Longevity

Are beets a solution to high blood pressure?

There is considerable evidence that there exists a viable plant-based solution to enhancing athletic performance and controlling high blood pressure.  Nitric Oxide, NO, whose precursors are found in leafy green vegetables like arugula, spinach and especially in beetroot, can be a major player in reducing blood pressure. Not only that, but it is...

Tiger Tail Roller: a hack for sticky fascia.

We come across The Tiger Tail roller via a pilates instructor recommendation, and its a another very useful tool for staying flexible and muscle recovery. Essentially, it's a hand held version of a foam roller, but since the bar is narrower, it can feel more intense.One of the main...

Sleep Routine

There is a lot out there on best practices for a morning routine, or how to manage your work life most effectively. But what about best practices for sleeping? Sleep is essential to health, brain function, and longevity, and bad sleep will ruin your day.Avoid any sleep trackers-Fitbit,...

Water

Before I meditate, I start every morning with 20 oz of water, ½ lemon, and a pinch of pink salt. I first read about big-wave legend Laird Hamilton doing this, but never really understood the reasons. There is the clear need to hydrate the body. But what was less obvious...

Lectins

Plants, some of them anyway, don’t want us to eat them. It seems they have developed a system of defenses that involve proteins called lectins. The most famous lectin is gluten, but there are many others. Evolutionarily speaking, animals and ancient humans knew not to eat certain foods, or to...

The Craig Venter Interview

The $5,000 key to a longer life Genetics pioneer Craig Venter says you might not be as healthy as you think. In fact, 30 to 40 percent of the people who come to his company Human Longevity Inc. for a daylong series of scans, tests, and genomic analysis end up...

Primal Pit Paste

We would not normally do an entire article on something as mundane as non-chemical deodorant, but this product merits it. We bought this product directly from their web site with very low expectations. The goal was to find a deodorant/ antiperspirant that did not contain hormone-disrupting aluminum salts. There are a...

The Coconut Controversy

Who knew that the furry brown nut would be such a cause of controversy. There are scientists saying it is “pure poison”, and then we have other medical professionals saying it is fantastic. Of all the foods we have ever read about, this one is by far the most divisive. People...

Peloton Bike

Spin is a great cardio exercise. It's safe, fun and efficient. The best studio is Soul Cycle. (AGEIST tip: the all-time, all-world instructor is MB Regan. She just makes life better.) But getting to Soul is not always convenient, so we have recently been trying out the strangely compelling virtual instructor...

Glass Food Containers

A couple of the chemicals you will want to banish from your life are the hormone disrupters BPA, and the hard to pronounce compound Phthalates. BPA can be found in lined food cans, thermal paper used by registers and in food containers. Phthalates can be found in plastic wrap,...