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LEVELS – A Whole New Level

Spanish, Fitness / Keep-fit, 1 season, 258 episodes, 3 days, 1 hour
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Levels makes it easy for people to see how their diet and lifestyle affect their health in a quantifiable way by measuring biomarkers in real-time. We’re expanding access to continuous glucose monitoring and making it mainstream, helping members find their optimal diet and improve their metabolic health. A Whole New Level is a podcast from Levels, where members of our founding team give the inside scoop on our mission, culture, and the crazy process of building a movement from the ground up. Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com
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#258 - What are glucose and insulin and why do they matter for health? | Dr. Robert Lustig & Ben Grynol

Excess glucose from food gets stored as fat. And our insulin response drives that fat storage. The goal is for the pancreas to release less insulin but for the body to have a healthy response to it. Dr. Robert Lustig and Ben Grynol discuss the interplay between glucose and insulin, healthy glucose numbers, and the problems with insulin resistance. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Robert Lustig, MD, & Ben Grynol discuss: (03:10) — The functions of glucose (04:24) — Glucose levels change throughout the day (05:30) — The implications of reactive hypoglycemia (08:51) — Understanding glycemic index and glycemic load (11:12) — How many glucose spikes per day are okay? (14:34) — Insulin drives fat storage (17:41) — How glucose spikes do their damage (19:03) — How eating late before bed can cause insulin resistance (22:12) — A look at healthy glucose levels (27:06)  — Insulin resistance is the first sign of issues Transcript & Show notes 🔗 LINKS: Watch the full library for Rob’s Ultimate Health Guide: https://youtu.be/zG4XD116uy8?si=TesKp1WkgmgdrEay
6/20/202432 minutes, 54 seconds
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#257 - Join the “Good Energy” Levels book club and take charge of your health | Dr. Casey Means & Dr. Robert Lustig

Why are we spending more on health care every year, yet people are getting sicker? “Good Energy,” a book by Casey Means, MD, details how you can take your health into your own hands with the power of food as medicine. Dr. Casey Means and Dr. Robert Lustig discuss the overarching themes of “Good Energy,” why we need changes in government and health care, and how people can overhaul their own health with actionable tips, such as eliminating ultra-processed foods from their diet. Plus, Means answers readers’ burning questions. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Casey Means, MD, & Robert Lustig, MD, discuss: (3:05) — Why Casey Means, MD, left her surgical residency program (7:47) — The book “Good Energy” in a nutshell (9:50) — The problem with our mitochondria (16:20) — We’re getting too much of our food from ultra-processed items (19:04) — How to reduce cravings (22:06) — Different types of exercise send different signals to our mitochondria (29:42) — Modern medicine is designed to address disease when it’s already present (36:03) — Nutrition guidelines are fraught with conflicts of interest (45:16) — The need for addressing school lunches and SNAP (54:48)  — Trends in glucose matter (57:49) — Dr. Lustig shares his thoughts on “Good Energy” 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://youtu.be/t52Fmvh-5Ww?si=dHdOWrRGMTutSfcb
6/14/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 13 seconds
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#256 - How quickly can you change your metabolic health and how long does it last? | Dr. Robert Lustig & Ben Grynol

About 93% of people in the United States are not metabolically healthy. But metabolic health can be improved quickly and over time with lifestyle changes. Dr. Robert Lustig and Ben Grynol discuss what metabolism is, how to determine metabolic health status, and how and why maintaining metabolic health is crucial. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠⁠⁠⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Robert Lustig, MD, & Ben Grynol discuss: (1:30) — The two parts of metabolism (2:50) — Insulin determines fat growth (3:30) — Most people in the United States are metabolically ill (4:12) — Determining what’s wrong with our mitochondria (5:51) — Using glucose as a proxy for fasting insulin (6:47) — How quickly can you fix your metabolism? (7:47) — Lifestyle habits must be consistent to maintain metabolic health 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: ⁠⁠⁠https://youtu.be/zG4XD116uy8?si=o8cyq46QA1j4Hhwd
6/6/202410 minutes
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#255 - Why you might be a lean mass hyper-responder if you go keto but have high cholesterol | Dave Feldman, Dr. Nick Norwitz & Dr. Dominic D’Agostino

A lean mass hyper-responder is someone with high LDL and HDL cholesterol and low triglycerides. They are often lean and healthy people who present with strange and alarming lipid numbers after going on the ketogenic diet. Dave Feldman, Dr. Nick Norwitz & Dr. Dominic D’Agostino discuss the LMHR phenotype, whether it’s a concern, whether it’s rare, the Oreo vs statin study, how exercise levels might play a role, and why more research is needed. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠⁠⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Dave Feldman, Nick Norwitz, PhD, & Dominic D’Agostino, PhD, discuss: (4:29) — What is the lean mass hyper-responder phenotype? (8:32) — Often the LMHR phenotype gets noticed when someone goes low carb (19:02) — The Oreo cookie study garnered attention for the LMHR phenotype (25:32) — Understanding the mechanisms of the LMHR (40:04) — Exercise levels likely play a role in LMHR (51:26) — The alarming LDL levels in LMHR prompted research (59:25) — The “gym hypothesis” will be important for further research (1:10:48) — An open and respectful dialogue is needed on the topic (1:33:47) — The importance of additional research ⁠⁠Transcripts & Show notes⁠⁠⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: ⁠https://youtu.be/ItNGrGNvESY
5/31/20241 hour, 40 minutes, 23 seconds
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#254 - The writing of ‘Good Energy,’ your guide to taking charge of your metabolic health | Dr. Casey Means & Mike Haney

Writing an evidence-based nonfiction book requires time, dedication, and a true passion for the content. Dr. Casey Means and her brother Calley Means joined forces to create their book “Good Energy: The Surprising Connection Between Metabolism and Limitless Health.” Casey Means, MD, and Mike Haney discuss the book-writing process, insights into creativity and inspiration, the steps to seeking an agent and selling a book to a publisher, and the trials and tribulations along the way. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Casey Means, MD, & Mike Haney discuss: (05:47) — Bringing joy and empowerment to conversations about health (10:20) — Landing an agent (13:56) — The book proposal (21:41) — The challenges of keeping content clear and accessible (29:01) — On collaboration (30:06) — The writing process has a lot of moving parts (35:59) — On determining your voice (43:21) — Carving out dedicated time to write (55:11) — A health coach can help you stay accountable (1:07:45) — The magic of putting a book into the world (1:13:03) — On facing feedback ⁠Transcripts & Show notes⁠⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/3dveHuhZld4?si=ke_MDmjTcUPB5YqQ⁠⁠
5/14/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 34 seconds
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#253 - What is insulin resistance and why does it matter? | Dr. Rob Lustig & Dr. Dominic D’Agostino - (Replay)

Insulin resistance is when cells stop responding to insulin’s signal to uptake glucose. It’s a hallmark of prediabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and other forms of metabolic dysfunction, and it manifests as several chronic disease, ranging from Alzheimer’s to polycystic ovarian syndrome. Dr. Rob Lustig and Dr. Dominic D’Agostino discuss the importance of monitoring insulin levels, why a high or increasing insulin level is a problem, and how insulin resistance hinders weight management. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Rob Lustig, MD, & Dr. Dominic D’Agostino, PhD, discuss: (03:57) — What is insulin? (06:55) — What is insulin resistance? (18:00) — There are three types of insulin resistance (38:00) — Weight management is not about calories in and calories out (45:53) — Adding more insulin to the equation of Type 2 diabetes isn’t necessarily the answer (51:20) — Insulin is a crucial biomarker to measure for metabolic health (53:58) — Insulin resistance is a hinderance to weight management (57:07) — The intake of too much leucine can lead to insulin resistance (1:02:04) — Fiber feeds the gut microbiome and is crucial for metabolic health (1:13:11) — Is intermittent fasting necessary? ⁠Transcripts & Show notes⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: ⁠https://youtu.be/dFOaBrujDHo⁠
5/9/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 32 seconds
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#252 - Why nutrition matters for brain health and how to modify your diet | Dr. Georgia Ede & Dr. Dominic D’Agostino - (Replay)

The ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet that has proven benefits for brain health. Research shows that the keto diet helps ease symptoms of some mental health conditions, including depression and bipolar disorder. But no diet, even keto, is one-size-fits all. Dr. Georgia Ede and Dr. Dominic D’Agostino discuss how diet and brain health are connected, how diet and gut health affect brain health, and how a ketogenic or other low-carbohydrate diets can be tailored to people’s specific needs. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Georgia Ede, MD & Dominic D’Agostino, PhD, discuss: (06:51) — Dr. Georgia Ede describes her interest in nutritional science for mental health (16:45) — Metabolic health is tied to brain health (23:16) — A ketogenic diet vs medications for mental health (27:19) — A ketogenic diet can be tailored to prevent side effects (32:51) — Gut health and mental health are connected (39:00) — Diet is highly individual (42:02) —CGM can teach people how foods and diet strategies affect their health (44:57) — Following a low-carbohydrate diet will generally reduce insulin levels and triglycerides (47:40) — Some psychiatric symptoms have links to higher C-reactive protein levels (48:42) — Dr. D’Agostino summarizes one of Dr. Ede’s studies on the ketogenic diet and mental health (56:59) — A ketogenic diet may also help ease some menopause symptoms ⁠Transcripts & Show notes⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: ⁠⁠https://youtu.be/kBjBEjV0vqU⁠ Find us on YouTube: ⁠⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
4/25/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 20 seconds
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#251 - How to track your macros for fat loss and muscle gain | Josh Clemente & Dominic D'Agostino

Not all calories are equal. Tracking your macronutrient intake, using AI capabilities, can help you improve your body composition, facilitate weight loss, and boost exercise performance. The three macronutrients are protein, fat, and carbohydrates, with fiber a subset of carbs. Josh Clemente & Dr. Dominic D'Agostino discuss the new macros-tracking feature in the Levels app, the purpose and importance of each macronutrient, how to use macros-tracking in conjunction with biomarker data to improve health and fitness, and how easy the app’s AI functionality is to use. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠⁠⁠⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Josh Clemente & Dominic D'Agostino, PhD, discuss: (09:03) — The importance of prioritizing protein intake (17:03) — Why is tracking macros beneficial? (21:11) — Each macronutrient has a different role in the body (39:36) — The different functions of macros (48:32) — Is excess protein a concern? (54:55) — The problem with excess carbohydrates (1:00:37) — Tracking macros can help you improve metabolic flexibility (1:02:41) — The issue with overconsumption of carbohydrates (1:17:18) — Is fiber a macronutrient? (1:46:21) — Macros tracking in the Levels app (1:49:50) — Tracking macros can help improve body composition and performance Transcripts & Show notes 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/wg76Q25Ngd4 Find us on YouTube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠⁠
4/18/20241 hour, 47 minutes, 7 seconds
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#250 - Is fructose a driver of Alzheimer’s disease? | Dr. Richard Johnson & Dr. Rob Lustig - (Replay)

Fructose and its byproduct uric acid may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s, thanks to an evolutionary adaptation hijacked by the modern diet. Fructose can be directly consumed, or the body can convert high-glycemic carbohydrates and other foods to fructose. Fructose suppresses some cognitive functions. Dr. Richard Johnson and Dr. Rob Lustig discuss a new study, of which Johnson was an author, on how fructose may be a potential driver in Alzheimer’s, and they hypothesize about fructose’s potential connection to the development of other conditions. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ 🎙 What Richard Johnson, MD, & Rob Lustig, MD, discuss: (09:50) — Fructose is the driver of some diseases that are on the rise in kids (11:53) — Fructose is a driver of obesity and metabolic syndrome (15:36) — Pharmaceutical treatments for Alzheimer’s disease aren’t as effective as researchers had hoped (17:32)— The research focus of Alzheimer’s is slowly shifting to understanding insulin resistance in the brain (20:41) — Is fructose a root cause of Alzheimer’s? (26:26) — New research suggests fructose induces a foraging response (28:20) — Fructose inhibits areas of the brain to encourage successful foraging (46:48) — We need more research on fructose (1:03:10) —Is fructose a factor in violence? ⁠Transcripts & Show notes⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 👋 WHO WE ARE: Levels helps you see how food affects your health. With real-time, personalized data gathered through biosensors like continuous glucose monitors (CGM), you learn which diet and lifestyle choices improve your metabolic health so you can live a longer, fuller, healthier life. 🔗 LINKS: Could Alzheimer’s disease be a maladaptation of an evolutionary survival pathway mediated by intracerebral fructose and uric acid metabolism?: ⁠https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0002916523000047?dgcid=author⁠ Subscribe here on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠
4/11/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 16 seconds
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#249 - The links between gastrointestinal health, metabolic health, and fertility | Dr. Robin Rose & Ben Grynol - (Replay)

Gastrointestinal health, metabolic health, and fertility are all linked. The gut microbiome impacts other microbiomes in the body, which can then impact the ability to conceive. Our gut microbiomes are becoming less diverse through modern farming practices and the consumption of processed foods. Dr. Robin Rose and Ben Grynol discuss how gut microbiome testing can determine underlying factors of gastrointestinal distress and the lifestyle changes that can help address symptoms and even aid fertility. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ 🎙 What Robin Rose, MD, & Ben Grynol discuss: (08:05) — Gastrointestinal issues are associated with metabolic health issues (08:56) — Many people lack gut microbiome diversity (15:24) — Infertility in some people has links to the gut microbiome (30:56) — PCOS and gut dysbiosis share a connection that’s still being researched (32:26) — Restoring gut and metabolic health may help alleviate PCOS symptoms (34:44) — Metagenomic testing assesses gut health (39:47) — Gut health often requires balanced macronutrient intake (49:14) — Regenerative farming practices could help us get more quality nutrients (54:57) — Eliminating dairy and gluten may ease gastrointestinal symptoms (56:29) — Sleep quality and quantity also inform gut health ⁠Transcript & Show Notes⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: ⁠https://youtu.be/SpW9znY3fkI⁠ Find us on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠
3/28/202458 minutes, 59 seconds
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#248 - A low-carb diet may boost exercise performance and health | Professor Tim Noakes & Josh Clemente - (Replay)

High-carbohydrate diets and carbohydrate loading have been long-standing tenets of athletic training and competition, but newer research indicates a low-carbohydrate diet may be more beneficial for performance and overall health. Professor Tim Noakes and Josh Clemente discuss how a fat-adapted body can rely on fat as a fuel source at all exercise intensity levels, rather than burning mostly carbohydrates, and how such adaptation and dietary focus may reduce one’s risk of prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Tim Noakes, MD, PhD, & Josh Clemente discuss: (04:28) — Dr. Tim Noakes explains his career trajectory (19:04) — An adapted body can rely on fat for all exercise intensities (22:30) — The body will never get to a state of no glucose circulation (23:28) — A delicate balance of macronutrients is likely necessary (29:11) — Before the high-carbohydrate craze, elite athletes were fat adapted (33:46) — Fat oxidation in muscle may have a protective effect against Type 2 diabetes (36:39) — Exercise does not cancel out the risk for metabolic disease if diet isn’t accounted for (47:25) — The body can cope with fasting (54:32) — The high-carb training trend has been perpetuated by the carbohydrate industry ⁠Transcripts & Show notes⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Find us on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠
3/14/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 12 seconds
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#247 - Why sleep is one of the key aspects of your metabolic health | Mike Haney & Ben Grynol

Your sleep routine is one of the most important aspects of your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Ben Grynol and Mike Haney discuss: (02:36) - A study about sleep and metabolic health (03:26) - The benefits of sleep for metabolic health (05:24) - Sleeping at home (05:24) - Standardized meals (07:20) - How glucose levels affect sleep quality and duration (12:50) - What you eat matters (14:37) - Sleep quality and glucose (18:06) - Sleep is the most important thing you control (18:55) - Don’t sacrifice sleep (20:08) - The importance of consistency (25:29) - Compounding effects work both ways ⁠Transcripts and Show Notes⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: How does sleep affect blood sugar?: ⁠https://levelshealth.com/blog/how-sleep-impacts-metabolic-health-glucose-levels-cgm⁠ Find us on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠
2/29/202428 minutes, 9 seconds
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#246 - How to keep your blood sugar more stable and why it matters for weight loss and overall health – Tips from Glucose Goddess | Jessie Inchauspé & Dr. Casey Means

Stable glucose levels are a foundation of feeling and looking your best at any age. When glucose levels are more erratic—with spikes and crashes—cravings, weight gain, low energy, health issues, and more can ensue. Jessie Inchauspé and Dr. Casey Means, thought leaders on the topic of blood sugar, discuss simple hacks for keeping glucose levels more stable without resorting to restrictive diets, and they share why stable levels inform health. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠⁠⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Jessie Inchauspé & Casey Means, MD, discuss: (12:59) — Are type 2 diabetes and obesity genetic, dictated by lifestyle factors, or both? (15:53) — Hacks for keeping blood sugar more stable (24:22) — People want to be healthy, but the food industry complicates matters (28:29) — Nutritional choices can impact mental health (35:56) — The premise behind Inchauspé’s ‘Glucose Goddess Method’ (39:59) — Tracking biomarkers provides insight to your metabolic health (42:08) — A siloed approach to healthcare misses the big picture (45:06) — Can supplements really help with metabolic health? (57:37) — We need systemic change in the food industry (1:05:52) — The science behind food cravings ⁠⁠Transcripts & Show notes⁠⁠⁠⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Find us on YouTube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠⁠ Jessie Inchauspé on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glucosegoddess/ Jessie Inchauspé: https://www.antispike.com Casey Means, MD: https://www.caseymeans.com/goodenergy Good Energy: The Surprising Connection Between Metabolism and Limitless Health: https://www.caseymeans.com/goodenergy
2/23/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 36 seconds
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#245 - Autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis, holistic protocols, & metabolic health | Dr. Terry Wahls & Dr. Casey Means - (Replay)

Can a holistic protocol address the root cause of autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS)? We explore how metabolic health is tightly linked to autoimmune diseases and how understanding blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity is key. Dr. Terry Wahls developed The Wahls Protocol, which helped Dr. Wahls reverse her disease process and helped her get back on her feet. The Wahls Protocol is one of the most influential lifestyle programs that helps people address their autoimmune diseases. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Dr. Terry Wahls and Dr. Casey Means discuss: (03:46) - A new framework for thinking about autoimmune disease (06:52) - A supplement cocktail (13:27) - The creation of health (15:56) - Humans are metabolically complex (17:50) What is mitochondrial dysfunction? (28:46) - The connection between type-1 diabetes and mitochondrial dysfunction (37:30) - Addressing the root cause of autoimmune issues (43:35) - How to support mitochondrial health (45:01) - Improving metabolic health can improve autoimmune disease ⁠Transcripts & Show notes⁠⁠⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Find us on YouTube: ⁠⁠⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠⁠
2/8/202451 minutes, 57 seconds
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#244 - Where metabolic health and culture converge | Dhru Purohit & Austin McGuffie

What are the unique metabolic health experiences of South Asian and Black communities? In this candid conversation between serial entrepreneur and health and wellness investor Dhru Purohit and content creator and metabolism mentor Austin McGuffie, they discuss how metabolic health affects their respective communities. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Dhru Purohit & Austin McGuffie discuss: (18:51) – Live by example (23:21) – Focus on education first (24:53) – The benefits of targeted fasting (26:08) – Dying from excess (30:03) – It all comes back to lifestyle (34:42) – Talk to people who are on the fence (35:57) – The societal split (36:52) – Why we need targeted solutions (38:45) – The add-in method (52:09) – Health happens in community ⁠Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Find us on YouTube: ⁠⁠⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠⁠
1/25/202459 minutes, 32 seconds
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#243 - Why sugary drinks can cause weight gain and low energy | Dr. Richard Johnson & Dr. Dominic D’Agostino

Traditional soft drinks, juice boxes, and energy and sports drinks are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, an ingredient also found in many processed foods. The body processes fructose differently than other sugars, and fructose can lead to weight gain by encouraging the body to store energy. Dr. Richard Johnson and Dr. Dominic D’Agostino discuss the issues with fructose, how fructose can drive food cravings and overeating, how fructose might be an Alzheimer’s contributor, and the potential benefits of a different sugar that might promote the release of GLP-1, the hormone that Ozempic and Wegovy help increase. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Richard Johnson, MD, & Dominic D’Agostino, PhD, discuss: (1:59) — Richard Johnson, MD, is a prolific researcher regarding sugar’s effects (6:38) — Soft drinks are a major source of added sugar, which has negative effects on metabolic health (8:31) — Fructose lowers energy in the body, driving hunger (14:16) — Fructose can drive insulin resistance and increase fat (21:44) — A small amount of fructose can be beneficial to the body (29:11) — Fructose consumption may be a culprit of Alzheimer’s disease (48:21) — Low-calorie sugars can still make you crave more sugar (53:59) — A low-calorie sugar called allulose has potential health benefits (55:59) — Allulose may stimulate GLP-1 (59:39) — A low-carb diet helps reduce sugar cravings ⁠Transcripts & Show notes⁠⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Find us on YouTube: ⁠⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠⁠ Watch the full conversation: ⁠https://youtu.be/AMgBxyJvtx0
1/18/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 1 second
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#242 - Healthy eating for kids | Austin McGuffie & Ben Grynol - (Replay)

Highly processed food is hard to avoid. It’s especially harder when you’re a parent. For Austin McGuffie and Ben Grynol, they both have 4 kids, and they talk about the challenges of parenting, feeding kids nutritious food, and educating them along the way. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Austin McGuffie & Ben Grynol discuss: (02:11) - Help kids make better food choices and lead by example (07:43) - Know when to give in to a kid’s wants and when to firmly say no (13:51) - Allow your kids to experience the consequences of their food choices (20:43) - Make exercise enjoyable by leaning into your kid’s interests (27:15) - Understand that your kid is an individual with their own tastes and preferences (28:57) - Strike a balance between a nutritious diet and a healthy relationship with food (32:01) - Encourage kids to take ownership of their food (37:38) - Make food taste palatable and enjoyable (41:14) - Keep trying every day ⁠Transcripts & Show notes⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Find us on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠ Watch the full conversation: https://youtu.be/Ukk07x2oVDQ?si=MUheltnf451VjP47
1/4/202450 minutes, 29 seconds
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#241 - How environmental chemicals are making us sick and fat | Dr. Rob Lustig & Dr. Casey Means - (Replay)

Landmark new research published by Dr. Rob Lustig and dozens of other scientists shows us for the first time the intricate mechanisms of how environmental chemicals directly cause obesity, uncovering the latest research on this class of chemicals called obesogens. In this conversation between Dr. Rob Lustig and Dr. Casey Means, they discuss what products and environmental toxins we need to be aware of, how they are impacting our cells and causing metabolic dysfunction, and what we can do to protect ourselves.  Dr. Lustig speaks to how these environmental toxins affect our sex cells (sperm and eggs) and can impact our offspring and many generations to come. He also discusses how 15% of obesity may be directly caused by these chemicals.  Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health 🎙 What Dr. Casey Means & Dr. Robert Lustig discuss: (07:58) - It’s not just correlative, it’s causative (10:51) - Obesogens bind to our cell proteins (11:27) - Everyday products contain obesogens (14:37) - Babies and children are the most vulnerable (24:34) - Obesogens stick around even after being banned (32:19) - Food is more than calories (43:05) - Obesogens are unregulated (51:05) - Cell alterations last for generations (01:54:00) - We need to get the EPA on board (01:02:15) - Buy organic ⁠Transcripts and Show Notes⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Find us on YouTube: ⁠⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Watch the Video – ⁠https://youtu.be/GQrnEx8MNKk
12/29/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 58 seconds
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#240 - Follow three diet rules to improve health, lose weight, and prevent diseases | Dr. Swaranjit Bhasin & Dr. Casey Means

What diet should you follow? Metabolic health experts say it doesn’t matter whether you’re keto, vegan, or otherwise if you focus on three simple principles, which will help reduce your risk for cancer and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Dr. Swaranjit Bhasin and Dr. Casey Means discuss the biomarkers to ask your doctor about, why they matter, how to improve those biomarkers with accessible tips, and why liver health is a big key to overall health. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠⁠ 🎙 What Swaranjit Bhasin, MD, & Casey Means, MD, discuss: (2:45) — A radiologist raises a red flag about increased diagnoses in younger patients (8:47) — Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a silent but serious problem (12:59) — The importance of the liver (16:59) — What are your most important biomarkers? (31:50) — Casey Means, MD, summarizes Dr. Bhasin’s three rules for diet (33:48) — Processed vegetable and seed oils are toxic to the body (41:21) — Insulin resistance can drive cancer (51:56) — The importance of autophagy in helping to prevent cancer (54:40) — Who should not engage in intermittent fasting? ⁠⁠Transcripts & Show notes⁠⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/1pkhDOPsXb4 Find us on YouTube: ⁠⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
12/14/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 44 seconds
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#239 – Big Ag feeds into Big Pharma: Metabolic health benefits from regenerative farming | Dr. Robert Lustig & Ben Grynol - (Replay)

Since metabolic health is downstream of food production, we need regenerative farming, balanced ecosystems, and to lift the veil of Big Food’s marketing schemes in order to optimize the entire system. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Levels’ Advisor Dr. Rob Lustig and Head of Growth Ben Grynol discuss: (06:08) - The growers and the helpers (07:05) - How DDT changed America (12:19) - The next big thing (16:04) - Soil vs. dirt (28:29) - Farming in the 1960s (30:17) - Turning America’s Heartland into big ag (34:06) - Agriculture and healthcare are inseparable (38:16) - An immoral hazard (43:13) - The consumer is in the dark (50:32) - Shop around the edge of the supermarket ⁠Transcripts & Show Notes⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: ⁠https://youtu.be/HiBOobZ_8ss⁠ Find us on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠
12/7/202359 minutes, 26 seconds
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#238 - How regenerative farming boosts soil health and the nutrient content of the plants and animals we eat | Will Harris & Dr. Casey Means

Regenerative farming replenishes soil nutrients, which in turn, boosts the nutrient content of produce and animal products. It also focuses on animal and land stewardship. However, most farming today employs industrialized practices that deplete the soil, discount animal welfare, and harm humans. Will Harris and Dr. Casey Means discuss regenerative farming practices, the symbiotic relationships in the farming ecosystem, and the need for change at the consumer level. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ 🎙 What Will Harris & Casey Means, MD, discuss: (1:21) — Soil depletion in the United States affects overall health (15:27) — The birth of industrialized farming (30:04) — Regenerative farming can raise quality of life for communities (33:23) —Modern farming practices and antibiotic resistance (35:11) — Change must come at the consumer level (40:38) — The consequences of modern farming practices were not immediate (50:10) — Organic farming is not the same thing as regenerative farming (53:29) — The importance of animals being allowed to express instinctive behavior (56:14) — Regenerative practices in your backyard ⁠Transcripts & Show notes⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: Find us on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
11/23/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 9 seconds
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#237 - Erectile dysfunction may mean chronic disease & early death | Dr. Merrill Matschke & Dr. Casey Means - (Replay)

Erectile dysfunction can be an early indicator of future cardiovascular disease, endothelial dysfunction, and early death. Learn more in this conversation between urologist and male reproductive specialist and surgeon Dr. Merrill Matschke and Levels Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Dr. Merrill Matschke & Dr. Casey Means discuss: (13:47) – The connection between metabolic dysfunction and erectile dysfunction (22:08) – How ED develops (34:11) – Let’s talk about oxidative stress (40:06) – The importance of testosterone levels in insulin sensitivity (46:50) – The importance of diet, exercise, and sleep (48:45) – Why is testosterone dropping? (59:59) – Our healthcare system needs to do better (01:07:44) – Don’t put treatment off (01:14:02) – Sleep is crucial (01:19:41) – Nobody’s perfect ⁠Transcripts & Show Notes⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: ⁠https://youtu.be/mum4AfB0K_Y⁠  Find us on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠ 
11/16/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 34 seconds
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#236 - How keto improves brain health and weight loss and combats chronic disease and disorders such as ADHD | Dr. Annette Bosworth & Dr. Casey Means

The ketogenic diet fuels the brain and makes the body more metabolically flexible. The keto diet drives ketone production, which serves as fuel for energy as well as an antioxidant to combat oxidative stress. Switching from burning glucose to burning ketones has numerous benefits, including for cognitive decline and ADHD. Dr. Annette Bosworth and Dr. Casey Means discuss the intricacies of the keto diet, why it boosts brain health, how to make behavioral changes, and how to encourage kids to eat keto for improved health and well-being. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: https://levels.link/wnl 🎙 What Annette Bosworth, MD, & Casey Means, MD, discuss: (14:31) — What we put into our body matters (16:37) — The value of ketones as fuel (28:32) — Dr. Annette Bosworth explains her ‘Dr. Boz’ ratio (34:47) — Your body will adapt to ketosis (44:49) — Dr. Bosworth shares info from a study on cognitive impairment (50:41) — Dr. Bosworth shares her experience with getting patients on a ketogenic diet (53:07) — Dr. Bosworth shares her wisdom about behavior change (1:13:31) — Dr. Casey Means describes her experience with metabolic dysfunction (1:18:05) — Dr. Bosworth shares her techniques for getting her kids to eat healthfully (1:21:00)  — In general, the food industry’s aim is for profit Transcripts & Show notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/sY1ZeCDp-xw?si=rD4ZyBF2GsK--xlW Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
11/2/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 57 seconds
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#235 – Understanding predictive markers of metabolic dysfunction | Dr. Sara Gottfried & Dr. Casey Means - (Replay)

Dr. Sara Gottfried – a pioneer in health, research, and education – has seen more than 25,000 patients over the past two decades. She's a physician scientist, who graduated from Harvard Medical School and MIT, and completed her Residency at the University of California, San Francisco. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ Dr. Gottfried is the Director of Precision Medicine at The Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, at Thomas Jefferson University, where she specializes in identifying the underlying causes of her patient's conditions to achieve lasting health transformation, not just symptom management. Dr. Gottfried has published five books, including multiple New York Times bestsellers, such as The Hormone Cure, The Hormone Reset Diet, and Younger. Her latest book has just been published, Women Food and Hormones. In this episode, Dr. Casey Means, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Levels, and Dr. Gottfried covered a number of topics from her new book. LINKS ⁠New insights from continuous glucose monitoring into the route to diabetes⁠ ⁠Proposed guidelines to evaluate scientific validity and evidence for genotype-based dietary advice⁠ ⁠Michael Snyder⁠ ⁠Marcus Institute of Integrative Health⁠ ⁠Sara Gottfried⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Dr. Sara Gottfried & Casey Means discuss: (04:11) - The vital role of metabolism (08:15) - Metabolic data should be democratized (11:12) - Women and the keto diet (12:50) - Women are considered "too complicated" (18:38) - Every person needs a unique diet (22:40) - Diet shouldn't be like politics (26:53) - The ideal fasting length (33:22) - The role of testosterone (40:02) - Physicians should not be gatekeepers to health (01:02:40) - The relationship between genes and our environment ⁠Transcripts & Show Notes⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation on YouTube: ⁠https://youtu.be/QZUpJCNOpfY⁠ Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
10/19/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 15 seconds
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#234 - Why your workout isn’t working for you and what to do instead for improved metabolic health and body composition | Dr. Gabrielle Lyon & Dr. Casey Means

Diet and exercise culture tends to prioritize calorie restriction and calorie burning via cardio workouts. While fat loss is beneficial, building and maintaining healthy muscle mass is also crucial for metabolic health and longevity. Dr. Gabrielle Lyon and Dr. Casey Means discuss Lyon’s book “Forever Strong,” why strength-training should be a priority for workout routines, how muscle is the body’s metabolic currency, and why boosting protein intake aids in adding and preserving muscle mass. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Gabrielle Lyon, DO, & Casey Means, MD, discuss: (03:43) — Dr. Casey Means shares her enthusiasm for Dr. Gabrielle Lyon’s book (09:03) — Muscle is our metabolic currency (19:38) — According to Dr. Lyon, gaining muscle is more important than losing fat (23:56) — Muscle mass is protective against sarcopenia (31:08) — Dr. Means raises the question about menopause (31:59) — The benefits of focusing on metabolic health in the menopause transition (36:39) — Dr. Lyon encourages people to reevaluate the type of exercise they are doing (39:14) — Dr. Lyon discusses the importance of getting enough protein (43:15) — Dr. Lyon discusses the timing of protein intake (51:13) — Dr. Lyon discusses supplementation with creatine ⁠Transcripts & Show notes⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LAF2o2zv7Q4?si=vXoV1hxQVCpfYOpQ Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
10/12/20231 hour, 1 minute, 43 seconds
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#233 - Big Food, Big Sugar & how they affect our metabolic health today | Dr. Robert Lustig & Ben Grynol - (Replay)

The history of the Big Food and Big Sugar industries still affect our metabolic health today. Learn more in this conversation between Dr. Robert Lustig and Ben Grynol. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Dr. Robert Lustig & Ben Grynol discuss: (09:24) - Create the consensus (17:17) - Exonerate sugar as the cause of heart disease (22:31) - Use shoddy science (23:35) - Buy off scientists and critics (24:50) - Weakening government oversight (26:53) - Fight back against regulated advertising (35:20) - Go all in on corn (40:40) - Sugar should be a condiment (43:04) - Increase food industry profits (48:27) - The public needs to demand better Transcripts & Show notes 🔗 LINKS: Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/2-qq2Tzl5nM?si=MXk0xX-70n4d_OJ7 📲 CONNECT: Subscribe here on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠
10/5/202359 minutes, 51 seconds
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#232 - How do you afford nutritious food when you live in a food desert and why investing in nutrition is an investment in yourself | Shawn Stevenson & Dr. Casey Means

