Posts Tagged ‘health’

Here is the path to the Fountain of Youth

September 15, 2018

Constant change in both food intake and body stimuli is a key to the Fountain of Youth, I think. Intense, infrequent jolts to the body.

The body adapts shockingly fast. Jolt the body one day and the next day that jolt is far less effective. Everyday must be dramatically different from the last.

Here are the foods and body stimuli that I use to jolt my body.

Foods

  1. Blueberry sauce: get one of those large packages of frozen wild blueberries from Costco (I think it’s got about 10 cups of blueberries in it). Make a simple blueberry sauce with half the package and eat it over the course of a day. So, 5 cups of blueberries are consumed in one day. Wow! What a jolt of energy and mental focus that provides.
  2. Green drinks: get a bunch of greens (spinach, lettuce, arugula, etc.), put them in a blender with a bit of water, and make a green drink. Do this at breakfast, again at lunch, and again at dinner. Plant-based is awesome.
  3. Soup: steam a bunch of carrots, celery, and beets (or some other in-season vegetables) and then pulverize them into a soup. Consume at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  4. Fresh orange juice: squeeze 4 oranges to make a wonderful glass of fresh orange juice. Do this at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  5. 500 calorie day: eat just green salads all day; use fresh lemon and/or balsamic vinegar for seasoning.
  6. Supplements: I used to take supplements every day. What a mistake that was. Now I take a multi, omega 6, and B12 supplement just once a week to jolt my body.
  7. Caffeine: The benefits of caffeine (increased alertness and energy) accrue only on day one. The next day the benefits drop precipitously. So, caffeine (e.g., black tea, green tea, coffee) should be taken infrequently (once a week, or every other week).

Body Stimulus

  1. Donate blood: once a quarter donate blood to the Red Cross. The loss of blood forces the body to generate new blood, which is a massive stimulus to the body.
  2. Cold shower: take a cold shower and/or ice bath. Again, this is a massive stimulus to the body.
  3. Long walks: go for a long walk, at least 1 hour in duration.
  4. Leg exercise: the leg muscles are some of the largest muscles in the body; an intense stimulation of the legs will jolt the entire body (and mind). Among other things, I do a static leg press. I have gotten up to doing a 1700-pound static leg press (strongmen do over 3000 pounds). This is a huge jolt to my entire system.
  5. Stretching and foam rolling: an intense, infrequent session of stretching and foam rolling will jolt the body and mind.
  6. Deadlift: lifting heavy weights is a great stimulus of both the body and mind.

Measure your height first thing in the morning

December 26, 2017

A little known fact is that we are all actually taller first thing in the morning than we are before we go to bed at night. This comes down to our discs. The discs in between each of our vertebrae are packed with very concentrated protein chains that love water. In scientific terms, this means they are “hydrophilic.” When we lie horizontally, the discs fill with fluid and gently push the vertebrae away from one another, lengthening the spine. The reason our backs are often stiff in the morning is that the discs are so full of fluid, like water balloons ready to burst. When we get up in the morning and our spines are once again vertical, the excess fluid in each disc begins to seep out and an hour or two after rising from bed we have returned to our normal heights. This natural ebb and flow is healthy and is what allows the discs to obtain nutrition.

The Back Mechanic, by Stuart McGill, Ph.D.

The length of your telomeres is the key marker for your health and longevity

November 19, 2017

The key marker for health and longevity is the length of your telomeres. A telomere blood test is infinitely more valuable than any other blood test for assessing your health and longevity. If the percentage of critically short telomeres is high, then the likelihood of a serious illness occurring increases exponentially. You can now get your telomeres tested through lifelength.com (https://lifelength.com/). For some fascinating info on telomeres and its relation to health and longevity, see this awesome YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5tQ0z8VbSg

Beliefs are really valuable even if they are wrong

November 13, 2017

The placebo effect has repeatedly demonstrated the power of the mind. If you believe strongly in something, then the mind has the power to make it happen.

If you believe that a vitamin or an exercise will keep you young and healthy, then the mind will make it happen, even if there is no factual basis for the vitamin or exercise having such a health- and age-altering effect.

So, …. Have a good set of positive, strong beliefs!

The key to health, fitness, and intelligence

September 4, 2017

Over the last 10 years I’ve learned that:

  • Eating one super-healthy meal didn’t give me super health
  • Doing one intense workout didn’t turn me into superman
  • Reading one book that forced me to stretch my mind didn’t turn me into an Einstein.

