Lifespan by David A. Sinclair – Book Review

Lifespan

You can’t turn back time – but you can turn back your body clock! You can become physiologically younger while growing chronologically older. This book by Dr David Sinclair points you in the right direction.

I would guess that about 80% of what we read and watch about anti aging focuses on the way we look – cosmetics, skin treatments, beauty gadgets, facelifts, fillers and so on. Maybe 15% of what we see concentrates on how we feel – exercise, diets, meditation, brain training, psychotherapy, etc. And I’m estimating that only about 5% of material attacks the questions we all want answered – how do I physcially become younger? How do I turn my body clock back? How can I get back what I’ve lost? How can I prevent getting any older than I am today? I want to live a long, long, life – how can I do that while staying healthy enough to enjoy it? And only a tiny fraction of what we see is written by someone who has the expertise to tell you the answeres with any authority to do so.

Dr David Sinclair

Dr David Sinclair is one who does. He’s  Harvard Professor in the Department of Genetics, and is co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School. Here’s a little of what Harvard says about him – “Dr. Sinclair is co-founder of several biotechnology companies (Sirtris, Ovascience, Genocea, Cohbar, MetroBiotech, ArcBio, Liberty Biosecurity) and is on the boards of several others. He is also co-founder and co-chief editor of the journal Aging. His work is featured in five books, two documentary movies, 60 Minutes, Morgan Freeman’s “Through the Wormhole” and other media. He is an inventor on 35 patents and has received more than 25 awards and honors including the CSL Prize, The Australian Commonwealth Prize, Thompson Prize, Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Award, Charles Hood Fellowship, Leukemia Society Fellowship, Ludwig Scholarship, Harvard-Armenise Fellowship, American Association for Aging Research Fellowship, Nathan Shock Award from the National Institutes of Health, Ellison Medical Foundation Junior and Senior Scholar Awards, Merck Prize, Genzyme Outstanding Achievement in Biomedical Science Award, Bio-Innovator Award, David Murdock-Dole Lectureship, Fisher Honorary Lectureship, Les Lazarus Lectureship, Australian Medical Research Medal, The Frontiers in Aging and Regeneration Award, Top 100 Australian Innovators, and TIME magazine’s list of the “100 most influential people in the world”.”

Qualified? I’d say so!

His book, as you can imagine, is quite science-based, but is still an easy read. As to content, you won’t find anything in here about cosmetics, fillers, and facelifts. You will find some amazing information about diet and exercise, but only as it relates to longevity and rejuvenation – basically, living longer and growing younger! No bodybuilding techniques or muscle pumping in this book.

Where this books really excels in the discussing Dr Sinclair’s research into how and why we age, and what do do in practise to reverse the aging we have already undergone, and prevent more. It’s all to do with genetics, (as you would imagine from a Professor of Genetics!) and how specific genes you inherited are designed to make you age. He discusses the 3 levels of antiaging – firstly, avoiding obvious damage like smoking and a poor diet. Secondly, turning off temporarily those genes that age you through slightly more aggressive approaches like intermittent fasting and cold water treatments, along with some medical and supplements that are already available today.

And then finally, the third, he calls it “deep” level of antiaging, to permanently turn off those aging genes, using some extra supplements you can get and even some he and his team have designed himself. One is very well known and you may have heard of – resveratrol, which is derived from red wine. Due to a corporate attack from a rival, his work on this, and resveratrol itself, was temporarily discredited, but he spent three years proving he was right and resveratrol works. He takes it himself, what more can I say? I like a man who puts his money where his mouth is! (I’ll be putting a link on the products page).

Dr Sincair is now very well known in the world of rejuvenation and longevity – you can see him speaking at TedTalks, Youtube, and TV. He’s easy to listen to,  and a great advert for his own work, being 50 and looking like a very cute 35 year old!