Our environment and culture directly affect the food choices we make. Ultra-processed foods are convenient and cheap, and they’re the main source of foods in food deserts, typically located in underserved communities. Yet ultra-processed foods lead to worsening metabolic health. How do you afford and access nutritious food? Shawn Stevenson and Dr. Casey means discuss how Stevenson, author of “Eat Smarter Family Cookbook” grew up without easy access to whole foods, how he transformed how he eats despite his environment, and how those changes led to a reversal of poor health and chronic pain to an improved quality of life and even earning potential. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Shawn Stevenson & Casey Means, MD, discuss: (10:00) — Ultra-processed foods are convenient and cheap (20:03) — Stevenson describes the moment when he changed his mindset (27:20) — The foods we put into our bodies affect us at the cellular level (32:17) — Focus on controlling the “controllables.” (35:30) — The family that eats together boosts their health together (41:23) — Schedule social meals (44:19) — The most common factor across Blue Zones is strong social bonds (49:19) — Cooking is an essential skill for health (1:03:16) — Investing in better health generates improved energy capacity (1:08:58) — Stevenson shares his tips for affording nutritious foods Transcripts & Show notes 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rKptwQrvzuk?si=P9gfeK952dWjMrYA Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
9/28/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 6 seconds
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#231 – Adaptation and why it’s important to our metabolic health, stress, and trauma | Dr. Casey Means & Dr. Molly Maloof - (Replay)

Obesity and chronic disease are fallouts from the lack of real human connection. Underneath biomarkers like glucose and physical aspects like mitochondrial dysfunctions are the root causes of disease: hijacked reward pathways, chronic stress due to constant threat mode, and the global human disconnect. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ In this discussion between Levels’ advisor Dr. Molly Maloof and our co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Casey Means, they talk about: The most important measurable biomarker How we’re designed to live in groups The cycle of constant stress through threat signaling vs. high-reward pathways The big problem of global human disconnection How love and oxytocin helps to make us stronger, share resources, and create bonds Addiction and the power of the pause How to increase physical and emotional adaptation Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Levels’ advisor Dr. Molly Maloof and our co-founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means, discuss: (12:13) - Adapting and self-managing in the face of adversity (16:03) - The most important biomarker (23:05) - Moving your body to create energy (24:18) - Adapting beyond genetics (26:29) - Hijacking reward pathways (36:40) - Getting off the grid (43:22) - Take care of your mitochondria (45:57) - The holy grail of chronic disease (51:35) - Felt connection (59:11) - How deprivation is a pathway to happiness (1:06:03) - The power of the pause (1:23:11) - Letting go of control (01:41:37) - Cooking your skin Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation on YouTube: https://youtube.com/watch?v=XVSYGx9Fkns Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
9/21/20231 hour, 57 minutes, 26 seconds
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#230 - How the ketogenic diet may work as a medical therapy for various conditions such as migraine, epilepsy, mental health issues, and more | Beth Zupec-Kania, Denise Potter & Dr. Dominic D’Agostino

The ketogenic diet is often used as a tool for weight loss and to improve metabolic health. However, it is increasingly being considered, studied, and used as a medical therapy for chronic physical and mental health conditions, and it can be tailored to patients’ specific needs. Beth Zupec-Kania, Denise Potter, and Dr. Dominic D’Agostino discuss the benefits of the ketogenic diet, how they customize keto for patients with dietary preferences like veganism, how to ease into the change with a pre-keto diet, and how the keto diet may be able to help people reduce or eliminate medications under the supervision of medical professionals. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Beth Zupec-Kania, RDN, CD; Denise Potter, RDN, CDCES; and Dominic D’Agostino, PhD, discuss: (14:50) — Using the ketogenic diet as therapy for various conditions (27:49) — Eating a ketogenic diet often helps people improve their nutrient intake (29:39) — The ketogenic diet can be customized to fit a person’s needs (33:42) — Medium-chain triglycerides can help increase fat intake (35:32) — Gluten is inflammatory (38:18) — Beth encourages patients to do a pre-keto program (46:12) — Looking at macros on keto (48:24) — A ketogenic diet can drive metabolic health changes (57:49) — The benefits of the ketogenic diet that go beyond weight loss (1:22:00) — Can keto help people reduce their medications? Transcripts & Show notes⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: Find us on YouTube: ⁠⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
9/14/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 53 seconds
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#229 - Nature Wants Us to Be Fat | Dr. Casey Means & Dr. Richard Johnson - (Replay)

Dr. Casey Means, Chief Medical Officer of Levels speaks with Dr. Richard Johnson about his book, "Nature Wants Us to Be Fat," as well as his insights on the "survival switch" that drives our body to store fat in response to certain conditions like high fructose, dehydration, umami flavors, and more, and how this all relates to our current metabolic disease epidemic. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Dr. Casey Means & Dr. Richard Johnson discuss: (04:25) - The fat switch (11:39) - Metabolic syndrome is linked to survival (13:36) - The switch is good for short term survival, bad for long term (17:40) - Sugar triggers the switch (19:39) - Sugar leads to metabolic syndrome, not extra calories (23:40) - Fructose depletes energy (31:28) - Vitamin C is protective against obesity (35:12) - High glycemic foods help our bodies make fructose (44:29) - Whole fruit is healthy because of the fiber (53:48) - Salt can trigger fructose production Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Find us on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
9/7/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 10 seconds
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#228 - Why nutrition matters for brain health and how to modify your diet | Dr. Georgia Ede & Dr. Dominic D’Agostino

The ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet that has proven benefits for brain health. Research shows that the keto diet helps ease symptoms of some mental health conditions, including depression and bipolar disorder. But no diet, even keto, is one-size-fits all. Dr. Georgia Ede and Dr. Dominic D’Agostino discuss how diet and brain health are connected, how diet and gut health affect brain health, and how a ketogenic or other low-carbohydrate diets can be tailored to people’s specific needs. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: ⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Georgia Ede, MD & Dominic D’Agostino, PhD, discuss: (06:51) — Dr. Georgia Ede describes her interest in nutritional science for mental health (16:45) — Metabolic health is tied to brain health (23:16) — A ketogenic diet vs medications for mental health (27:19) — A ketogenic diet can be tailored to prevent side effects (32:51) — Gut health and mental health are connected (39:00) — Diet is highly individual (42:02) —CGM can teach people how foods and diet strategies affect their health (44:57) — Following a low-carbohydrate diet will generally reduce insulin levels and triglycerides (47:40) — Some psychiatric symptoms have links to higher C-reactive protein levels (48:42) — Dr. D’Agostino summarizes one of Dr. Ede’s studies on the ketogenic diet and mental health (56:59) — A ketogenic diet may also help ease some menopause symptoms Transcripts & Show notes 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: ⁠https://youtu.be/kBjBEjV0vqU Find us on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
8/31/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 10 seconds
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#227 – How 3 chronic conditions are connected to high blood sugar and what you can do | Dr. Ben Bikman & Dr. Casey Means - (Replay)

From gallbladder issues to tinnitus to fatty liver disease and more, many chronic conditions have links to high blood sugar and insulin resistance. Dr. Ben Bikman and Dr. Casey Means discuss the connections between insulin resistance and ear-nose-and-throat conditions, how insulin resistance increases the risk for gallbladder stones, what non-alcoholic fatty liver disease does to the body, and how you can mitigate these chronic health conditions for improved quality of life. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: https://levels.link/wnl Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Dr. Ben Bikman & Dr. Casey Means discuss: (08:49) - Declining health is not inevitable (10:15) - The link between insulin resistance and tinnitus (13:39) - We look at health through the lens of disease (22:53) - Insulin resistance and the gallbladder (28:32) - The appearance of fatty liver disease (31:34) - Ways to clear the liver of fat (35:00) - How fat tissue develops (36:51) - How fat cells become insulin resistant (46:21) - The power of a CGM (48:36) - What is a healthy glucose level? Transcripts & Show notes 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/szGl8F1zl6I Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 How hearing loss relates to metabolic health | Blog post: https://www.levelshealth.com/blog/how-hearing-loss-relates-to-metabolic-health Why too many focus on glucose, but not insulin | Blog post: https://www.levelshealth.com/blog/why-too-many-focus-on-glucose-but-not-insulin
8/24/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 2 seconds
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#226 - How do weight-loss medications affect metabolic health? And will Ozempic and other GLP-1s actually solve the obesity crisis? | Dr. Rob Lustig & Dr. Casey Means

Medications, such as Ozempic, Wegovy, and more, have become increasingly popular for weight loss. These drugs are glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, and they mimic a hormone that, among other things, tells the brain a person is full so they eat less. But are they safe, and do they help improve metabolic health? Dr. Rob Lustig and Dr. Casey Means discuss these weight-loss drugs and their effects on the body, and why such medications likely won’t solve the obesity crisis, for which the food industry is culpable. Sign Up to Get Your Free Ultimate Guide to Glucose: https://levels.link/wnl 🎙 What Rob Lustig, MD, & Casey Means, MD, discuss: (06:10) — The mechanisms of action for weight-loss medications (09:01) — Dr. Casey Means shares her perception of the popularity of GLP-1 medications (13:12) — GLP-1 RAs lead to fat loss but also muscle loss (18:05) — Do GLP-1 RAs improve metabolic health? (20:43) — Dr. Lustig discusses the high cost of GLP-1 RAs (27:47) — Dr. Lustig makes the case for fixing the food problem (35:46) — How can patients use GLP-1 RAs as a jumpstart? (44:20) — Dr. Lustig shares his concerns about the use of GLP-1 RAs in children Transcripts & Show Notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/AKNnxKAaONc 📲 Connect: Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
8/17/202351 minutes, 15 seconds
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#225 - How sugar harms kids’ bodies and brains and what parents can do to foster healthier eating habits | Austin McGuffie & Dr. Robert Lustig (Replay)

We know sugar is bad for kids, so why do parents continue giving it to them? Sugar damage kids’ health and drives behavioral issues. Infants get introduced to sugar early through commercial baby food, and the problem continues with school and birthday treats, soda, and the ultra-processed foods that have taken over the family pantry. Austin McGuffie & Dr. Robert Lustig discuss the rising rates of Type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in children, sugar addiction in kids, the problems with the food industry, and what parents can do to revamp their kids’ diets and promote a lifelong healthy relationship with nutritious food. Sign Up to Get Your Ultimate Guide to Glucose – https://levels.link/wnl (08:21) - Sugar is damaging kids’ mitochondria (17:16) - The more dangerous fat (22:03) - Kids need better nutrition education (25:27) - Infants get introduced to sugar early (27:27) - Fat was removed, but sugar was added (32:06) - Sugar causes behavioral issues (35:17) - Kids can have sugar addiction (37:33) - Diet soda is bad too (43:20) - Educate the child and the parents (46:46) - Get rid of sugary drinks Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/I3d7zCHFW2c
8/10/20231 hour, 4 seconds
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#224 - How the keto diet may ease depression in bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions | Iain Campbell, Bret Scher & Dominic D’Agostino

The ketogenic diet may help reduce depression and other symptoms in bipolar disorder. The ketogenic diet also helps metabolic health and reduces the risk for cardiometabolic diseases. The risk for cardiometabolic diseases is elevated in people with bipolar disorder when compared to the general population. Dr. Iain Campbell, Dr. Bret Scher, and Dr. Dominic D’Agostino discuss how the state of ketosis has beneficial effects on brain neurotransmitters and how those benefits have been life-changing physically and mentally for Dr. Campbell, who has bipolar disorder. 🎙 What Iain Campbell, MD, PhD, Bret Scher, MD & Dominic D’Agostino, PhD discuss: (05:40) — Dr. Iain Campbell explains how a ketogenic diet improved his mental health (09:02) — Dr. Campbell explains his pilot trial on the ketogenic diet and bipolar disorder (16:20) — The ketogenic diet is often misunderstood (18:10) — Elevated lactate is a biomarker in bipolar disorder (24: 37) — Circadian rhythm disruption affects bipolar disorder (30:33) — Morning exercise can help blunt the dawn glucose rise (38:48) — The ketogenic diet has effects on brain neurotransmitters (43:34) — Dr. Campbell explains ketosis helps him combat depression (46:42) — Dr. Campbell describes why he went on the ketogenic diet Transcripts & Show notes 👋 WHO WE ARE: Levels helps you see how food affects your health. With real-time, personalized data gathered through biosensors like continuous glucose monitors (CGM), you learn which diet and lifestyle choices improve your metabolic health so you can live a longer, fuller, healthier life. 🔗 LINKS: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/wnl Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/SAI6qeBMJFo Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Iain Campbell, MD, PhD, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IainCampbellPhD Connect with Bret Scher, MD, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bschermd/ Connect with Bret Scher, MD, on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drbretscher/ Connect with Dominic D’Agostino, PhD, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DominicDAgosti2 Connect with Dominic D’Agostino, PhD on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dominic.dagostino.kt/
8/3/202357 minutes, 19 seconds
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#223 - The truth about why keto works & why you may be doing it wrong | Dr. Steven Gundry & Dr. Casey Means - (Replay)

What you think you know about keto and ketones might be wrong. Keto can be great for weight loss, but there’s a better way to do it by focusing on more diverse plant food, protecting your mitochondria through mitochondrial uncoupling, and focusing on fiber. 🎙 What Dr. Steven Gundry, author of Unlocking The Keto Code, and Levels Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means discuss: (07:55) - A career change (11:57) - Keto Code (15:25) - Efficient fat burner (17:05) - The connection of seizure to the fall of ketogenic diet (21:11) - The beauty of mitochondria (23:38) - The benefits of Ketones (25:49) - Uncoupling mitochondria (30:13) - Instead of keto diet go for mitochondrial uncoupling diet (30:58) - What are other ways to stimulate mitochondrial uncoupling (42:03) - MCT oil ⁠Transcripts & Show Notes⁠ Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: ⁠https://levels.link/wnl⁠ Watch the conversation: ⁠⁠https://youtu.be/rRSHO2j3e0Q⁠⁠ Learn about metabolic health: ⁠https://levelshealth.com/blog⁠ Find us on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Read about the Levels diet philosophy: ⁠https://www.levelshealth.com/blog/the-levels-dietary-philosophyRead Unlocking the Keto Code: https://amazon.com/Unlocking-Keto-Code-Revolutionary-Deprivation-ebook/dp/B092DKKXS3⁠ 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: ⁠https://instagram.com/levels⁠ Connect with us on Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/levels⁠ Connect with Casey on Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/drcaseyskitchen⁠ Connect with Casey on Instagram: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/drcaseyskitchen⁠   Connect with Steven on Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/drgundry⁠   Connect with Steven on Instagram: ⁠https://instagram.com/drstevengundry
7/27/202356 minutes, 9 seconds
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#222 - Sugar, Soda, and Society: Insider Insights into Coca-Cola, the Metabolic Health Crisis, and Systemic Missteps | Calley Means & Casey Means

The United States government subsidizes ultra-processed foods and sugar, and the healthcare system focuses on treating diseases rather than preventing them. These issues are harming kids’ health and leading to crisis-level rates of prediabetes and diabetes in both adults and children. Siblings Calley Means and Casey Means discuss problems with the food industry, government funding, and healthcare, and they propose possible solutions, while also offering suggestions for parents wanting to set their kids up for better metabolic health right now. 🎙 What Calley Means & Casey Means, MD, discuss: (4:01) — Kids are developing prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes at alarming rates (5:33) — The government subsidizes ultra-processed foods (13:05) — Ultra-processed food companies incentivize trusted institutions (21:48) — We only get one life to live (25:42) — The metabolic health crisis is problematic for the economy (27:09) — Giving kids ultra-processed foods sets them up for metabolic health issues (36:48) — Three ingredients make up the problematic foundation of ultra-processed foods (42:49) — Parents have a lot of control over what their kids eat—especially when they’re young (46:49) —You can’t control other adults in your family (1:02:59) — The healthcare industry isn’t incentivized in the correct ways (1:07:54) — Calley Means describes, TruMed, his tech startup Transcripts & Show notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/wnl Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/pIUwZb2jfco Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Calley Means on Instagram: https://instagram.com/calleymeans Connect with Calley Means on Twitter: https://twitter.com/calleymeans Connect with Calley Means on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/calley-means-a29b5512/
7/20/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 42 seconds
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#221 - Brain Energy: Does food affect mental health? | Dr. Chris Palmer & Ben Grynol - (Replay)

How might a keto diet transform not only your metabolic health but may also manage symptoms of mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, and more? Dr. Chris Palmer outlines the principles from his book “Brain Energy” with Ben Grynol in this episode and discusses his journey toward the revolutionary idea that might change how we view mental health care moving forward. 🎙 What Dr. Chris Palmer & Ben Grynol discuss: (01:53) — How Chris Palmer started his research for Brain Energy (11:16) — Painting a picture of the mental health crisis through numbers (18:20) — Discussing the biopsychosocial model and existing research on the roots of mental disorders (29:23) — The bidirectional relationship between metabolic and mental health (34:34) — The real power of the mitochondria and the role it plays in fostering mental and metabolic health (44:00) — Medication for mental disorders and their long-term effect on patients’ metabolic health (55:14) — Insulin resistance and its impact on mental disorders (1:11:10) — Food addiction, stress-eating, and why Chris doesn’t sugarcoat the realities of the ketogenic diet (1:29:05) — It’s not too late to start taking charge of your metabolic health now (1:34:11) — Chris touches on the factors that hinder better mental healthcare today and what we can do to advocate for the mentally ill Transcripts & Show notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: ⁠https://levels.link/wnl Learn about metabolic health: ⁠https://levelshealth.com/blog⁠ Find us on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠ Order Brain Energy: ⁠https://amazon.com/Brain-Energy-Revolutionary-Understanding-Health/dp/1637741588/⁠ 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: ⁠https://instagram.com/levels⁠ Connect with us on Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/levels⁠ Connect with us on LinkedIn: ⁠https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health⁠ Connect with us on TikTok: ⁠https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth⁠ Connect with Chris on Instagram: ⁠https://instagram.com/chrispalmermd⁠ Connect with Chris on Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/ChrisPalmerMD⁠ Connect with Chris on LinkedIn: ⁠https://linkedin.com/in/christopher-palmer-01713032
7/13/20231 hour, 44 minutes, 44 seconds
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#220 - Astronaut Scott Kelly on CGMs, the NASA Twins Study & the Impact on Metabolic Health in Earth & Space | Josh Clemente & Scott Kelly

Continuous glucose monitoring can be a powerful tool for gaining real-time insights into how diet, lifestyle habits, and the many decisions we make daily affect our health. Retired astronaut Scott Kelly tried a CGM for a month and shares his personal insights. Scott Kelly and Josh Clemente discuss how CGM can be used to effect habit change, what Kelly’s participation in the unique NASA Twins study was like and what was learned, and insights Kelly gleaned about society and the environment while viewing Earth from space. 🎙 What Scott Kelly & Josh Clemente discuss: (03:55) — CGM provides insight into eating and lifestyle habits (06:06) — Our hundreds of daily actions have an impact on our health (13:28) — The “normal” range for various biomarkers isn’t necessarily the optimal range (17:07) — How CGM can help change eating habits (18:12) — Menu items labeled “healthy” aren’t always healthy (23:56) — The epidemic of Type 2 diabetes and obesity (30:49) — NASA’s Twins Study (34:30) — Being in space can lead to muscle and bone atrophy (40:17) — Gravity plays a role in our physiology (48:20) — Looking at Earth from space can provide an interesting perspective Transcripts & Show Notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/wnl Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/5i2T-s61yLw Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Scott Kelly on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stationcdrkelly/ Connect with Scott Kelly on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StationCDRKelly
7/6/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 48 seconds
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#219 - What half of women will die of, and how to fix it | Dr. Sara Gottfried & Dr. Casey Means - (Replay)

Why do women have a higher risk of metabolic dysfunction and cardiovascular disease than men, and how do women move forward as empowered patients with their clinicians? Listen to this episode between Levels Advisor, physician, and author 4 New York Times bestsellers Dr. Sara Gottfried and Levels Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means. 🎙 What Dr. Sara Gottfried & Dr. Casey Means discuss: (04:00) - Why women should care about metabolic health? (10:47) - Metabolism (11:46) - A holistic take on metabolism (22:21) - Blood pressure control (25:54) - Effects of trauma (36:20) - Becoming more metabolically unhealthy (45:17) - Seven clinical imbalances (52:49) - What you measure improves (01:02:06) - Dealing with trauma (01:11:21) - Food until the end ⁠Transcripts and Show Notes⁠ 👋 WHO WE ARE: Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: ⁠https://youtu.be/MhqWvvFO1q8⁠ Become a Levels member: ⁠https://levels.link/wnl Learn about metabolic health: ⁠https://levelshealth.com/blog⁠ 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: ⁠https://instagram.com/levels⁠ Connect with us on Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/levels⁠ Find us on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1⁠ Connect with Dr. Casey Means on Instagram: ⁠https://instagram.com/DrCaseysKitchen⁠ Connect with Casey on Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/DrCaseysKitchen⁠ Connect with Dr. Sara Gottfried on Instagram: ⁠https://instagram.com/SaraGottfriedMD⁠ Connect with Sara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrGottfried
6/29/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 23 seconds
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#218 - Fixing the problems with ultra-processed foods | Dr. Tim Harlan & Dr. Rob Lustig

Ultra-processed foods harm people’s health and have ramifications for the overall health of the planet. While some food processing is necessary for recipes and feeding the globe, the food industry needs to make changes to ensure that processing doesn’t turn foods into harmful substances. Dr. Tim Harlan and Dr. Rob Lustig discuss the harmful ingredients in ultra-processed foods and how they impact metabolic health—as well as why the food industry has a moral obligation to make drastic changes. 🎙 What Tim Harlan, MD, & Rob Lustig, MD, discuss: (06:17) — Nutrition science over the last decade has made strides, but the food industry lags behind (08:57) — Food can be medicine, but it can also be poison (14:03) — The NOVA system classifies foods by their level of processing (23:16) — DATEM is an example of processing (24:03) — Emulsifiers potentially harm the gastrointestinal tract (28:17) — Sugar harms the liver, which can lead to metabolic disease (37:01) — In the United States, people tend to consume too much omega-6 fatty acids (43:48) — The food industry can find ways to make ultra-processed foods safer (46:26) — Supply-chain changes are another piece of the equation (47:43) — Multinational companies have a moral obligation Transcripts & Show notes 👋 WHO WE ARE: Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/wnl Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/I259F6VsHqU Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Robert Lustig, MD, on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robertlustigmd/ Connect with Robert Lustig, MD, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobertLustigMD
6/22/20231 hour, 1 minute, 38 seconds
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#217 - Why food cravings are killing us, and how to stop them | Mark Schatzker & Dr. Casey Means - (Replay)

Why are we craving food more than ever, and how do we overcome it? Mark Schatzker, journalist and author of The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well, chats with Dr. Casey Means about the dangers of food cravings. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Mark Schatzker & Dr. Casey Means discuss: (04:08) - How our brain defines cravings (08:55) - Our brain controls our body weight (20:28) - How evolution taught us to respond to uncertainty (27:11) - An experiment with gerbils (36:11) - The difference between American and Italian diet (56:35) - Eat food that tastes what it really is (57:03) - The hedonic therapy (1:14:33) - Cooking is an essential skill (1:15:00) - Get vitamins from food (1:20:11) - Fixing a relationship with sweet food Transcript & Show notes 👋 WHO WE ARE: Levels helps you see how food affects your health. With real-time, personalized data gathered through biosensors like continuous glucose monitors (CGM), you learn which diet and lifestyle choices improve your metabolic health so you can live a longer, fuller, healthier life. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/wnl Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/tJGFYL289q0 Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Dr. Casey Means on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Casey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Mark Schatzker on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarkSchatzker
6/15/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 34 seconds
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#216 - The value of biosensing for preventive medicine | Michael Dubrovsky & Josh Clemente

Biosensing offers people real-time insight into their health status. Regular insight, rather than one-time results at an annual checkup, helps people assess how lifestyle factors are impacting their health, whether they need to make adjustments, and which adjustments might have the most impact. Michael Dubrovsky and Josh Clemente discuss the value of biosensing and how it has the potential to disrupt the healthcare industry, shifting from a diagnose-and-treat approach to a preventive and actionable approach. 🎙 What Michael Dubrovsky & Josh Clemente discuss: (5:27) — Why biosensing is important (9:03) — Biosensing is beneficial for turning info into action (14:39) — Annual blood tests are levels from one snapshot in time (24:05) — Measuring a few biomarkers can provide a high amount of data (38:40)— Focusing on prevention is helping to disrupt the US healthcare industry (41:47) — Biosensing can empower people to take control of their health (43:03) — Successfully addressing a health issue involves more than the annual blood draw (46:00) — Biosensing can help elucidate valuable associations (49:58) — Why the future of medicine will focus on the individual (52:14) — Biosensing data from individuals may lead to better solutions for the public (1:07:06) — Biosensing can increase the value of healthcare Transcripts & Show notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member https://levels.link/wnl Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/zTbxXGisj9M Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Michael Dubrovsky on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikeDubrovsky
6/8/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 16 seconds
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#215 - How diet affects joint health, arthritis, & longevity | Dr. Howard Luks & Dr. Casey Means - (Replay)

We often think that arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, and degenerative joint issues are an inevitable result of aging—but this is far from the truth. Good metabolic health can have significant positive effects on bones, muscles, and joints, and can improve longevity. Conversely, poor metabolic health accelerates the degeneration of joints and tissues for many reasons, like the impact of high uric acid levels, lipid or cholesterol deposits, chronic inflammation, and poor blood flow to tissues. Surgeon Dr. Howard Luks and Levels Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means discuss musculoskeletal health, how it is related to longevity, how it’s linked to metabolic health, and how to decrease your risks for musculoskeletal pain, degenerative joint issues, and surgery. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Dr. Howard Luks & Dr. Casey Means discuss:  (05:14) - Dr. Casey Means’ personal experience with an orthopedic injury (12:09) - The link between joint and metabolic health (18:19) - Maintaining activity may help improve musculoskeletal health despite osteoarthritic pain (27:53) - Cartilage cells, tendinopathy, and how metabolic health is linked to our tendon health, like with tennis elbow or shoulder pain (37:04) - The importance of blood flow and cellular repair (46:58) - The importance of being your best medical advocate in modern medicine (50:09) - How Dr. Luks started learning about metabolic health and wrote his book, Longevity Simplified (1:02:49) - The simple pillars of longevity (1:24:56) - Why you don't need to be concerned about osteoarthritis (1:32:00) - Trust your body by boosting its regenerative capabilities ⁠Transcripts & Show notes⁠ 🔗 Helpful links: Order "Longevity…Simplified" by Dr. Howard Luks: ⁠https://www.howardluksmd.com/book/ Watch the conversation: ⁠https://youtu.be/XbjORE6D8UA⁠ Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/wnl Learn about metabolic health: ⁠https://levelshealth.com/blog⁠ Find us on YouTube: ⁠https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 CONNECT: Connect with us on Instagram: ⁠https://instagram.com/levels⁠  Connect with us on Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/levels⁠  Connect with us on LinkedIn: ⁠https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health⁠  Connect with us on TikTok: ⁠https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth⁠  Connect with Dr. Howard Luks on Instagram: ⁠https://instagram.com/hjluks1⁠  Connect with Dr. Howard Luks on Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/hjluks⁠  Connect with Dr. Howard Luks on LinkedIn: ⁠https://linkedin.com/in/howardluksmd⁠  Connect with Dr. Casey Means on Instagram: ⁠https://instagram.com/DrCaseysKitchen⁠  Connect with Dr. Casey Means on Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/DrCaseysKitchen⁠  Connect with Dr. Casey Means on LinkedIn: ⁠https://linkedin.com/in/casey-means-md⁠
6/2/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 51 seconds
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#214 - Is fructose a driver of Alzheimer’s disease? | Dr. Richard Johnson & Dr. Rob Lustig

Fructose and its byproduct uric acid may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s, thanks to an evolutionary adaptation hijacked by the modern diet. Fructose can be directly consumed, or the body can convert high-glycemic carbohydrates and other foods to fructose. Fructose suppresses some cognitive functions. Dr. Richard Johnson and Dr. Rob Lustig discuss a new study, of which Johnson was an author, on how fructose may be a potential driver in Alzheimer’s, and they hypothesize about fructose’s potential connection to the development of other conditions. 🎙 What Richard Johnson, MD, & Rob Lustig, MD, discuss: (09:50) — Fructose is the driver of some diseases that are on the rise in kids (11:53) — Fructose is a driver of obesity and metabolic syndrome (15:36) — Pharmaceutical treatments for Alzheimer’s disease aren’t as effective as researchers had hoped (17:32)— The research focus of Alzheimer’s is slowly shifting to understanding insulin resistance in the brain (20:41) — Is fructose a root cause of Alzheimer’s? (26:26) — New research suggests fructose induces a foraging response (28:20) — Fructose inhibits areas of the brain to encourage successful foraging (46:48) — We need more research on fructose (1:03:10) —Is fructose a factor in violence? Transcripts & Show notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 👋 WHO WE ARE: Levels helps you see how food affects your health. With real-time, personalized data gathered through biosensors like continuous glucose monitors (CGM), you learn which diet and lifestyle choices improve your metabolic health so you can live a longer, fuller, healthier life. 🔗 LINKS: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/wnl Could Alzheimer’s disease be a maladaptation of an evolutionary survival pathway mediated by intracerebral fructose and uric acid metabolism?: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0002916523000047?dgcid=author Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Subscribe here on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 CONNECT: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Richard Johnson, MD, on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drrichardjjohnson/ Connect with Robert Lustig, MD, on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robertlustigmd/
5/25/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 41 seconds
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#213 - Member Favorite Replay | Uric acid is a key cause of weight gain & fat production | Dr. David Perlmutter & Dr. Casey Means

The elevation of uric acid in the body is a causative mechanism in the development of metabolic diseases and contributes to weight gain and fat production. Uric acid is one of the key links between obesity, diabetes, heart disease, neurologic diseases like dementia, ADHD, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and more. Dr. David Perlmutter talks with Dr. Casey Means about why we have excess uric acid, what foods cause uric acid production, and what simple steps we can take to lower our uric acid levels to be optimal. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. They also cover: How uric acid causes cellular dysfunction and insulin resistance, including oxidative stress, and inflammation, and even prevents insulin from getting out of the bloodstream effectively. Why uric acid would have benefitted us evolutionarily in terms of low access to food and water by letting us more easily pack on weight and raise blood pressure—but how that fights against us today because we now live in an evolutionary-environmental mismatch where this survival mechanism hurts us in the face of caloric abundance. The different dietary and environmental factors that generate uric acid, including fructose, purine-rich foods and umami foods, dehydration, alcohol, and more. How uric acid impairs our hunger signals, drives us to eat, and even promotes risk-taking behavior. How to reverse high uric acid levels as a way to unlock optimal health. 🎙 What Dr. David Perlmutter & Dr. Casey Means discuss: (04:23) - More than just gout (06:17) - A causative role (08:54) - The number one cause of death (16:35) - Evolutionary environmental mismatch (18:08) - High fructose corn syrup (23:39) - The dangers of uric acid (24:49) - Uric acid and dementia (31:44) - Too much fructose (42:43) - Erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular risk (01:04:29) - No need to eat sugar Transcripts & Show notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/wnl Watch the conversation: https://youtube.com/watch?v=QZ6jPCcFNa8 Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Dr. Casey Means on Instagram: https://instagram.com/DrCaseysKitchen Connect with Casey on Twitter: https://instagram.com/DrCaseysKitchen Connect with David Perlmutter, MD on Instagram: https://instagram.com/davidperlmutter Connect with David on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DavidPerlmutter Connect with David on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/david-perlmutter-md-6a38b930
5/18/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 44 seconds
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#212 - Managing Type 1 diabetes and thriving with it | Jesse Lavine & Ben Grynol

Receiving a diagnosis of a chronic condition, such as Type 1 diabetes, can be life-changing. A diagnosis is helpful for understanding the cause of symptoms and how to treat, but managing a chronic condition can take a toll on mental health. Tools like a continuous glucose monitor can help empower people and ease the burden of constant care. Jesse Lavine and Ben Grynol discuss the challenges of managing Type 1 diabetes, how Lavine’s diagnosis with Type 1 impacted him, how CGM helped Lavine not only manage the condition but also thrive with it, and how the medical system needs to change to help patients dial in optimal instead of just adequate health. 🎙 What Jesse Lavine & Ben Grynol discuss: (03:39) — A diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes (06:28) — Getting diagnosed with a chronic condition can life-changing (14:18) — Wearing a CGM helped Lavine reduce his insulin intake (26:04) — Having real-time insight into how foods affect your condition and your body (29:47) — Type 1 diabetes does not have to hold you back (35:18) — The current medical system isn’t necessarily set up to empower patients (37:08) — A CGM offers constant feedback that can be used to manage Type 1 diabetes (38:13) — The benefits of having stable blood sugar (41:25)— Managing a chronic condition can lead to medical system burnout (44:59) — Considering the mental health aspects of managing a condition Transcripts & Show notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on Levels - Inside the Company, where we have in-depth conversations about how the Levels startup team builds a movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/wnl Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
5/11/202354 minutes, 23 seconds
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#211: Member Favorite Replay | Understanding your cholesterol panel & metabolic health blood tests - The ultimate guide | Dr. Robert Lustig & Dr. Casey Means

