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Top 5 New Health Benefits of Black Tea Discovered in 2016

  Black tea is the one of the most consumed beverages in the world, second only to water. Beloved in the UK and throughout the former British Empire as the base for the traditional “cuppa”, it’s also the go-to tea here in the USA, especially for iced tea. Somehow green tea gets all the press in terms of health benefits. But black tea has amazing health benefits all it’s own. Here’s a quick summary of some of the most cited studies on the health benefits...

Part 3b of My Longevity Formula - Brain Health

Brain HealthMost of my longevity formula targets physical health. But what about cognitive health? It would not be a happy scenario to arrive in my 90’s with six-pack abs and lack the brain function to enjoy it. As a guy addicted to intellectual pursuits in general, cognitive decline and conditions like Alzheimer’s do concern me. The good news on this front is that the brain is one big physical organ. So, the things we do to improve our health are widely shown to also benefit...

Part 3A of My Longevity Formula - Breathing

In parts 1 and 2 of this series, I focused on diet and exercise. Part 3 is a potpourri of best practices to support longevity and good health. I originally planned to send them all at once but the post ran long so think of this as part 3a. Breathing A friend of mine recently went on a 10-day intensive meditation retreat. On day 5 I figured he could use a laugh. I sent him this text, “Breathe in..breathe out…breathe in…breathe out, forget this and you’ll have bigger problems...

My Personal Longevity Formula - Exercise

Last week I began sharing my personal longevity formula. I started with Diet. Today I’m providing my Exercise plan. From a longevity perspective, there are four key area of focus for exercise, cardiovascular health, strength, balance and flexibility. Taichi and Standing Meditation – I’ve studied taichi and qi-gong for over 30 years. I have the honor of learning from one the few remaining true taichi masters but… since the arrival of our daughter, my morning taichi has been replaced by diaper changes, preparing breakfast and...

Managing Blood Pressure Without Prescription Drugs

Yesterday I talked about the problem of misdiagnosis of high blood pressure. I want to be perfectly clear. Many people do have high blood pressure. It is a serious, even life threatening condition. For some people, prescription medications are the difference between life and death.   THE TREATMENT MAY BE WORSE FOR YOU THAN THE DISEASE But a 2003 study in the UK found that 97% of people taking blood pressure medications suffer one or more serious side effects during their treatment.[1] Think about that...

Super Slow Resistance Training

Today I wrap up my series on exercise with the actual routine that I’m using. My Definition of The Ideal Exercise Routine Let’s recap the key attributes of the routine I was searching for. Increase the metabolic efficiency of my muscles (i.e. the endurance) Increase strength so that I can do more with less effort Reduce percentage of body fat (Of course diet is more important than exercise in this regard.) I want a whole body workout - Research shows that metabolic improvements are muscle...

What is Sequential Recruitment?

This is the last explanatory post in this series on exercise. Next post I’ll share with you the actual routine I’m using. But before I do, I need you to understand one more critical concept. It’s called Sequential Recruitment. This sounds like some kind of military strategy but it’s actual a term used by physiologists to describe the process your body uses to engage muscle fiber in sequence. First, let me put an end to one of the most commonly stated myths in your local...

The Power of Anaerobics!

Aerobics, exercises designed to increase the efficiency of the aerobic stage of muscle metabolism, were introduced by Dr. Kenneth Cooper in the 1960’s. Dr Cooper assumed that the aerobic part of the metabolism was the most important part. I hope from my previous posts you begin to see that Dr. Cooper was wrong in that assumption. Your muscles have a metabolic cycle that is dependent on BOTH aerobic and anaerobic processes. You cannot optimize one without optimizing the other. Most people think that food is...

I Hope I'm Not Bohr-ing You.

In my last post I explained three things that you must do to be more “fit”, where I define being “fit” as being able to do more physical activities with less effort. •   make oxygen more chemically available to muscle cells •   deliver energy to muscle cells at a rate that maximizes oxygen consumption •   increase the strength of individual of muscle fibers You can read that post and the rationale behind these fitness imperatives here: Why Doing Aerobics Won’t Make You More Fit. The only exercise modality...

Why doing aerobics won’t make you more “fit.”

My favorite kind of questions are those that most people just never think to ask, questions about things we take for granted and so never ask why it has to be so. When I ask those kinds of questions it often turns out that what I took for granted is actually wrong. I love that! And even if my understanding was correct I usually learn a lot by asking the question. So, here is a question I asked recently, “Why do I breathe harder and...