Five years ago my blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar were off the charts. My doctor strongly suggested that I go on statins. I asked him for how long and he said forever because if I went off them that my risk of having a cardiac event would be even higher than if I had never went on statins!
Needless to say, I followed a different path. I decided to transform my body composition, drop body fat from close to 40% to around 10%. I knew that this would decrease my insulin sensitivity and get my metabolism back to normal.
Fast forward to today and I have not even had a sniffle or cough since I began my fitness journey where previously I had at least one bad cold every year. Today my blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar are better than normal. My resting heart rate and by heart rate variability (HRV) are at athletic levels. Now I have always lifted weights as well as doing cardio so what have I changed?
I quit using sugar. I now use Stevia for my coffee and baking. I quit eating processed foods and I no longer will eat from at any place that has a drive up window unless I’m traveling. I stopped buying anything that could be microwaved for dinner. In essence, I eat pretty healthy now.
I added these supplements:
Whey Isolate Protein
You should get 1 to 1.2 grams of protein for each pound of bodyweight. If you weigh 150 pounds, you need at least 150 grams of protein a day. Without supplementing, it would take too much chicken, fish, beef or beans to get the protein I need plus I would be getting way too much fat.
Did you know that protein requirements increase as you age but that total calorie requirements decrease?
Protein is required to maintain muscle and bone density. Protein helps to keep you satiated. You want to make sure it’s Isolate as it undergoes more processing, which results in a higher protein content with less carbs, lactose and fat.
Creatine is thought to improve strength, increase lean muscle mass, and help the muscles recover more quickly during exercise. This muscular boost may help athletes achieve bursts of speed and energy, especially during short bouts of high-intensity activities such as weight lifting or sprinting. Creatine may improve cognitive processing in older adults:
BASIS (Nicotinamide Riboside & Pterostilbene)
I take Basis from Elysium, it helps to increase your levels of NAD+ which in turn helps to maintain healthy Mitochondrial.
Krill Oil: Krill oil is a sustainable source of omega-3s which contains EPA and DHA and is linked to improved cardiovascular health.
Ashwagandha is a herb long used in Ayurveda medicine. It’s an adaptogen that helps your body stay in tune so to speak.
Collagen (Type 1 & 3)
Our bodies stop producing Collagen in our 20s, lots of benefits.
To summarize, I lost 70 pounds, added a few supplements to my diet and seem to no longer get sick. I even tested this by being around co-workers who come to work ill when they should stayed home. Once upon a time, this was a for sure few sick days for me.
Stay Healthy my Friends!