A metabolic blood test and cholesterol panel can be confusing, so in this ultimate guide, our Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder Dr. Casey Means talks with Levels advisor and author of Metabolical to give you advice on how to interpret your panels to better understand the status of your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. This episode does not constitute medical advice. 🎙 What Dr. Rob Lustig and Levels’ Dr. Casey Means discuss: (03:18) - Understanding cholesterol (03:38) - The correlation between LDL and heart disease (05:59) - The connection between LDL and triglycerides (07:51) - Good cholesterol (16:39) - Measuring LDL (28:50) - Portal systems in the body (42:00) - The importance of liver function tests (50:27) - How to reduce liver fat 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/C3rsNCFNAw8 The ultimate guide to understanding your cholesterol panel and metabolic blood tests: https://levelshealth.com/blog/the-ultimate-guide-to-understanding-your-cholesterol-panel-and-metabolic-blood-tests Show notes: https://levelshealth.com/podcasts/the-ultimate-guide-to-understanding-your-cholesterol-panel-and-metabolic-blood-tests-dr-robert-lustig-dr-casey-means Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Casey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrCaseysKitchen Connect with Casey on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Rob on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobertLustigMD Connect with Rob on Instagram: https://instagram.com/robertlustigmd
5/4/202357 minutes, 36 seconds
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#210 - Pregnancy & metabolic health: Hormone changes & gestational diabetes | Azure Grant & Ben Grynol

How does pregnancy affect your metabolic health at each trimester, from conception to postpartum lactation? Levels Research Design Lead Dr. Azure Grant talks with Ben Grynol about the different phases of pregnancy and how it affects hormones and things you can do to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Azure Grant, PhD, & Ben Grynol discuss: (04:46) — Worsening or poor metabolic health can impact fertility (06:15) — Age increases one’s risk of pregnancy complications, including those related to metabolic health (13:53) — Every system in the body must adapt in response to pregnancy (18:12) — Insulin resistance naturally occurs during pregnancy (23:53) — The trajectory of glucose levels during pregnancy follows a U-shape (28:33) — Can focusing on metabolic health during pregnancy reduce fatigue? (39:44) — Gestational diabetes can lead to complications for both the birthing parent and their child (41:31) — The importance of monitoring for and treating gestational diabetes (43:56) — Parental health is paramount to child health (51:28) — Continuous glucose monitoring during pregnancy could be helpful (57:03) — Metabolic health is an important factor in family planning and beyond Transcripts & Show notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
4/27/20231 hour, 1 minute, 50 seconds
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#209 - What is insulin resistance and why does it matter? | Dr. Rob Lustig & Dr. Dominic D’Agostino

Insulin resistance is when cells stop responding to insulin’s signal to uptake glucose. It’s a hallmark of prediabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and other forms of metabolic dysfunction, and it manifests as several chronic disease, ranging from Alzheimer’s to polycystic ovarian syndrome. Dr. Rob Lustig and Dr. Dominic D’Agostino discuss the importance of monitoring insulin levels, why a high or increasing insulin level is a problem, and how insulin resistance hinders weight management. 🎙 What Rob Lustig, MD, & Dr. Dominic D’Agostino, PhD, discuss: (03:57) — What is insulin? (06:55) — What is insulin resistance? (18:00) — There are three types of insulin resistance (38:00) — Weight management is not about calories in and calories out (45:53) — Adding more insulin to the equation of Type 2 diabetes isn’t necessarily the answer (51:20) — Insulin is a crucial biomarker to measure for metabolic health (53:58) — Insulin resistance is a hinderance to weight management (57:07) — The intake of too much leucine can lead to insulin resistance (1:02:04) — Fiber feeds the gut microbiome and is crucial for metabolic health (1:13:11) — Is intermittent fasting necessary? Transcripts & Show notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/dFOaBrujDHo Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Robert Lustig, MD, on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robertlustigmd/ Connect with Robert Lustig, MD, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobertLustigMD Connect with Dominic D’Agostino, PhD, on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dominic.dagostino.kt/ Connect with Dominic D’Agostino, PhD on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DominicDAgosti2
4/20/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 52 seconds
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#208 - A low-carb diet may boost exercise performance and health | Professor Tim Noakes & Josh Clemente

High-carbohydrate diets and carbohydrate loading have been long-standing tenets of athletic training and competition, but newer research indicates a low-carbohydrate diet may be more beneficial for performance and overall health. Professor Tim Noakes and Josh Clemente discuss how a fat-adapted body can rely on fat as a fuel source at all exercise intensity levels, rather than burning mostly carbohydrates, and how such adaptation and dietary focus may reduce one’s risk of prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. 🎙 What Tim Noakes, MD, PhD, & Josh Clemente discuss: (04:28) — Dr. Tim Noakes explains his career trajectory (19:04) — An adapted body can rely on fat for all exercise intensities (22:30) — The body will never get to a state of no glucose circulation (23:28) — A delicate balance of macronutrients is likely necessary (29:11) — Before the high-carbohydrate craze, elite athletes were fat adapted (33:46) — Fat oxidation in muscle may have a protective effect against Type 2 diabetes (36:39) — Exercise does not cancel out the risk for metabolic disease if diet isn’t accounted for (47:25) — The body can cope with fasting (54:32) — The high-carb training trend has been perpetuated by the carbohydrate industry Transcripts & Show notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Dr. Tim Noakes on Twitter: https://twitter.com/proftimnoakes
4/13/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 35 seconds
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#207 - The importance of flow states and how to reclaim focus | Johann Hari & Ben Grynol

Society champions multitasking, but we can’t truly multitask. Multitasking in fact impedes our focus and productivity. And 12 main factors tend to steal our attention. Johann Hari and Ben Grynol discuss why flow states are important for goal achievement, the things that distract us, and how we can reclaim our focus. 🎙 What Ben Grynol & Johann Hari discuss: (04:18) — Twelve factors can steal our focus (06:02) — Multitasking is a myth (10:49) —We need to be able to focus to achieve our goals (14:07) — Prioritizing deep focus is both a personal and social responsibility (16:50) — Interruptions steal your time and impede focus (27:21) — Three factors help you get into a flow state (30:12) — Mind wandering ultimately benefits your focus (37:00) — The four-day workweek is linked to better productivity (40:08) — Free play is crucial for kids’ brains (43:43) —Childhood looks different now Transcript & show notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for several new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/4CD3lmg0XmA Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Johann Hari on Twitter: https://twitter.com/johannhari101 Connect with Johann Hari on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johann.hari/
4/6/202346 minutes, 15 seconds
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#206 - Regenerative farming benefits the planet and our bodies | Molly Chester & Dr. Casey Means

Regenerative farming harnesses a farm’s entire ecosystem to grow and raise food via natural processes. In turn, foods raised on regenerative farms benefit our bodies more so than those raised conventionally. Molly Chester of Apricot Lane Farms and Dr. Casey Means discuss the philosophies of regenerative farming, how the practice has parallels with functional medicine, and how regenerative farming is a merging of the tried-and-true methods of our ancestors with scientific knowledge. 🎙 What Molly Chester & Casey Means, MD, discuss: (05:28) — Polycystic ovarian syndrome has links to metabolic health (06:58) — Diet impacts inflammatory pathways that can drive symptoms (10:27) – Farming practices exist on a spectrum (18:24) — Regenerative farming merges historical ways with progress (26:05) — What we do to the land affects our health (28:12) — Regenerative farming takes the cosmos into consideration (34:17) — A healthy ecosystem has limits on what it can produce, but that can be beneficial (37:44) — Cover crops are crucial for maintaining a healthy farming ecosystem (42:37) — A return to farming has become a trend (53:45) — A regenerative farm can be educational for children (56:38) — Regenerative farming can foster a fresh perspective Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/jd4D7Qvt5BM Transcript & show notes: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/206-regenerative-farming-benefits-the-planet-and-our-bodies-molly-chester-dr-casey-means Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
3/23/202358 minutes, 15 seconds
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#205 - The links between gastrointestinal health, metabolic health, and fertility | Dr. Robin Rose & Ben Grynol

Gastrointestinal health, metabolic health, and fertility are all linked. The gut microbiome impacts other microbiomes in the body, which can then impact the ability to conceive. Our gut microbiomes are becoming less diverse through modern farming practices and the consumption of processed foods. Dr. Robin Rose and Ben Grynol discuss how gut microbiome testing can determine underlying factors of gastrointestinal distress and the lifestyle changes that can help address symptoms and even aid fertility. 🎙 What Robin Rose, MD, & Ben Grynol discuss: (08:05) — Gastrointestinal issues are associated with metabolic health issues (08:56) — Many people lack gut microbiome diversity (15:24) — Infertility in some people has links to the gut microbiome (30:56) — PCOS and gut dysbiosis share a connection that’s still being researched (32:26) — Restoring gut and metabolic health may help alleviate PCOS symptoms (34:44) — Metagenomic testing assesses gut health (39:47) — Gut health often requires balanced macronutrient intake (49:14) — Regenerative farming practices could help us get more quality nutrients (54:57) — Eliminating dairy and gluten may ease gastrointestinal symptoms (56:29) — Sleep quality and quantity also inform gut health Transcript & Show Notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/SpW9znY3fkI Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
3/9/202357 minutes, 50 seconds
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#204 - Concierge medicine takes a personalized, preventive approach | Chloe Harrouche & Mike Haney

Concierge medicine can help personalize healthcare and disrupt the traditional primary care model. Traditional primary care isn’t positioned to handle the frequent check ins and actionable steps that empower patients to optimize their health and wellness. Chloe Harrouche and Mike Haney discuss The Lanby, which Harrouche co-founded. The Lanby’s primary care membership provides patients with a three-person, non-siloed care team and weekly touchpoints regarding wellness, so patients can track their progress and make necessary tweaks. 🎙 What Chloe Harrouche & Mike Haney discuss: (02:03) – Concierge medicine can ease the patient burden of healthcare (03:52) — The traditional primary care model doesn’t help patients optimize their health (13:28) — Self-care and wellness approaches to health empower patients (14:42) — The siloed model of healthcare isn’t working (15:47) — Seeing a primary care physician annually isn’t enough (19:07) — Traditional primary care approaches often operate like a revolving door (22:16)  — To optimize their health, patients need more frequent check-ins (32:07) — The traditional healthcare model works in reverse (36:38) — Technology aids the ongoing monitoring of biomarkers and other health metrics (42:49) — Wellness approaches don’t have to be all or nothing Transcript & Show notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on Levels - Inside the Company, where we have in-depth conversations about how the Levels startup team builds a movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
3/2/202348 minutes
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#203 - Metabolic health strategies for women | Dr. Stephanie Estima & Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew

The ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting, and other nutritional strategies for metabolic health are unique when it comes to the female body. Hormonal changes over the menstrual cycle trajectory matter. Dr. Stephanie Estima and Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew discuss women’s metabolic health, how to time nutritional strategies with the menstrual cycle, and why strength training is key. 🎙 What Dr. Stephanie Estima & Lauren Kelley-Chew, MD, discuss: (01:32) — A pitfall of the New Year’s resolution is the all-or-nothing goal (06:21) — Setting smaller goals generates momentum (21:37) — A ketogenic diet shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all, especially for women (24:38) — Women can be more sensitive to caloric restriction (33:14) — Nutrient timing can help mitigate a glucose spike from carbohydrates (46:29) — The menstrual cycle may matter when it comes to intermittent fasting (48:23) —A caloric liquid fast is an alternative to intermittent fasting (54:45) — Strength training is crucial, even more so as we age (56: 45) — Resistance training can also have cardiovascular benefits (59:01) — The benefits of strength training can go beyond the physical Transcript & Show notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/75x8AyDOYF0 Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
2/23/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 36 seconds
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#202 - Enhancing longevity via functional medicine | Dr. Mark Hyman & Dr. Casey Means

The hallmarks of aging are various biomarkers that indicate advancing biological age, which leads to a decline in health and eventually to death. But we can boost longevity by understanding aging biomarkers and then taking actionable steps with nutrition, physical activity, and environment. Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Casey Means discuss the hallmarks of aging and the factors that are within our control to not only live longer but also to thrive. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations with thought leaders about metabolic health. 🎙 What Mark Hyman, MD, & Casey Means, MD, discuss: (3:57) — The current healthcare system does not address root causes of conditions (5:23) — We can look at aging as a pro rather than a con (9:27) – Abnormal aging is a disease, not a consequence of getting older (12:18) — We can influence our gene control system to counteract biological aging (14:57) — The foods we eat affect longevity (21:52) — Consumption of ultra-processed food drives aging processes (33:51) — Functional medicine is a framework (50:11) — Traditional healthcare doesn’t empower people regarding their health and longevity (58:16) — A fasting insulin test is a helpful biomarker (1:01:26) — Fixing our food systems will take time, but progress is on the horizon Transcript & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/0Cm-SDZXO5s Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
2/16/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 39 seconds
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#201 - Exploring the intersection of healthcare and artificial intelligence | Peter Diamandis & Josh Clemente

According to Peter Diamandis, MD, we’ll make more technological progress and breakthroughs in the next 10 years than in the past 100, including current developments in fusion, humanoid robots, avatars, and ChatGPT. Listen as Levels Founder Josh Clemente talks with Peter Diamandis about technological breakthroughs and what they mean for the future of medicine, and how to shift your mindset as an entrepreneur to make a real change in the world. Peter Diamandis was recently named by Fortune as one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders. He’s the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, executive founder of Singularity University, and bestselling author, and is a never-ending source of positive inspiration for entrepreneurs. 🎙 What Peter Diamandis, MD, & Levels Founder Josh Clemente, discuss: (08:18) — Chat GPT may have applications for metabolic health (16:23) — AI, in the future, may help us better use biomarker data (20:28) — Technological inventions are moving at a rapid pace compared to 100 years ago (22:39) —The future of technological advancements can seem mind-blowing (28:08) — Entrepreneurs can feel empowered by the potential the future holds (31:25) — AI can help us find the content that’s beneficial to us (34:22) — Our mindset is a precious thing, and we can train it (36:32) —The longevity of content can sometimes be a metric for filtering (45:02) — Nanotechnology is a trend that may help change the medical field (46:56) — Tech advances may force healthcare industry disruption Transcript & show notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for new shows every month on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/1c2_-0ecppY Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Peter Diamandis, MD on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeterDiamandis Connect with Peter Diamandis, MD on Instagram: https://instagram.com/peterdiamandis Connect with Peter Diamandis, MD on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/peterdiamandis Watch Peter Diamandis, MD on YouTube: https://youtube.com/@peterdiamandis
2/9/202349 minutes, 55 seconds
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#200 - Energy capacity reflects cellular functioning | Dr. Molly Maloof & Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew

We can think of our energy capacity as like the currency in our bank accounts that helps support us. Low energy capacity is an indicator of mitochondrial dysfunction—the decline in in how well our cells produce and use energy. It can lead to chronic disease. Dr. Molly Maloof and Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew discuss how to optimize mitochondrial functioning for better overall health and well-being to prevent disease processes. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Molly Maloof, MD, & Lauren Kelley-Chew, MD, discuss: (06:22) — Mitochondrial dysfunction drives disease processes (07:19) — Borderline lab tests results aren’t necessarily optimal (13:09) — Challenging yourself is good to a certain extent, but overdoing it can lead to burnout (14:45) — Health is a continual journey—one that constantly changes—not a destination (19:08) — Hustle culture can degrade health, especially if you’re constantly stressed (20:45) — Getting good quality sleep is a crucial health lever to mitigate stress (30:58) — Certain tests can provide insight into your fitness status (32:28) — Strength training helps support metabolic health (41:08) — Metabolic health doesn’t equate to weight loss (42:21) — Ultra-processed foods are inflammatory 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/zFdu6ZUBLIE Transcript & show notes: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/200-energy-capacity-reflects-cellular-functioning-dr-molly-maloof-dr-lauren-kelley-chew Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
1/31/202353 minutes, 18 seconds
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#199 - Wisdom is taking your own advice: Regaining metabolic flexibility | Commune’s Jeff Krasno & Sonja Manning

Jeff Krasno, CEO and founder of Commune, experienced chronic fatigue and brain fog earlier this year and discovered he had prediabetes. He used Levels to learn more about his blood glucose and metabolic health and now enjoys metabolic flexibility. Sonja Manning chatted with Jeff about his health journey, his dietary changes, intermittent fasting, and his other learnings from the metabolic health world that he applied to his own wellbeing. Commune is an online course platform featuring world-renowned teachers in personal development, yoga, meditation, health, ecological regeneration, and social activism. Jeff Krasno is also the founder of Wanderlust; part of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100; and host of the Commune Podcast, which ranks in the top 1% of podcasts; amongst many other accolades. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Jeff Krasno & Sonja Manning discuss: (04:30) - Wisdom is taking your own advice (07:05) - Learning the dietary patterns that work best (14:30) - Adapting intermittent fasting to become more insulin sensitive (18:41) - Burning stored fat through cold exposure (24:05) - Philosophy behind fasting in order to gain control (28:35) - A wandering mind is an unhappy mind (44:06) - Rediscovering metabolic flexibility (49:31) - Achieving the optimal rest and digest state through breathwork (54:44) - The one theme that arises again and again: Coincidence of opposites 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcripts & show notes: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/199-wisdom-is-taking-your-own-advice-regaining-metabolic-flexibility-communes-jeff-krasno-sonja-manning Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
1/19/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 52 seconds
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#198 - How functional medicine focuses on personalized health | Dr. Anjali Dsouza & Mike Haney

How is functional medicine different from traditional healthcare? Functional medicine focuses on patient-facing time and individual biomarkers for forming a comprehensive, individualized plan to empower people in matters of their health and well-being. The Western medicine model often leaves much to be desired when it comes to building a long-term relationship with a patient that helps foster their ultimate health. Listen as Dr. Anjali Dsouza and Mike Haney discuss how functional medicine—with a focus on nutrition and metabolic health—helps address mechanisms and root causes, and why this is especially important for women. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Dr. Anjali Dsouza & Mike Haney discuss: (7:30) — Addressing underlying mechanisms of conditions empowers patients (8:50) — The traditional Western medical system is built on billing codes, which isn’t optimal for patients (13:45) — Functional medicine, by it’s true nature, is rooted in science (15:55) — Functional medicine often focuses on nutrition, which can be difficult to study (21:20) — How do we fix a broken healthcare system? (32:33) — Normal ranges aren’t necessarily always optimal (38:12) — What to do when your biomarkers are out of range (40:50) — Group support can help implement lifestyle changes (45:30) — Women’s health still lacks research (47:33) — The importance of women’s health and metabolic health 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/w7dH5cj3D5s Transcript and show notes: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/198-how-functional-medicine-focuses-on-personalized-health-dr-anjali-dsouza-mike-haney Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Dr. Anjali Dsouza on Instagram: https://instagram.com/anjalidsouzamd
1/5/202353 minutes, 36 seconds
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#197 - Building a brand in the direct-to-consumer space | Nik Sharma & Ben Grynol

Branding isn’t just about the visual identity of a company. In this episode, Ben Grynol talks with Nik Sharma, “The DTC Guy” who runs Sharma Brands and HOOX, about what it means to build a good brand in the direct-to-consumer marketing space. Nik points out the crucial thing to remember is that no one remembers your brand unless you’re one of the top global brands, so it’s best not to get overly invested in how your brand is perceived. It’s best to drive consumer awareness, be consistent in providing valuable content and products, and pay attention to how you talk to and pitch your audience. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on Levels - Inside the Company, where we have in-depth conversations about how the Levels startup team builds a movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/197-building-a-brand-in-the-direct-to-consumer-space-nik-sharma-ben-grynol Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Nik Sharma on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsharma Connect with Nik Sharma on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/mrniksharma
12/23/202247 minutes, 11 seconds
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#196 - Career trajectory & promotions: What it takes to get to the next level | Nicole Miller & Sam Corcos

Team members at a company want honesty, transparency, and a clear progression path to know how to get to the next level in their careers. It’s reasonable for people to want to see progress and want more money and recognition, and so here at Levels we want to make career paths explicit to encourage growth and limit staff turnover. This chat between Nicole Miller and Sam Corcos is about high trust between managers and team members, avoiding promo culture, performance reviews, and giving and receiving feedback. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/196-career-trajectory-promotions-what-it-takes-to-get-to-the-next-level-nicole-miller-sam-corcos Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Sam Corcos on Twitter: https://twitter.com/samcorcos
12/19/202244 minutes, 52 seconds
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#195 - Video content creation and maintaining journalistic integrity | Cleo Abram & Ben Grynol

Cleo Abram found her passion for content creation and independent journalism when she started her YouTube channel Huge If True, a journalistically rigorous show with optimistic explainers about tech that could change our future. Listen as Cleo and Ben Grynol talk about the tension between the quality of work you publish versus the velocity, a bottom-up versus top-down content creation approach, and the importance of fact-checking. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/195-video-content-creation-and-maintaining-journalistic-integrity-cleo-abram-ben-grynol Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Cleo Abram on Instagram: https://instagram.com/cleoabram Connect with Cleo Abram on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cleoabram Connect with Cleo Abram on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@cleoabram Connect with Cleo Abram on YouTube: https://youtube.com/@CleoAbram
12/16/20221 hour, 7 seconds
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#194 - Personal growth as a CEO in different stages of a growing startup | Sam Corcos & Ben Grynol

Over the lifespan of Levels, the company and the CEO role evolved drastically. Sam Corcos went from coding the initial product to CEO, and he experienced a lot of personal challenges and growth along the way. Listen as Sam chats with Ben Grynol about time management, strategy versus people ops, requirements at each startup stage, and taking time to reflect through quarterly Think Weeks. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/194-personal-growth-as-a-ceo-in-different-stages-of-a-growing-startup-sam-corcos-ben-grynol Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Sam Corcos on Twitter: https://twitter.com/samcorcos
12/12/202245 minutes, 36 seconds
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#193 - How diet affects joint health, arthritis, & longevity | Dr. Howard Luks & Dr. Casey Means

We often think that arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, and degenerative joint issues are an inevitable result of aging—but this is far from the truth. Good metabolic health can have significant positive effects on bones, muscles, and joints, and can improve longevity. Conversely, poor metabolic health accelerates the degeneration of joints and tissues for many reasons, like the impact of high uric acid levels, lipid or cholesterol deposits, chronic inflammation, and poor blood flow to tissues. Surgeon Dr. Howard Luks and Levels Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means discuss musculoskeletal health, how it is related to longevity, how it’s linked to metabolic health, and how to decrease your risks for musculoskeletal pain, degenerative joint issues, and surgery. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Dr. Howard Luks & Dr. Casey Means discuss: (05:14) - Dr. Casey Means’ personal experience with an orthopedic injury (12:09) - The link between joint and metabolic health (18:19) - Maintaining activity may help improve musculoskeletal health despite osteoarthritic pain (27:53) - Cartilage cells, tendinopathy, and how metabolic health is linked to our tendon health, like with tennis elbow or shoulder pain (37:04) - The importance of blood flow and cellular repair (46:58) - The importance of being your best medical advocate in modern medicine (50:09) - How Dr. Luks started learning about metabolic health and wrote his book, Longevity Simplified (1:02:49) - The simple pillars of longevity (1:24:56) - Why you don't need to be concerned about osteoarthritis (1:32:00) - Trust your body by boosting its regenerative capabilities Transcripts & Show notes 🔗 Helpful links: Order "Longevity…Simplified" by Dr. Howard Luks: https://www.howardluksmd.com/book/ Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/XbjORE6D8UA https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/193-how-diet-affects-joint-health-arthritis-longevity-dr-howard-luks-dr-casey-means Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
12/9/20221 hour, 40 minutes, 55 seconds
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#192 - Recruiting top-tier engineering talent for startups with agencies | Sudeep Sidhu & Sam Corcos

When doing a big push for hiring in engineering and software development, it can help to enlist the help of international recruiting agencies who can help source top talent from around the world. In this episode, Sam Corcos gets advice from Sudeep Sidhu from Neo Financial about some best practices for hiring engineers and how highly rated agencies and hack days can help assess talent. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/192-recruiting-top-tier-engineering-talent-for-startups-with-agencies-sudeep-sidhu-sam-corcos Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Sudeep Sidhu on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sudeepsidhu Connect with Sudeep Sidhu on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/sudeep-sidhu Connect with Sam Corcos on Twitter: https://twitter.com/samcorcos
12/5/202228 minutes, 49 seconds
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#191 - How sleep affects metabolic health | Azure Grant & Ben Grynol

Sleep deprivation can be detrimental to metabolic health—even a short night of sleep, poor quality sleep, or low sleep efficiency can have significant impacts. Not getting a full, high-quality night’s sleep may be why you’re so hungry, but can also set you up for decreased insulin sensitivity, which when compounded, can have worse long-term effects. Listen as Research Design Lead Azure Grant talks with Ben Grynol about the importance of quality sleep for metabolic health. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Azure Grant & Ben Grynol discuss: (03:14) - Sleep disruption leads to hormonal changes (04:38) - Poor sleep is making you hungrier (05:59) - Just one night of sleep loss can make you a little more insulin resistant (09:23) - No one is immune to the effects of sleep deprivation, but exercising can help (15:45) - Sleep quality is as vital as sleep duration (17:40) - Getting less than six hours of sleep can be significantly disruptive (20:22) - Oral glucose tolerance tests can be an early indicator of insulin resistance (24:09) - The link between obstructive sleep apnea and metabolic health (27:35) - You can track your sleep efficiency with wearables (33:17) - Build better sleep habits one day at a time 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/prDMwxsAd1Y Transcript & show notes: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/191-how-sleep-affects-metabolic-health-azure-grant-ben-grynol Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Azure Grant on Instagram: https://instagram.com/scoopmescience Connect with Azure Grant on Twitter: https://twitter.com/azure_dominique
12/2/202239 minutes, 42 seconds
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#190 - The difference between health and fitness | Cole Sager & Josh Clemente

It’s possible to be athletic and physically fit but metabolically unhealthy. Listen as Cole Sager, eight-time CrossFit Games athlete, and Josh Clemente, Co-Founder at Levels, discuss the distinction between physical fitness and holistic metabolic health, and Cole’s realization that his health wasn’t in great shape according to his bloodwork. Cole shares his experience as a sports enthusiast, Spirit of the Games awardee, and Levels member and his journey toward metabolic health. Cole and Josh talk about determination, consistency, and advocacy for a metabolically healthy future while keeping athletic performance at the forefront. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Cole Sager & Josh Clemente discuss: (3:21) - Cole’s college football experience and how it helped him transition to CrossFit (11:51) - The distinction between acute physical fitness and holistic metabolic fitness (16:13) - The reality of the discomfort it takes to be physically fit (24:18) - Cole’s secrets behind athletic determination and consistency (26:45) - How Cole applies the principles of CrossFit in marriage, fatherhood, and life (30:38) - Winning The Spirit of the Games Award (34:50) - Cole’s mission is to help people achieve better health and fitness (39:18) - Food bridges the gap between acute physical fitness and overall metabolic health (45:25) - How high-intensity training triggers big glucose spikes (56:14) - How the CrossFit community approaches the metabolic theory of health and wellness 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript & show notes: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/190-is-physical-fitness-enough-for-overall-health-cole-sager-josh-clemente Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Cole on Instagram: https://instagram.com/colesager35 Connect with Cole on Twitter: https://twitter.com/colesager35 Connect with Josh on Instagram: https://instagram.com/josh.f.clemente Connect with Josh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshuasforrest
11/28/20221 hour, 1 minute, 12 seconds
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#189 - Healthy eating for kids | Austin McGuffie & Ben Grynol

Highly processed food is hard to avoid. It’s especially harder when you’re a parent. For Austin McGuffie and Ben Grynol, they both have 4 kids, and they talk about the challenges of parenting, feeding kids nutritious food, and educating them along the way. 🎙 What Austin McGuffie & Ben Grynol discuss: (02:11) - Help kids make better food choices and lead by example (07:43) - Know when to give in to a kid’s wants and when to firmly say no (13:51) - Allow your kids to experience the consequences of their food choices (20:43) - Make exercise enjoyable by leaning into your kid’s interests (27:15) - Understand that your kid is an individual with their own tastes and preferences (28:57) - Strike a balance between a nutritious diet and a healthy relationship with food (32:01) - Encourage kids to take ownership of their food (37:38) - Make food taste palatable and enjoyable (41:14) - Keep trying every day Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript & show notes: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/189-healthy-eating-for-kids-austin-mcguffie-ben-grynol Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Austin McGuffie on Instagram: https://instagram.com/metabolismmentor Connect with Austin McGuffie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/austinmcguffie
11/25/202248 minutes, 27 seconds
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#188 - A lack of communication is a lack of performance | Josh Clemente & Sam Corcos

Every team must build trust and confidence with peers, but remote teams face a greater challenge because of the lack of face-to-face interaction. At Levels, we work to assume positive intent of our teammates, which supports our core value of “confidence is earned.” Both values are tied to work performance, and in order to build confidence and trust, a team member must do great work as well as learn how to communicate that work effectively, especially in a remote environment. Listen as Levels founders Sam Corcos and Josh Clemente discuss how confidence and trust need to be earned over time. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools you need to achieve your health goals now and in the long term. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for several new shows each week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/188-a-lack-of-communication-is-a-lack-of-performance-josh-clemente-sam-corcos Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
11/21/202256 minutes, 48 seconds
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#187 - Connect & sync wearable biomarkers to support your body’s needs | Ben Grynol & Kyriakos Eleftheriou

People who love wearables often complain that their biomarker data that gets collected in one app stays in that app, and the apps don’t talk to each other. Kyriakos Eleftheriou, CEO and Co-Founder of Terra, shares with Ben Grynol how he’s building Terra to standardize biomarker data and translate it into one language. By doing this, Terra could enable users to connect their data from wearables to non-health-tech companies like Spotify or Netflix, providing real-time recommendations that would help give a certain mood based on a person’s physical state; for example, an uplifting movie suggestion during a stressful time. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Kyriakos Eleftheriou wants to close the loop on wearables member story: https://levelshealth.com/blog/kyriakos-eleftheriou-wants-to-close-the-loop-on-wearables Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/187-connect-sync-wearable-biomarkers-to-support-your-bodys-needs-ben-grynol-kyriakos-eleftheriou Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Terra on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerraAPI Connect with Kyriakos Eleftheriou on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kyriakosel
11/17/202224 minutes, 25 seconds
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#186 - Does food affect mental health? | Dr. Chris Palmer (Brain Energy)

How might a keto diet transform not only your metabolic health but may also manage symptoms of mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, and more? Dr. Chris Palmer outlines the principles from his book “Brain Energy” with Ben Grynol in this episode and discusses his journey toward the revolutionary idea that might change how we view mental health care moving forward. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Dr. Chris Palmer & Ben Grynol discuss: (01:53) — How Chris Palmer started his research for Brain Energy (11:16) — Painting a picture of the mental health crisis through numbers (18:20) — Discussing the biopsychosocial model and existing research on the roots of mental disorders (29:23) — The bidirectional relationship between metabolic and mental health (34:34) — The real power of the mitochondria and the role it plays in fostering mental and metabolic health (44:00) — Medication for mental disorders and their long-term effect on patients’ metabolic health (55:14) — Insulin resistance and its impact on mental disorders (1:11:10) — Food addiction, stress-eating, and why Chris doesn’t sugarcoat the realities of the ketogenic diet (1:29:05) — It’s not too late to start taking charge of your metabolic health now (1:34:11) — Chris touches on the factors that hinder better mental healthcare today and what we can do to advocate for the mentally ill 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript & Show notes: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/186-does-food-affect-mental-health-dr-chris-palmer-brain-energy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Order Brain Energy: https://amazon.com/Brain-Energy-Revolutionary-Understanding-Health/dp/1637741588/ 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Chris on Instagram: https://instagram.com/chrispalmermd Connect with Chris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisPalmerMD Connect with Chris on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/christopher-palmer-01713032
11/15/20221 hour, 43 minutes, 45 seconds
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#185 - Expanding a startup internationally | Karin Nielsen & Cosima Travis

How do you scale a startup internationally? Levels approaches our UK expansion as a growth lever, headed by Karin Nielsen. Listen as Karin and Cosima Travis chat about the considerations and processes behind Levels’s expansion initiatives, including product-culture fit, the differences between US and UK markets, and how customer experience stays at the center of it all. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/185-expanding-a-startup-internationally-karin-nielsen-cosima-travis Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
11/10/202237 minutes, 17 seconds
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#184 - Member Story: How recovering from a car accident helped her find health | Elena Schuber & Ben Grynol

