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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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