Jan 3, 2019
At the start of a new year, many of us look to make health-focused changes to our habits and routines. Have you ever wanted to improve your health or athletic performance or endurance or resilience? I certainly am no poster-boy for being a great athlete, but I’m pretty satisfied of where I am today and what I’ve been able to do—especially considering from where I started. I think this actually may give me some credibility to speak more so to the proverbial every-man (or woman) to some degree. I was not blessed with uber genes or predestined to anything close to being fit. No, perhaps just the opposite.
This special, non-interview, evidence-based episode is based on a long form, research-filled LinkedIn Influencer post I wrote called “What You Need to Know to have an Optimized Healthspan: Bio-hacking for Beginners” (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-you-need-know-have-optimized-healthspan-beginners-stout/ ) spurred by a dinner conversation I had.
So I wrote this and now made into this special episode.
It is an “Every-Person’s-Guide to a Better Healthspan” with an examination of what’s available, what to look out for and what I’m tinkering with. I hope you find it of use. No laboratory required.
In this special episode you’ll learn about the Half-Life of Facts, how to find out if saturated fat is bad or if high fructose corn syrup worse than sugar, and how much protein do you need every day. I cover personal genomics, what the “daily dozen” is from Dr. Michael Greger’s book "How Not To Die," whether supplements are necessary, your microbiome, workouts, cold temperature benefits as well as heat stress benefits, the role of mindfulness, meditation and gratitude, time restricted eating protocols, heck, even poop-doping! I also discuss how “Sleep is the New Black” and how to get a good night’s rest, as well as geeking out on The Quantified Self, and N of 1 studies, along with a super simple way to jump start things.
We are very complex beings—biologically and psychologically. In managing our lives, we begin at a point in time and we have some options and choices. I simply recommend that we all experiment, that we try things out and on for size. Keep what works, discard what doesn’t. Tweak, iterate, experiment, rinse and repeat. Our bodies and psyches change over time and situations, so we will always need to monitor and course-correct as need be.
I hope this special episode will help you live your life in full.