The Registrar at the National Day Calendar has proclaimed February as National Fasting February! The inaugural national intermittent fasting month begins tomorrow, February 1, 2019! Learn how to celebrate your metabolic health this month here.

Download the LIFE Fasting Tracker app to participate in National Fasting February with friends.

National Fasting February highlights the importance of maintaining and improving one’s metabolic health, an underlying factor for diseases like diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s. This national month also occurs in conjunction with American Heart Month, highlighting the importance of adopting lifestyles that can reduce your risk for heart disease including physical activity, a balanced diet, health weight maintenance and blood sugar control. Intermittent fasting has also been shown to improve heart heart biomarkers including blood pressure, lipid levels, inflammation levels and insulin sensitivity.

Intermittent fasting does not require any change in the content of your diet, but rather simply a change…


Over at LIFE Apps, we are having a blogathon around New Year’s Resolutions related to health and how to live healthier in 2019. Do you have health aspirations for the new year? Are you looking to sleep more, stress less, improve your cardiovascular fitness or lose weight? A little research and strategizing on how you will reach your goal will go a long way in helping you be successful.

If you do one thing for your health in 2019, make it moderate to high intensity exercise — even two bouts of 4-minute high intensity exercises per day (that make you feel winded) can significantly improve your cardiovascular fitness.

Practice Intermittent Fasting

Fasting is a popular approach to weight loss and lean mass gains, but it’s also an intervention for metabolic health that has garnered much scientific research focus. The fasted body is “on fire” with greater insulin sensitivity, more fat burning activity, a healthier gut microbiome, increased autophagy or cellular component recycling, reduced inflammation, lowered cholesterol and more.

Learn more about fasting for weight loss, as well as how fasting can be leveraged for health benefits ranging from improved glucose control to reduced normal cell toxicity during cancer therapy:

Exercise

“Exercise and nutrition are likely to be the best interventions for aging…


We’ve all been there — uncomfortably stuffed after Thanksgiving lunch. Want to enjoy all of your favorite dishes while maintaining a healthy blood sugar level and feeling full of energy and ready for pie, not sluggish and too full to move?

LifeOmic has some simple steps for you to have a more enjoyable and healthy day of feasting. Hint: fast before the feast, eat a light breakfast, and move throughout the day!

A guide to a more enjoyable and healthy Thanksgiving Day.

Also, remember to eat your big Thanksgiving meal mindfully. Before you dig into your plate, take a moment to breathe and take in all the smells and colors of your plate. Take a fork-full of each dish at a time, savoring each bite. This mindful eating approach to Thanksgiving will not only help you enjoy the meal more and notice all the tastes and flavors, but will help you…


This week, LifeOmic bloggers have taken a magnifying glass to brain, gut and cellular health. Along with emerging drug-based and precision medicine therapies, lifestyle behaviors appear vital for all three.

Brain

A whopping 46 million Americans are currently over 65 years of age. As Americans age, they are more at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

A phenomenon called cellular senescence, previously identified as a culpable cause of aging and age-related disorders, was recently implicated in Alzheimer’s disease for the first time. Senescent cells, often referred to as “zombie” cells that can grow but are blocked from dividing due to some internal damage, are cleared from the body by a healthy immune system. As we age, however, more senescent cells escape immune surveillance.

Senolytics, drugs that specifically eliminate senescent cells, are currently…


This Halloween week 2018, we’ve been infected by a sugar bug, so to speak. We started the week out learning as much as we could about added sugars and connections to insulin resistance. We are ending the week with a 24-hour “Fast of Ghouls” to scare away our sugar demons, in large part with the help of dietary fiber.

A high fiber raw banana “ice cream” desert, topped with blueberries, strawberries and mint. Credit: Aiselin82.

When you were young, your parents might have told you things like, “If you keep eating that Halloween candy, you’ll get a cavity!” Cavities, and dentist visits for that matter, are scary enough to make us think twice about chewing on gummy bears. But added sugars can do a lot more than feed harmful bacteria in your mouth that contribute to tooth decay. For starters, added sugars also feed potentially harmful bacteria in your gut. …


I’ve got Keto on the brain

Through learning and researching about the ketogenic diet, I found a lot of great science-based information, but I also found a lot of misinformation. I’ve also found that a lot of people know HOW to do the diet but they don’t understand the WHY behind it. — Kristie Rice, LIFE Apps

This week LifeOmic introduced a new blogger, Kristie Rice, who will be covering the science behind ketogenic diet for LIFE Apps. Kristie has a Master’s degree in microbiology and immunology and a keen interest in nutrition and wellness, partly driven by her own journey with an autoimmune disorder. Follow…


This week at LifeOmic we’ve been talking and reading about aging, including why we age, the evolution of aging and how we might lengthen the human lifespan (or at least the healthspan) through interventions such as senolytics — drugs that selectively kill senescent “zombie” cells.

Live Fast, Die Young?

Researchers like Laura Niedernhofer at the new University of Minnesota Institute on the Biology of Aging and Metabolism and others are actively looking for ways that we might delay or disrupt inevitable aging processes through drugs, natural products and dietary interventions and supplements. But there is a lot of concern around public use of “anti-aging”…


With our new health and science blogging platform lifeapps.io now in full swing, we’ll be updating our Medium blog with a weekly health news round-up!

1. You, against cancer.

It’s difficult for your immune system to kill off cancer cells, because unlike bacteria or viruses, your cancer cells are YOU, just sneakier. But researchers have now won the Nobel Prize for helping to activate your immune cells against cancer.

Drugs targeting checkpoint proteins CTLA-4 or PD-1 are now in use against several difficult-to-treat cancers. These proteins normally protect against autoimmunity (when your body turns on itself) by acting as “brakes” that prevent T-cells (a type of immune cell) from activating. But checkpoint proteins are leveraged by cancer cells, giving them the ability to directly turn off our T-cells.

Kickstarting…


Last week, our LifeOmic team took off into the Uinta mountains for a team-building, off-grid journey with Inspired Summit Adventures. We probably increased our healthspan projections, too.

LifeOmic #iSummitLIFE, 2018. Photo by Paige Jarreau.

We camped, hiked, built team fires, climbed rocks and woke up with the sun for sunrise yoga. We immersed ourselves in healthspan practices including spending time in nature, resetting our circadian rhythms by rising early and eating before dark, and eating real food — mostly fish, raw fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. We practiced “leave no trace” and picked up trash where we saw it. And other than a singular satellite phone (we are a tech company, after all, and we needed to monitor for issues with our cloud platform for precision health!), …


We aren’t saying eat fewer carbs, but we are saying eat better carbs and more vegetables and fruits! Most Americans don’t meet the daily recommended intake of fruits and vegetables. You should, because plant-based compounds can help reduce inflammation and promote metabolic health, which is associated with longevity. Read on for mouthwatering tips on how to incorporate more low-carb plant-based ingredients into your favorite dishes.

Food and design by Nicole Brown. Photo by Chris Shotwell.

This week, we are bringing you a guest blog post from one of our favorite LIFE app users and food bloggers. Nicole Brown is the co-founder (along with her husband, Chris) and CEO of the climbing and fitness brands LEF Climbing and Mosaic Climbing. Her favorite healthspan practices including rock climbing, hiking, intermittent fasting and eating a veritable smörgåsbord of fruits and vegetables. She also loves to travel, remodel homes and experiment in the kitchen.

Paige Brown Jarreau

#SciComm nerd. Intermittent Faster. Director of Social Media for @LifeOmic. I’m a science blogger, blog researcher and social media consultant. Ask me anything!

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