While recovering from a tragic car accident that caused Elena Schuber to go into a coma, Elena started to learn how to improve her physical health through dietary, lifestyle, and habit changes because she became well-attuned to her body’s responses to certain foods. Now a health and wellness practitioner, Elena advises her clients to monitor their blood glucose levels and be present with their own bodies. Listen as Elena shares her experience with Levels with Ben Grynol as she discovers how stress, food sequencing, and behavior changes affect her blood glucose levels. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/184-member-story-how-recovering-from-a-car-accident-helped-her-find-health-elena-schuber-ben-grynol Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Elena Schuber on Instagram: https://instagram.com/livingwellbyelena Connect with Elena on Twitter: https://twitter.com/elenaschuber Connect with Elena on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/elena-schuber-5a253632
10/31/202242 minutes, 47 seconds
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#183 - Equity crowdfunding for startups: Challenges, ethics, and rewards | Zac Henderson & Ben Grynol

In the startup world, what is it like to supplement a standard Series A round with equity crowdfunding? Ben Grynol & Zac Henderson offer their views on the experience and share the lessons they learned from its challenges. The Levels team did not anticipate the support received from individual investors who believed in the company’s mission and wanted to be part of the Levels journey. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/183-equity-crowdfunding-for-startups-challenges-ethics-and-rewards-zac-henderson-ben-grynol Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
10/24/202244 minutes, 5 seconds
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#182 - Data science drives personalized insights towards health goals | Helena Belloff & Sunny Negless

Translating complex health data to valuable insights that inform better food and lifestyle decisions is the heart of what the data science team does at Levels. In this episode, Helena Belloff shares her day-to-day as a data scientist at Levels. Helena talks about how the data science team uses data collection, interpretation, and analysis to further the company’s mission of helping people achieve their health goals through the Levels program. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/182-data-science-drives-personalized-insights-towards-health-goals-helena-belloff-sunny-negless Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
10/20/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 18 seconds
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#181 - How to create & scale helpful content to grow your business | Sol Orwell, Mike Haney, & Paul Barszcz

You can grow your business by creating solid content that people will want to read. Sol Orwell, a co-founder of Examine.com, talks with Mike Haney and Paul Barszcz about how he established his website and optimizes it through editorial content. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/181-how-to-create-scale-helpful-content-to-grow-your-business-sol-orwell-mike-haney-paul-barszcz Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Sol Orwell on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sol_orwell
10/17/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 2 seconds
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#180 - Prioritizing prevention & improving daily habits | Member Story: Lauren & Ben Grynol

Deciding to prioritize preventative healthcare can be a way to proactively manage your health. In this Member Story, Lauren chats with Ben Grynol about how small habit changes in her lifestyle empowered her to take better control of her health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/180-prioritizing-prevention-improving-daily-habits-member-story-lauren-ben-grynol Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
10/13/202255 minutes, 59 seconds
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#179 - Determining your healthy baseline of food through elimination diets | Michael Keller & Ben Grynol

Understanding your body’s unique nutritional needs through elimination dieting can help you determine a solid nutritional baseline. Michael Keller discusses his nutritional philosophy in this episode with Ben Grynol, where he discusses the lifestyle choices he made and the food that he experimented with to optimize his health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/68XuQXWgfaI Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/179-determining-your-healthy-baseline-of-food-through-elimination-diets-michael-keller-ben-grynol Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
10/10/202245 minutes, 58 seconds
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#178 - Behind the scenes of community building with Members to solve the metabolic health crisis | Cissy Hu & Mercy Clemente

Levels strives to build an interactive community of members where people can help one another and share information about metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/178-behind-the-scenes-of-community-building-with-members-to-solve-the-metabolic-health-crisis-cissy-hu-mercy-clemente Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
10/6/202236 minutes, 55 seconds
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#177 - Alzheimer’s & dementia: Optimizing metabolic health to boost brain health | Emily Stong & Ben Grynol

Having good metabolic health can help you develop positive brain health and reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. Emily Stong talks with Ben Grynol about how to take care of your brain and how using a CGM helped her throughout her pregnancy while living with gestational diabetes. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Emily Stong used a CGM to help her make better food choices while living with gestational diabetes: https://levelshealth.com/blog/emily-stong-used-a-cgm-to-help-her-make-better-food-choices-while-living-with-gestational-diabetes/ Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/177-alzheimers-dementia-optimizing-metabolic-health-to-boost-brain-health-emily-stong-ben-grynol Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
10/3/202244 minutes, 42 seconds
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#176 - Why food cravings are killing us, and how to stop them | Mark Schatzker & Dr. Casey Means

Why are we craving food more than ever, and how do we overcome it? Mark Schatzker, journalist and author of The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well, chats with Dr. Casey Means about the dangers of food cravings. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. Transcript 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/tJGFYL289q0 Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/176-why-food-cravings-are-killing-us-and-how-to-stop-them-mark-schatzker-dr-casey-means Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Dr. Casey Means on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Casey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Mark Schatzker on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarkSchatzker
9/30/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 44 seconds
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#175 - Putting PCOS into remission & healing her relationship with food | Edie Horstman & Ben Grynol

Edie Horstman’s health journey contains orthorexia and PCOS—both of which she was able to overcome or put into remission as she tells Ben Grynol in this episode. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/YPP-X-ACWbY Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/175-putting-pcos-into-remission-healing-her-relationship-with-food-edie-horstman-ben-grynol Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Edie Horstman on Instagram: https://instagram.com/wellnesswithedie/
9/28/202246 minutes, 7 seconds
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#174 - Biomarkers, Biological Rhythms, and Bloodwork | Azure Grant & Ben Grynol

Doing regular bloodwork can help you spot when your body drifts off course - and help you tie your blood glucose to clinical metrics. But how does bloodwork really change over time? Here’s a deep dive between Azure Grant and Ben Grynol on why getting regular bloodwork done is important, which biomarkers are important to pay attention to, and how it’s directly linked to metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Listen to the conversation: https://youtu.be/AH1XInAAHaQ Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/174-biomarkers-in-bloodwork-and-labs-how-theyre-linked-to-metabolic-health-dr-azure-grant-ben-grynol Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/AH1XInAAHaQ Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Azure Grant on Instagram: https://instagram.com/scoopmescience Connect with Azure on Twitter: https://twitter.com/azure_dominique
9/26/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 48 seconds
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#173 - Top biomarkers: What, why, and when to measure | Andrew Herr & Azure Grant

Biomarkers: Finding out what to measure and why to measure them is fundamental to our health because it helps us understand what's going on inside our bodies better than traditional, static lab tests. In this episode, CEO and Founder of Fount Andrew Herr talks with Dr. Azure Grant about paying attention to our bodies and identifying patterns of change that may indicate a probable sickness or an indication of good performance and well-being. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/173-biomarkers-observing-oncoming-sickness-patterns-measuring-good-health-andrew-herr-azure-grant Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
9/23/202246 minutes, 27 seconds
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#172 - The async work culture at WordPress: Using an internal blogging system | Matt Mullenweg & Sam Corcos

At WordPress, the team strives to be as async as possible. They use their own platform as a valuable, searchable tool in their remote-first culture. Here’s a look into how Matt Mullenweg manages and communicates with his async team in this conversation with Sam Corcos. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/172-the-async-work-culture-at-wordpress-using-an-internal-blogging-system-matt-mullenweg-sam-corcos Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
9/21/202254 minutes, 43 seconds
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#171 - Increase energy levels, decrease cravings, & improve blood sugar stability with Brigid Titgemeier

Here’s a look into how a plan of easy, low-glycemic meals can improve your blood sugar in just 10 days, which will also help increase energy levels and decrease cravings. Numerous other advantages include increased focus, better sleep, a healthier liver, improved fertility, and many more. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/hK_SXDvNc2U Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/171-increase-energy-levels-decrease-cravings-improve-blood-sugar-stability-with-brigid-titgemeier Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Join the Blood Sugar Reset waitlist: https://beingbrigid.ck.page/november2022bsr-levels-awnl 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drkelleychew Connect with Brigid Titgemeier on Instagram: https://instagram.com/beingbrigid Connect with Brigid on Twitter: https://twitter.com/beingbrigid
9/19/202250 minutes, 56 seconds
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#170 - Unlock your superfans & they’ll grow your brand for you | Airbnb's Dorothy Kilroy & Ben Grynol

How can your superfans help you grow your brand organically? In this episode, Airbnb’s Global Director of Community Dorothy Kilroy discusses with Ben Grynol how superfans can support you by listening to and asking the correct questions, providing excellent services, and building a platform that values them. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/170-unlock-your-superfans-theyll-grow-your-brand-for-you-airbnbs-dorothy-kilroy-ben-grynol Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
9/15/202236 minutes, 14 seconds
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#169 - Women's health: How hormones impact our daily lives | Dr. Trevor Cates & Dr. Lauren Kelly-Chew

Hormones, which are essential to women’s health, have an impact on our daily lives. Hormonal imbalances can cause a variety of issues, including fatigue, weight gain, and menstrual problems. Hormones also help us regulate metabolism, stress, sleep, and blood sugar. Listen as Dr. Trevor Cates and Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew discuss women’s health, hormonal imbalances, stress management, and skin health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Dr. Trevor Cates and Levels’ Dr. Lauren Kelly-Chew discuss: (3:21) — How Dr. Cates started her personal journey and interest in hormonal health (08:11) Realizing the connection between hormonal imbalances and health issues (15:36) — The four pillars that help you get back to your body’s natural rhythms (21:48) — Choosing better food and better products to reset hormonal imbalance (27:20) — Timeline for recovery from hormonal imbalances (30:55) — Getting to the root of issues instead of just suppressing symptoms (33:00) — Be the CEO of your own health (35:28) — Birth control pills are not the be-all, end-all for hormonal health (43:21) — Clean, natural skincare and the makings of the Spa Dr. skincare line (48:25) — Be in charge of your recovery towards hormonal health 🔗 Helpful links: Transcript: https://www.levelshealth.com/podcasts/169-womens-health-how-hormones-impact-our-daily-lives-dr-trevor-cates-dr-lauren-kelly-chew Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drkelleychew
9/13/202250 minutes, 52 seconds
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#168 - Why building an effective culture is crucial for an ASYNC company | Rachel Sanders & Michael Mizrahi

For a company to work effectively in an async environment, you need to consider several factors, such as processes, documentation, and communication tools. In this episode, Rachel Sanders, CEO of Rootine, explains why it is important to promote a positive work environment and create boundaries in her conversation with Michael ‘Miz’ Mizrahi. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
9/12/202252 minutes, 20 seconds
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#167 - PCOS 101 (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome): Unique symptoms & metabolic health | Doc Talk w/ Dr. Azure Grant

PCOS, commonly known as polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a condition with multiple epigenetic components and a number of symptoms to look out for, including irregular menstruation and excessive hair growth. Learn how to treat PCOS naturally with diet and lifestyle changes in this Doc Talk with Levels Research Design Lead Dr. Azure Grant and Cissy Hu. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Azure Grant & Cissy Hu discuss: (02:21) – What is PCOS? (03:14) – What are the signs and symptoms of PCOS? (05:11) – What are the criteria for a PCOS diagnosis? (06:36) – The impact of delayed diagnosis (11:40) – Can diet help PCOS symptoms? (12:38) – Don’t just rely on food (13:51) – What are phytonutrients? (14:46) – How intermittent fasting can help PCOS symptoms (18:37) – Characterizing glucose phenotypes Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/gs4nhuaRv-8 How continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) can help with infertility and PCOS: https://levelshealth.com/blog/how-continuous-glucose-monitoring-cgm-can-help-with-infertility-and-pcos/ How a CGM helped Abby O’Connor find a diet that eased her PCOS: https://levelshealth.com/blog/how-a-cgm-helped-abby-oconnor-find-a-diet-that-eased-her-pcos/ Edie Horstman uses a CGM to help make better food choices while living with PCOS: https://levelshealth.com/blog/edie-horstman-uses-a-cgm-to-help-make-better-food-choices-while-living-with-pcos/ Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
9/8/202223 minutes, 12 seconds
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#166 - All about women’s health, menstruation, & metabolic health | Doc Talk with Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew

How do women’s health and the menstrual cycle link to metabolic health? This understudied population gets a deep dive in this episode of Doc Talk with Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew, our Head of Clinical Product. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew & Jackie Tsontakis discuss: (04:46) – The menstrual cycle goes beyond menstruation (07:19) – The lack of research on the menstrual cycle (12:04) – The connection between hormones and insulin sensitivity (14:50) – Testosterone and the female body (17:05) – Listen to your body (18:05) – How to satisfy cravings in a healthy way (23:12) – Hormone fluctuations are normal (28:41) – It’s okay if keto doesn’t work for you (32:43) – Keto wasn’t designed for women Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drkelleychew
9/5/202235 minutes, 2 seconds
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#165 - The creative process in a remote & async environment: Deep work, Loom, pair design, & presentations | Ben Grynol & Alan McLean

How does the creative process happen in a remote-first and async work environment? Design and creativity move from in-person, collaborative whiteboards and sticky notes to the use of Loom and other documentation tools in an asynchronous environment. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Ben Grynol and Alan McLean discuss: (09:46) – More exploration time (11:46) – The importance of subconscious design work (14:09) – Help people give good feedback (18:14) – Async evens the playing field (24:19) – The value of Loom (28:25) – You need interaction (36:40) – Document and discuss (41:21) – Critique is essential (47:34) – Async isn’t for everyone Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
9/1/202250 minutes, 49 seconds
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#164 - Startup product managers: Ownership, communication, & leadership | Patrick Malatack & Maz Brumand

A Product Manager’s goals are advocating for the needs of the client and the team. Here’s a look into what the Product Manager role in tech startups looks like in terms of ownership, leadership, and communication in this conversation between Patrick Malatack & Maz Brumand. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Patrick Malatack & Levels’ Maz Brumand discuss: (06:07) – Help your team be successful (07:43) – Advocate for the needs of the customer (11:45) – Don’t give employees responsibilities they don’t own (14:43) – You shouldn’t need committees (24:00) – Use your own product (28:29) – Cut bad features (31:09) – Be efficient with your time (34:39) – The difference between stress and pressure (38:55) – Communicate the company’s goals (41:54) – Let people call you out Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/2y7e_ZoQPZ4 Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Patrick Malatack on Twitter: https://twitter.com/patrickmalatack Connect with Patrick on Instagram: https://instagram.com/patrickmalatack
8/29/20221 hour, 20 seconds
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#163 - Startup org design at 50+: Leadership, objectives, coordination, & evals | Aaron Dignan & Sam Corcos

When overseeing a startup, a CEO needs a well-functioning organizational design. This helps evaluate the performance of the team, make sure functions are coordinating and executing efficiently, and communicate and set objectives. In this conversation, bestselling author of Brave New Work, Aaron Dignan, talks with Levels CEO, Sam Corcos. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Aaron Dignan & Levels’ Sam Corcos discuss: (17:29) – Don’t turn performance management into a binary (21:21) – Commitments and outcomes (22:10) – Performance is a team sport (37:10) – Create a culture of constraint (42:59) – Don’t micromanage (51:27) – The hierarchy of work (56:16) – The power to object (01:05:08) – Find the right role (01:06:45) – The power of mixed roles Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/e5PzZwONxn8 Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/samcorcos Connect with Aaron on Twitter: https://twitter.com/aarondignan
8/25/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 7 seconds
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#162 - Influencer marketing: Beneficial partnership endorsements, relationship management, & organic growth | Tom Griffin, Jackie Tsontakis, & Steph Coates

When is it beneficial to welcome influencers to your marketing plan? Here are the details on how Levels thinks about influencer marketing, partnership endorsements, relationship management, and organic growth in this chat between Tom Griffin, Jackie Tsontakis, & Steph Coates. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Tom Griffin, Jackie Tsontakis, and Steph Coates discuss: (02:56) – What does partnership mean? (07:15) – The influence of content creators (15:01) – Why we’re focusing on a specific audience (17:28) – Offer access to the people who need it most (20:13) – How partnership can pressure food companies into having higher standards (28:08) – The Ferriss Effect (33:33) – Finding the right partnerships (41:30) – How async has shaped Levels (50:12) – The challenges of scaling Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Tom on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomgriff_in Connect with Steph on Twitter: https://twitter.com/_stephcoates Connect with Steph on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/stephanie-coates
8/22/202251 minutes, 17 seconds
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#161 - A former fitness competitor’s IVF journey & what real health looks like | Sara Beemer & Ben Grynol

How does a former bodybuilder go from carb-loading to eating for longevity and fertility with IVF? Here’s a look at the journey of healthy eating from a fitness competitor turned nutrition coach in this conversation between Sara Beemer & Ben Grynol. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Sara Beemer and Levels’ Ben Grynol discuss: (16:22) – Find your motivation (26:00) – Make gradual changes (27:52) – Create good sleep habits (29:57) – Don’t be extreme (33:00) – The benefits of meditation (37:27) – Schedule out your week (43:27) – Try new things (47:54) – Understand what’s going on in your body (52:13) – Let your kids learn with you Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/DhE_8BO60mI CGM helped Sara Salter Beemer stop carb-loading and enjoy fat again: https://www.levelshealth.com/blog/cgm-helped-sara-salter-beemer-stop-carb-loading-and-feel-better Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/bengrynol Connect with Sara on Instagram: https://instagram.com/sarabeemer
8/18/202255 minutes, 2 seconds
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#160 - Erectile dysfunction may mean chronic disease & early death | Dr. Merrill Matschke & Dr. Casey Means

Erectile dysfunction can be an early indicator of future cardiovascular disease, endothelial dysfunction, and early death. Learn more in this conversation between urologist and male reproductive specialist and surgeon Dr. Merrill Matschke and Levels Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Dr. Merrill Matschke & Dr. Casey Means discuss: (13:47) – The connection between metabolic dysfunction and erectile dysfunction (22:08) – How ED develops (34:11) – Let’s talk about oxidative stress (40:06) – The importance of testosterone levels in insulin sensitivity (46:50) – The importance of diet, exercise, and sleep (48:45) – Why is testosterone dropping? (59:59) – Our healthcare system needs to do better (01:07:44) – Don’t put treatment off (01:14:02) – Sleep is crucial (01:19:41) – Nobody’s perfect Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy  Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/mum4AfB0K_Y  Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog  Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels  Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1  Connect with Dr. Casey Means on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrCaseysKitchen  Connect with Casey on Instagram: https://instagram.com/DrCaseysKitchen
8/15/20221 hour, 31 minutes, 45 seconds
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#159 - Self-love for weight loss: Making diet & exercise an easy, natural habit | Drew Manning, Fit2Fat2Fit

Weight loss and physical transformation are significantly more mental and emotional than we think; it goes beyond diet and exercise. Fitness trainer and creator of Fit2Fat2Fit Drew Manning talks about how self-love is the piece to focus on for natural habit changes that can bring physical change. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 📍 What Drew Manning and Levels’ Ben Grynol discuss: (06:15) – Drew’s journey (08:10) – The mental weight of an unhealthy lifestyle (09:10) – Don’t let body issues define your self-image (10:52) – Transformation isn’t just physical (23:46) – Un-training your brain (25:45) – The emotional connection to food (31:03) – It’s hard to be healthy (41:57) – Diets aren’t always healthy (45:44) – Your physical health affects your relationships (53:38) – Be comfortable with being uncomfortable Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/PYB8yO7UufU Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/bengrynol Connect with Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fit2fat2fit Connect with Drew on Instagram: https://instagram.com/fit2fat2fit
8/11/20221 hour, 44 seconds
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#158 - From Google Product Manager to Co-Founder of Levels | David Flinner & Ben Grynol

As a prior Product Manager at Google, Co-Founder David Flinner started his own metabolic health journey and then serendipitously reconnected with Sam Corcos and Josh Clemente. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What David Flinner and Ben Grynol discuss: (18:21) – Understand what’s possible (21:00) – Maximize your value (31:12) – An uphill battle (38:39) – Levels is a spectrum (40:25) – Being a partner (44:13) – Be intentional about your message (47:21) – Be responsible caretakers of data (50:01) – Keep moving forward (50:51) – Dealing with challenges (52:11) – How do we grow? Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/bengrynol
8/8/20221 hour, 1 minute, 52 seconds
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#157 - How Charlette improved her quality of life & found what foods work best for her with Levels at 64

According to our Member Charlette Plinneke, Levels helped her find a better quality of life, discover what foods work best for her, and use CGM data to support her food and lifestyle changes. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Charlette Plinneke and Levels’ Ben Grynol discuss: (17:29) – Food can change your body (21:05) – Some foods aren’t as healthy as you think (29:52) – The self-cleaning oven analogy (35:08) – Why Charlette became a teacher again (37:58) – You don’t have to give up good food (40:30) – You aren’t locked in (41:52) – Sometimes less is more (48:09) – Why Levels is a long-term fix (53:13) – When you feel good, you do good Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/oHG4OKrSKr8 Charlette’s story: https://levelshealth.com/blog/charlette-plinneke-finds-renewed-energy-and-weight-loss-at-64 Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/bengrynol
8/5/202254 minutes, 41 seconds
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#156 - The systems a CEO must create to scale a startup | Ale Resnik & Sam Corcos

At a fast-growing startup, a CEO must create systems to help with key performance indicators, recruiting, operations, and more. It’s the CEO’s job to push the company forward and help it become a better organization. In this episode, Ale Resnik (Founder and CEO of Belong) shares the importance of finding the right co-founder, how to set the proper company strategy, and why the best-organized companies are the ones that prioritize customers with Levels CEO Sam Corcos. 🎙 What Ale Resnik and Levels’ Sam Corcos discuss: (09:12) – Find a co-founder (10:57) – You need a good Head of People (14:35) – Set the strategy (20:19) – Don’t let things get out of control (25:59) – You can’t stay involved with everything (29:47) – Don’t micromanage (37:13) – Serve the customer (39:31) – Your culture will change (40:50) – Look for extraordinary leaders (44:52) – Make sure your leaders have practical knowledge Transcripts & Show Notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamCorcos Connect with Ale on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AleResnik Connect with Belong on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoinBelong
8/3/202255 minutes, 54 seconds
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#155 - Letting go of sunk cost bias at a startup | Mike DiDonato, Tom Griffin, & Ben Grynol

It’s never too late to say no, and it’s never too late to change your mind. Especially at a startup. At Levels, we try to nix sunk cost bias if it makes sense to do so. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Mike DiDonato, Tom Griffin, & Ben Grynol discuss: (01:11) – Don’t be afraid to ignore sunk costs (05:34) – Write down your decisions (07:08) – Let go of your ego (09:48) – Don’t make concessions (11:37) – Don’t burn your bridges (14:16) – Maintain clear communication (15:08) – Stay away from shiny object opportunities (17:18) – Question decisions (22:08) – Don’t be too rigid Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/Z7G_sUEGQfo Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Ben on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol Connect with Mike on Instagram: https://instagram.com/mike__didonato Connect with Mike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mike__didonato
8/1/202223 minutes, 55 seconds
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#154 - Building an engaged online community | Willa Tellekson-Flash & Cissy Hu

Online communities that surround online brands can evolve quickly, and when the conversations start to develop between members or are led independently by extra-engaged VIP members, that’s where the real magic comes into play. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Levels’ Cissy Hu and Public’s Head of Community Willa Tellekson-Flash discuss: (05:33) – Be the first to share (11:38) – The mission of Public (19:07) – Follow up on conversations (20:38) – Be curious (21:24) – Be an active listener (26:58) – Write in an approachable way (37:39) – Create a safe community (38:44) – Reframe your mindset (43:44) – Lead by example (46:04) – What does a community manager do? (49:50) – Be clear about your responsibilities Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/LJ4QGSv2UrM Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Cissy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cissyrxhu Connect with Cissy on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/experimentswithcissy/ Connect with Willa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/willactf
7/29/202258 minutes
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#153 - Using a CGM surprised the Director of Sports Nutrition for the Miami Dolphins | John Parenti & Ben Grynol

This director of sports nutrition used a CGM and was shocked to see how his body responded to oatmeal. In sharing his CGM experience with his athletes, he emphasizes that everyone’s body responds to food differently, and urges them to get their lifestyle habits and routines in place before trying to change nutrition. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Levels’ Head of Growth Ben Grynol and Director of Sports Nutrition for the Miami Dolphins, John Parenti discuss: (05:08) – An eye-opening experience (06:45) – Check in with your body (07:48) – Find a routine (12:34) – Less is more (26:24) – It’s all about structure (30:17) – Drill the fundamentals (37:29) – You are what you do (39:25)  – Know your players (48:27) – Sleep is the key (52:07) – Be a coach Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/Xep8hKidQQw Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 John Parenti fuels up for how he wants to feel: https://levelshealth.com/blog/john-parenti-fuels-up-for-how-he-wants-to-feel Connect with Ben on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol
7/27/202258 minutes, 2 seconds
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#152 - Confidence is earned: How to win the trust of your coworkers | Josh Clemente & Mike DiDonato

Confidence and trust is earned from your coworkers through consistent communication and clear documentation, especially at a remote and async startup. Here’s how we encourage this process at Levels. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Levels’ Founder and President Josh Clemente and Head of Success Mike DiDonato discuss: (08:35) – Develop proactive confidence building (09:36) – The difference between trust and confidence (10:55) – Hire people you trust (13:28) – Put in the work (19:12) – No news is bad news (20:45) – Don’t be afraid to communicate (25:04) – You are responsible for obtaining context (36:34) – Transparency builds confidence (48:56) – Be intentional with information Transcripts and Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/cImdcr5L3-o Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Josh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshuasforrest Connect with Josh on Instagram: https://instagram.com/josh.f.clemente Connect with Mike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mike__didonato Connect with Mike on Instagram: https://instagram.com/mike__didonato
7/25/202259 minutes, 22 seconds
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#151 - Why sleep is one of the key aspects of your metabolic health | Mike Haney & Ben Grynol

Your sleep routine is one of the most important aspects of your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Levels' Head of Growth Ben Grynol and Editorial Director Mike Haney discuss: (02:36) - A study about sleep and metabolic health (03:26) - The benefits of sleep for metabolic health (05:24) - Sleeping at home (05:24) - Standardized meals (07:20) - How glucose levels affect sleep quality and duration (12:50) - What you eat matters (14:37) - Sleep quality and glucose (18:06) - Sleep is the most important thing you control (18:55) - Don’t sacrifice sleep (20:08) - The importance of consistency (25:29) - Compounding effects work both ways Transcripts and Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com How does sleep affect blood sugar?: https://levelshealth.com/blog/how-sleep-impacts-metabolic-health-glucose-levels-cgm Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bgrynol
7/22/202226 minutes, 8 seconds
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#150 - You have the authority to avoid burnout while working at a startup | Josh Clemente, Tom Griffin, & Mike Haney

At a startup, you need to work hard. But burnout, stress, and overworking are the antithesis of productivity—and only you can use your self-awareness to push back to prevent burnout. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Levels’ Founder and President Josh Clemente, Head of Partnerships Tom Griffin, and Editorial Director Mike Haney discuss: (01:11) - The paradox at Levels (07:07) -  Two categories of burnout (09:26) - Conditions leading to burnout (14:19) - Resisting urgency (24:57) - Managing expectations (46:42) - The importance of a relaxed workday (48:36) - The importance of having enough slack in your work week (52:21) - Working towards a future where workforce isn't burned out (57:10) - A positive environment (01:00:12) - The culture of mandatory vacation Transcripts and Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Josh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshuasforrest Connect with Josh on Instagram: https://instagram.com/josh.f.clemente
7/20/20221 hour, 51 seconds
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#149 - How a CGM helped a seasoned registered dietician and her clients become more metabolically flexible | Julie Cottrell & Ben Grynol

Using a CGM helped a seasoned registered dietician understand what was going on inside her body, gain blood sugar control, and be metabolically flexible so she could further advise her clients looking for weight loss and energy management. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Levels’ Head of Growth Ben Grynol and Member Julie Cottrell discussed: (03:13) - Julie’s background as a registered dietician (08:53) - Julie’s biggest struggle (10:06) - Everybody needs protein (11:20) - Eating windows (14:39) - Trying the low carb approach (18:58) - Give your body time to reset and regenerate (21:56) - Low carb plan (28:13) - The connection between habits and diet (34:02) - The benefits of fasting (43:35) - The importance of reading labels Transcripts and Show Notes 🔗 Related links: Watch the conversation: Dietician Julie Cottrell experiments with CGM to help her clients better understand nutrition: https://www.levelshealth.com/blog/dietitian-julie-cottrell-experiments-with-cgm-to-help-her-clients-better-understand-nutrition The truth about why keto works & why you may be doing it wrong | Dr. Steven Gundry & Dr. Casey Means: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/142-the-truth-about-why-keto-works-why-you-may-be/id1563263076?i=1000568730357 🖤 Connect with us Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Ben on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol
7/18/202248 minutes, 17 seconds
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#148 - How to value equity at startups, above your cash salary | Mike Haney, Ryley Walker, & Tom Griffin

Here’s a look into how to value equity at a startup as part of your compensation package and how to think about secondary sales. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Editorial Director Mike Haney, Senior Finance Manager Ryley Walker, and Head of Partnerships Tom Griffin discuss: (01:11) - Compensation at a startup is different (06:21) - The opportunity of equity (14:35) - The variables that affect equity (15:58) - A high level of influence (18:51) - How to view secondary sales (21:15) - Secondary sales as a tax advantage (24:22) - Personal preferences (26:37) - Consider it a bonus (28:22) - Future outcomes and diminishing returns (35:15) - Culture at Levels Transcripts and Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Episode #54 - Equity at startups: What does it all mean? https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/54-equity-at-startups-what-does-it-all-mean-zac-henderson/id1563263076?i=1000545505467 Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 ✍️ Disclaimer: This content does not constitute financial advice in any way whatsoever. Levels recommends that you speak with a qualified financial professional before making any financial decisions.
7/15/202245 minutes, 12 seconds
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#147 - What half of women will die of, and how to fix it | Dr. Sara Gottfried & Dr. Casey Means

Why do women have a higher risk of metabolic dysfunction and cardiovascular disease than men, and how do women move forward as empowered patients with their clinicians? Listen to this episode between Levels Advisor, physician, and author 4 New York Times bestsellers Dr. Sara Gottfried and Levels Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Dr. Sara Gottfried & Dr. Casey Means discuss: (04:00) - Why women should care about metabolic health? (10:47) - Metabolism (11:46) - A holistic take on metabolism (22:21) - Blood pressure control (25:54) - Effects of trauma (36:20) - Becoming more metabolically unhealthy (45:17) - Seven clinical imbalances (52:49) - What you measure improves (01:02:06) - Dealing with trauma (01:11:21) - Food until the end Transcripts and Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/MhqWvvFO1q8 Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Dr. Casey Means on Instagram: https://instagram.com/DrCaseysKitchen   Connect with Casey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrCaseysKitchen   Connect with Dr. Sara Gottfried on Instagram: https://instagram.com/SaraGottfriedMD Connect with Sara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrGottfried
7/13/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 39 seconds
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#146 - Scaling startups: Growing communication, leadership, and goals | Sam Corcos & Sander Daniels

Every time a startup team doubles, it’s like you’re in a new company. This can be jarring for leadership as they see the personal and team growth that needs to come with scaling comms, processes, and goal-setting. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Levels’ Co-Founder and CEO Sam Corcos and Thumbtack’s Founder Sander Daniels discuss: (05:21) - Now it’s time to grow up (09:10) - Cultural change through employee turnover (15:15) - Hiring new leadership (18:07) - Different stages of a startup attract different people (29:03) - Adjusting the goal-setting process (37:13) - The cultural transition from startup to corporate (38:18) - How performance reviews empower the team (47:31) - The impact of employee leveling (58:33) - Gaining self-awareness through executive coaching (01:01:43) - Don’t hold too dearly to old tactics Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Watch this conversation: https://youtu.be/kib0WuFvN9k Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamCorcos Connect with Sander on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sanderdaniels Connect with Sander on Instagram: https://instagram.com/sanderdaniels
7/11/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 40 seconds
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#145 - Big Ag feeds into Big Pharma: Metabolic health benefits from regenerative farming | Dr. Robert Lustig & Ben Grynol

Since metabolic health is downstream of food production, we need regenerative farming, balanced ecosystems, and to lift the veil of Big Food’s marketing schemes in order to optimize the entire system. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Levels’ Advisor Dr. Rob Lustig and Head of Growth Ben Grynol discuss: (06:08) - The growers and the helpers (07:05) - How DDT changed America (12:19) - The next big thing (16:04) - Soil vs. dirt (28:29) - Farming in the 1960s (30:17) - Turning America’s Heartland into big ag (34:06) - Agriculture and healthcare are inseparable (38:16) - An immoral hazard (43:13) - The consumer is in the dark (50:32) - Shop around the edge of the supermarket Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bgrynol Connect with Rob on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobertLustigMD Connect with Rob on Instagram: https://instagram.com/robertlustigmd
7/8/202255 minutes, 55 seconds
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#144 - Resilience: How well does your body respond to stress? | Dr. Taylor Sittler & Tom Griffin

The current ways of measuring health are limited: lack of disease isn’t enough. Resilience is a way to measure how well our bodies work now, and continuous monitoring can show us how well our bodies handle stress and subsequent recovery. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Head of Research & Development Dr. Taylor Sittler and Head of Partnerships Tom Griffin discuss: (04:07) - Understanding the state of the body (06:27) - Your body’s response to stressful events (10:14) - Connecting physiology with diagnosis (12:06) - Traditional medicine limbo (14:02) - Helping people achieve the health they want (20:07) - A functional medicine approach (24:12) - Correlating the measurements (27:21) - Standardizing the stressor (30:12) - Resilience vs. adaptation (36:48) - The love hormone Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Resilience: https://youtu.be/MKC-dHMnL7k Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1
7/7/202237 minutes, 56 seconds
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#143 - Pick priorities & stay mission-aligned: How to avoid bike shedding | Sam Corcos & Ben Grynol

