Archive Yearly Archives: 2014

An intermittent sleep fast treats depression

We know that intermittent fasting can have quite a salutary effect on both fat loss and aging. This can be for a number of reasons, but perhaps the main one is that it stresses the organism. It’s

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Happy Hour: Red Wine vs. Vodka

Many scientists have attributed the cardioprotective and life-extending effects of wine to resveratrol. For instance, the so-called “French paradox” purports to explain the fact that the French,

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Fed or fasted workouts?

For a long time I did all my workouts in a fasted state; usually they were in the morning and I didn’t feel terribly hungry, so a cup of coffee sufficed to get me into the gym. I put on 35 pounds

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Curcumin extends lifespan and fights depression

Curcumin extends lifespan and fights depression Curcumin is a fraction of the spice turmeric, comprising up to about 8% of it. Several recent studies have shown that it can extend lifespan in model organisms,

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Why supplements are useful

I’ve noticed that a fair number of people in the paleo/low carb diet community have an aversion to supplements of almost any kind. The subtext behind this seems to be that if you have a decent diet

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Are carbohydrates needed to build muscle?

Lots of bodybuilders, most of them I would say, emphasize the need for a substantial amount of dietary carbohydrates to build muscle. The argument takes one or both of two forms; 1) that you need carbs

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Two Unusual Ways to Raise Testosterone

Keeping testosterone at a decent level as men age can be a challenge. To do this, for starters, one must ensure adequate nutrition; for example, zinc levels are important. Zinc deficiency, which is surprisingly

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The Resistance Training Paradox

In a recent post, Intermittent fasting and the growth-longevity tradeoff, noting the link between growth and aging and how the biochemical sensor mTOR appears to be the nexus between the two, I wrote: What

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Avoid aging with this one weird trick

I’ve written a lot about intermittent fasting and how it is a uniquely healthful practice. One of the main reasons for this is that it enables the process of autophagy to be upregulated. Autophagy,

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Intermittent fasting kicks ass

A new paper just published in Cell Metabolism shows just how effective intermittent fasting is against obesity and metabolic derangement: Time-Restricted Feeding Is a Preventative and Therapeutic Intervention

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Inflammaging, muscle, and sarcopenia

As we get older, our immune systems, like other systems in aging, begin to malfunction. This is such a key component of aging that a term has been coined for it, inflammaging. This condition is characterized

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Pornography Addiction

Pornography as we now know it, that is broadband internet pornography, is a product of the sexual revolution, so it is a relatively recent phenomenon. Its consumption is condemned by a wide swathe of the

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Podcast with Jay Campbell

I recently did a podcast with Jay Campbell of Fabulously Fit Over 40 (FabFitOver40.com), and it is now available online. Jay and his wife Monica are fitness models and competitors and are in incredible

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The starvation hormone increases lifespan

In the last post, I discussed the growth-longevity trade-off in the context of intermittent fasting. In this post, I’ll discuss some further evidence for the connection between growth and lifespan. A

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Intermittent fasting and the growth-longevity tradeoff

An article at the Poliquin group purports to give the pros and cons of intermittent fasting, but it actually consists entirely of cons. There are many arguable “facts” in the article, for

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Biomarkers of aging

Body temperature would seem to have an almost intuitive connection to lifespan. One of the original theories of aging was a metabolic one: the faster an organism burns, the sooner it burns out. Therefore

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Four ways to beat anxiety

Good health is not just about physical health, but about mental health. Usually, good mental health accompanies good physical health; the Romans used to have an expression for this: mens sana in corpore

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Hormesis for health

In the last post I wrote about the process of hormesis for health and how it relates to exercise. As noted in that post, hormesis describes a process that has wide application, namely the placing of a

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