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In this article, I’ll go into all of the things I’m currently doing to improve my health. Whether it be skincare, supplements or what I’m eating and drinking.
Things can change often for me, depending on my research and how I’m feeling. If I feel that something is working for me, I’ll continue doing it, but if not I’ll try to experiment with new things and change things up a bit.
Skin: I wash with Neutrogena gentle exfoliating face wash and then apply Skinceuticals CE + Ferulic Acid to my face (3 drops).
I apply a product called ‘Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50’ from Skinceuticals.
At night I will use cleansing wipes and apply aloe vera gel from Aubrey Organics.
Lips: Blistex Lip Brilliance SPF15 or Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (Pomegranate).
Hair: Every few months I will switch between L’Oreal – Elvive Nutri-Gloss and Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Shampoo. I use Pantene Pro-V Clarifying Shampoo once a month.
Morning supplements: Vitamin D3 1000IU, Vitamin B Complex (every other day); B12 on the days I don’t take B Complex. Zinc (15 mg), Magnesium (300mg), and Allicin Max (Allimax in the US) – 2 capsules with breakfast. I also take a supplement called pycnogenol.
Wholemeal bread with extra virgin olive oil and two capsules of Allicin.
Oatmeal, blueberries 80g, almonds, 2 brazil nuts, 2 squares of Lindt dark chocolate 70%.
Lunch: banana, apple, kale or a spinach smoothie
Dinner a: carrots, corn, green beans, peas (700 grams). Extra virgin olive oil (1 tbsp), ketchup (low sugar/salt); 1 cup of soy milk with green and blacks hot chocolate.
Dinner b: broccoli, Cauliflower, carrots, peas (700 grams). Extra virgin olive oil (1 tbsp), ketchup (low sugar/salt); 1 cup of soy milk with green and blacks hot chocolate.
Desert: Any fruit.
Evening supplements: Allicin Max – capsules (I increase the amount I take if there are any bugs going around). I also take l-theanine at 200 mg.
– Pukka 3 Mint Tea: Peppermint Leaf (34%), Spearmint Leaf (34%), Fieldmint Leaf (32%) – 4 tea bags per day.
– Licorice Tea
– Sencha Green Tea (I add ginger) – 5 cups a day minimum (2 tea bags per cup).
– Twinings Camomile And spearmint tea – 2 cups in the evening.
My thoughts on diet and supplements
I try to keep my diet fairly consistent without much change as this makes it much easier. I enjoy everything that I eat, so it doesn’t bother me if I eat mostly the same every day. Occasionally I will go out for a meal with my friends, but this is just a few times a year.
A recently published study showed that various supplements have no effect on longevity, so I have since discontinued taking many of them as there could be a risk of them interfering with the life-extending effect of CR, or just being simply a waste of money! Another study showed that people taking large doses of multiple supplements had no effect on health.
One supplement in particular that I have kept on taking is the Allicin Max.
As long as I am taking this supplement, I haven’t come down with any colds, flu, or stomach bugs that have been going around. If I feel that I’m more at risk of catching something, I will sometimes increase the number of capsules I take during the day. This seems to be the most effective supplement that I’ve found to prevent infections, so I highly recommend it.
My thoughts on blood tests
I had some blood tests done a few weeks ago and had a few surprising results. I barely slept the night before the test, so I’m guessing this might have caused my neutrophil count to be higher than it normally is.
I found a few studies that suggested even one night of sleep deprivation causes an elevation in white blood count; specifically neutrophils. However, my C reactive protein was undetectable, indicating no inflammation or infection.
My lipid profile was still good, but not where I want it to be. I suspect the reason for this is because in 2012 I got depressed after a serious breakup and went off CR a little by including bad foods in my diet and not getting much exercise. Since early on this year I’ve been back on a more strict CR diet and have been very focused. Overall though, the blood results were still excellent.
I feel like I am back to myself now and so much happier than before. I’ve focused on my diet, exercise, relationships with family and friends, and the things I really want to do with my life.
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Article reviewed and updated: February 2019.