InnerAge Challenge

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After my 4th test with InsideTracker, most of my performance related data has improved (cortisol, iron, muscle health related markers) but InnerAge, our metric that is the best indicator of longevity is still not even close to where it should be. Glucose has been consistently elevated over 4 tests. I’ve decided to come up with a little experiment, and there’s something in it for anyone reading this as well. More on that later.

As I wrote about in my last post, “82% of the American population is compromising their longevity by not looking carefully/maintaining their glucose.” -Dr Gil Blander. It’s finally time to pay a bit more attention to this.

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 2.29.22 PMInnerAge is a direct reflection of the decisions you make every day. How you eat, what you drink, how you move, and quality of your recovery and sleep all play a factor. 4 of the 5 markers are optimized or nearly optimized, but the one that’s hardest (for me) to improve is way out of range for best results.

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Sleep and exercise have been right on track – I’m still technically in base building phase after coming off 3 marathons in 14 months, and the next goal will be attacking a sub 17 5k. I’ve been enjoying racing my butt off every day at November Project, most recently placing top 3 in a race to the top of Summit Ave (almost a half mile climb) on July 4th, that later ended with a slip ‘n slide on the grassy area. Because, America.

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 3.01.21 PMI’ve been spending more time training on trails lately, and this weekend I’ll be racing up at Blue Mountain in Ontario with the big goal of bringing home a shiny belt buckle from winning the marathon relay. As Shalane Flanagan says… aim high, and share your (crazy) goals.

I’m hoping that this greater focus on nutrition lately will translate into increased performance as I get back to the 5k training. It certainly helped with the marathon training, and we could all stand to gain a little more energy throughout the day as well.

As a relatively easy starting point and based on the 5 biomarkers (women see DHEAS instead of testosterone) that make up InnerAge, InsideTracker recommends a group of the foods that will have the biggest impact on improving the overall number. Mine are mostly related to glucose, so I’ll also be incorporating more nuts and fiber into my diet.Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 2.32.22 PMOur dietitian just blogged about incorporating berberine and garlic as a way to help drop glucose (as well as improving cholesterol) so I will be doing that as well. Psyllium husk is another food that I’ve been adding to smoothies as a (very) dense source of fiber, while also helping with digestion.

A bit about the other biomarkers… most of us know about vitamin D, which is an important nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium to maintain bone strength and health.

Testosterone is a steroid hormone that is essential to overall health, sexual function, and athletic performance. Optimal levels are important to athletic performance; as it builds muscle, improves strength, and increases the body’s capacity to use oxygen during exercise.

hsCRP is a marker of inflammation in the body. Optimal hsCRP levels appear to be an effective predictor of healthy heart, circulatory system, blood pressure, and blood glucose.

ALT is an enzyme primarily found in the liver, that helps chemical reactions occur. It plays a role in changing stored glucose into usable energy.

More info on why InsideTracker selected these biomarkers as the best combined indicator of longevity can be found here.

My challenge to you… Test your own InnerAge (described by CNN as “the best blood test you’ll ever take”) and find out where you stand! See the impact of your training, nutrition and sleep, and then more importantly, what you can do to improve.

If you’re able to drop your own InnerAge by 5 or more years, your third test is on me. Ask me for more details!

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