Of the 100 billion plus people that have been born on this planet, only a few have ever lived past the age of 110. Many researchers have concluded that the maximum human lifespan hits the ceiling at around 115. But more and more people are crashing through that barrier. In Japan, for example, so many women are living past 100 that demographers think they’ll soon have to rewrite the record books.
Why do people in certain parts of the world live so much longer than the rest us? Which foods contribute to a longer life, and which ones help shorten it? What sorts of lifestyle habits cause people to live longer? These are some of the questions we hope to answer on this show with my guests.
Dr. Joel Kahn: Heart Health and Your Arterial Age
My first guest, Dr. Joel Kahn is a plant-based cardiologist and the author of an Amazon number one best-selling book, The Whole Heart Solution.
Dr. Kahn believes that the key right now in longevity is to stay alive in the next 10 years because what’s coming out is so exciting. The biggest risk for everybody in the next 10 years is having a stroke and a heart attack that’s going to cut down their chance to enjoy all that is going on. Doctor Thomas Sydenham, 1600 said, “You’re as young as your arteries.” Knowing your arterial age is essential for your health and longevity. The technology to determine your heart age is widely available, accessible, and affordable. You can get an ultrasound of the artery to the brain called the carotid or a CAC scan for example. In this episode, we talk further about these technologies, as well as ways to protect your heart, including not smoking, not drinking, exercise, sleep, taking omega-3s, and even using garlic.
Jason Prall: Blue Zones and Living to a 100
My second guest, Jason Prall, is the writer, producer, and director of an upcoming documentary film that takes a deep dive into the world’s major Blue Zones.
Blue Zones are regions of the world where people live much longer than average. There are many people in these regions that live to 100. They are not in a nursing home, or on a feeding tube, and know who their family is. Jason believes that one of the interesting things about the Blue Zones is that they’re doing a lot of similar things. We can identify what those healthy things are that lead or perhaps facilitate longevity. However, we are missing some of the discoveries regarding what we are doing wrong. Because the US and the Western world is moving so fast. Jason wanted to go beyond Dan Buettner’s work on the Blue Zones and take a deeper look. We know that one can live to an old age and be functional. Learning from them, we need to simplify many things, from our diets to our household products to our stressful lives. We also need to eat healthily, and socialize more and not just on social media. Jason and I share more wisdom and tips we can all benefit from the Blue Zones.
Naveen Jain: Aging and Keeping the Body Young
My next guest, Naveen Jain, is a billionaire thought leader and tech innovator. He is one of the few people in the world who’s daring to ask some tough questions.
Naveen believes that aging should be viewed as a degenerative disease. We worry about pains and aches. We name chronic diseases. We worry about cancer and dementia. Yet, there’s one disease that kills everyone: aging. Naveen believes that people don’t really have to die from aging. The reason is that aging happens because many of the organs in our body, essentially, cumulatively start to degenerate. We can learn to keep them healthy and maintain them. Naveen has no doubt that with today’s technology we’ll be able to completely repair our body all through our life and stay young. He talks about stem cells, 3D organ printing, and how every cell in the human body has the potential for recreating any organ. He also talks about gut health and nutrition, and how tests like Viome can help to discover what foods you need to repair your gut and live healthily.
Dr. Tyna Moore: Strength Training and Building Muscle
My fourth guest is Dr. Tyna Moore, a naturopathic doctor, and chiropractor who thinks that maybe she’s found a magic bullet for aging.
She talks about the importance of strength training. Because one day she discovered that she wasn’t as healthy as she thought. She was always thin and did a lot of cardio, but then found out she had low bone density and a messed up metabolism at age 30. She learned that one might be small in size, but metabolically you’re looking much like a pre-diabetic. Strength training, such as few squats and deadlifts is about working the big muscle groups. So the gluts, the legs, the lower body, that’s where you get the most metabolic bang for your buck. 20 minutes a couple times a week can be life-changing. People in their 30s and 40s, you start to lose about 8% of their muscle mass per year, and can start having fatty muscles and bone problems. Getting rid of chronic cardio, building muscle, building stamina, and eating healthy, but plenty is important. You can learn more from Dr. Moore and the importance of strength training in this episode.
Bobby Green: Are music and dance the fountain of youth?
Bobby Green is a former member of the award-winning R&B group, Enchantment. He’s always had a knack for dancing since he was very young. Now at almost 70, he is an urban ballroom dance instructor. Bobby says, “As I aged, I wanted to do something that kept me feeling younger. During my research, I found out that dancing also stimulates the brain, keeps you younger.” Bobby’s clearly a dance enthusiast and believes movement is key to longevity. Tune in and watch Bobby demonstrate how easy it is to dance.