How many times do you get clear about your priorities, and then get distracted and focus on something completely unimportant because it feels productive? This is what we at Levels call bike shedding, and here we talk about how it happens in companies, and how people can think in order to avoid it. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What CEO and Co-Founder Sam Corcos and Head of Growth Ben Grynol discuss: (03:19) - The idea of shaving a yak (06:41) - What is Bike shedding? (08:35) - The hard things are not hard, they're just easy to avoid (11:35) - The Eisenhower Matrix (13:27) - The Bike Shed effect (15:47) - Get out of the weeds (31:16) - Focus your actions around your core values (34:13) - Stay true to your mission (40:56) - Sunk costs are the currency of bike shedding (43:47) - The responsibility of leadership Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/samcorcos Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on Instagram: https://twitter.com/bgrynol
7/6/202244 minutes, 29 seconds
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#142 - The truth about why keto works & why you may be doing it wrong | Dr. Steven Gundry & Dr. Casey Means

What you think you know about keto and ketones might be wrong. Keto can be great for weight loss, but there’s a better way to do it by focusing on more diverse plant food, protecting your mitochondria through mitochondrial uncoupling, and focusing on fiber. 🎙 What Dr. Steven Gundry, author of Unlocking The Keto Code, and Levels Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means discuss: (07:55) - A career change (11:57) - Keto Code (15:25) - Efficient fat burner (17:05) - The connection of seizure to the fall of ketogenic diet (21:11) - The beauty of mitochondria (23:38) - The benefits of Ketones (25:49) - Uncoupling mitochondria (30:13) - Instead of keto diet go for mitochondrial uncoupling diet (30:58) - What are other ways to stimulate mitochondrial uncoupling (42:03) - MCT oil Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/rRSHO2j3e0Q Read about the Levels diet philosophy: https://www.levelshealth.com/blog/the-levels-dietary-philosophy Read Unlocking the Keto Code: https://amazon.com/Unlocking-Keto-Code-Revolutionary-Deprivation-ebook/dp/B092DKKXS3 Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Casey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drcaseyskitchen   Connect with Casey on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drcaseyskitchen   Connect with Steven on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drgundry   Connect with Steven on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drstevengundry
7/4/202254 minutes, 38 seconds
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#141 - How med schools approach metabolic health, nutrition, & behavior change | Dr. Elias Eid & Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew

Where does education around metabolic health, nutrition, and lifestyle fit into med school today? Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Levels’ Clinical Head of Product Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew and Dr. Elias Eid discuss: (04:27) - How Elias got involved with Levels (05:50) - How CGM helped Elias live a better, healthier life as a diabetic (07:14) - The importance of real-time data (09:38) - Life without CGM (19:26) - Insulin resistance and its significance (26:16) - The power of CGM (28:35) - What is emergency medicine? (30:12) - The beauty of emergency medicine (35:57) - Be bold and add value (48:18) - How cardio will help people control their sugar Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Lauren on Instagram: https://instagram.com/lauren.kelleychew
7/1/202252 minutes, 1 second
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#140 - Non-technical SEO: How high-quality, standout content will always win | Nick Jordan, Mike Haney, & Ben Grynol

How do you “win” at the SEO game with content, landing pages, time-on-page, backlinks, and redirects—without getting technical? Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What guest Nick Jordan, Levels’ Editorial Director Mike Haney, and Head of Growth Ben Grynol discuss: (04:18) - How Nick started (05:49) - Digging deep to SEO (09:30) - How to outrank your competitors in every niche (10:57) - The easy way to be more comprehensive (12:43) - Mistakes that most brands make (17:48) - The toughest part of content operations is people (22:55) - The power of referral traffic (24:13) - What is backlink? (40:57) - Every factor is within your control (44:31) - The importance of titles and meta information Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/Ta22mQ7oBbI Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol Connect with Nick on Instagram: https://instagram.com/nickfromseattle/ 0 to 1,500,000 organics per month: https://contentdistribution.com/seo-case-study/ Automating keyword research: https://contentdistribution.com/b2b-saas-keyword-research/ Find Nick on YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/ContentDistribution Join the Content Ops Community: https://facebook.com/groups/contentdistributionengine
6/30/202246 minutes, 3 seconds
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#139 - Our large-scale research study to establish a baseline for health | Dr. Taylor Sittler, Maz Brumand, & Dom D’Agostino, PhD

We launched an observational research study in order to gather CGM data. Data from our members will help us better understand what blood glucose patterns look like in the general wellness population. The study differs from others because we’re working to establish a baseline for health rather than a baseline for disease. With all of this data coming from our Members (with minimal additional effort from them), we’ll be able to collect the data, synthesize it, and publish it. By doing so, we’ll start to better understand blood glucose baselines and build a framework that will show the wellness population how to adjust nutrition and make lifestyle changes in order to optimize health through behavior change. In this episode, Levels’ Head of Research and Development Dr. Taylor Sittler, Levels’ Head of Business Maz Brumand, and one of the Levels’ advisors Dom D’Agostino, PhD discuss: The Levels research study and how we will collect data from our members What this large study and data collection mean for the future of metabolic health How we work to be part of health optimization medicine to get ahead of disease 🎙 What Levels’ Head of Research and Development Dr. Taylor Sittler, Levels’ Head of Business Maz Brumand, and one of the Levels’ advisors Dom D’Agostino, PhD discuss: (02:36) - The Levels research study (04:04) - A look at the data behind Levels (05:54) - The importance of baseline and understanding (07:13) - What is Color? (09:19) - There is no one-size-fits-all solution (17:18) - Elevated insulin versus insulin resistance (19:36) - The functional biomarkers (23:16) - Health is on a spectrum (25:23) - How body weight affects glycemic control Follow our podcast, A Whole New Level, for more conversations about metabolic health. We talk about our mission to solve the metabolic health crisis, our fully remote and async startup culture, and the process of building a health and wellness movement from the ground up. Transcripts & Show Notes Learn more about the study: https://levels.link/study  Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Taylor on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/taylorsittler/ Connect with Dom on Instagram: https://instagram.com/dominic.dagostino.kt Connect with Dom on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dominicdagosti2
6/29/202229 minutes, 58 seconds
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#138 - Giving & receiving feedback: Removing gossip & toxicity in remote workplaces | Dr. Casey Means, Jackie Tsontakis, Michael “Miz” Mizrahi

At work, you expect to get feedback from your manager—but giving and receiving direct feedback between coworkers in the moment is deeply valuable. This type of feedback in an async, remote environment is even more crucial to have smoother communication and keep the work environment positive. In this conversation, Dr. Casey Means joins Jackie Tsontakis and Michael “Miz” Mizrahi to discuss how working through an issue and then providing feedback and transparent communication can remove gossip and toxic communication, build the trust battery between team members, and help to avoid misalignment. 🎙 What Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means, Growth Generalist Jackie Tsontakis and Head of Operations Michael “Miz” Mizrahi discuss: (03:23) - How to give remote feedback (04:07) - 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership (04:52) - Be direct with feedback (05:41) - Interpretations are fallible (17:05) - Be willing to jump in (43:03) - What makes a great team? (47:59) - Invite others in (48:41) - The tiny ownership conversations that make all the difference (55:01) - The importance of relationship building Transcripts & Show Notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: https://youtube.com/watch?v=kRAZLpvK9sw Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Casey on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Casey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Miz on Twitter: https://twitter.com/miz
6/28/202257 minutes, 17 seconds
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#137 - Mitigating prostate cancer with diet and lifestyle changes | Dave Phillips & Ben Grynol

Is it possible to improve or manage prostate cancer through diet and lifestyle changes? Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Levels Member Dave Phillips & Levels’ Head of Growth Ben Grynol discuss: (13:28) - Dave’s diagnosis (16:42) - The shortcomings of Western medicine (22:06) - The power of a positive attitude (27:07) - Learning Levels (35:34) - The complexity of cancer (39:52) - The importance of a glucose monitor (42:39) - How to work better (48:23) - Be your own best friend (01:02:08) - Importance of Levels monitor Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Dave Phillips credits Levels lifestyle for helping his cancer go into remission: https://levelshealth.com/blog/dave-phillips-cancer Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bgrynol
6/27/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 7 seconds
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#136 - 7 Key ways to help kids be excited about healthy food | Nora LaTorre & Dr. Casey Means

What if your kids were excited about eating whole foods—and didn’t push healthy vegetables away in disgust? It’s possible to change childhood nutrition for the better! Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Nora LaTorre and Levels’ Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means discuss: (04:24) - The current state of school lunches: a challenge to overcome (08:23) - School lunches are the safety net for the future (10:35) - How Eat Real started (12:12) - The health shock affecting millennials (25:05) - The best classroom in America for health (38:35) - Why lunchrooms are an investment (43:30) - Nutrition as early intervention (49:43) - Every individual matters (57:43) - How real food can improve your immune system (01:03:37) - The best way to get kids to eat healthy food Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Casey on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Casey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Nora on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/nora-latorre/ Follow Nora’s company on Instagram: https://instagram.com/eatrealcertified/ Follow Nora’s company on Twitter: https://twitter.com/eat_real_cert Subscribe to Eat Real’s newsletter: https://eatreal.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=c14b4e3bfd326db7ec59bb78f&id=1ff72790c7
6/24/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 37 seconds
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#135 - Finding open-mindedness and changing “no” to “yes” | Mike Haney & Ben Grynol

When you come into any new job position, it can be hard to go against your years of experience and be open-minded to change. But here’s how to change your (or someone else’s) “no” to “yes” by being open to experimentation, embracing discomfort, and assuming good outcomes. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Head of Growth Ben Grynol and Editorial Director Mike Haney discuss: (05:05) – Be willing to try new things (14:01) – Understand the stakes (15:41) – Don’t start with cynicism (19:21) – Take advantage of your time (22:02) – Trust the transparency (26:25) – Give yourself space (30:34) – Give yourself space to make decisions (37:06) – Distance is great (47:11) – The importance of transparency Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol
6/22/202252 minutes, 5 seconds
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#134 - Startup operations, infrastructure, & scaling it all | Chris Jones, Michael Mizrahi, & Ben Grynol

When it comes to building a tech startup, operations is one of the main foundations because it’s needed to operationalize the product that exists. In this episode, three Levels’ team members discuss infrastructure, throughput, how companies are built, and how they come together. Join Levels’ Head of Member Experience Chris Jones, Head of Operations Michael “Miz” Mizrahi, and Head of Growth Ben Grynol as they talk about scaling operations and: Documentation the process as it’s happening Running customer support as a well-oiled machine, even across social media platforms Putting our members first and staying human Iterating as we go 🎙 What Levels’ Head of Member Experience Chris Jones, Head of Operations Michael “Miz” Mizrahi, and Head of Growth Ben Grynol discuss: (10:42) – Why you don’t want blood sugar spikes (11:33) – What is the fab four? (18:08) – Start your day with good food (20:37) – Blood sugar balance is the key to food freedom (23:12) – Mindset matters (30:34) – Don’t focus on your weight (32:15) – Change may not look like what you expect (36:59) – Break down food rules (38:41) – Find the silver lining (47:40) – Be the instigator of change Follow our podcast, A Whole New Level, for more of the inside scoop from the Levels team. We talk about our mission to solve the metabolic health crisis, our fully remote and async startup culture, and the process of building a health and wellness movement from the ground up. Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.comLearn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blogConnect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levelsConnect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levelsFind us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/levelshealthConnect with Miz on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mizConnect with Chris on Instagram: https://instagram.com/chrisjones7193Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynolConnect with Ben on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bgrynol
6/20/202253 minutes, 4 seconds
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#133 - How celebrity health coach and holistic nutritionist Kelly LeVeque uses CGMs in her practice | Metabolic health with Kelly LeVeque & Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew

Celebrity health coach and holistic nutritionist Kelly LeVeque gets to know her clients on a deeply personal level; she wants to know exactly how you live your life in order to help you to start to make positive changes. In this episode, Levels Head of Clinical product Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew chatted with Levels advisor Kelly LeVeque about: Forgetting toxic wellness advice and focusing on what will make you feel your best The fab four of nutrition How everything is impacted by blood sugar Refocusing the conversation around CGM data Trading boozy brunches for hikes What you can do to balance your blood sugar without a CGM 🎙 What Levels Head of Clinical product Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew chatted with Levels advisor Kelly LeVeque discuss: (10:42) – Why you don’t want blood sugar spikes (11:33) – What is the fab four? (18:08) – Start your day with good food (20:37) – Blood sugar balance is the key to food freedom (23:12) – Mindset matters (30:34) – Don’t focus on your weight (32:15) – Change may not look like what you expect (38:41) – Find the silver lining (36:59) – Break down food rules (47:40) – Be the instigator of change Follow our podcast, A Whole New Level, for more conversations about metabolic health. We talk about our mission to solve the metabolic health crisis, our fully remote and async startup culture, and the process of building a health and wellness movement from the ground up. Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Lauren on Instagram: https://instagram.com/lauren.kelleychew Connect with Kelly on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bewellbykelly/
6/16/202257 minutes, 13 seconds
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#132 - Murillo’s journey on Levels’ software engineering team | Murillo Nicácio De Marães & Ben Grynol

After getting introduced to Sam Corcos, CEO and Co-Founder, Murillo started contracting right away in early 2020 as one of the first developers at Levels. He got pulled into the company culture early on. In this team member spotlight episode, Ben Grynol (Head of Growth) sat down with Murillo Nicácio De Marães to talk about: Murillo’s Brazilian background and staying connected to his home What it felt like to join Levels and get immersed in the unique culture The ideal laid-back gathering for introverts: The Brazilian non-party party, churrasco. The excitement of the growth and evolution of Levels Levels’ atypical approach of startups or engineering functions to go deep into documentation and async communication 🎙 What Levels' Head of Growth Ben Grynol and Software Engineer Murillo Nicácio De Marães discuss: (06:42) – From contractor to employee (09:57) – Finding a place to call home (12:29) – Family ties (15:53) – Home away from home (19:58) – Staying connected (23:53) – Take a break (31:46) – The importance of specialty training (32:27) – Document everything (34:35) – The value of being proactive Follow our podcast, A Whole New Level, for more of the inside scoop from the Levels team. We talk about our mission to solve the metabolic health crisis, our fully remote and async startup culture, and the process of building a health and wellness movement from the ground up. Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://www.levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://www.levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/levelshealth Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bgrynol
6/13/202242 minutes, 25 seconds
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#131 - Building in public: Transparency, confidence, and ownership | CEO Sam Corcos & Mike DiDonato

At a startup, or any company for that matter, you have the choice to keep the business strategy and culture private… or you can build in public. Building in public inspires an environment of transparency and confidence for investors, employee recruitment, and customers. Levels’ Head of Success Mike DiDonato met with CEO Sam Corcos to discuss the benefits of Levels’ policy of building in public: It helps internal and external people feel good about the company through a strong culture of trust and documentation. You can recruit and retain employees and investors who feel more comfortable because they can see behind the curtain. It limits gossip fatigue and removes elements of surprise through top-down openness and transparency. 🎙 What Levels' CEO Sam Corcos and Head of Success Mike DiDonato discuss: (03:05) – Communicate intentionally (04:15) – Transparency offers security (05:49) – Find people who match your company’s culture (07:41) – Let people opt out (10:47) – The curse of knowledge (11:55) – Navigating company growth (14:50) – Be confident (16:48) – Pragmatic transparency Follow our podcast, A Whole New Level, for more of the inside scoop from the Levels team. We talk about our mission to solve the metabolic health crisis, our fully remote and async startup culture, and the process of building a health and wellness movement from the ground up. Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Watch the conversation: https://youtube.com/watch?v=mJWoF-ws8vc Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth Connect with Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/samcorcos Connect with Mike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mike__didonato Connect with Mike on Instagram: https://instagram.com/mike__didonato
6/10/202218 minutes, 9 seconds
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#130 - On working with family at a startup | Josh Clemente, Mercy Clemente, & Ben Grynol

At a small startup, siblings working together would normally be a disaster. But Josh Clemente and his sister Mercy Clemente found a way to work well together and maintain a positive family relationship. In this episode, they discuss all of this with host Ben Grynol: How their upbringing prepared them for the Levels’ async culture The serendipitous timing of Mercy joining first as a contractor How they keep their home and work life separate 🎙 What Josh Clemente, Mercy Clemente, & Ben Grynol discuss: (04:00) – Learning independence (04:53) – The similarity between homeschooling and async work (09:04) – Institute solid boundaries (14:08) – Failure is okay (15:16) – Be confident (29:22) – Working as family (37:26) – Eliminating helplessness (42:40) – Trying new things Transcripts & Show Notes 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
6/9/202248 minutes, 4 seconds
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#129 - Unschooling: Embracing unstructured learning at home | Dave ten Have & Dr. Casey Means

How could unstructured learning help your children? Here’s a look into how a Levels team member is “unschooling” his kids using the self-directed, unstructured methods and how it differs from homeschooling. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Levels’ Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means and Lead Software Engineer Dave ten Have discuss: (03:33) – What is unschooling? (05:35) – What does unschooling curriculum look like? (07:18) – How to teach on subjects you don’t know (24:00) – The ebbs and flows of unschooling (26:29) – The effect on Dave’s life (33:13) – Getting rid of artificial milestones (39:44) – Learning is something you do (48:33) – You’ve got to have faith (53:19) – Navigating screen time (57:01) – Walk away from work Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels member: https://www.levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://www.levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/levelshealth Connect with Casey on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Casey on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/drcaseyskitchen
6/8/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 44 seconds
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#128 - All things in marketing attribution | Josh Mohrer, Paul Barszcz, & Ben Grynol

With online sales, all customer touchpoints are important for attribution. But how do you determine which are the strongest levers, which have the highest ROI, and whether remarketing is actually worth it? In this episode, Levels’ Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, chatted with our head of Global Operations, Josh Mohrer, and Digital Marketing Manager, Paul Barszcz about all things marketing attribution. They cover: Determining where sales come from Why and what Levels measure for attribution Benefits and pitfalls of tracking attribution Building trust with your customers Testing multi-touchpoint attribution When attribution tracking becomes a waste of time How our diverse startup team contributes to marketing strategy and attribution insights Memo – Levels Approach to Earned, Owned and Paid Media 🎙 What Levels’ head of Global Operations, Josh Mohrer, Digital Marketing Manager, Paul Barszcz, and Head of Growth, Ben Grynol discuss: (5:26) – How to define attribution (8:06) – Attribution is a social science (10:07) – Figure out where demand is generated (11:12) – Examine your spending habits (13:30) – Take the long view (14:45) – How much will you pay to acquire a new customer? (22:46) – The importance of an omni-channel approach (26:51) – Make your product worth the buy (30:38) – Measure the performance of your channels (36:12) – The Oprah effect Transcripts & Show Notes Follow our podcast, A Whole New Level, for more of the inside scoop from the Levels team. We talk about our mission to solve the metabolic health crisis, our fully remote and async startup culture, and the process of building a health and wellness movement from the ground up. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://www.levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://www.levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/levelshealth Connect with Ben on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bgrynol Connect with Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bgrynol Connect with Paul on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/paulbars
6/6/202250 minutes, 25 seconds
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#127 - Where metabolic health and culture converge | Dhru Purohit & Austin McGuffie

What are the unique metabolic health experiences of South Asian and Black communities? In this candid conversation between serial entrepreneur and health and wellness investor Dhru Purohit and content creator and metabolism mentor Austin McGuffie, they discuss how metabolic health affects their respective communities. Austin and Dhru discuss: How rates of metabolic dysfunction are high for South Asian and Black communities Their personal journeys with food and overall health Genetic predispositions for insulin resistance How to strengthen the connection between what we eat and how we feel The importance of metabolic flexibility Actionable tips anyone can incorporate to reduce glucose spikes Focusing on dietary additions and changes rather than deprivation (18:51) – Live by example (23:21) – Focus on education first (24:53) – The benefits of targeted fasting (26:08) – Dying from excess (30:03) – It all comes back to lifestyle (34:42) – Talk to people who are on the fence (35:57) – The societal split (36:52) – Why we need targeted solutions (38:45) – The add-in method (52:09) – Health happens in community Transcripts & Show Notes Follow our podcast, A Whole New Level, for more conversations about metabolic health. We talk about our mission to solve the metabolic health crisis, our fully remote and async startup culture, and the process of building a health and wellness movement from the ground up. Become a Levels member: https://www.levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://www.levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/levelshealth Connect with Austin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/metabolismmentor Connect with Dhru on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dhrupurohit Connect with Dhru on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dhrupurohit
6/2/202257 minutes, 1 second
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#126 - How to be a digital nomad | Sam Corcos, Dr. Casey Means, Mike Haney, and Steph Coates

When you work at a remote company, you have the unique option to be a digital nomad. Since Levels is a fully remote and async startup, our teammates have the option to travel anywhere in the world and work. For example, Levels’ CEO Sam Corcos lived out of a small backpack, traveling from city to city as Levels started. Editorial Director Mike Haney chatted with Sam and other Levels employees who lived the digital nomad lifestyle: Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means, and Steph Coates, a software engineer. In this episode, Sam, Casey, Haney, and Steph discuss these aspects of being a digital nomad: The beauty of building a lifestyle around travel and what you love to do at work Flexing the spontaneity muscle and going outside your comfort zone Building deeper relationships with friends along the way And more practical aspects like how to decide where to go, how to stay healthy on the road, how to prepare for different scenarios, and how to pay taxes. (15:31) – People make you a priority (17:32) – Don’t overthink your decisions (18:56) – Set clear expectations (33:26) – You can be grounded anywhere (46:09) – Travel doesn’t always mean leisure (48:55) – Listen to yourself (01:04:09) – Establish a routine (01:08:35) – How do you keep your taxes in order? (01:16:54) – Usually everything works out (01:23:28) – Being a minimalist (01:31:20) – The price of being a nomad (01:39:13) – Making it work Transcripts & Show Notes Follow our podcast, A Whole New Level, for more of the inside scoop from the Levels team. We talk about our mission to solve the metabolic health crisis, our fully remote and async startup culture, and the process of building a health and wellness movement from the ground up. “You Don’t Have to Be Local”: https://sive.rs/local Become a Levels member: https://www.levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://www.levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/levelshealth Connect with Sam on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/samcorcos Connect with Casey on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Casey on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Steph on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_stephcoates
5/30/20221 hour, 54 minutes, 51 seconds
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#125 - Countless STARTUP Milestones in Just One Year - Levels in 2021 | Josh Clemente & Ben Grynol

So much can happen in just one year at a startup: Crucial milestones like team growth, fundraising, and launches happen very fast. Josh Clemente and Ben Grynol reflect on Levels’ 2021 milestones because it was one of our most exciting years. Follow our podcast, A Whole New Level, for more of the inside scoop from the Levels team. We talk about our mission to solve the metabolic health crisis, our fully remote and async startup culture, and the process of building a health and wellness movement from the ground up. Josh Clemente & Ben Grynol cover: Notable press and print articles, including a podcast tour Nearly doubling the Levels team Community engagement and beta testing, with a Coke challenge 🥤 The decision to stop using Slack Developing new product features and membership frameworks Successful fundraising and crowdfunding Growing the advisory board with incredible thought leaders, including Dr. Robert Lustig, Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Sara Gottfried, Dr. David Sinclair, and Dr. Mark Hyman 🎙 What Josh Clemente & Ben Grynol discuss: (09:44) – The power of podcasting (12:35) – Help people live better lives (19:23) – The importance of remote datasets (22:09) – Creating engagement (25:13) – Getting rid of Slack (27:23) – Streamline communication (28:59) – Be willing to make changes (30:40) – Question assumptions (33:09) – Align incentives (47:14) – Looking at long-term scale 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/IFBcmxWMZKo Transcript & show notes: https://levelshealth.com/podcasts/125-reflecting-on-a-year-full-of-startup-milestones-josh-clemente-ben-grynol Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
5/26/202251 minutes, 24 seconds
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#124 - When doors become hallways: A repeatable product-building process (Scott Klein & Mike Haney)

Levels Editorial Director, Mike Haney, chatted with our Head of Product, Scott Klein. They explored Scott's role in our company, what it means to be a Head of Product, and how the functional area of Product works in a remote async environment. (07:15) – Product is a tough role (11:03) – Focus on the customer experience (17:45) – Do more experiments (19:46) – Be thoughtful about changes (22:42) – It’s not just a numbers game (23:42) – Land your products (25:06) – Focus on alignment (36:52) – Good async enables good sync (40:40) – When a door becomes a hallway (46:08) – Making real-time decisions Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/23/202249 minutes, 14 seconds
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#123 - Being a role model for my family and the next generation (Gabe Mendoza & Ben Grynol)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, follows up with CrossFit trainer, creator of the Mendoza Program and one of our earliest Levels members, Gabe Mendoza. They dive into how Gabe has been focused on optimizing his fitness through diet and lifestyle choices with the help of his CGM. Gabe also discusses how this insight has helped him be a role model for his family’s health and so many people around him. (08:03) – People have to opt in (10:26) – Focus on small changes (15:07) – Overcoming the American diet (19:18) – Look at your patterns (21:13) – Your body craves homeostasis (25:59) – Control your environment (30:11) – Create routines (32:38) – Influence the people closest to you (33:27) – You can change your community (36:25) – Change is a long-term endeavor Read Gabe's Story – levelshealth.com/blog Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/19/202237 minutes, 59 seconds
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#122 - Fight burnout to live a balanced life | Michael ‘Miz’ Mizrahi & Ben Grynol

Burnout looks different for everyone. It can be a universal experience in a startup environment because it’s easy to let your work become your full identity. Levels Head of Operations Michael ‘Miz’ Mizrahi wrote a detailed memo on burnout to help start the discussion around the topic so we can do our best to avoid it. In this episode, Ben Grynol chatted with Miz about what exactly might cause burnout and some of the strategies to mitigate it, why it’s important, and how we think about it internally as a team. Learn the best ways to protect yourself from burnout so you can live a more balanced life. 🎙 What Michael ‘Miz’ Mizrahi & Ben Grynol discuss: (03:46) - Check in on remote workers (06:30) - It’s not just overworking, it’s overinvesting (08:24) - Separate work and personal identity (11:15) - Remember change is constant (14:20) - Trust in yourself and your work (19:38) - Keep boundaries (27:38) - Understand people’s whole lives (29:30) - Let people define their own limits (36:55) - Talk to someone if you need help (44:54) - Check in on peers Transcripts & Show Notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
5/16/202250 minutes, 27 seconds
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#121 - Why Levels chose a membership model: Answering community questions | Maz Brumand & Chris Jones

Learn why Levels chose a membership model and why we feel it’s important to the future of our members in this conversation between Maz Brumand and Chris Jones. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Maziar Brumand & Chris Jones discuss: (02:51) – The values of membership (11:06) – Strategize your food intake (12:52) – Use crowdsourcing to gain insight (15:59) – Membership isn’t just transactional (19:04) – A holistic approach to metabolic health (26:07) – The inefficiency of healthcare (33:27) – The importance of information accessibility (38:36) – Give members value (43:48) – Health is a long-term journey (44:24) – Put the consumer at the center of health 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKLEr8m3qNE Transcript & show notes: https://levelshealth.com/podcasts/121-why-we-chose-a-membership-model-questions-from-our-levels-community-maziar-brumand-chris-jones Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
5/13/202251 minutes, 57 seconds
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#120 - Ask Me Anything with Dr. Casey Means (Oatmeal | Protein Pancakes | Macadamia Milk vs. Pecan Milk?)

Macadamia Milk vs. Pecan Milk? What are the best foods for gaining weight while keeping blood sugar stable? Why am I getting a big spike with Protein Pancakes? What's a healthier carb than oatmeal?  Levels Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Casey Means, dives into all these questions from our community.  (01:45) – Steer clear of sweeteners (02:36) – Make your own nut milk (03:37) – How to healthily put on weight (05:01) – Choose whole foods (06:13) – Refined carbohydrates turn to glucose (06:53) – Alternatives to syrup (07:39) – Pancake alternatives (08:34) – How to reintroduce healthy carbs (09:47) – Healthy alternatives to oatmeal Watch the video – https://youtu.be/aZYeThB2D-c The best oatmeal alternative for better blood sugar – levelshealth.com/blog Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/12/202211 minutes
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#119 - How chef Paul Canales' journey with CGMs changed the way he thinks about food (Paul Canales & Ben Grynol)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, chatted with Paul Canales, Head Chef of Duende Restaurant in Oakland, California. They dived into Paul's journey with metabolic health and how his introduction to Levels changed his perspective on the way he crafts dishes at home and at his restaurant.   (03:59) - Deliver the best meal experience (06:35) - Experiment with starches (10:31) - Be conscious of what you’re serving (15:54) - Educate the kitchen staff (22:23) - If something is subpar, don’t eat it (25:21) - Start fasting (33:57) - Make the best choices at a restaurant (36:44) - Prepare for a big meal (41:23) - Savor a few bites (48:25) - Make healthier swaps Transcripts & Show Notes Read Paul's Story – https://www.levelshealth.com/blog  Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/11/202254 minutes, 11 seconds
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#118 - Ask Me Anything with Dr. Casey Means (Chicken Soup | Sushi | Matcha? Why are all these causing a glucose spike?)

