not appear we will find this. So, what do we know? Here is the short version of a couple key concepts in preventing cramps? The Science of Cramping There are different types of cramping. Some are serious (and Read more…

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