Posts Tagged ‘longevity’

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.

Loss of innocence about Yoga

March 29, 2018

When I was a child, I was enchanted by the stories I heard about Yogis. I heard they possessed supernatural powers. I heard they had such control over their bodies that they could live for several hundred years, or more.

Sadly, I’ve come to realize that the stories I heard were more fiction than fact. For their supposed supernatural powers, well, they were never scientifically proven. And as for longevity, the Yogis that I am aware of had surprisingly short lives:

  • Paramahansa Yogananda only lived to 59 years of age
  • Swami Vishnudevananda only lived to 65 years of age
  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi lived to be 90
  • K. S. Iyengar lived to 95
  • Yogi Bhajan lived to 75

That is hardly an impressive longevity list.

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

You can live to 150 while retaining the energy and vitality of a 40 year old

June 12, 2010

Do you have normal blood pressure? If so, do you reckon, “Since my blood pressure is fine, I can pile on the salt.”

Wrong!

Recent research indicates that salt will damage your heart even if it doesn’t raise your blood pressure (BP):

There is also increasing evidence that a high salt intake may have deleterious effects on the cardiovascular system and lead to the development of cardiac and vascular hypertrophy, independently or in addition to its effect on BP [1]

You can live to 150 while retaining the energy and vitality of a 40 year old. Here’s how:

1. Eliminate salt from your diet.

2. Eliminate refined (white) sugar from your diet.

3. Eliminate refined (white) flour from your diet.

4. Eliminate stress from your life.

5. Exercise daily. (very important)

I learned this from Dr. Oz yesterday.

[1] http://ndt.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/22/9/2426