Why is matcha causing a glucose spike? What about chicken soup or sushi? How do we take cinnamon and vinegar? My exercise is causing a spike, is this good?  Levels Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Casey Means, dives into all these questions from our community. (01:50) - Watch out for the sugar in your tea (03:02) - Swap out the rice in your sushi (05:30) - Mix in some cinnamon (06:30) - Use vinegar in your salad dressings (08:12) - Expect a glucose spike during exercise (09:08) - Understand the exercise glucose spike (10:43) - Pick a different noodle for your soup Watch the video – https://youtu.be/5hzuWCtLbXY Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/10/202212 minutes, 29 seconds
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#117 - Making a multimedia machine (Tony Milio & Ben Grynol)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, chatted with our Multimedia Producer, Tony Milio, about his previous experience in the world of film and video production, his journey to Levels and how he's scaling our multimedia content efforts today. (04:14) - Try something new (07:54) - Find your passion (12:04) - Make your way to full time (16:35) - Travel the world (18:29) - Get organized (19:39) - Engage in deep work (24:15) - Ramp up production (32:22) - Feel like a team (33:25) - Fit a lot into a week Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/9/202235 minutes, 15 seconds
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#116 - Uric acid: A KEY cause of weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and dementia (and simple steps to lower it) (Dr. David Perlmutter & Dr. Casey Means)

Levels Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Casey Means, chatted with our advisor, Dr. David Perlmutter on the discovery of how the elevation of uric acid in the body is a causative mechanism in the development of metabolic diseases, and one of the key links between obesity, diabetes, heart disease, neurologic diseases like dementia, ADHD, fatty liver disease, and more. They also covered: The several mechanisms of how uric acid causes cellular dysfunction and insulin resistance, including oxidative stress, inflammation, and even preventing insulin from getting out of the blood stream effectively. The evolutionary reasons why the metabolic dysfunction and weight gain caused by uric acid would have benefitted us historically in terms of low access to food and water, by letting us more easily pack on weight and raise blood pressure. And how we now live in an evolutionary-environmental mismatch where this survival mechanism is now hurting us in the face of caloric abundance. The different dietary and environmental factors that generate uric acid, including fructose, purine rich foods and umami foods, dehydration, alcohol, and more. The optimal levels for uric acid. How uric acid impairs our hunger signals, drives us to eat, and even promotes risk taking behavior. We talked about how to reverse high uric acid levels as a way to unlock optimal health. (04:23) - More than just gout (06:17) - A causative role (08:54) - The number one cause of death (16:35) - Evolutionary environmental mismatch (18:08) - High fructose corn syrup (23:39) - The dangers of uric acid (24:49) - Uric acid and dementia (31:44) - Too much fructose (42:43) - Erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular risk (01:04:29) - No need to eat sugar Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/6/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 52 seconds
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#115 - Productivity chat: How to navigate distractions & context switching | Sam Corcos, Michael Mizrahi, & Ben Grynol

Multitasking is not a productive way to spend a workday. At Levels, we work hard to protect everyone’s time so they can accomplish their goals. Listen as Ben Grynol chats with Sam Corcos and Michael ‘Miz’ Mizrahi about the pitfalls of context-switching at work. They talked about distractions while working remotely and the best ways to prevent context switching, especially in an asynchronous work environment, and dove into ways to minimize distractions to maximize output. 🎙 What Sam Corcos, Michael ‘Miz’ Mizrahi, & Ben Grynol discuss: (05:02) - The cost of context switching (10:28) - Tools are more powerful than willpower (12:03) - Mindset matters (16:23) - Onboarding as deprogramming (23:26) - Adapting to boundaries (26:28) - Creating dedicated workspaces (30:05) - External support systems (39:48) - Procrastination isn’t all bad (43:34) - Eliminate work in progress (48:14) - Defend your time Transcripts & Show Notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
5/5/202254 minutes, 39 seconds
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#114 - Why is metabolic health fundamental to every aspect of women's health? (Dr. Kimon Angelides & Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew)

Levels Head of Clinical Product, Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew, chatted with Executive Chairman and CEO of FemTech Health, Dr. Kimon Angelides. They dived into how FemTech is committed to helping women at different stages of their lives and why understanding metabolic health is fundamental to every aspect of women's health. (03:55) - Looking for a holistic approach (05:48) - Invisible diseases (08:49) - Distinct differences (27:12) - Breaking down sexual taboos (28:19) - Sexual wellness and productivity (31:30) - Metabolic health is fundamental (35:40) - Skin health and metabolic control (38:02) - Beauty as an entry point to healthcare (45:30) - Researching IVF data (49:23) - Metabolic control is fundamental to reproductive health Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/4/202250 minutes, 45 seconds
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#113 - Eat or Pass with Dr. Casey Means (Seeds & Nuts, Wild vs. Farmed Salmon, Dirty 12 vs. Clean 15)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Casey Means, discuss if certain foods are an "Eat or Pass." They cover seeds and nuts, wild salmon vs. farmed salmon as well as the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15. (02:01) – Ultimatums aren’t necessary (03:30) – Unroasted is the way to go (05:38) – It all comes back to nutrients (09:04) – Minimize the toxic burden on your body (09:58) – Consider the dose (11:07) – Think strategically (12:24) – Look for the peels Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/c1QnivPIS9Y Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/3/202213 minutes, 25 seconds
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#112 - Agility & velocity when it comes to product development (Dan Summers & Ben Grynol)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, chatted with one of our newest Levels team members, Dan Summers, to hear about Dan's previous experience as an aerospace engineer at SpaceX, what brought him to Levels and why our mission is important to him. (14:05) – The power of alignment (15:20) – The value of structure (21:29) – You can’t replace time (24:19) – Assess from the bottom up (28:25) – There’s always room for improvement (30:54) – Delete unnecessary steps (32:36) – There’s always risk (34:23) – Find a balance (42:04) – Chart the path forward Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/2/202242 minutes, 57 seconds
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#111 - Adaptation: Why we need true connection to heal from stress and trauma | Dr. Molly Maloof & Dr. Casey Means

Obesity and chronic disease are fallouts from the lack of real human connection. Underneath biomarkers like glucose and physical aspects like mitochondrial dysfunctions are the root causes of disease: hijacked reward pathways, chronic stress due to constant threat mode, and the global human disconnect. In this discussion between Levels’ advisor Dr. Molly Maloof and our co-founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Casey Means, they talk about: The most important measurable biomarker How we’re designed to live in groups The cycle of constant stress through threat signaling vs. high-reward pathways The big problem of global human disconnection How love and oxytocin helps to make us stronger, share resources, and create bonds Addiction and the power of the pause How to increase physical and emotional adaptation (12:13) - Adapting and self-managing in the face of adversity (16:03) - The most important biomarker (23:05) - Moving your body to create energy (24:18) - Adapting beyond genetics (26:29) - Hijacking reward pathways (36:40) - Getting off the grid (43:22) - Take care of your mitochondria (45:57) - The holy grail of chronic disease (51:35) - Felt connection (59:11) - How deprivation is a pathway to happiness (1:06:03) - The power of the pause (1:23:11) - Letting go of control (01:41:37) - Cooking your skin Follow our podcast, A Whole New Level, for more conversations about metabolic health. We talk about our mission to solve the metabolic health crisis, our fully remote and async startup culture, and the process of building a health and wellness movement from the ground up. Watch the conversation on YouTube: https://youtube.com/watch?v=XVSYGx9Fkns Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Casey on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Casey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Molly on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drmolly.co Connect with Molly on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mollymaloofmd
4/29/20221 hour, 55 minutes, 27 seconds
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#110 - An open letter to Levels from someone living with type 1 diabetes (Chris Truglio, Jesse Lavine, and Josh Clemente)

Levels Founder and President, Josh Clemente, chatted with our Operations Specialist, Jesse Lavine, and friend of Levels, Chris Truglio, about their experiences and challenges living with Type 1 Diabetes and how Levels' efforts to educate the general public on metabolic health could positively impact the Type 1 Diabetes community in the future. (04:21) - Diagnosed with Type 1 (07:41) - Treating food like medicine (14:01) - A CGM is a game-changer (15:28) - Planning for contingencies (21:20) - Maximizing the time you feel good (22:53) - Living a healthier lifestyle (28:24) - Type 1 has no warning signs (39:34) - Self-forgiveness is important (43:08) - You need health insurance (58:07) - Relating to others is empowering Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/I1mOv9oOXmY Transcripts and Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
4/28/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 15 seconds
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#109 - How an app's design can inspire behavior change & (good or bad) habits (Brett Redinger & Ben Grynol)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, chatted with our Principal Designer, Brett Redinger, about the topics of behavior change, habit formation and how it all relates to an app's entire design. (04:09) - Design for building habits (12:53) - Bring joy into design (16:05) - Build and hold onto people’s trust (21:24) - Look at things from the persona’s point of view (23:55) - Extrinsic and intrinsic triggers (28:27) - Motivation is hard to hack (29:57) - Investment is a big part of habits (34:41) - Guidance not control (38:21) - Create accountability up front (42:36) - The reward has to be greater than the cognitive load Transcripts and Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
4/26/202245 minutes, 18 seconds
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#108 - Where philanthropy & wellness meet to create a movement | Esther Dyson & Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew

To create a movement with philanthropy, you need to find voices and advocates to be successful. We explore the cross-section of where philanthropy, health, and wellness meet with philanthropist Esther Dyson, founder of the nonprofit Wellville, in this episode with Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew. Esther shifted her investments from healthcare in order to bring more of her attention to the health and wellness space and CGMs. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Esther Dyson & Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew discuss: (02:30) - Invest in health, not healthcare (05:06) - Build back better (10:03) - Enable small communities to get funding (15:10) - Take time to prioritize (26:31) - Change your perspective on luck (35:08) - Invest to learn (37:55) - Speculating doesn’t solve anything (45:10) - Build for the future (47:29) - Measure success like a net promoter score (52:13) - Teach children about their metabolism 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtube.com/watch?v=0Krj19eb6PY Transcript & show notes: https://levelshealth.com/podcasts/108-the-cross-section-of-philanthropy-health-and-wellness-esther-dyson-lauren-kelley-chew Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew on Instagram: https://instagram.com/DrKelleyChew Connect with Esther Dyson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/edyson
4/25/202254 minutes, 18 seconds
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#107 - Executive Assistants and why they are a force multiplier for our team (Ben Grynol, Sam Corcos, Michael Mizrahi)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, chatted with Co-Founder and CEO, Sam Corcos, and Head of Operations, Michael 'Miz' Mizrahi, about how we all scale our time at Levels to be effective team members. We achieve this with Executive Assistants (EAs) from a company called, Athena. They dived into how we delegate and outsource tasks to Athena and why they are an important part of our company. (06:47) - Reluctance to delegate (08:52) - Make time for bigger work (13:32) - Have automation and delegation (15:29) - De-risk delegation (16:55) - Document everything (22:49) - Hire support staff early (24:12) - Add in accountability (30:01) - Divide process work and critical thinking work (50:38) - See what they can take off your plate (54:37) - Audit communications Transcripts and Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
4/22/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 26 seconds
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#106 - Big Food, Big Sugar & how they affect our metabolic health today | Dr. Robert Lustig & Ben Grynol

The history of the Big Food and Big Sugar industries still affect our metabolic health today. Learn more in this conversation between Dr. Robert Lustig and Ben Grynol. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Dr. Robert Lustig & Ben Grynol discuss: (09:24) - Create the consensus (17:17) - Exonerate sugar as the cause of heart disease (22:31) - Use shoddy science (23:35) - Buy off scientists and critics (24:50) - Weakening government oversight (26:53) - Fight back against regulated advertising (35:20) - Go all in on corn (40:40) - Sugar should be a condiment (43:04) - Increase food industry profits (48:27) - The public needs to demand better Transcripts & Show Notes  🔗 LINKS: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtube.com/watch?v=2-qq2Tzl5nM Transcript & show notes: https://levelshealth.com/podcasts/106-the-history-of-big-food-big-sugar-and-how-they-affect-us-today-dr-rob-lustig-ben-grynol Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Subscribe here on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 CONNECT: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Robert Lustig, MD, MSL on Instagram: https://instagram.com/robertlustigmd Connect with Robert on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobertLustigMD Connect with Robert on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/robert-lustig-8904245
4/21/202250 minutes, 36 seconds
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#105 - A Blog TLDR: Why have dietary guidelines been so wrong? (Mike Haney & Ben Grynol)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, chatted with Editorial Director, Mike Haney, to provide us with a TLDR of the Levels blog article, "Why have dietary guidelines been so wrong, and how do they still need to change?"  (04:35) - Updated guidelines every five years (06:40) - People are confused about nutrition (09:10) - Guidelines are directional at best (15:09) - The guidelines lag behind science (17:18) - Beware of industry influences (22:13) - More data will bring better guidelines (24:02) - Even flawed, they still matter (25:05) - Still too much sugar (29:22) - Look at guidance overlaps and tweak them for yourself (32:50) - Your diet should be aspirational Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/EsaYeXNdgXs Read the Article – https://www.levelshealth.com/blog  Listen to "How to read a nutrition paper"  59% of people saying conflicting food and nutrition information makes them doubt their choices.  Joe Biden should declare a food and nutrition war  A simple guide to reading—and understanding—nutrition studies 
4/20/202233 minutes, 56 seconds
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#104 - SEO and the approaches for pursuing a strong organic growth strategy (Ben Grynol, Mike Haney, & Eli Schwartz)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, and Levels Editorial Director, Mike Haney, chatted with Growth Advisor and SEO Strategic Consultant, Eli Schwartz. They discussed the idea of SEO as a strategic growth lever and what are the most efficient and inefficient ways of using it. Watch the video – https://youtu.be/UqW-9YsaUpg (07:04) - Prioritize content by user need (10:46) - Don’t overcomplicate SEO (12:33) - Fit SEO into the funnel (17:12) - Focus on search intent (20:41) - Think beyond Google (23:42) - Don’t chase the algorithm (26:55) - SEO isn’t always a great growth lever (29:10) - Put SEO in product, not marketing (31:48) - Engineering-driven SEO is more scalable (42:14) - Don’t do SEO first Transcripts & Show Notes  Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
4/19/202257 minutes, 25 seconds
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#103 - Starting a New Zealand software company (Dave ten Have & Ben Grynol)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, chatted with our Software Engineer, Dave ten Have, about Dave's backstory as a co-founder of Omniblox, how he became an engineer and what he's looking forward to accomplishing in the future.  (17:15) – Why 3D printing caught Dave’s attention (24:09) – The culture of Silicon Valley (25:39) – The challenges of expectations (31:09) – Focus on your customers (33:18) – Changing the entrepreneurial mindset (34:23) – Startups are like music albums (36:50) – Every health journey is different (37:58) – The narrative of instant success Transcripts & Show Notes  Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
4/18/202249 minutes, 41 seconds
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#102 - Insulin resistance and how it affects each of us differently (Dr. Ben Bikman & Austin McGuffie)

Content creator, Austin McGuffie, AKA Metabolism Mentor, chatted with Levels advisor, Dr. Ben Bikman, about all the different facets of metabolic health including how insulin resistance can affect every person differently based on gender, age and even ethnicity. (05:04) - Keeping insulin low (11:05) - Eating protein first (13:34) - A lesson on fat cell growth (26:14) - The first form of insulin resistance (27:31) - The second form of insulin resistance (29:57) - Elevated insulin causes insulin resistance (31:23) - Lower your insulin intake (36:04) - Type 2 diabetes follows a familial pattern (38:15) - The genetics to get metabolically sick (41:16) - Control carbs, prioritize protein, don't be afraid of fat Transcripts & Show Notes  Watch the video - https://youtu.be/TpH4mUhLFec Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
4/15/202242 minutes, 54 seconds
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#101 - How the world is changing the healthcare & prescription process (Varun Boriah & Chris Jones)

Levels Head of Member Experience, Chris Jones, sat down with SVP and GM of Diagnostics at Truepill, an online B2B pharmacy delivery service. They chatted about supply chain infrastructure for prescriptions as well as how it relates to our Levels ecosystem and the future of the healthcare and prescription process. (03:50) - The future of consumer healthcare (05:40) - Creating a white-label experience (07:13) - Working across a wide spectrum (09:50) - Prioritizing patient confidentiality (12:13) - Consumers are changing healthcare (18:18) - Learning through collaboration (24:10) - Fixing a broken experience (25:07) - The next wave of consumer health (30:07) - From Jupiter to healthcare (44:39) - The consumerization of diagnostics Transcripts & Show Notes  Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/whpMc5jJuM8 Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com  Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog  Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
4/13/202250 minutes, 59 seconds
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#100 - Why documentation is important for engineering teams | Maxine Whitely, Steph Coates, Ian Schumann, & Ben Grynol

Creating consistent and cohesive documentation is key for the Levels engineering team. But that’s easier said than done. Ben Grynol talked with some of our software engineers, Maxine Whitely, Steph Coates, and Ian Schumann, to break down their approach to documentation. They talked about why it matters for an asynchronous remote team, how it mirrors building healthy habits, and why it’s worth it to invest in documentation now for everyone on the team as well as how it will benefit future engineers as we scale. 🎙️ What they discuss: (02:54) - The parable of the engineer (05:03) - A bridge to non-technical stakeholders (09:30) - Having the time to document (10:12) - Understanding through teaching (13:06) - A culture of documentation (20:00) - Avoid documentation debt (20:34) - Pay now or pay later (23:49) - Don’t make assumptions (26:10) - Bottlenecks without documentation (37:47) - Curate your work for your team Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on Levels - A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about how the Levels startup team builds a movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript & show notes Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
4/11/202253 minutes, 8 seconds
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#99 - How to make a real impact in the community: Opportunities & challenges | Mac Conwell & Ben Grynol

It can be a challenge to reach the communities you want to impact most. How do you know you’re taking the right steps and making the right connections? The good news is it doesn’t have to happen overnight or with one big initiative; you just have to work consistently with the communities. In this episode, Ben Grynol talked with one of our investors and Co-Founder of RareBreed Ventures, McKeever “Mac” Conwell. They chatted about the idea of reaching communities that are most impacted by poor metabolic health and what we can do collectively as a society to ensure we’re taking the right steps to reach them, as well as the opportunities, challenges, and initiatives for making meaningful change in the community. 🎙 What Mac Conwell & Ben Grynol discuss: (15:08) – Looking for opportunity (18:37) – Inform your community (23:50) – Change has to come from both ends (25:11) – Reimagine how people interact with products (30:06) – Startups break the rules (37:19) – Bring in creative people (41:44) – Create open access to jobs (44:56) – Share resources with community leaders (49:00) – Widening the net Transcripts and Show Notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtube.com/watch?v=wSV23rItORI&feature=youtu.be Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
4/8/202251 minutes, 1 second
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#98 - Changing your mindset to "maybe" (Ben Grynol & Mike DiDonato)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with Head of Success, Mike DiDonato. They deconstructed the idea about mindset and how it relates to some of the situations Mike has faced over the past month. (23:09) – You have to keep going (24:04) – Try to be still (24:53) – There’s always more to learn (29:20) – Resentment is distracting (31:08) – You are what you think about (35:02) – You’re responsible for your response (38:09) – Be the best version of yourself (39:49) – How to keep going (41:43) – Minimize your regrets (50:24) – Don’t project your expectations onto others Transcripts and Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
4/6/202256 minutes, 53 seconds
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#97 - How environmental chemicals are making us sick and fat (Dr. Rob Lustig & Dr. Casey Means)

Landmark new research published by Dr. Rob Lustig and dozens of other scientists shows us for the first time the intricate mechanisms of how environmental chemicals directly cause obesity, uncovering the latest research on this class of chemicals called obesogens. In this conversation between Dr. Rob Lustig and Dr. Casey Means, they discuss what products and environmental toxins we need to be aware of, how they are impacting our cells and causing metabolic dysfunction, and what we can do to protect ourselves.  Dr. Lustig speaks to how these environmental toxins affect our sex cells (sperm and eggs) and can impact our offspring and many generations to come. He also discusses how 15% of obesity may be directly caused by these chemicals.  (07:58) - It’s not just correlative, it’s causative (10:51) - Obesogens bind to our cell proteins (11:27) - Everyday products contain obesogens (14:37) - Babies and children are the most vulnerable (24:34) - Obesogens stick around even after being banned (32:19) - Food is more than calories (43:05) - Obesogens are unregulated (51:05) - Cell alterations last for generations (01:54:00) - We need to get the EPA on board (01:02:15) - Buy organic Transcripts and Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/GQrnEx8MNKk Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
4/5/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 11 seconds
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#96 - Finding meaning and connection in life and work (Ian Schumann & Mike Haney)

Levels Editorial Director, Mike Haney, sat down with our Software Engineer, Ian Schumann, to chat about Ian’s past experience with linguistics as well as the idea of finding meaning and connection in life and work, especially in an async remote culture like Levels. (04:22) - Discovering linguistics (13:27) - Searching for ultimate purpose (15:52) - Settling into a career (17:41) - A sense of human connection (31:57) - Learning to soak up what’s in front of you (36:43) - Transitioning into engineering (37:58) - Learning about Levels (39:43) - Aligning with the culture (43:21) - Getting to know the team (49:09) - Working async and remote Transcripts and Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
4/4/202252 minutes, 28 seconds
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#95 - How do you think about Growth? (Rachel Sanders & Ben Grynol)

Rachel Sanders, CEO of Rootine, chatted with our Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, to dig into our philosophy on Growth and how we think about it as a function within our growing company. (02:53) - The stages of growth (04:19) - Becoming obsessed with a global problem (09:30) - Having a builder’s mindset (12:27) - Come up with a plan (13:50) - Hiring to fill substantial gaps (16:26) - Iterate as you grow (20:24) - Starting a new experiment (30:56) - Making the most of your time (37:37) - Using tools to support behavior (41:34) - Hiring a generalist who can experiment Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/pvEBcqbGglo Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
4/1/202253 minutes, 31 seconds
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#94 - Lifecycle, e-mail and some of the strongest growth levers today (Will Wong, Ben Grynol & Josh Mohrer)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, Head of Global Operations, Josh Mohrer (JM), chatted with Will Wong, one of the partners at Andreessen Horowitz, a lead investor of Levels. They dived into Will's extensive experience with e-mail and performance marketing at Dropbox, Twitch and Disney Streaming. They also dug into how e-mail is a strong lever in building engagement and why companies should consider this as a strong distribution channel.  (05:45) - Applying baseball vendor logic to marketing (12:14) - Minimize the risk of launching Disney+ (16:15) - Be prepared for the end of free trial period (18:27) - Segments need to be distinct (22:03) - Get the messaging right for each group (23:26) - Keep people engaged in the short term (25:06) - Create long term fans (30:18) - Make content for all the segments (40:28) - Lean into product-led growth (50:31) - Sometimes a left-field idea is the best one Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/GYwgQMI75DA Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
3/30/202256 minutes, 40 seconds
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#93 - Evolving roles as the company grows (Ben Grynol & Mike DiDonato)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with one of the earliest team members of Levels, Mike DiDonato, Head of Success. They chatted about the early days and history of the company and how we have scaled from a team of six, two years ago, to now a team of almost 50. (11:43) - A scrappy way to get things done (17:00) - Give your job away as you scale (22:16) - Bringing on new people means you can do more (27:52) - Responsibility not to fail (28:31) - Don’t fail in silence (31:19) - Pitch in where you can (35:01) - Buckling under a heavy load (39:32) - Growth and change are constant (41:22) - There is no such thing as overcommunication (43:19) - Build the mechanism Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
3/28/202248 minutes, 6 seconds
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#92 - Data insights from 1.9 million food logs (Ben Grynol & Helena Belloff)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, and Levels Data Scientist, Helena Belloff, chatted about some of the implications around data collection, what we can do with it and how we extrapolate it to find correlations. (08:52) - General advice is helpful, but personalized is better (13:05) - Make small behavior changes (17:31) - Not spiking doesn’t mean it’s healthy (20:04) - Sleep and glucose levels are closely tied (22:51) - Context matters (27:17) - Data scientists are technology translators (30:45) - Not all data is useful (34:55) - Balance the amount of data collection and insights (39:27) - Tagging cleans up the data (43:41) - Connect glucose with stress Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
3/25/202246 minutes, 24 seconds
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#91 - From zero to one (Ben Grynol & Scott Klein)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, and Head of Product, Scott Klein, chatted about the idea of zero to one- going from nothing to something at a startup. They dived into why this can be challenging to build and what it takes to be succesful with it. (09:52) – The mindset of an entrepreneur (12:14) – Understand the problem to find the solution (15:13) – Talk to your users (20:23) – Focusing on the smaller customers (24:50) – Listen to your customers (27:40) – Startups push people to become leaders (37:39) – Understand yourself to lead your business (39:42) – It’s easy to avoid uncomfortable things (43:07) – The personal transformation of a startup leader (47:17) – Going from private to public Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
3/23/202252 minutes, 45 seconds
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#90 - Honest questions from a Stanford student (Sam Corcos & Emma Casey)

Sam Corcos, Levels CEO, sat down with Emma Casey, a Stanford student and podcaster for Seed Stage Stories. They chat about some of the main questions that students tackle like, “What should I study?” or “What should I major in?” and how these questions relate to a student’s career path. (07:20) – Most problems aren’t that hard to solve (10:44) – You need to have practical knowledge (12:33) – CEOs should have a wide skillset (15:08) – Choose your job based on your goals (18:33) – You need a team to solve big problems (24:52) – We’re fighting misinformation (34:35) – Know what is and isn’t useful to track (41:45) – Don’t double down on bad ideas (48:26) – Make time for the things that are important to you (52:15) – Technical know-how helps you make better decisions Transcripts & Show Notes Seed Stage Stories Blog – https://medium.com/seed-stage-stories Seed Stage Stories Podcast – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/seed-stage-stories/id1603095666 Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
3/21/202256 minutes, 42 seconds
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#89 - Living on a farm while working at Levels (Ben Grynol & Chris Jones)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with Head of Member Experience, Chris Jones, to chat about Chris’ journey to Levels from some of the largest tech companies. They also dived into Chris’ daily routine on his farm in Montana and how it blends with the async remote culture at Levels. (12:03) – The power of disconnection (18:55) – Treat people like adults (21:09) – The perks of asynchronous work (26:30) – Startups have a culture of innovation (32:20) – Handling high stakes (35:21) – The challenges of acquisitions (41:43) – The democratization of data (45:52) – Treat your customers’ data with respect (52:29) – Data offers people personalized insight (57:22) – There’s no universal approach Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
3/18/202259 minutes, 43 seconds
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#88 - The company is the product (Sam Corcos, Josh Clemente & Michael Mizrahi)

Levels Head of Operations, Michael Mizrahi and Co-Founders, Sam Corcos and Josh Clemente, sat down to chat about why we focus on culture, how it evolves as a team scales and how it relates to the concept that, “the company is the product.” (04:50) – Don’t just focus on the product (05:29) – Develop your core group (09:42) – Size impacts agility (19:55) – Culture fit is more important than skillset (25:30) – The company is the product (27:57) – Focus on how the company works (38:04) – Build a culture of experimentation (39:58) – Making good decisions is important (47:03) – Optimize your delegation procedure (52:26) – The pros and cons of depending on your people Watch the video: https://youtu.be/JK87qpnDue4 Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
3/17/202253 minutes, 24 seconds
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#87 - Inflammation and metabolic health (Ben Grynol & Taylor Sittler)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, chatted with our Head of Research & Development, Taylor Sittler, M.D, about the effects of inflammation, what it is and how it correlates to our metabolic health.  (06:36) - From curiosity to dedication (09:06) - Our bodies are always changing (14:37) - Understand what’s happening inside your body (17:56) - Learn what’s healthy for you (23:57) - Have control over your health (30:29) - Share the journey with family members (32:59) - Community could help accountability (42:17) - Great design goes a long way (44:21) - Add on more measurements and integrations (47:29) - Education will help with accessibility Watch the video: https://youtu.be/eEvHXI5uWEQ  Inflammation and glucose levels: How high blood sugar can turn a good system bad | Blog post: https://www.levelshealth.com/blog/inflammation-and-glucose-levels  Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
3/15/202229 minutes, 14 seconds
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#86 - Curiosity led Natalie Lumpkin down a path of monitoring her glucose and making life changes (Ben Grynol & Natalie Lumpkin)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with Levels member, Natalie Lumpkin, to chat about her journey with Levels and how it has impacted her health journey over the past year. (06:36) - From curiosity to dedication (09:06) - Our bodies are always changing (14:37) - Understand what’s happening inside your body (17:56) - Learn what’s healthy for you (23:57) - Have control over your health (30:29) - Share the journey with family members (32:59) - Community could help accountability (42:17) - Great design goes a long way (44:21) - Add on more measurements and integrations (47:29) - Education will help with accessibility Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/Y8BxkbzeF-E Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
3/14/202250 minutes, 54 seconds
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#85 - When should startups focus on getting press? (Jon Bier, Mike Haney & Casey Means)

Mike Haney, Levels Editorial Director, and Casey Means, Levels Chief Medical Officer, sat down with Jon Bier, Founder and Chief Executive of our PR agency, Jack Taylor PR. Mike, Casey, and Jon dig into the advantages of collaborating with PR agencies, like JTPR, and how press helps bring attention to Levels and the metabolic health crisis.  (11:18) - Work with brands that are solving problems (14:25) - Not every brand needs PR (20:00) - PR isn’t a silver bullet early on (21:13) - Look at the work of a PR company (26:30) - More transparency is better (29:07) - Use storytelling to educate (34:56) - Look for cultural alignment (41:54) - Be platform agnostic (49:38) - Think in terms of soundbites (1:02:05) - Don’t rely on celebrities and athletes Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/YndcxHKAnO4 Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
3/11/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 18 seconds
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#84 - Startup Equity 101: ISOs, NSOs, RSUs, Secondary Sales, & other things you should know | Henry Ward, Sam Corcos, & Zac Henderson

The idea of startup equity can be an overwhelming concept. What are the differences between ISOs, NSOs, RSUs, Secondary Sales, and other factors that will impact your employees when building a startup business? In effect, those acronyms are all different equity offerings with different tax implications for their recipients—your employees. As a business, you want to do what’s best for your team members. Sam Corcos and Zac Henderson spoke with Henry Ward, the co-founder and CEO of Carta, to discuss what various forms of equity look like and how to make it as easy as possible for your employees to get some liquidity in the long run. 🎙 What Henry Ward, Sam Corcos, & Zac Henderson discuss: (04:34) – The difference between public and private stocks (12:06) – Why the strike price matters (14:36) – Why you need to switch to RSUs (18:15) – Employees are your investors (26:26) – The possibilities of secondary sales (28:51) – There’s no good reason to disallow secondary sales (32:04) – Make sure your business is properly capitalized (33:28) – How employees can sell their shares Transcripts & Show Notes Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/657bytdb8-E Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
3/10/202241 minutes, 39 seconds
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#83 - How one community call brought Michelle to Levels (Michelle Las & Ben Grynol)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with Levels recruiter, Michelle Las, to chat about her introduction to the Levels team, which was a member community call. They dived into how this call is what lead her to being our recruiter, a role that has been so impactful to the growth of our team. (15:12) – Changing your lifestyle changes how you feel (18:29) – The importance of being in the right place at the right time (23:32) – Transparency breeds trust (26:02) – Change causes growth (29:41) – Imposter syndrome is natural (35:37) – Be more thoughtful about what you eat (39:16) – Food creates connections (40:19) – It takes time to change your lifestyle Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
3/8/202245 minutes, 13 seconds
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#82 - Healthy nutrition plans are not one-size-fits-all (Lauren Kelley-Chew & Brigid Titgemeier)

Levels Head of Clinical Product, Lauren Kelley-Chew, sat down with nutritionist, Brigid Titgemeier, to chat about personalized nutrition, why it's important and why it's integral to getting people on the right path. (13:00) – Nutrition impacts health (15:49) – Don’t underestimate people (18:58) – People need to start listening to their bodies (22:22) – Understand what the individual needs (29:43) – Weight loss isn’t the goal (43:35) – Food is medicine (47:15) – Get rid of limiting beliefs (53:17) – Lead by example (58:28) – Think food-first Looking for guidance on how to interpret your CGM data? Deciding whether a CGM is for you? Download Brigid's CGM Guide for tons of easy tips on how to optimize your experience: https://beingbrigid.ck.page/cgm-how-to-guide Registration for the Blood Sugar Reset is free but space is limited. Secure your spot today and get ready to incorporate more food diversity, improve your energy and reduce your food cravings: https://beingbrigid.ck.page/bloodsugarreset Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/kVoLDLYJymA Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
3/7/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 29 seconds
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#81 - Being intentional with team culture & incentive alignment (Tim Kendall & Sam Corcos)

Sam Corcos, Levels CEO, sat down with Tim Kendall, one of our investors and one of the earliest employees of Facebook, to chat about the concept around culture and incentive alignment within a company and how to be intentional about it. (05:22) – Your core people build your culture (10:08) – Find out how to reach your audience (13:39) – Tell the story of your culture (15:33) – Lean into your weirdness (20:27) – Screen for cultural adaptability (22:58) – Family can be dysfunctional (24:42) – Be a team, not a family (35:21) – Don’t be afraid of changes. (36:53) – Reset your calendar (40:28) – It’s okay to change your mind Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
3/4/202247 minutes, 21 seconds
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#80 - Building a startup: A Q&A with Latitud (Sam Corcos)

Levels CEO, Sam Corcos, sat down with Latitud, a fund and Incubator that focuses on nurturing and building tech founders in Latin America. Sam chatted about his own startup experience and some of the ways we approach building our own company. (06:10) – Be mindful of your time (09:44) – Schedule both work and rest (11:52) – Don’t get distracted (13:02) – Raise money before you need it (16:00) – Make people want to work for you (23:03) – CEOs are the decision-makers (24:41) – How to avoid burnout (25:40) – CEOs have to delegate (31:02) – Hire people who share your vision (39:01) – Your company is not a family Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the video – https://youtu.be/brlQVzP7vFY Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
3/3/202241 minutes, 41 seconds
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#79 - Acting in the best interest of the company (Ben Grynol & Michael Mizrahi)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, and Head of Operations, Michael 'Miz' Mizrahi, discuss the concept of acting in the best interest of the company, a principle from Reed Hastings’ book, "No Rules Rules." They dug into what this actually means and how it's relevant to our culture here at Levels. (05:19) – Align your interests with the company (08:05) – Think differently about company money (09:01) – Time is a currency (20:09) – Think long term (21:12) – Don’t get bureaucratic (22:37) – Keep it simple (23:31) – Be an owner, not a renter (28:09) – Hire people with good judgment (30:51) – Leaders set the tone for integrity (33:48) – Take care of your employees Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/hFIXR4_eIsk Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
2/28/202235 minutes, 57 seconds
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#78 - A deep dive on written communications (Sam Corcos & David Perell)

Sam Corcos, Levels CEO, sat down with David Perell, writer, teacher and podcaster for North Star Podcast. They chatted about the mental barriers to writing, especially when it requires deep thought and articulation. They also dug into the best approaches for when, where and why to use writing in certain forms of communication. (08:54) – Writing feels hard (10:12) – Preserve your ideas through text (12:20) – Look at each individual part (14:20) – Writing offers rich content (16:33) – Different mediums offer different levels of depth (28:08) – Writing is a mental and emotional commitment (34:13) – Exercise your mind (42:57) – Writing conveys authority and trust (47:47) – Know when to speak in-person and when to write (48:43) – Deliver criticisms verbally Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/4NUwnRQp9AE Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
2/25/202253 minutes, 47 seconds
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#77 - Bio-Observability: Why it matters and how it will change healthcare | Josh Clemente & Sam Corcos

Biological observability, or bio-observability, is the act of observing our bodies and making informed decisions about food, sleep, and exercise based on data. Levels co-founders Sam Corcos & Josh Clemente also dig into why bio-observability matters, why it's crucial for our future, and how personalized data may change the healthcare industry. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Josh Clemente & Sam Corcos discuss: (04:24) - We have observability of machines, not bodies (09:54) - Observability theory (12:58) - Why we want to have a trace in biological systems (16:01) - Observability leads to controllability (21:37) - Trace and then offer better suggestions (24:32) - Humans need evidence to invest in better habits (31:54) - We need more markers than glucose (34:42) - Add multiple signals (40:27) - Our bodies don’t know how to respond to modern stress cycles (43:56) - It’s very hard to measure things within the body 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/lWcQBcxgUsg Transcript & show notes: https://levelshealth.com/podcasts/77-biological-observability-why-it-matters-and-how-it-will-change-healthcare-josh-clemente-sam-corcos Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth Connect with Sam Corcos on Twitter: https://twitter.com/samcorcos
2/23/202252 minutes
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#76 - What it's like to be a Software Engineer at Levels (Mike Haney & Jeremy Phelps)

