GRACEFUL AGING

DISCOVER THE KEY TO ANTI-AGING

Discover the key to anti-agingAging doesn’t have to mean a slow, steady decline into ailing health and disease. You can provide an extra line of defense against the following common chronic conditions by adding MCT Lean MCT Oil  and MCT Lean Vegan Protein Blend to your diet. The anti-aging benefits are staggering.

CHOLESTEROL

Research shows that, by stimulating metabolism, MCTs may have a positive effect on cholesterol levels by lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol and elevating good (HDL) cholesterol.

CARDIOVASCULAR ISSUES

Unlike other fats (with the exception of omega-3 fatty acids such as fish oil and flaxseed oil), MCTs are the only fatty acids that do not increase platelet adhesiveness. Studies show Polynesian cultures that typically consume copious amounts of MCT have many fewer health problems associated with blood clotting in the arteries, including heart disease and stroke.

CHRONIC INFECTION

Recent research indicates that infection-causing microorganisms are involved in the formation of arterial plaque. MCT Lean MCT Oil contains an optimal ratio of caprylic and capric fatty acids that attack bacteria and viruses most notably linked to atherosclerosis.

METABOLIC SYNDROME

A 2008 study revealed that long-term ingestion of moderate amounts of MCTs might reverse metabolic syndrome, which is a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk coronary artery disease, stroke, and type II diabetes.

Ultimately, because the MCTs from MCT Lean MCT Oil are 100% plant-based saturated fats and are resistant to oxidation and free radical formation, they have the capacity to help you slow your body’s natural aging process. 

When free radicals accumulate in the body, we become extremely vulnerable to the development of degenerative disease and an increased rate of aging, which can manifest as serious health conditions as well as undernourished-looking hair, skin, and nails.

Fortunately, nature has provided you with saturated fats that do not create free radicals when exposed to oxygen, heat, or light. MCT to the rescue!

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Want to to begin to turn back the hands of time? Reap the anti-aging benefits of MCT. 

Get started today with MCT Oil or Vegan Protein Blend (or both—they’re the perfect pair)!

You Are What You Eat: Why Your Diet Matters to Your Brain

A growing body of scientific evidence supports the relationship between diet and long-term cognitive health. This third article in a four part series on take aways that you can benefit from today, out of the annual AAIC meeting will highlight the findings on diet and cognition. The prior two posts explored the relationship between sleep and cognition and exercise and your brain health and next week we will explore how socialization (the face to face kind not the Facebook kind) is fundamental to long term cognitive health.

You are what you eat

At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 last week in London, results from four large population-based studies suggested a link between healthy eating practices and better cognition when you’re older. I listened as my fellow neuroscientists and behavioral psychologists discussed how certain lifestyle and dietary choices could have a significant impact on long-term health. It seems like common sense, but most people choose to delay healthy eating until it’s too late.

It’s hard to make changes when you’re young, vibrant and healthy. We don’t want to think about how our actions and dietary choices today will impact our health 30 years down the road. And many people think that if they stay slim while eating a poor diet they will not face the health consequences of those poor nutrition choices, but they are wrong and in medicine we have a term for such people, TOFI.

In recent years, the link between diet and cognition has grown and attracted significant attention from more than clinical psychologists and neuroscientists. Different diets made their way into the media and Hollywood spotlight- Paleo, Atkins, the South Beach diet, and the recent Whole 30 diet craze– all of which offer shiny promises to improve your mind and body.

But do they really?

While these Hollywood diets go in and out of fashion, the Mediterranean Diet — comprised of eating mostly plants (vegetables, fruit, beans) – has maintained its golden reputation, backed by decades of scientific research. Studies have again and again shown that this diet protects against obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Now evidence also suggests that this diet could lessen the risk for cognitive decline and lifetime risk of dementia.

The Journal of Neurology recently published a study that confirmed the easy-to-follow Mediterranean diet can have lasting benefits for brain health. Another study of over 6000 older adults showed a 30-35% lower risk of memory impairment when sticking to a Mediterranean-based diet. CNN recently reported that people who closely adhered to a diet similar to the Mediterranean diet saw a 53% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

What exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

The Mediterranean diet is mostly plant-based, with an emphasis on limiting saturated fat. This diet suggests a high intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish, and unsaturated fatty acids such as olive oil and avocado. It also encourages a moderate intake of dairy, wine, and poultry. Finally, it recommends a low intake of red meats and sweets.

Usually the term ‘diet’ conjures up images of bland, boring, unsatisfying food. Part of the Mediterranean Diet’s success is that it’s focused on hearty, tasty food, so it can easily become a lifestyle change rather than a chore.

Unlike many fad diets, the Mediterranean diet does not advocate for a large restriction of carbohydrates. The guidelines instead suggest that healthy carbohydrates be consumed—those found in vegetables and whole grains. This gives another benefit to the Mediterranean diet: it’s high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that combat the oxidative processes that occur within the aging brain. Oxidative damage is a common attribute in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. The main components of the Mediterranean diet (e.g. fruits, vegetables, wine, olive oil) provide high levels of antioxidants that slow and/or prevent this damage.

