Tim Ferriss: “Building the Perfect Human” – Episode 1

credit: Lifedev.net

credit: Lifedev.net

Tim Ferriss is a best-selling author, dedicated quantified-selfer, and will most likely be tracking all aspects of his body for the rest of his life. He recently joined WellnessFX CEO Jim Kean and Dr. Justin Mager in San Francisco to talk about all he does to stay young and slow the aging process. People traveled from all over the West Coast just to hear Tim’s hard-earned wisdom and, as one audience member put it, it was more than worth it!

Jim Kean opened up with the question: In 20 years, I’m willing to bet you’ll look the same. How will you do it? An awesome conversation followed.

If you weren’t able to make it out, don’t fret! We had our cameras ready to go and captured the whole talk. Get instant access to what Tim thinks about joint health, hormone levels, optimize performance verses longevity, tracking your biomarkers, and deciphering your diagnostics.

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The rigors of modern life can accelerate deterioration of cells and thus, aging. Watch this video for tips on how to track and trend your health on a cellular level in order to maximize physical and mental performance.

So what does it mean to Tim to “stay young?” In this first part, he clearly distinguishes between optimizing performance now verses increasing longevity. Luckily they’re pretty closely related.

Here’s some of the key points discussed:

  • You’re as old as your joints feel. Tim places high value on corrective and regenerative medicine for healthy joints. He’s particularly interested in using platelet rich plasma for repairing injuries. Check out this article to see how some Olympic athletes were using P.R.P. to overcome injuries.
  • Though Ferriss has no moral qualms with androgen use, he recognizes that they can be very dangerous if taken incorrectly. If he has a choice, he’d rather use non-androgens to reach his goals.
  • Most people don’t have to decide between comprimising long-term health for short-term gains, or vice versa. However, to be the fastest sprinter in the world, for example, such a choice would have to be made.
  • An Olympic athlete had her blood tested one month after winning the gold. Her pregnenolone levels were the lowest Dr. Mager has seen, but she had obviously performed extremely well. Will her current success be at the expense of longevity? That has yet to be seen.
  • Tim likes to test his biomarkers every 3 months – at least. He looks at it like maintenance on a car, but a lot more important. He never makes big decisions based on one blood test alone. As he puts it, “good science means controlling your variables and observing over time.”
  • While 3-D printing of the liver may be available in the next few years, the brain is extremely difficult to replicate. Therefore knowing your risks for certain brain diseases to inform preventions is very important. Tim uses cheap interventions such as creatine monohydrate and coconut oil to keep his brain in tip-top shape.
  • Caloric restriction has been correlated with increased lifespan. But prolonged restriction taxes the body, so Tim looked at the science to see what might be an underlying cause of this correlation. He landed on protein cycling. The idea is that the periodic absence of a certain amino acid prompts the body to detoxify. Reach more about protein cycling here.
  • When Tim received his initial WellnessFX results he found out he was deficient in a biomarker he’d never heard of: maristic acid, which is found in coconut oil. He experimented with 1-2 tablespoons of MCT oil every morning and was soon able to skip his morning cup of coffee.
  • Jim Kean’s favorite biomarkers to track are related to inflammation. He constantly seeks out processes in his body that aren’t efficient. He has a gene variation, for example, that doesn’t allow him to process B-vitamins as well as he should. The gene (MTHFR) is well known in sports for hindering athlete recovery.
  • Dr. Watson, co-discoverer of DNA, always had problems staying awake at conferences. Without knowing it, he was about to stumble upon the reason by getting his blood tested. He found out he was lactose and gluten intolerant. Considering he consistently chose the lasagna at the conferences he attended, Dr. Watson concluded his inability to stay awake was not because of the speakers after all.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of 4 of “Building the Perfect Human,” coming Tuesday, April 23!

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