Levels Editorial Director, Mike Haney, and Software Engineer, Jeremy Phelps, sat down to discuss Jeremy’s path into Levels, his current role as an engineer and what he’s learned during his time here. (06:33) - Harnessing a sense of urgency (08:22) - A self-taught developer (12:54) - Hunger is a great motivator (17:24) - Learn what it’s like in a toxic environment (22:46) - Learn common CS language (28:49) - Finding a better work environment (31:56) - Uncover company culture (36:16) - Figure out how people will fit in (39:09) - The benefits of async work (44:30) - Consistently take vacation Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
2/21/202246 minutes, 28 seconds
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#75 - What is Product and what does a Product Manager do? (Sam Corcos & Lenny Rachitsky)

Levels CEO, Sam Corcos, sat down with Lenny Rachitsky, an early team member of Airbnb and one of our Levels investors. Sam and Lenny deconstructed the idea of a PM, Product Manager, as well as what it means and what are some of the implications of having PMs across a company. (05:34) - Tasks of a product manager (09:45) - Develop a product sense (12:24) - Refocus priorities and get soft and fuzzy (17:07) - A great PM makes life easier (21:37) - Pave the road for the team (30:41) - Get up to speed through repetition and a good mentor (34:35) - Gradually bring in engineers (38:43) - Keep your eye on the problem (40:54) - Act as moderator Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/4NUwnRQp9AE Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
2/17/202246 minutes, 23 seconds
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#74 - Developing, iterating, and scaling cultural values - (Michael Mizrahi & Maziar Brumand)

Levels Head of Operations, Michael Mizrahi, and Head of Business, Maz Brumand, sat down to discuss the concept of cultural values and how it applies to our own culture here at Levels. (03:46) - Cement your culture at a pivotal moment (04:31) - Do you hire or develop culture? (07:08) - When hiring, consider three categories (11:39) - The value of trust (21:15) - The concept of short toes (31:54) - Grading employees on culture (35:42) - Use stories to cement values (51:18) - Mentally buying into group memberships Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
2/14/202252 minutes, 27 seconds
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#73 - Giving and receiving feedback in a remote-first work environment (Ben Grynol & Michael Mizrahi)

How easy is it for you to give and receive feedback at work—and how does feedback work remotely and with an async culture? In this episode, Ben Grynol (Head of Growth) and Michael “Miz” Mizrahi (Head of Operations) of Levels take a deep dive into: How to give good, actionable, specific, and timely feedback How to receive feedback best—and how to decide if you’ll accept it Types of feedback, from objective vs. subjective and execution- vs. performance-based When and how to give feedback, especially in a remote and async environment Building a trustworthy breeding ground for rich feedback Follow our podcast for more of the inside scoop from the Levels founding team. We talk about our mission, our fully remote and async startup culture, and the process of building a health and wellness movement from the ground up. (06:19) - The importance of feedback (09:45) - Giving positive feedback (13:54) - Make feedback actionable and tie it to OKRs (17:41) - Subjective feedback (25:30) - Feedback timing (30:11) - When feedback isn’t getting through (35:46) - Determine if your feedback is necessary (46:19) - Nail your delivery Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/8UWO6qJHxbM Become a Levels member: https://www.levelshealth.com Connect with us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/levels
2/10/202247 minutes, 51 seconds
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#72 - From big tech to startup (Ben Grynol & Maz Brumand)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with Head of Business, Maz Brumand, to chat about Maz's journey from Apple to Levels. (04:14) - The desire to innovate (10:36) - Working on health tech at Apple (12:55) - Starting at Levels (15:00) - Big companies versus startups (16:18) - Levels approaches health from a consumer perspective (23:37) - Learn where to focus (27:56) - Company culture has internal and external benefits (38:18) - The consumerization of health (43:22) - Dialing in technology, science, and social adoption (45:01) - Healthcare and health tech Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
2/7/202245 minutes, 53 seconds
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#71 - Growth levers & performance marketing (Nik Sharma & Ben Grynol)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with CEO of Sharma Brands, Nik Sharma, to discuss different types of growth levers and their outlook on performance marketing. (09:16) - Understand the LTV of newsletter subscribers (12:40) - Intent of education, not acquisition (16:10) - Build up brand equity (19:00) - Give people brand FOMO (24:46) - Don’t trade brand equity for acquisition (29:19) - Lean into product-led growth (33:23) - Put in time, quality, and consistency (36:07) - Get the credit for connecting people (39:52) - Don’t incentivize referrals, make them premium (46:32) - Segment your waiting list Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/9mYrIF6xm10 Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
2/3/202249 minutes, 9 seconds
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#70 - Creating a digital media strategy (Ben Grynol & Mike Haney)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with Editorial Director, Mike Haney, to chat about their outlook on our Digital Media Strategy for 2022 and beyond.  (12:45) - Content for education, not sales (15:54) - Two arms of content (20:04) - Let the content do the talking (23:44) - Focus on retainment (32:31) - Content marketing channel that focuses on the company (37:01) - Focus on distribution and engagement (40:01) - Expand storytelling with video (49:56) - Stick to areas of genius (1:03:58) - Figure out your best use of resources (1:15:36) - Bring more eyeballs to editorial Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
2/2/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 15 seconds
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#69 - How sugar affects kids (Austin McGuffie & Dr. Robert Lustig)

Content Creator, Austin McGuffie, AKA Metabolism Mentor, sat down with Levels advisor and author of Metabolical, Dr. Robert Lustig, to chat about Rob's insight on kids sugar intake and how it affects their metabolic health. (08:21) - Sugar is damaging kids’ mitochondria (17:16) - The more dangerous fat (22:03) - Kids need better nutrition education (25:27) - Infants get introduced to sugar early (27:27) - Fat was removed, but sugar was added (32:06) - Sugar causes behavioral issues (35:17) - Kids can have sugar addiction (37:33) - Diet soda is bad too (43:20) - Educate the child and the parents (46:46) - Get rid of sugary drinks Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/I3d7zCHFW2c Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
1/31/202253 minutes, 31 seconds
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#68 - Committing to a glucose monitor for one year (Natalie Vanderpump & Ben Grynol)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with one of our longtime members, Natalie Vanderpump, to chat about her journey with Levels and how it has helped improve her diet and her overall health and wellness. Natalie ate fresh, whole foods, but found that some of her favorites were still contributing to higher-than-normal blood sugar levels. (05:46) - Taking control of pre-diabetes (09:35) - A fruit-heavy diet (12:19) - Correlate food to glucose readings (15:58) - A warning signal (19:10) - Be in tune with your body (25:01) - Be disciplined (28:54) - Trace the cause of loss of willpower (32:50) -Put processes in place to guide you (39:50) - Set up micro-habits and cues (45:55) - Notice your habit patterns Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
1/28/202249 minutes
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#67 - Treat people like adults (Sam Corcos, Josh Clemente & Mike Haney)

Levels Editorial Director, Mike Haney, sat down with Co-Founders, Sam Corcos and Josh Clemente, to discuss one of our key principles here at Levels, Treat People Like Adults. This means that we trust one another to use discretion and make decisions with good judgement in order to move projects and the business forward. This principle extends from our workplace through to our benefits philosophies. (04:06) - Assume best intent (15:46) - Be open to other people’s ideas (20:50) - Address negative feedback immediately (29:53) - Make feedback transparent, but appropriate (33:44) - Test for usefulness (46:02) - Cultural alignment includes communication styles (50:26) - Hiring is an exclusive process (57:31) - Be intent on self-improvement (1:00:07) - Get rid of gossip (1:05:06) - Give people agency Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
1/26/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 12 seconds
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#66 - Nature Wants Us to Be Fat (Dr. Casey Means & Dr. Richard Johnson)

Dr. Casey Means, Chief Medical Officer of Levels speaks with Dr. Richard Johnson about his new book, "Nature Wants Us to Be Fat," as well as his insights on the "survival switch" that drives our body to store fat in response to certain conditions like high fructose, dehydration, umami flavors, and more, and how this all relates to our current metabolic disease epidemic. (04:25) - The fat switch (11:39) - Metabolic syndrome is linked to survival (13:36) - The switch is good for short term survival, bad for long term (17:40) - Sugar triggers the switch (19:39) - Sugar leads to metabolic syndrome, not extra calories (23:40) - Fructose depletes energy (31:28) - Vitamin C is protective against obesity (35:12) - High glycemic foods help our bodies make fructose (44:29) - Whole fruit is healthy because of the fiber (53:48) - Salt can trigger fructose production Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
1/24/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 9 seconds
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#65 - Memos over Meetings (Tom Griffin & Ben Grynol)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with Head of Partnerships, Tom Griffin, to chat about our memo culture at Levels, why it's crucial and how it compares to most meeting cultures. (04:23) - The role of documentation (07:33) - Use writing to crystallize your thoughts (08:36) - Respect how people communicate (12:49) - The benefits of memos (19:05) - Documentation aids external communication (32:49) - Make space for collaboration (39:40) - Memo pitfalls (47:29) - Don’t neglect formatting Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
1/21/202251 minutes, 20 seconds
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#64 - The Membership Economy (Robbie Baxter & Maz Brumand)

Levels Head of Business, Maz Brumand, sat down with speaker and bestselling author of “The Membership Economy,” Robbie Kellman Baxter. They chatted about the idea of membership as well as how it relates to Levels and our business model. (06:34) - Recognize who you are serving (08:55) - The trade-off between privacy & personalization (10:36) - The importance of trust (18:39) -  Creating community (26:23) - The power of super users (32:59) - Subscription and “forever” transactions (35:36) - Optimizing long term relationships (41:04) - Subscription fatigue Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
1/20/202252 minutes, 17 seconds
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#63 - Unlimited vacation and taking one month off work (Hao Li & Ben Grynol)

Ben Grynol, Levels Head of Growth, sat down with Software Engineer, Hao Li, to chat about Hao’s recent vacation, a one-month cross country road trip across Canada. (02:34) - The road trip inspiration (07:06) - Channeling his inner digital nomad (09:50) - The journey to the mainland (11:08) - Keeping connected across Canada (16:04) - The vicious cycle of physical and mental clutter (19:46) - Keeping the itinerary flexible (41:58) - The missing team dynamic (42:55) - A close look at different cities Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
1/19/202244 minutes, 43 seconds
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#62 - The Podcast about…the Podcast (Sam Corcos, Josh Clemente & Ben Grynol)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with Co-Founders, Sam Corcos and Josh Clemente, to chat about the current process for our podcast, "A Whole New Level." They dig into what's working, what isn't and what can change moving forward.  (03:41) - Identifying the Levels podcast audience (04:35) - A valuable recruitment tool (09:19) - Using content to answer questions (14:22) - A podcast that caters to different audiences (16:17) - Follower metrics are secondary (19:59) - Establishing legitimacy (34:47) - Deciding what content to feature (39:31) - Setting an intent for each episode (50:40) - The role of the podcast introduction Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
1/17/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 55 seconds
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#61 - Net Promoter Score or Product Market Fit? (Ben Grynol, Chris Jones, Josh Mohrer & Scott Klein)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with Head of Member Experience, Chris Jones, Head of Global Operations, Josh Mohrer, and Head of Product, Scott Klein. They discuss their outlook on metrics, specifically Product Market Fit, PMF, and Net Promoter Score, NPS. They dig into the pros and cons for each and how we should think about using them moving forward. (04:36) - What is NPS? (07:39) - The importance of product-market fit (12:46) - Why a popular product scored a low NPS (13:26) - The role of surveys (14:41) - Action is more important than metrics (27:06) - Startup should prioritize product-market fit (37:59) - Some products & services take time to stick (47:33) - An NPS unicorn (53:01) - Focusing on PMF over NPS Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
1/13/202255 minutes, 46 seconds
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#60 - From the NFL to Levels (Matt Flanagan & Ben Grynol)

Ben Grynol, Levels Head of Growth, sat down with former NFL player and now Levels Support Specialist, Matt Flanagan, to discuss Matt's transition from professional football and venture capital culture to startup culture. (02:37) - Matt’s journey to the NFL (04:49) - NFL 101 (07:50) - The definition of a bubble player (09:52) - Pee Wee programs (14:16) - The beauty of football (17:34) - The role of player arm length (26:25) - The role of the Trust (30:42) - The connection between football and the NBA (45:12) - Why Matt joined Levels Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
1/10/202255 minutes, 15 seconds
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#59 - Understanding your cholesterol panel & metabolic health blood tests - The ultimate guide | Dr. Robert Lustig & Dr. Casey Means

A metabolic blood test and cholesterol panel can be confusing, so in this ultimate guide, our Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder Dr. Casey Means talks with Levels advisor and author of Metabolical to give you advice on how to interpret your panels to better understand the status of your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. This episode does not constitute medical advice. 🎙 What Dr. Rob Lustig and Levels’ Dr. Casey Means discuss: (03:18) - Understanding cholesterol (03:38) - The correlation between LDL and heart disease (05:59) - The connection between LDL and triglycerides (07:51) - Good cholesterol (16:39) - Measuring LDL (28:50) - Portal systems in the body (42:00) - The importance of liver function tests (50:27) - How to reduce liver fat 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtu.be/C3rsNCFNAw8 The ultimate guide to understanding your cholesterol panel and metabolic blood tests: https://levelshealth.com/blog/the-ultimate-guide-to-understanding-your-cholesterol-panel-and-metabolic-blood-tests Show notes: https://levelshealth.com/podcasts/the-ultimate-guide-to-understanding-your-cholesterol-panel-and-metabolic-blood-tests-dr-robert-lustig-dr-casey-means Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Casey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrCaseysKitchen Connect with Casey on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Rob on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobertLustigMD Connect with Rob on Instagram: https://instagram.com/robertlustigmd
1/6/202253 minutes, 29 seconds
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#58 - Lifespan Book Club (Casey Means & David Sinclair)

Levels advisor and author of Lifespan, David Sinclair, sat down with Levels Chief Medical Officer, Casey Means, Head of Growth, Ben Grynol and Head of Research & Development, Taylor Sittler, during our Levels Book Club on December 16, 2021 to take questions from our team and our members. (3:18) - The concept of death (06:22) - Extending youth vs old age (08:11) - Health needs to start young (13:45) - Using Inside Tracker (29:22) - Chronological vs. biological age (44:42) - How Levels will help make longevity research more equitable (48:19) - Research is evolving quickly (55:26) - The role of biomarkers (59:42) - The impact of COVID Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/IpekArG0j14 Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
1/3/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 55 seconds
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#57 - Building & Scaling Remote Teams (Sam Corcos & Darren Murph)

Sam Corcos, CEO of Levels, sat down with Darren Murph, Head of Remote at GitLab Inc. to discuss their take on building and scaling remote teams. (04:14) - Starting fresh as a remote company (05:54) - The importance of company culture (08:20) - Creating a reboarding process (10:09) - Rethinking the exit interview (13:06) - GitLabs' two-part definition of culture (23:44) - The idea of forcing functions (40:06) - Teach employees to find answers (51:25) -  Use a resilient documentation structure (55:03) - Working around remote work limitations (57:17) - COVID will accelerate a shift to remote Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/yolepNbNDus Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
12/30/202158 minutes, 9 seconds
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#56 - Autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis, holistic protocols, & metabolic health | Dr. Terry Wahls & Dr. Casey Means

Can a holistic protocol address the root cause of autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS)? We explore how metabolic health is tightly linked to autoimmune diseases and how understanding blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity is key. Dr. Terry Wahls developed The Wahls Protocol, which helped Dr. Wahls reverse her disease process and helped her get back on her feet. The Wahls Protocol is one of the most influential lifestyle programs that help people address their autoimmune diseases. Look for multiple new shows per week on A Whole New Level, where we have in-depth conversations about metabolic health and how the Levels startup team builds a wellness movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙 What Dr. Terry Wahls and Dr. Casey Means discuss: (03:46) - A new framework for thinking about autoimmune disease (06:52) - A supplement cocktail (13:27) - The creation of health (15:56) - Humans are metabolically complex (17:50) What is mitochondrial dysfunction? (28:46) - The connection between type-1 diabetes and mitochondrial dysfunction (37:30) - Addressing the root cause of autoimmune issues (43:35) - How to support mitochondrial health (45:01) - Improving metabolic health can improve autoimmune disease 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levels.link/joinstudy Watch the conversation: https://youtube.com/watch?v=fgoBKwGUwfc Review the show notes: https://levelshealth.com/podcasts/the-relationship-between-autoimmune-disease-and-metabolic-health-dr-terry-wahls-dr-casey-means Defying All Odds movie: http://defyingalloddsmovie.com A one-page summary of the Dr. Wahls diet: https://terrywahls.com/diet A one-page summary of Dr. Wahls’ 5-step process: https://terrywahls.com/betterhealth/ Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 Connect with Casey on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Casey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/drcaseyskitchen Connect with Terry on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drterrywahls Connect with Terry on Twitter: https://twitter.com/terrywahls
12/27/202147 minutes, 9 seconds
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#55 - Traveling the world & becoming a software engineer (Ben Grynol & Stephanie Coates)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with our Software Engineer, Stephanie Coates, to chat about her journeys around the world as a digital nomad, what she learned about travel and life along the way and how it all brought her to Levels. (04:11) - Becoming a Software Engineer (10:22) - The hobby-career conundrum (19:07) - An analogy about making up your mind (30:33) - The nomad lifestyle (32:35) - The value of consistency and routine (38:27) - Materialism in the context of Experientialism (49:36) - Appreciating the finite (55:38) - Settling in at Levels (57:05) - Seeking opportunity for growth Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
12/23/20211 hour, 1 minute, 33 seconds
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#54 - Equity at startups – what does it all mean? (Zac Henderson & Michael Mizrahi)

Levels Head of Operations, Michael Mizrahi, and Head of Legal, Zac Henderson, sat down to discuss all the technical intricacies of equity including what it is, how it works and the value behind it.  (04:43) - What is equity ownership? (05:51) - How public companies are valued and owned (08:20) - Private companies have disclosure requirements (10:39) -  The vesting process (14:44) - The two types of stock options (20:26) - The advantages of ISOs (33:18) - How companies use crowdfunding (38:10) - Fair market value (46:03)-  The role of pro-rata Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
12/20/202149 minutes, 54 seconds
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#53 - The importance of mental health and avoiding burnout at startups (Alex Lieberman & Sam Corcos)

Levels CEO, Sam Corcos, sat down with Alex Lieberman, Executive Chairman of Morning Brew, to discuss the importance of mental health in the workplace, especially in a startup remote environment. They also cover common issues like burnout, imposter syndrome and how these can affect productivity. (05:25) - Doing smart work (08:10) - The effect of shifting to remote work (21:47) - Three different types of learners (32:24) - Be productive on your own (35:22) - Why do people feel burnout? (38:35) - Other people can also do your work (46:54) - Giving feedback (51:06) - Tackling problems before they grow (54:07) - Knowing what’s the best content Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
12/16/202155 minutes, 56 seconds
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#52 - What is a Directly Responsible Individual? (Ben Grynol & Scott Klein)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with Head of Product, Scott Klein, to discuss our approach to the Directly Responsible Individual (DRI) process here at Levels. Learn what a DRI is, what the process entails, and why it's crucial to have in a remote and async environment. (3:06) - Ensuring projects get shipped (5:58) - DRIs can delegate (9:53) - Project management is a skill (13:08) - How much power should DRIs have? (15:34) - When projects snowball (18:45) - Budget extra time for projects (31:37) - When to break one project into multiple parts (45:17) - DRIs don't need to know everything (48:07) - Let DRIs shine Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
12/13/202150 minutes, 56 seconds
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#51 - The science of breathwork (Emily Hunter & Mike Haney)

Levels' Head of Content, Mike Haney, sat down down with Emily Hunter, Registered Dietitian, Co-Founder and Head of Product of Othership: Breathing App (formerly known as Inward Breathwork). The app allows you to explore the ins and outs of your breath with guiding breathwork sessions to connect the body, brain, self, and other. Emily discusses the health benefits of breathing exercises as well as Othership's approach to breathwork. (4:56) - Emily's introduction to breathwork (9:49) - Breathwork vs. meditation (12:00) - The benefit of deep, guided breathing (15:30) - Upregulated breathwork (Wim Hof) (18:37) - The link between breathwork and anxiety (21:02) - Breathwork and insulin resistance (22:20) - The long-term impact of breathwork (27:20) - The Buteyko Method (28:16) - Downregulated breathwork (31:40) - Getting started with breathwork Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
12/9/202140 minutes, 8 seconds
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#50 - Changing the economics of an industry (Austen Allred & Ben Grynol)

Levels' Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with Austen Allred, CEO of Bloom Institute of Technology, formerly Lambda School, to discuss his approach to career-focused and lower-risk education and how it leads to rewarding jobs. (9:38) - The early days of Lambda School (11:27) - Democratizing the Silicon Valley experience (12:24) - The shortcomings of in-person bootcamps (13:55) - Why class size doesn't matter (15:07) - The value of adaptive education (21:15) - Customization at scale is the next frontier (24:19) - Adaptive education software (26:48) - The norm is suboptimal (33:36) - The value of scaled help (41:57) - The biggest challenge for Lambda (45:12) - Extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation Timestamps & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
12/6/202159 minutes, 15 seconds
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#49 - Solving synchronicity with asynchronous communication (Sam Corcos, Andrew Conner & Scott Klein)

Levels CEO, Sam Corcos, sat down with Head of Product, Scott Klein, and Head of Engineering, Andrew Conner, to discuss the complexities and best approaches to asynchronous communication. (8:28) - Solving the puzzle of effective communication (11:31) - The need for instant communication is rare (12:58) - Setting guidelines for communication tools (16:28) - Fighting the pull of synchronicity (20:13) - Deprogramming new employees (21:56) - Battling compulsive behaviors (25:33) - Don't introduce friction (31:30) - Leave opportunity for time-sensitive updates (32:49) - The problem of channels and forums (49:20) - Employee bonding is important Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
12/3/20211 hour, 37 seconds
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#48 - Metabolism Mentor (Austin McGuffie & Tom Griffin)

Levels Head of Partnerships, Tom Griffin, sat down with content creator, Austin McGuffie AKA Metabolism Mentor, to discuss his journey with metabolic health and how to communicate complex ideas. (9:49) - An introduction to insulin resistance (16:15) - You can't have health without proper nutrition (17:46) - Skinny does not equal healthy (19:12) - Make content easy to understand (21:20) - A sense of humor always helps (24:31) - The pressure to be perfect (34:11) - The power of food modification (40:16) - Meet people where they are (44:56) - How to raise healthy kids (50:16) - Remove the ego from nutrition Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
12/1/202153 minutes, 41 seconds
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#47 - Surprising symptoms & diseases tied to insulin resistance & metabolism (Ben Bikman & Casey Means)

Many diseases traditionally associated with aging have a metabolic root cause, including seemingly-unrelated conditions like tinnitus and gallbladder stones. But with a metabolic origin (specifically with insulin resistance), there can be a metabolic solution. Blood glucose levels and insulin are tied to many more chronic diseases than just Type 2 Diabetes.   Ben Bikman, PhD, the doctor at the forefront of research and thought leadership on insulin resistance, digs deep in this video with Levels’ Chief Medical Officer and co-founder Dr. Casey Means to uncover the connection between metabolic health and surprising disorders that surface as a result of insulin resistance. (8:49) - Declining health is not inevitable (10:15) - The link between insulin resistance and tinnitus (13:39) - We look at health through the lens of disease (22:53) - Insulin resistance and the gallbladder (28:32) - The appearance of fatty liver disease (31:34) - Ways to clear the liver of fat (35:00) - How fat tissue develops (36:51) - How fat cells become insulin resistant (46:21) - The power of a CGM (48:36) - What is a healthy glucose level? LINKS:   How hearing loss relates to metabolic health | Blog post: https://www.levelshealth.com/blog/how-hearing-loss-relates-to-metabolic-health Why too many focus on glucose, but not insulin | Blog post: https://www.levelshealth.com/blog/why-too-many-focus-on-glucose-but-not-insulin Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/szGl8F1zl6I Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
11/29/202157 minutes, 49 seconds
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#46 - Running a playbook for international expansion (Andy Schabelman & Ben Grynol)

Levels' Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, and Andy Schabelman, one of the first 30 employees at Airbnb who led their international expansion initiatives, sat down to discuss the nuances and complexities of scaling companies in new markets. (3:11) - The grassroots growth of Airbnb (4:45) - Looking beyond transactional growth (10:08) - Tailing product to different cultures (11:59) - Go beyond localization (15:23) - Two methods of international growth (18:14) - Different countries need a unique order of operations (21:17) - Embrace a period of exploration (30:23) - Keep an open mind (32:07) - Learn from user behavior Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
11/26/202135 minutes, 10 seconds
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#45 - How to read a nutrition paper (Matt Laye & Mike Haney)

Mike Haney, Head of Content at Levels, sat down with Dr. Matt Laye, to discuss Matt's approach to deconstructing research based articles and what it means to actually digest a scientific based article.  (8:19) - The importance of scientific literacy (11:29) - Determine the relevance of a study (13:00) - Identify the question the study is exploring (16:25) - Consider if the study is blind (19:17) - Controlled versus observational studies (22:21) - Take questionnaire data with a grain of salt (28:43) - Consider funding sources (34:21) - Take biases into account (47:34) - The meaning of statistical significance (54:17) - Studies provide a starting point for individual experimentation Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
11/24/202156 minutes, 50 seconds
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#44 - Creating engagement in a world of ever changing attention (Ali Spagnola & Ben Grynol)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with long-time Levels friend and content creator, Ali Spagnola, to discuss how she strikes a balance with her content in order to serve the ever-changing audiences and algorithms of social media. (05:58) - What do you do when no diet works? (10:58) - The breakthrough moment with Levels (14:27) - Curating a list of 30 foods (18:39) - There's no recipe for health (24:52) - Let food take a backseat (27:34) - The freedom of food pairing (41:05) - Levels is (almost) a silver bullet (45:14) - Levels can teach something to everyone Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
11/22/202150 minutes, 20 seconds
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#43 - One CEO's 81 pound weight loss using a Levels CGM (Betsy McLaughlin & Casey Means)

For 40 years, Betsy McLaughlin (former CEO of Hot Topic) worked out consistently and tried several diets—even bespoke nutrition programs—to change her metabolism and lose weight, but nothing worked. It all clicked when Betsy’s life coach and trainer introduced her to wearing a CGM through Levels. In this clip, Betsy shares her inspiring health journey and how Levels helped her understand what to eat and when to eat in order to optimize her metabolic health and see big changes quickly. Blog post: https://www.levelshealth.com/blog/how-betsy-mclaughlin-changed-her-diet-and-lost-81-pounds-through-glucose-monitoring Transcript & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Connect with us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/levels  Connect with us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/levels
11/18/202152 minutes, 57 seconds
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#42 - Why remote and async teams should use Loom (Vinay Hiremath & Sam Corcos)

Levels CEO, Sam Corcos, sat down with Vinay Hiremath, CEO of Loom, to discuss their outlook on remote and asynchronous communication and how Loom will benefit everyone in the workplace. (07:51) - Meetings have an emotional appeal (09:30) - Tag people in (10:59) - Video is affective and temporal (23:33) - Assume positive intent (27:32) - Find creative ways to scale (33:14) - Make information discoverable (37:29) - Perfect is the enemy of done (59:21) - Overwriting the role of writing Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
11/17/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 46 seconds
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#41 - The role of design in behavior change (Alan McLean & Ben Grynol)

Levels Head of Growth, Ben Grynol, sat down with Alan McLean, Head of Design at Levels, to discuss Alan's design philosophy, his approach to re-designing the Levels app, as well as his past experience with The New York Times, Fitbit and Google. (07:27) - The importance of design for health products (09:40) - Generalists vs. specialists (10:19) - The value of technical expertise (12:33) - The value of constraints (19:00) - The print/digital divide (21:26) - Expectations are high for productivity tools (23:52) - Seek out magic moments (26:39) - Consider user context (28:55) - Focus on positive reinforcement (31:26) - Personalization is not a hack Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
11/15/202148 minutes, 17 seconds
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#40 - Stay off my operating table (Philip Ovadia & Casey Means)

Levels' Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Casey Means, sat down with Dr. Philip Ovadia to discuss the key factors that lead to poor metabolic health. As well, they discussed their views on how to solve the metabolic crisis, and Dr. Ovadia's new book, "Stay Off My Operating Table." (04:42) - Medicine will not fix metabolic health (14:32) - The benefit of continuous glucose monitors (17:14) - Why are CGMs not in hospitals? (20:49) - Eat whole foods (23:53) - It's time to talk about what we eat (26:01) -Take one step at a time (28:03) - Substitute, don't eliminate (30:29) - Read your food labels (51:19) - Don't rely on exercise alone (01:00:34) - Pay attention to the metrics of metabolic health Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
11/11/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 22 seconds
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#39 - The Levels cultural handbook (Sam Corcos & Josh Clemente)

Sam Corcos, CEO of Levels, and Josh Clemente, Founder of Levels, sat down to discuss their outlook on a cultural handbook which was created by Miz, Head of Operations at Levels. The handbook dives into the values at Levels, and how to effectively build culture in an asynchronous and remote team. (05:51) - Avoid paternalistic rules (08:22) - Companies must create structure from chaos (11:19) - Foster a productive environment (18:57) - Make decisions for the good of the organization (28:02) - Leave personal lives in the control of employees (31:59) - The definition of project debt (37:24) - Maintain a tolerance for risk (39:27) - Don't Be a Blocker (48:57) - The role of constructive criticism (59:53) - Take action instead of complaining Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
11/9/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 56 seconds
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#38 - Mainstream media vs. the creator economy (Ben Grynol, Mike Haney & Tom Griffin)

There is a major shift happening with traditional, mainstream media and the creator economy.  Levels team members, Mike Haney, Head of Content, Tom Griffin, Head of Partnerships, and Ben Grynol, Head of Growth, sat down and discussed the current overlap and benefits with each of these channels and how Levels can engage better with the audiences they want to reach.  (06:24) - Traditional media confers legitimacy (10:23) - Use first principles to make decisions (12:00) - Consider reach over time (15:27) - Different channels have different audiences (23:08) - The allure of an exclusive story (32:18) - The value of eyes on a headline (33:57) - Use coverage to attract talent (37:01) - More awareness is always better (41:06) - Mainstream attention has compound effects (44:25) - Content is a long game Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
11/8/202148 minutes, 55 seconds
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#37 - From school to startup (Braden McCarthy & Ben Grynol)

Many times, when people go through post-secondary school, they aren't aware of what career they want to pursue upon graduating. For Braden McCarthy – part of the Operations team at Levels – he went straight from school to startup and took a non-traditional career path. In doing so, Braden has been provided with immense learning opportunities as part of a fast moving team and early-stage tech company. (06:49) - Find an opportunity that resonates (08:35) - Don't rush into a job blindly (09:20) - Take the career path less trodden (11:22) - Battle imposter syndrome & add value (14:48) - Develop new skills quickly (17:58) - The forcing function of asynchronous work (20:46) - Everybody starts at square one (23:19) - Build your trust "battery" (25:42) - Customer support is under-rated (34:29) - Don't wait for a job posting to apply Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
11/4/202142 minutes, 43 seconds
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#36 - Building community, tribalism, and the principle of People Like Us Do Things Like This (Seth Godin & Ben Grynol)

When building a community, there's one principle which lays the foundation for every community and culture around the world – People Like Us Do Things Like This. It's a sense of tribalism, and a concept that Seth Godin, a global thought leader, brought to the world more than 10 years ago. Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker. In addition to launching one of the most popular blogs in the world, he has written 20 best-selling books, including The Dip, Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes, and This is Marketing – which was an instant bestseller in numerous countries around the world. Though renowned for his writing and speaking, Seth also founded two companies, Squidoo and Yoyodyne (acquired by Yahoo!). In 2013, Seth was inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame and, in 2018, was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame.  In this episode, Seth and Ben Grynol, Head of Growth at Levels, talked about marketing, community, and what it was like to grow up in Buffalo, New York. (00:06) - People like us do things like this (04:21) - There isn't one Buffalo (08:32) - The rise of the interview podcast (10:45) - Professionals are expected to embrace consistency over authenticity (14:05) - New media is exciting because it's always changing (16:33) - Following the path to find the dynamics of the medium (18:18) - How do ads create value? (23:42) - Defining the culture to drive action (26:18) - Respecting people who like loud music (29:34) - How do you build community? (40:52) - Building a new path for learning Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/bim08ixEYtc LINKS SETH GODIN Seth's Blog – seths.blog Akimbo Podcast – akimbo.link Seth's Website – sethgodin.com LEVELS Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
11/1/202146 minutes, 35 seconds
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#35 – Building our Engineering Team (Michael Mizrahi & Andrew Conner)

Oftentimes, in hiring processes, companies have a sense of leverage over prospective candidates. However, with Levels, this isn't the path that we take – we don't want to sell candidates, and we don't want candidates to sell us. When bringing new team members onboard, the process is transparent. We don't trick people with challenges: "Here's a hard question, go and solve it." Rather, we give people the opportunity to document things, find areas where they can offer insight into what we're doing, and pick things apart. In this episode, Michael Mizrahi, Head of Operations, and Andrew Conner, Head of Engineering and one of the Co-Founders of Levels, sat down and talked about the process of building our team and onboarding new team members. (00:06) - People like us do things like this (04:21) - There isn't one Buffalo (08:32) - The rise of the interview podcast (10:45) - Professionals are expected to embrace consistency over authenticity (14:05) - New media is exciting because it's always changing (16:33) - Following the path to find the dynamics of the medium (18:18) - How do ads create value? (23:42) - Defining the culture to drive action (26:18) - Respecting people who like loud music (29:34) - How do you build community? (40:52) - Building a new path for learning Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
10/28/202135 minutes, 44 seconds
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#34 – Growth experiments & playbooks (Wiz Abdulla & Ben Grynol)