The evidence speaks for itself

As someone clinically trained in healthcare, I believe in hard evidence and facts. It’s hard to ignore the growing body of literature that the modern western diet may account for the rise we see in many disease conditions from Alzheimer’s to Diabetes to even (the latest studies suggest) Depression and Anxiety. I began eating a Mediterranean Diet in my late 20s and my physician tells me that at 46 I have the “numbers of a 30 year old” at my annual physical.

I know this choice may not be for everyone, but I strongly encourage each of you to consider your daily food choices and know that your actions today could affect your brain health down the road.

Billy Garrett Jr. thrives in defiance of Sickle Cell Disease; Transform your Health with the Toxin Take-down Course

Episode 17.29 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.

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Segment One (01:33): Billy Garrett Jr. talks with Steve and Dr. Cole about his Sickle Cell condition, how he trains and has played at the highest level at DePaul University and now currently with the NY Knicks G League. The 6-foot-5 Chicago native has the “SC” form of sickle cell disease, statistically milder than the “SS” form. It is different from sickle cell trait, which can cause muscle breakdown during intense exercise.

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Garrett Jr.’s condition, in short: Red blood cells mutate into a “sickle” shape to clog vessels and limit blood flow. This can cause extreme pain emanating from joints or, worse, damage to organs. Each of these episodes is called a crisis. Triggers include stress, a lack of rest, cold temperatures (that constrict blood vessels) and dehydration — all of which describe the daily working conditions of an athlete playing high-level basketball.


Segment Two (15:20): Karen Malkin from Karen Malkin Health Counseling talks about the various program levels and resources available to improve your health, your life and improve the environment.

The 14 Day Transformation Program, the Foundation Program, Master Your Metabolism Program and announcing her new Toxic Takedown Course to be launched in October.

The new program educates you on how to reduce the toxic load in your food and environment and eliminate damage from free radicals. Karen encourages all of us to visit ewg.org which provides a wealth of resources to help us live better and protect the environment.

The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.

Running to work – how running can help you create a better working life

Eighteen months ago I returned to running after a break of fifteen years. Running had always been a big part of my life but I had just lost the habit and other things – job, child, life – had gotten in the way.

Returning to running reconnected me to many of the things I had always enjoyed about the sport but it also gave me a fresh perspective. In particular, I noticed new things about the act of regularly running; most surprising was its impact not only on my work but my relationship with work.

Over the last fifteen years, the world of business has changed dramatically. Smartphones and ubiquitous connectivity mean that, if you let it, you are always in touch with what is happening and what needs to be done.

As I am paid to solve client’s problems, and I have an inclination to think deeply about things, this new ‘always on’ world presents a challenge – how do I switch off?


Running allows me to regain perspective in a world that is overrun with information and interruptions. It allows me to escape for a moment and to let my thoughts run free.


The remarkable thing about running is the inability to hold a coherent thought during the duration of a run. I might start a run wrestling with a thorny problem but I can be sure that will not be the thought I end the run with. It’s as if the act of freeing my body and running frees my mind as well.

In addition, I’ve noticed that my best ideas and thoughts come either during a run or immediately afterward. Running creates distance from problems both literally and metaphorically and allows me to change my perspective. Viewing a problem differently creates new possibilities and pathways. And it is this change in perspective that helps create new ways of thinking and ideas.

Running has also added excitement and interest to the bland, antiseptic world of business travel. International trips had started to lose their appeal for me as I realized it was often the same hotels and the same meeting rooms with the only connection to the country you are visiting being the taxi ride to the airport.


But running before meetings feels like an illicit adventure. You get to explore parts of a city as everyone is waking up and you get to see beyond the world that other business travelers are experiencing.


On South Beach Miami I was so enchanted by the beach-side boardwalk that I ran for 10 miles beside the sea. Far from sending me to sleep during the subsequent 8 hours of meetings I had a smile on my face thinking of the experience my colleagues, trapped in their hotel, had missed.

In Paris, I navigated the narrow roads and early morning deliveries of the Left Bank before running the length of the Champs Elysees to find the exact turn where Bradley Wiggins had lead out Mark Cavendish at the end of the 2012 Tour de France.

German forests have continued to charm and terrify me in equal measure. In a hotel in the forests outside of Munich I was given a map to guide me through the surrounding countryside. But at seven in the morning, an innocent looking path through pine woods quickly turned from a Hansel and Gretel fairy story to the Blair Witch Project as the forest closed in on either side of me. There is nothing like a bit of fear to help with a negative split.

On a two-day trip to Frankfurt, I was surprised to discover the largest urban forest in Europe was beside my hotel near the airport. My previous experience of German woods didn’t deter me from jogging along an unlit path through dense trees on an early winter’s morning. I saw no-one but the outline of wood sheds in the gloom combined with airplanes landing nearby triggered memories of every dark, macabre scandi-noir series and hastened my return. The reception team seemed particularly relieved when I returned half an hour later alive – but slightly paler.

When I talk to non-running colleague about running they mainly focus on the effort it must take. The message being that running is hard work. But that seems to me to completely miss the point of running. Running has helped me produce better work, to enjoy my work more and to create a better balance between my work and my life.


In a world where expensive technology is seen as the greatest enabler of productivity, there is something surprising about finding out that some shorts, a t-shirt and a pair of trainers is the secret to a better working life.

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