I know so little about what's going on inside my body except for what the doctors tell me. Recently I had to get my blood tested to check my thyroid levels. I received a report from my doctor based on my blood results. He told me that things looked fine and that was about it. When I reviewed the report I realized that in addition to the results of T3 and T4, there was a whole slew of other data. I use the DNA testing service, 23andme, and discovered that I could enter the data there, so I did. As I entered in the data, I learned if the levels were normal or not. I trust that that information will become useful in the future as they answer questions that their customers want to know, like, is coffee good for me.
The news is constantly reporting on the health benefits or dangers of coffee, wine, salt, what kind of diet you should be on, but the truth is, that's terrible advice to pay attention to because that kind of information should be personalized to the individual based on their DNA and their lifestyle.
I'd like to lose 10 pounds and I'm determining the optimum diet and fitness regime for me that isn't a quick fix but rather a long term strategy. I was perusing around 23andme and another DNA testing service called FitnessGenes to figure out a diet plan, when a data point about coffee caught my attention.
I track all of my food using the app Lose It! and separately it suggested that when I drink coffee I consume less calories.
Both my DNA and my eating habits confirm that drinking coffee can aid me in losing weight.
That's just one data point, there are other factors that contribute to weight loss and gain. For example, I know that when I don't get enough sleep or have a lot of stress, I don't eat as well and then I usually gain weight.
As I gather more data I'll be adding it to Tara's Strategy For Optimum Health.
These are the apps that I use and I'll continue sharing updates as I progress with the learnings.
- Apple Watch for activity (you can also use your phone to track steps and other activity if you carry it with you all the time)
- AutoSleep for sleep
- Lose It! for food and water intake
- EufyLife for weight measurement
- Waking Up / Insight Timer for tracking meditation minutes
- Moodnotes for moods
Let me know what kind of health data that you are collecting and if you were surprised by any of the results.