Growth at an early-stage startup involves running series of experiments to learn about a hypothesis. Growth is not based a specific playbook, or a prescriptive plan that people can transfer from one company to the next. Rather, growth experiments are based on an amalgamation of insights from differing areas of a business, and even within the world. Wiz Abdulla, an investor in Levels, understands growth experiments at their foundation. Often, he has portfolio companies reach out to him for help about ways in which they can start ramping up growth within their companies. So, what better way to give people insight about Levels' "book of plays" than to have a conversation about the way that we think about growth experiments. (01:16) - There is no one size fits all growth playbook (06:32) - The dangers of following a prescriptive playbook (09:00) - The 3 principles of growth (13:14) - The 4 pillars of growth at Levels (20:57) - How to think about growth investments (24:22) - Acquiring more customers might not be the answer (26:21) - How can you get creative like Casey Neistat (32:57) - How the Levels Culture project came about (38 :49) - Launching the Coke Challenge experiment (39:49) - Iterating on experiments to unlock new growth (43:54) - The importance of being data informed vs data driven Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
10/25/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 58 seconds
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#33 – Inbox zero & time management (Sam Corcos, Casey Means & Ben Grynol)

Inbox zero – it's taken the email world by storm and has been popularized by startups, like Superhuman. But, everyone seems to have their own process for managing emails and prioritizing tasks. Sometimes, this is due to the vertical or industry that a person works within. Other times, it's because entire companies have specific ways of approaching work. For the Levels team, we value three factors deeply when it comes to communication: Discussing initiatives asynchronously Documenting projects thoroughly Closing the loop voraciously (03:26) - Why Sam is a proponent of inbox zero (04:25) - Reducing anxiety through inbox zero (06:00) - Transitioning from the medical field to a fast paced startup (09:12) - Transitioning to a new process for task management (11:31) - The impact of closing the loop (13:47) - How to force constraints on what you can accomplish every day (16:33) - Ben's biggest learnings from calendaring (20:09) - Working in Threads and a need for reminders (22:59)  -Learning specific skills for inbox management (25:51) - Superhuman as a tool for flow state (28:42) - The role of leadership: removing blockers from others (32:25) - Being clear on who has the ball (35:38) - Increasing visibility for deadlines in remote teams (45:00) - Adapting to moving into a leadership role (57:09) - Recommendations for better communication Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
10/21/20211 hour, 11 seconds
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#32 – Personal Socrates (Marc Champagne & Mike Haney)

Marc Champagne started out his career in the corporate world. After a decade of working in roles across sales, analytics, and product management, he took a leap and started a company – KYO – a journalling app, which ended up reaching nearly 87M people. Eventually, the company shut down and Marc was left thinking about what he wanted from his life. After an introspective period of asking himself questions, he decided to become a Mental Fitness Strategist, which led him down the path of becoming a podcaster (Behind the Human), and author (Personal Socrates). (09:06) - If everyone is trained the same, how can you stand out? (12:47) - Escaping the autopilot of entering higher education (16:22) - The birth of KYO with a clickable PDF (20:22) - The emotional toll of sunsetting KYO (25:19) - Finding a way back (26:44) - Pausing the loop by one small step at a time (30:14) - Why write a book when there are so many digital options (43:58) - Increasing self awareness to avoid negative choices Transcripts & Show Notes Marc Champagne – behindthehuman.com Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
10/18/202155 minutes, 10 seconds
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#31 – The future of hardware for continuous glucose monitoring (Josh Clemente & Ben Grynol)

As a company focused on metabolic health and continuous glucose monitoring, it's important for Levels to be on the forefront of technology. For our team, it means that we must understand what's possible – today and in the future. And, there's no one better to talk to about the subject than Josh Clemente – Co-founder of Levels. Josh is a Mechanical Engineer by training, and spent many years at SpaceX putting rockets into the air. He has an innate connection to engineering, manufacturing and technology, so diving deep into conversations about hardware comes naturally. (13:37) - Adding value by layering technology (16:24) - Adapting a therapeutic device to measure glucose in everyday life (18:57) - The importance of a device that can handle movement (20:43) - The potential for measuring multiple factors of metabolic health (23:43) - Should you measure interstitial or arterial glucose (27:20) - The rise of Aptamers (28:36) - The benefits of Aptamers over existing monitoring technology (32:16) - The downsides of any invasive monitoring device (49:22) - Building a platform on a noninvasive sensor is kind of like unlimited nuclear fusion Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
10/14/202152 minutes, 12 seconds
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#30 – Who let Colonel Mustard into the mansion? (Dr. Robert Lustig & Dr. Casey Means)

In September of 2021, Dr. Robert Lustig participated in a Book Club with the Levels Community, where he discussed his latest book – Metabolical. For the session, Dr. Casey Means, Co-founder & Chief Medical Officer of Levels hosted an interview with Dr. Lustig, which was then followed by a Q&A with the Levels Community. Dr. Lustig is an Advisor to Levels, author of six books, including Fat Chance, Hacking of the American Mind, and Metabolical. Additionally, he’s Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco. You can find more information about Dr. Lustig’s work at robertlustig.com. (00:06) - We teach Clue not systems biology in medical school (08:24) - Challenging the status quo with science to make progress (11:53) - Public health crisis are leaving the medical profession damaged (14:11) - For science to advance new ideas must be allowed to grow (21:14) - Working upstream vs downstream to solve problems (26:01) - The system that promotes processed foods has to change (30:34) - Processed fuel or poison? Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
10/11/202133 minutes, 21 seconds
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#29 – Mental models and heuristics – shortcuts to be more productive (Sam Corcos & Ben Grynol)

Mental models allow us to take shortcuts when makings decisions. The heuristics that create the foundation of mental models can be stacked on top of each other to form new mental models, when solving problems. Some mental models are quick and easy – others are more complex. For Sam Corcos, co-founder and CEO of Levels, it's no surprise that he has many mental models – for pretty much every situation in life and business. (00:06) - Helping people to build defensibility vs a moat (03:54) - Mental models for prioritization (06:48) - Seeing the forest for the trees (10:22) - The innovators dilemma for successful companies (16:04) - How much data is too much data (22:31) - Build your startup like the Mongols built their empire (25:10) - Killing ideas might be hard but essential (41:38) - Speed wins in startups (43:18) - Focusing on input metrics helps provide leading indicators (45:59) - The difference between one and two way doors (53:21) - Designing for loud failures (01:03:13) - Focusing on your core competencies Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
10/7/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 29 seconds
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#28 – Ecosystems & platforms – a deep dive into tech (David Rosenthal & Ben Grynol)

When most companies start, they are single-threaded companies. More specifically, companies start with one product or revenue stream and evolve. Amazon is a great example of a company that has built an ecosystem. The company started as an e-commerce site for selling books, and now has a number of inter-related businesses that make up the entire Amazon ecosystem. Netflix is an example of a company that started as a single-threaded company and has, for the most part, remained that way since its inception. As we build Levels, we often think about the way that our company will evolve – will it be an ecosystem for health, or will we remain focused on monitoring glucose? In this episode, David Rosenthal, (VC and Host of Acquired Podcast), dives deep into what it takes to build an ecosystem around a company. LINKS Listen to the Acquired Podcast Join the Acquired Slack Community David Rosenthal on Twitter Ben Gilbert on Twitter (07:31) - Why you can't model the stock market (12:35) - Why you don't want to be 23andMe (13:29) - The importance of optionality in marketplaces (15:34) - The evolution of eBay as an ecosystem (25:47) - The dangers of platform risk (36:39) - Can you start out building a platform (46:54) - To go enterprise or focus on community (01:05:08) - Letting emergent behavior drive platform direction Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
10/4/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 48 seconds
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#27 – Principles of effective communication (Michael Mizrahi & Sam Corcos)

Communication and communication platforms – specifically in a work setting – can lead to increased productivity, or can unfold as a distraction mechanism for urgency. Unfortunately, for most companies, the latter is often true. In a world of constant connection and notifications, the expectation around professional communication is often positioned as "the faster, the better". However, is it the platforms or the way in which teams use specific platforms which encourages and enables this behaviour to take place? The entire Levels team values deep work and asynchronous communication, and we're constantly trying to get better at it as we scale our team. Sam Corcos, co-founder and CEO of Levels, and Miz (Michael Mizrahi), Head of Operations, spent time thinking about platforms that would encourage a healthy communication cadence, and productive communication etiquette for our team. (03:29) - Modern communication tools are designed to be addictive (04:06) - Traditional communication tools often lead to burnout (10:31) - Avoiding a culture of shoulder taps (10:50) - Not all text based communication is equally asynchronous (12:28) - Using tools to wean the body off notification dopamine (13:30) - Communication systems should be needs based (15:18) - Setting clear expectations for response times (23:33) - Why we banned Slack (28:01) - Switching tools in search of a better way (44:40) - How the future workforce will communicate Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
9/30/202148 minutes, 52 seconds
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#26 – Nutrition & Kids – A parent's perspective (Kelly LeVeque & Ben Grynol)

For parents, feeding kids a balanced diet can feel like an uphill battle. People are surrounded by fast, convenient and highly processed food items, which can make the idea of 'meal time' easier to get through. But, these short-term choices can have long term health implications – especially for children. When kids are provided with the right foundation for the way to think about food and the choices in front of them, it can be easier to start them down the right path at an early age. Kelly LeVeque – nutritionist, author, podcaster, and an investor in Levels – takes the time to set a healthy foundation for her children. And, by 'controlling the controllable' – what she chooses to expose them to – getting her kids to eat a balanced diet is part of their routine. For more info about Kelly, her content and her courses, check out: https://kellyleveque.com/ (06:51) - Start by controlling what you can (11:17) - Set boundaries for your children's diet (13:15) - Don't hold back from adult conversations (14:30) - Practice delayed gratification (19:49) - Aim for a well-rounded food day (25:48) - You can still be a fun mom without sugar (34:03) - Rethink sandwiches as a staple (39:31) - Don't fall for marketing tactics (47:02) - Teach kids what healthy looks and feel like Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/G-mt2OqjDVE Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
9/27/202150 minutes, 23 seconds
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#25 – Understanding predictive markers of metabolic dysfunction (Dr. Sara Gottfried & Dr. Casey Means)

Dr. Sara Gottfried – a pioneer in health, research, and education – has seen more than 25,000 patients over the past two decades. She's a physician scientist, who graduated from Harvard Medical School and MIT, and completed her Residency at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Gottfried is the Director of Precision Medicine at The Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, at Thomas Jefferson University, where she specializes in identifying the underlying causes of her patient's conditions to achieve lasting health transformation, not just symptom management. Dr. Gottfried has published five books, including multiple New York Times bestsellers, such as The Hormone Cure, The Hormone Reset Diet, and Younger. Her latest book has just been published, Women Food and Hormones. In this episode, Dr. Casey Means, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Levels, and Dr. Gottfried covered a number of topics from her new book. LINKS New insights from continuous glucose monitoring into the route to diabetes Proposed guidelines to evaluate scientific validity and evidence for genotype-based dietary advice Michael Snyder Marcus Institute of Integrative Health Sara Gottfried (04:11) - The vital role of metabolism (08:15) - Metabolic data should be democratized (11:12) - Women and the keto diet (12:50) - Women are considered "too complicated" (18:38) - Every person needs a unique diet (22:40) - Diet shouldn't be like politics (26:53) - The ideal fasting length (33:22) - The role of testosterone (40:02) - Physicians should not be gatekeepers to health (01:02:40) - The relationship between genes and our environment Transcripts & Show Notes Watch the Video – https://youtu.be/QZUpJCNOpfY Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
9/23/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 11 seconds
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#24 – Perseverance, grit & performance (Mike Barwis & Ben Grynol)

Mike Barwis has spent more than 30 years training professional athletes to be their best. But, it's not just physical performance that Mike focuses on during training sessions. Rather, he believes that mindset is where it all starts, and many of Mike's lessons about performance can be extrapolated from sports to startups. (00:58) - Mindset lets you do extraordinary things (04:47) - Your mindset shapes your reality (06:06) - You can’t do common things and expect uncommon results (07:07) - Being relentless increases your opportunity (09:00) - Get comfortable being uncomfortable (13:51) - There are no loses unless you lose with ego (21:59) - Deserve is a very dangerous word. (22:51) - You can only control 2 things in life (30:25) - A great mindset in elite sports is a great mindset for life (32:03) - Losing is learning (40:04) - Greatness is going beyond yourself to lift up others (44:40) - Understanding how to serve makes the greatest leaders (47:35) - Simplify problems to their source (49:09) - A simple exercise for focus (53:45) - Focus on how you are different vs the competition Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
9/20/202157 minutes, 15 seconds
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#23 – Mindset & metabolic health (Mike DiDonato & Ben Grynol)

When Mike DiDonato was 19 years old, his father passed away suddenly. This experience changed the way that Mike looked at the world. When faced with adversity, Mike focused on mindset to take his wellbeing into his hands. (02:09) - Mindset shapes world outlook (04:17) - Aligning work with values (07:07) - Tackling adversity with mindset (08:00) - Turning discipline into freedom (11:55) - 4x4x4 (15:07) - Workout changes with Levels (17:31) - Levels impact on holistic performance (23:34) - Training the ability to weather adversity (28:36) - Things you don’t like can make you stronger (36:19) - Empowering education with data (38:00) - It’s not just what you eat but in what context Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
9/13/202140 minutes, 54 seconds
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#22 - Building startup culture from the ground up | Marc Randolph, Co-Founder of Netflix & Sam Corcos

A startup needs to create and establish a company culture in the beginning in order for the team to thrive and grow as the company scales. Understandably, it may seem counterintuitive to focus on intangible things like culture in the early days of a startup, but it’s key. Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph is a standout leader to talk to about this; he helped build Netflix’s culture 20 years ago. To this day, CEOs still reference Marc’s Netflix culture playbook. Listen as Sam Corcos and Marc Randolph discuss the importance of building company culture from the ground up. Levels helps you see how food affects your health, empowering you with the tools needed to achieve health goals and improve healthspan. Levels Members gain access to the Levels app and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), providing real-time feedback on how diet and lifestyle choices impact your metabolic health. Look for multiple new shows per week on Levels - Inside the Company, where we have in-depth conversations about how the Levels startup team builds a movement from the ground up in the health and wellness tech industry. 🎙️ What Marc Randolph & Sam Corcos discuss: (05:08) – What is company culture? (08:31) – Culture comes from emphasizing behaviors (11:34) – How to send the right signals (14:14) – A culture of personal responsibility (18:33) – Treat people like adults (21:35) – You can’t keep people who have bad judgment (24:08) – Scaling amplifies mistakes (40:37) – Explain why you make your decisions (44:00) – Your team is your priority (46:47) – The responsibilities of a manager 🔗 Helpful links: Become a Levels member: https://levelshealth.com Transcript & show notes: https://levelshealth.com/podcasts/building-culture-at-a-startup-with-marc-randolph Learn about metabolic health: https://levelshealth.com/blog Find us on YouTube: https://youtube.com/levelshealth?sub_confirmation=1 📲 Connect: Connect with us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/levels Connect with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/levels Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/levels-health Connect with us on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@levelshealth
9/6/202150 minutes, 9 seconds
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#21 – The Coke Challenge (Josh Clemente, Josh Mohrer & Ben Grynol)

As a society, we're surrounded by many foods that have added sugar and are highly processed. However, when people see data that shows them the implications of consuming these items, they often change their outlook and their willingness to consume these items. As an experiment, we turned to the Levels community and ran an experiment – we were curious to see if exercise would help to mitigate a glucose spike caused by drinking a can of Coke. (03:59) – What is the Coke Challenge? (05:47) – It’s easy to intervene in your diet (13:38) – The value of self-experimentation (16:57) – The threat of abundance (21:01) – Our society is over-fueled (23:08) – People want to know how their body works (30:11) – Get in tune with your body (37:52) – Incentivize people to participate (41:02) – There’s an information disconnect (44:36) – The effects of a large-scale experiment Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
8/30/202148 minutes, 40 seconds
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#20 – Creating a movement through community (Dorothy Kilroy & Ben Grynol)

Dorothy Kilroy, an Advisor to Levels, grew up in a small town in Ireland. As such, Dorothy was exposed to a tightly knit group of friends and acquaintances, which influenced her outlook on community greatly. Now, Dorothy oversees the community at Airbnb, and she has adopted many of these insights about community engagement and applied them at scale. (06:15) – Let people be proactive (09:05) – Unhealthy food is cheap (11:53) – Listen to your consumers (16:15) – Similar goals bring people together (19:17) – The power of community (21:28) – Digital communication connects people (23:10) – People need each other (27:59) – Community is made up of shared values (35:15) – Community should enhance the user experience (40:56) – Health is unique for each individual Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
8/23/202143 minutes, 3 seconds
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#19 – Pursuing podcasts, affiliates & influencers (Tom Griffin & Ben Grynol)

Tom Griffin, Head of Partnerships, is no stranger to running a process. Early in his career, he worked with Andrew Yang at Venture for America. Eventually, he joined Halo Neuroscience, where he focused on Partnerships. At Halo, one of the core strategies for creating awareness about their technology was to run a podcast tour – an initiative where the Halo team appeared on a significant number of podcasts in short period of time. When Tom joined Levels, one of the first initiatives that he undertook was a podcast tour. Luckily, he had the right playbook in his back pocket. (13:58) – Partnerships aren’t always clear-cut (17:180 – Tap your network (26:07) – Be the type of company people want to help (28:43) – Use your network to connect (31:25) – Make it easy for your network to help you (36:43) – Scale up your organic relationships (37:53) – Be intentional with your time (39:39) – Focus only on what’s essential (40:43) – Invest your time strategically (41:14) – Weigh the trade-offs Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
8/16/202143 minutes, 27 seconds
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#18 – Building a content machine – Part 2 (Casey Means & Mike Haney)

Mike Haney, Head of Content, and Casey Means, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Levels, have been driving the Content movement at Levels. Their individual paths and experience with content have formed a strong lens for execution. Haney, (as he’s referred to internally), joined Levels with decades of experience as an Editorial Director. Casey joined Levels as a formally trained Medical Doctor. Together, they produce content from a scientific perspective, and take an editorial approach for distribution. Through this, they’ve established the Levels Blog as one of the most credible sources of content about metabolic health in the world. In Part 2, Casey interviews Haney about his approach to building Content at Levels. (09:21) - What Levels was looking for (10:53) - Journalism as content strategy (14:07) - An intent to educate and inform (20:54) - Documenting the process (27:15) - Establish your core channels before branching out (35:04) - Hire for what you need, not what sounds good (43:20) - Setting up an editorial calendar (47:27) - Document everything for visibility and efficiency (55:39) - A tech company as a media company (01:07:27) - Think about content immediately Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
8/9/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 34 seconds
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#17 – Building a content machine – Part 1 (Casey Means & Mike Haney)

Mike Haney, Head of Content, and Casey Means, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Levels, have been driving the Content movement at Levels. Their individual paths and experience with content have formed a strong lens for execution. Haney, (as he’s referred to internally), joined Levels with decades of experience as an Editorial Director. Casey joined Levels as a formally trained Medical Doctor. Together, they produce content from a scientific perspective, and take an editorial approach for distribution. Through this, they’ve established the Levels Blog as one of the most credible sources of content about metabolic health in the world. In Part 1, Haney interviews Casey about her approach to building Content at Levels. Links Discussed in Episode Head of Content – Role Description Disease Reversal Digest: Issue 4-Summer-2020 (06:05) - From medical humanities to Levels (11:07) - Using content to build trust (14:13) - A literature review on blood glucose (15:52) - Generating traffic (20:01) - Starting with an editorial approach (21:44) - The proof is in the numbers (27:09) - People are spending time reading the articles (31:03) - Creating connection (40:24) - Scaling from a writer to a content manager (57:42) - The future of Levels content Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
8/2/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 20 seconds
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#16 – The path to Levels (Josh Mohrer & Ben Grynol)

Josh Mohrer – JM as he’s known within the Levels team – is a proud New Yorker. Startups have always been a part of his life and, in 2011, he joined one of the fastest growing startups of the past decade – Uber. While at Uber, JM was exposed to scale and speed, where he helped to grow Uber New York from a quaint market to one of the largest markets in the world for Uber. This endeavour gave him exceptional experience in Operations and exposure to regulation, red tape, and the media. Now, JM is taking the lessons he learned at Uber and helping to grow Levels as the Head of Global Operations. (03:32) - Seeking out big opportunities (15:09) - A new approach to weight loss (18:35) - You only live once (20:37) - Poking holes in the once-a-year model for healthcare (24:19) - Focusing on creating value (26:29) - The Global Head of Ops (28:10) - The magic of healthcare technology (29:17) - Considerations for a global launch (36:10) - Understanding how modern diets affect us (38:02) - A failed healthcare system Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
7/26/202142 minutes, 56 seconds
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#15 – History of Product at Levels (David Flinner & Ben Grynol)

David Flinner – Head of Product and one of the co-founders of Levels – spent many years working in Product at Google, where he was exposed to a number of large and challenging problems. While at Google, he noticed that his energy levels were lower than he thought they should be, but he wasn’t sure if it was a byproduct of diet, sleep, stress or exercise. Eventually, he started researching metabolic health and, around the same time, Sam Corcos reached out to him to find out what he was up to. Shortly after their first interaction, David left Google and became a co-founder of Levels. (09:40) - Unpacking the impact of lifestyle choices (11:09) - Solving the access issue (13:11) - Understanding raw data (14:14) - The first orders (15:32) - Bias toward more data (19:01) - Scaling slowly and intentionally (21:20) - Building it one element at a time (25:41) - Solving the next pressing problem (28:49) - Raising awareness of metabolic health (35:27) - Creating a delightful experience Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
7/19/202142 minutes, 9 seconds
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#14 – Founder dynamics (Sam Corcos, Josh Clemente & Ben Grynol)

Josh Clemente, Founder of Levels, and Sam Corcos, CEO and one of the co-founders of Levels, were acquaintances for a number of years before they co-founded the company. After they began working together, they had to evolve their relationship from friends to co-founders. Although this might seem like a seamless transition to make, it took work. As Levels has grown, so too has their friendship and work relationship. (13:03) - Adjusting to lightning speed (14:34) - The role of a CEO in an early-stage startup (21:29) - Processing an emotional conversation (25:48) - The importance of tough feedback (28:14) - Adjusting to remote work (35:54) - A charged 1:1 (38:45) - The inflection point (41:33) - Sam's adjustment to being CEO (43:06) - Handling growing pains (44:43) - Hiring people who are better than you (48:44) - When conflict brings you closer Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
7/12/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 28 seconds
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#13 – Documenting culture (Michael Mizrahi & Ben Grynol)

The evolution of culture at startups can have different paths. For in-person teams, culture may be developed through the daily, in-person interactions and water cooler conversations that take place. For remote teams, culture develops in a different way. Regardless of a company’s structure, culture is built upon the foundation of shared values, and the way that those values are lived and communicated across an entire team. In this episode, Miz, Head of Operations, sat down with Ben Grynol, Head of Growth, to discuss ways in which the Levels team can document the culture that is being developed around them. Three videos that surfaced from the project, as of June 2021 are: Levels Culture Documentation Project – 1.0 Levels Culture Documentation Project – 2.0 Levels Culture Documentation Project – Team Shoutouts (04:07) - It’s not what you say, it’s what you do (05:35) - Using policies as guardrails (10:44) - Closing the loop (11:58) - Maintaining focus (13:38) - Keep it simple (16:46) - Default to transparency (20:23) - Adapting to the growing team (28:27) - Capturing the team’s perspective (30:39) - Aligning on shared values (42:03) - Letting policies improve the company from within (50:08) - Showing up with respect Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
7/5/202156 minutes, 51 seconds
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#12 – NPS Unicorn (Mike Haney & Ben Grynol)

As we’ve been building Levels, two factors that we’ve been focused on are Member feedback and Member experience. Internally, we have a goal of building a NPS Unicorn – a company with a NPS score of 90 and above. In this episode, Mike Haney, Head of Content, and Ben Grynol, Head of Growth, sat down to dig into what that means to build an NPS Unicorn and how we’ll work towards this goal as a team. (09:20) - The NPS unicorn club (13:14) - Keep goals aligned with helping people (14:42) - Use customer satisfaction to overcome friction (20:29) - Scale with the customer front of mind (21:53) - Community is valuable (25:19) - Tap into tribalism (28:22) - Create an empowering environment (30:37) - Unlock answers for the customer (34:24) - Other goals may take precedent (39:09) - Keep testing and learning Transcripts & Show Notes Medium Post Building an NPS Unicorn: How We Plan to Impact 1 Billion People Through Member Experience Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
6/28/202141 minutes, 6 seconds
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#11 – One billion data points (Andrew Conner & Ben Grynol)

Andrew Conner, co-founder and Head of Engineering at Levels, spends a lot of time thinking about how the product will scale. In order to scale effectively, the infrastructure for the product will need to scale up quickly. By the time Levels launches to the public, the platform will be processing more than one billion data points per month. (04:01) - Prepare for a billion data points a month (06:32) - Be nimble (11:15) - Personalization is the core of Levels (13:00) - Why context is important (16:13) - There is no such thing as an average body (18:36) - Teach people what levers they can pull (21:27) - Create the right incentives (26:06) - Make health data accessible (34:37) - Create accountability in the food system (39:01) - Lack of healthy options makes it hard to succeed Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
6/21/202141 minutes, 59 seconds
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#10 – Food for thought (Casey Means & Ben Grynol)

Casey Means, Chief Medical Officer and one of the co-founders of Levels, changed her outlook on food at a young age. When she was 14 years old, she realized that food, and the philosophy behind it, was a deep and intimate relationship that would evolve continuously into her adult years. Her curiosity led her down the path of studying and understanding the biochemistry of the food that she was consuming. Eventually, that curiosity led her to become one of the co-founders of Levels. (06:07) - When Dr. Means took responsibility for her nutrition (07:38) - Food consists of signaling molecules (09:36) - Our genes aren’t our fate (15:27) - Food is tied to gene expression (19:29) - We want fluid cell membranes (22:59) - Think in terms of micronutrients (26:35) - Look at the food source (34:32) - Glucose readouts can tell us a lot (40:55) - Decisions add up over time (47:02) - Find your perfect sleep length Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
6/14/202155 minutes, 37 seconds
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#9 – Swimming upstream (Sam Corcos & Ben Grynol)

In 2013, Sam Corcos, CEO and one of the co-founders of Levels, had a revelation when it came to media consumption. He realized that consuming information which was pushed upon him, specifically the news, wasn't beneficial to the way he used his time or the way he learned about the world. As a result, Sam ended up changing the way that he not only consumed information, but also the way he navigated the world because of it. And, he never looked back. Doing so changed him as a person and, moving forward, he carried this mindset into everything he was involved in building – including Levels. (05:31) - The art of traveling light (10:25) - Give up social media (13:15) - News consumption and the fight-or-flight response (16:54) - Be constantly curious (23:06) - Work through worst-case scenarios (32:08) - Remote work allows for deep work (33:15) - Build a culture of trust (36:24) - Embrace asynchronicity (42:31) - Slack isn’t always the answer (47:59) - COVID accelerated fully remote acceptance Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
6/7/202155 minutes, 36 seconds
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#8 – The raise (Josh Clemente & Ben Grynol)

In early 2020, Sam and Josh started having conversations with Investors about doing a Seed round. As initial conversations picked up, things changed drastically in the world. Between March and July of 2020, the team focused on execution. As they generated traction, they sparked interest from many Investors, which eventually led them to raise a $12M Seed round in the fall. (04:56) - A pause in fundraising (11:26) - Good growing pains (13:48) - Radical transparency in fundraising (16:44) - Juggling VC calls and fulfilling orders (18:38) - Marking the end of fundraising (21:26) - Taking on operations and content (22:41) - A vote of confidence for biowearables (25:33) - The turning point of the raise (29:26) - Fundraising accelerates the iteration time (34:29) - 2021 will be a defining year Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/31/202136 minutes, 10 seconds
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#7 – Trust the process (Josh Clemente & Ben Grynol)

When the team started growing at Levels, Josh felt an innate sense of responsibility. But, it wasn’t bringing on new team members that was top of mind. Rather, he felt pressure to make Levels a success every time a new co-founder joined the team. People were leaving prominent roles and opportunities to come and build a company with a big vision, in highly regulated space. (08:31) - Accelerate progress with a growing team (09:58) - Bring people in from around the world (11:54) - The personal stress of bringing in new people (14:24) - Shared experiences with the product (19:55) - Shine a light on functional medicine (25:31) - Health tech opens the door to better care (28:01) - Test the body when it’s stressed (34:39) - Push back against social pressures (37:20) - There are good foods and bad foods Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/24/202139 minutes, 23 seconds
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#6 – Laying the rails (Josh Clemente & Ben Grynol)

In the fall of 2019, the Levels team continued building the infrastructure needed to move the company into Beta. One of the requirements of being able to distribute CGMs to people was having a network of physicians and a distribution network of cloud-based pharmacies. With enough grit, the team was finally able to get a meeting with Truepill, and this ended up being a catalyst for getting the first orders shipped. (04:07) - Building a foundation of content (05:40) - Bringing Casey on full-time (08:22) - An impromptu pitch in San Francisco (09:38) - Landing Truepill (12:35) - Fulfilling the first orders (13:56) - A very manual onboarding process (15:19) - Tackling the problem of CGM sensors (19:41) - Giving the Levels CGM a futuristic look (21:49) - Magic moments with the first devices (23:18) - Starting to build the product Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/17/202125 minutes, 58 seconds
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#5 – No turning back (Josh Clemente & Ben Grynol)

In the summer of 2019, things started moving forward for Josh & Sam, as the two of them got traction with Levels. The company was no longer called Frontier Biometric, and both investors and friends alike were keeping an eye on what they were working on. It didn't take long before things started moving with velocity. (05:04) - The Levels team finds another founder (10:02) - The surreal feeling of gaining momentum (13:50) - Organizing the greatest minds they knew (16:14) - Digging into the data (17:31) - A weekend full of potential (19:42) - Putting the cart before the horse (22:26) - The pieces fall into place (25:43) - Selling an idea (26:29) - Now we had deliverables (29:51) - A medical professional to challenge the status quo (30:26) - The fifth founder: Dr. Casey Means Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/10/202133 minutes
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#4 – The juice cart (Josh Clemente & Ben Grynol)

In April of 2019, Josh turned 30 and was about to move on from Frontier Biometric. At that point, he had been working on the project for more than a year and had exhausted all channels to get traction. Shortly after his birthday, he got a call from Sam Corcos and they started catching up – the conversation ended up being a catalyst in moving the company forward. (06:07) - Honing the Levels pitch (10:00) - The importance of asking all the right questions (12:47) - Diving into the research (19:42) - The juice cart story (20:38) - Josh’s unexpected blood sugar spike (21:44) - A real-life example of CGM in action (23:00) - Investing in Sam Corcos (25:43) - Forward work (26:21) - Creating a partnership (31:57) - The benefit of complementary areas of expertise (35:23) - How Levels got its name Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
5/3/202142 minutes, 39 seconds
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#3 – The road trip that changed it all (Josh Clemente & Ben Grynol)

By mid-2018, Josh was all in on Maple Biometrics. But, he started to feel disenfranchised by the rejection he faced in bringing Continuous Glucose Monitoring to the mass market. It wasn't until there was a serendipitous encounter on a road trip from Los Angeles to Philadelphia that ended up changing the course of the company. (03:04) - How do you sell to someone who doesn’t know they have a problem? (03:52) - The need for a clear value-add and maximized distribution (05:58) - The decision to focus on non-invasive hardware (09:50) - The road trip that crossed paths with Sam Corcos (13:06) - Trying to partner with a physician organization (14:38) - An eventful 30th birthday Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
4/26/202115 minutes, 40 seconds
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#2 – From selling cars, to building rockets (Josh Clemente & Ben Grynol)

After graduating from college, Josh Clemente, Founder of Levels, found himself selling used cars while he held out for his dream job – an opportunity to work at Tesla. Although Tesla didn't work out, someone suggested that Josh apply to SpaceX and this changed the course of his career. (06:12) - How Josh’s father provided a career role model (09:05) -  Catching attention with a killer capstone project (21:16) - The journey to SpaceX (25:13) - What happens when you take work to the limit (27:04) - Leaving SpaceX to explore new ideas (34:14) - The scientific paper that inspired Josh’s obsession with metabolism (40:34) - Feeling frustration when denied access to a CGM (44:15) - How a CGM provided a lightbulb moment (47:53) - Building out the original business plan Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
4/13/202149 minutes, 2 seconds
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#1 – A Whole New Level: Intro

Welcome to Levels. (00:33) - An MVP approach to making a podcast (01:45) - A rotating cast of characters and experts (02:32) - Topics A Whole New Level will cover Transcripts & Show Notes Become a Levels Member – levelshealth.com Learn about Metabolic Health – levelshealth.com/blog Follow Levels on Social – @Levels on Instagram and Twitter
4/13/20213 minutes, 25 seconds