That said, I’ve discovered that:

  • Eating 10,000 super-healthy meals has given me lots of energy, health, and well-being
  • Doing 1,000 intense workouts has given me strength, endurance, and fitness
  • Reading 500 mind-stretching books has expanded my mental capabilities.

I’ve learned that consistency over the long haul is the key to health, fitness, and intelligence.

Sleep more

August 9, 2017

I heard a few days ago that LeBron James slept 12 hours per day during the NBA playoffs.

I remember in grad school my advisor slept 10 hours per day.

Last week I heard a doctor talk about sleep flushing away plaque in the brain, which is essential for preventing Alzheimer’s.

Recently I increased my sleep from 8 hours per night to 8 ½ hours per night. That has been very helpful. I think that I will increase to 9 hours per night (or more).

Credo to regain the strength and health of my hunter-gatherer ancestors

February 19, 2017

Technology changes rapidly but our biology, our bodies change slowly. Our bodies are essentially the same as 10,000 years ago. 10,000 years ago humans were stronger and healthier. I wish to regain the strength and health of my hunter-gatherer ancestors. To do so, I will emulate their conditions:

  1. I will take a cold shower each day to emulate the environmental extremes that my hunter-gatherer ancestors dealt with.
  2. I will fast on water every Sunday to emulate the periods without food that my hunter-gatherer ancestors endured.
  3. I will go barefoot as much as possible and run my feet over lacrosse balls to emulate the lack of footwear of my hunter-gatherer ancestors.
  4. I will walk outdoors for an hour each day to emulate the long distances that my hunter-gatherer ancestors traveled each day.
  5. I will lift heavy weights to emulate the hard work that my hunter-gatherer ancestors performed each day.
  6. I will eat fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and meat to emulate the diet of my hunter-gatherer ancestors.

The three pillars of health – diet, exercise, and environmental training

January 14, 2017

A few extracts from the (excellent) book: What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength by Scott Carney

For at least half a century the conventional wisdom about maintaining good physical health has rested on the twin pillars of diet and exercise. While those are no doubt vital, there’s an equally important, but completely ignored, third pillar – environmental training.

Once you arrive at high altitude, your body automatically produces more red blood cells to compensate for lower oxygen saturation. Move to an oppressively hot environment and your body will sweat out fewer salts over time and produce lower volumes of urine. Heat will also stimulate your cardiovascular system to become more efficient and increase evaporation and cooling. Yet no environmental extreme induces as many changes in human physiology as the cold does.

A plunge into ice-cold water not only triggers a number of processes to warm the body, but also tweaks insulin production, tightens the circulatory system, and heightens mental awareness. A person actually has to get uncomfortable and experience that frigid cold if they want to initiate those systems.

Despite all of our technology, our bodies are just not ready for a world so completely tamed by our desire for comfort. Without stimulation, the responses that were designed to fight environmental challenges don’t always lie dormant. Sometimes they turn inward and wreak havoc on our insides. An entire field of medical research on autoimmune diseases suggests they originate from fundamental disconnect between the outside world and an under stimulated biology.

My journey to consume one gallon of water each day

January 2, 2017

Last November I decided to drink more water. Experts say that you should drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. So for me, I should drink between 8 – 16 cups of water each day. 16 cups = 1 gallon. So I decided to shoot for drinking 16 cups (1 gallon) of water each day. The chart below shows my progress. The worst day was 7 cups, the best day was 14 cups. I learned early on that it’s much easier to consume warm water than cold water, so I warm up each cup that I drink. Lately I have been putting 1 tsp. of baking soda into a cup of water (once or twice daily). I read that that is supposed to be beneficial, although I don’t know how. I still haven’t reached my goal of 16 cups, but I am happy with the progress that I’ve made.

Water Consumption

The health risks of sitting, standing, or treadmilling for long periods

December 19, 2015

We’ve all heard about the perils of sitting for long periods of time. I agree. When I sit for long periods my back hurts and I become stiff. That’s not good.

Many people recommend using a standing desk. I have a standing desk. Standing is a welcome relief from sitting. But after standing for a while I get very stiff. That can’t be good.

Other people recommend walking slowly on a treadmill. I have a treadmill and have done this slow walking. After a month of using the treadmill every day I got deep pains in my hips. I realized that by walking on the treadmill I was working the same set of muscles over and over and over (repetitive stress). Clearly that’s not good.

Sitting for long periods is bad. Standing for long periods is bad. And treadmilling is bad.

What’s the solution? I’ve found the best solution is to change things up frequently: I kneel for 10 minutes, then stand for 10 minutes, then sit for 10 minutes, then get up and walk around for a few minutes. Then repeat.