by Dr. David Minkoff May 10, 2023 5 min read
When we look at the fact of aging, or getting older, we often measure it in two ways:
The number of years we’ve been on this earth, chronologically.
And the amount of decay that’s set in: fatigue, lower energy, poorer fitness levels, poor sleep, loss of muscle, physical conditions, etc.
But, while we’ve come to see the second as the inevitable result of the first, it’s actually not. It’s the result of getting biologically older — accelerated aging before our time.
We don’t realize this because our view is obviously based on what we’ve seen for decades now. And what we’ve seen is not good.
But this isn’t a natural situation. It’s a created one.
by Dr. David Minkoff May 08, 2023 6 min read
If we want to actually increase longevity, increase lifespan and increase overall health and ability during the entirety of that lifespan, then we need to define what we’re talking about and, even more, compare the current “norm” we’ve become accustomed to… to what not only can exist, but does exist in other places today.
A person should be able to live past 100 years old, with high energy levels, strength and mental ability, doing what they want without the need of twenty different drugs to keep them going, and then pass away peacefully.
And not only should that be the case, but in places outside of our “modern world” — called Blue Zones — it is the case. Quite routinely.
by Dr. David Minkoff May 04, 2023 5 min read
The effect that energy drinks and high levels of caffeine have on our bodies, our health, our sleep, our stress levels, our mood, our anxiety levels and our hormones is much more than most people think.
When continued over time, these can have a very significant impact on our long-term health and our body’s ability to function at optimal levels, not to mention our ability to lose fat and gain muscle.
And considering many people who drink these are in their teens or twenties, when their bodies are still developing, the damage they do there can be far worse, leading to acute or even chronic health conditions in the future.
by Dr. David Minkoff May 01, 2023 5 min read
Stress, whether it’s physical, mental or emotional, can lead to:
Delayed healing responses in the body, a nervous system that is always “on,” worsened mood, inability to relax or fall asleep, decreased mental alertness or lowered ability to “think,” hormonal imbalances, cravings for sugary foods, and high cortisol levels which increase mental stress, lower our energy levels, and make it harder to lose weight, build muscle or recover fully from the daily load we put on our body
It doesn’t matter much “where” the stress comes from, as any point of stress triggers the same reactions in the body. And stress from any one of these three areas (physical, mental or emotional) raises stress in the other two areas.
But, just as stress in one area creates stress in another area, with each point of stress making the overall worse, it also works in the opposite direction.
Each point of stress we remove lightens the load overall and makes it easier to deal with the other points of stress.
It’s very simple. Let’s see where we’re at!
by Dr. David Minkoff April 30, 2023 4 min read
When our digestive ability is weak, we don’t get all of the nutrition from foods we eat. This is because food, including proteins and minerals, must be fully broken down by stomach acid in order for our body to be able to use it.
In fact, poor digestion of protein is one of the largest causes of muscle loss as we age: our digestive system isn’t working as well as it was when we were younger, and so not enough protein is being broken down for our body to use.
But it’s not just our cells that need this nutrition.
Specific bacteria in our colon are responsible, in whole or in part, for the creation of the neurotransmitters serotonin and GABA, the happy, calming neurotransmitters.
by Dr. David Minkoff April 26, 2023 6 min read
Did you know low levels of thyroid can bring on not only low energy and weight gain, but also depression and even brain fog?
This can make thinking, problem-solving, and just coping with the everyday stresses of life, much harder.
With the rise in hormone-blocking toxins in our environment, processed foods and processed sugars, and the low amount of protein most of us consume, low thyroid is affecting more and more people, especially among women and the elderly.
In this article we dive into what thyroid is, how low thyroid occurs, how it affects our mood, mental alertness, and our ability to think and cope with the problems of everyday life and what we can do to raise it.
by Dr. David Minkoff April 17, 2023 5 min read
I wanted to talk a little about inflammation.
Because, outside of very obvious causes, such as an injury or infection, few people know what actually causes it in general.
And even fewer know what to do about it beyond taking a pain-killer.
When we’re talking about inflammation, we’re talking about a symptom, not a cause. A symptom that does have a cause.
by Dr. David Minkoff April 16, 2023 5 min read
The body is a complex contraption, full of very exact systems, and a thousand different factors influencing its overall health and performance in one way or another.
But how do we separate out the important factors that allow us to measure our overall health and spot potential health troubles before they become a real situation?
There is something called Heart Rate Variability, or HRV, and it is a literal measuring stick for our health that we can use monitor to ourselves.
by Dr. David Minkoff April 12, 2023 7 min read
Stress levels in our society have never been as high as they are right now. And, while there has been a lot of upheaval in the last few years, there's more here than meets the eye.
Depression and anxiety have never been higher, physical stress in the form of inflammation, auto-immune disease, heart disease and cortisol levels have never been higher.
But this isn’t a recent occurrence. Stress levels have been rising for decades.
And, while some stress is emotional or mental, and some physical, it's all tied together, each aspect affecting the other, pushing each other to new heights.
How do we lower physical stress levels and inflammation?
How do we achieve a more even-keeled mood, more able to calmly face the challenges life presents?
How do we become the most alert and competent we can be mentally, while at the same time being able to relax when we need or want to, or when it's time to sleep?
Over the next few weeks we're going to cover this from every angle, see how it all fits together, and find out what you can do to lower stress levels in your life.
by Dr. David Minkoff April 10, 2023 5 min read
We know about amino acids, hormones, and how different foods affect our ability to build lean muscle, burn fat and stay healthy.
But if we want to achieve maximum levels of energy, recovery, health and performance, and build the most lean muscle, then we need to go down to the cellular level.
After all, our bodies are just one big mass of some 100 trillion cells all bonded together.
How well we're doing is an exact reflection of how well our cells are doing.
by Dr. David Minkoff April 02, 2023 8 min read
In an earlier article we covered the truth about cholesterol and heart disease.
It covers what’s called the cholesterol hypothesis — and it is only that, a hypothesis (a proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation).
This hypothesis states that higher levels of cholesterol, particularly LDL Cholesterol, are associated with higher rates of Heart Disease due high blood pressure, caused by narrowed blood vessels.
And to prevent heart disease, we must lower our cholesterol intake and take drugs known as statins, which lower our liver’s ability to produce cholesterol.
by Dr. David Minkoff March 29, 2023 7 min read
Getting good sleep is one of the most important things we can do, not just for muscle building and fat loss, but for our mood, energy levels and overall health.
As sleep is when our body is able to recover and repair cells, a lack of it even affects our aging process, speeding it up internally, as well as visibly, causing wrinkles and sagging skin.
Yet a third of Americans get poor sleep.
What causes this and what can we do about it to not only get better, deeper sleep, but reverse the effects of poor sleep?