On his core wellness habits. Not surprisingly, and like many others, I've experimented with different ways to be healthier for most of my life, without stripping out all of the things that make life worth living. In the last year, I’ve adopted time-based intermittent fasting on a 20:4 schedule to try to gain some of the benefits associated with calorie restriction without completely depriving myself.
For strength training, I follow the 5/3/1 method or the conjugate method of training as developed by Westside Barbell. (Side note: there’s a really interesting documentary about Westside Barbell, which originated a lot of the plans used by strength and power athletes. For the sake of full disclosure, the documentary and the training methods are not for the faint of heart). With respect to endurance and cardiovascular training, I am an avid follower of Izumi Tabata and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) methods. Admittedly, I am not the happiest doing intense cardiovascular activity, so I prefer those methods which are short and most efficient.
In addition to Basis, I take 5,000 IUs of vitamin D a day. I am also always searching for new products like Basis — those that can act as interventions in the aging process. In that spirit, I take a series of our pipeline products as we develop, study, and refine them.
On leading with science. When we chose to launch Elysium with a consumer product, we did so knowing that establishing the DNA of the company was critical both to the success of our product Basis and for Elysium as a brand more broadly. Most consumer companies, especially those in the “supplement” space, are effectively ghosts. You can’t identify a single team member, let alone individual members responsible for research, product development, and quality. You can’t find research supporting their products and formulations, and you certainly can’t reach a real human being to answer any of your questions.
For that reason, we knew that the first thing to do was to build a team of the world’s best scientists, internally and as advisors, to identify novel, natural compounds, guide product development, and inform our clinical trials. Second, we wanted to set a new standard for quality and purity for consumer products by establishing a supply chain that exceeded guidelines set by the FDA and was validated by third-parties. Third, we committed to performing clinical trials on our own products, which we think should be standard for every product that people put in or on their bodies.
Often, in the rare case where a consumer-facing company cites clinical trial research, they are leveraging the work of others — and, almost always, the formulation, dosage, and delivery method are entirely different. While something like that would be obvious to any scientist or clinician, it’s a practice that’s clearly meant to mislead consumers into a false sense of security that we refused to perpetuate.
On disconnecting from tech. I'm an always-on kind of person, so can relate to those who have a difficult time disconnecting. This is especially true as a business founder since I feel that remaining connected is always about doing something in service of Elysium. I have found that it requires a significant shift (something incremental unfortunately does not work), so I take at least one solo vacation each year that’s focused on rest, relaxation, and separation.
On the more specific, tech-focused side of things, and in the interest of improving my sleep quality, I make a concerted effort to avoid checking my phone when I’m meant to be sleeping. Until I’m ready to wake up, my phone stays facedown.
On his sleep ritual. I cannot go to sleep without a satisfying dinner, especially given my implementation of a 20:4 fast routine. With my time-restricted eating schedule, I try to stop eating at least 4-5 hours before going to bed but work-related dinners don’t always allow for that. No matter my schedule, I ensure that I have at least an hour to unwind at the end of the day and let my body rest before sleep.
Additionally, I find a daily meditation practice prior to sleep is beneficial for me — I’m much more regimented about following an evening routine than a morning routine, and meditation is a big part of that.
— Eric Marcotulli, CEO & Co-Founder at Elysium Health