I can thoroughly recommend both this book, and following the advice within. In other postings, I’ll be reviewing the supplements and the treatments. But for now, let me just say that it’s a good idea to read the book more than once to get the most benefit. Did you know that the first time we read something or hear it, we take in a maximum of 60% of the information and an average of 40%? In order to get the most benefit, we need to read, or watch, several times to make sure we don’t miss a vital bit! I’m still re-reading this one and re-viewing some of his interviews , and I still find I’m discovering facts I missed the first time!

Definitely 5 stars. I personally recommend it!

 

Lifespan

Book title – Lifespan, Why we age and why we don’t have to.

Author – Dr David A. Sinclair

ISBN – 978-0-00-835374-2

Publisher – Thorsons

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Alpha Lipoic acid – product review

Book cover, Younger for Longer
Younger for Longer

Alpha lipoic acid was the very first thing I tried having just read the brilliant “Younger for Longer” book by Dr Duncan Carmichael (there’s a review and a link to the book on my posts page).

I was inspired first of all by what he says on p209 where he explains how the process of glycation damages and wrinkles the skin, and what to do about it. “And while we are on the topic of alpha lipoic acid” he says “a great treatment for a smoker’s hardened top lip is – short of a plastic surgeon sanding it off –  a good quality alpha lipoic acid serum………applying the serum nightly for three months to the top lip often reverses much of the hardening and damage”. Well I was sold!

Further along in the book on p340 he says “it’s a contender in my list of five favourite supplements. It is thought to stimulate collagen and have an antioxidant effect by clearing away damaging particles in the skin………….and it reverses premature aging in sun damaged skins”.

So I could both apply it as a topical serum and take it as a supplement for all over skin conditioning! Result!

And result it was. I certainly did see a softening of the lines on my upper lip, but more importantly I saw all my skin becoming smoother, plumper, firmer and more mobile, not just on my face but all over my body. That stiff, rigid look of aging skin was just melting away. And the sun damage (I was very much a sun-worshipper in my early life) visibly faded and the whole skin brightened in tone.

I can honestly say I began to see a difference in just a few days, and I’m still seeing more benfits today, as I continue to take it daily. What I’m most pleased with is actually the skin on the backs of my hands – the skin had always been quite thin and dry, and had suffered badly with sun damage and liver spots. My hands looked much older than the rest of me. But with the Alpha lipoc acid, my hands are much more supple and smooth, the sun damage has almost completed faded away and all but one of my liver spots have entirely disappeared! My hands look years younger. So I highly recommended this!

Now please remember I am not a medical professional and you should always check whether these supplements and skincare products I recommend are right for you. As long as your healthcare provider says ok, here are the ones I recommend.

 

Alpha Lipoic Acid serum from The Ordinary

Alpha lipoic acid serum by The Ordinary. There are more expensive brands out there, and you may want to try them, but this is the one I’m using. I find it excellent quality, and remembering this is bestantiagingonabudget.com, it’s also at a great price point!

For the Amazon UK link click here……..

Presently I can find no direct link for you in the US, I will load one up as soon as I can find one, so you may wish to order from the UK site until it’s available.

 

 

Alpha Lipoic Acid supplement 600mg

Alpha lipoic acid supplements – I started off by taking ALA from 5greens.co.uk which I was very happy with, but I’ve just noticed an even more powerful product on the Amazon that I’m going to move to, so I’m recommending that –

For the Amazon UK link click here……….

And for the US equivalent, for the Amazon link click here……..

Please do let me know if you have started using this product and tell us what results you found, I do hope they are as good as mine – I’m delighted!

 

Younger for Longer by Dr. Duncan Carmichael – book review

Book cover, Younger for Longer

Younger for Longer 

Book cover, Younger for Longer
Younger for Longer

 

Wow, what can I say about this book? Amazing! It truly revolutionised my approach to both anti aging from both a beauty perspective and from a health angle. Before reading this, I had seen these two dimensions as completely separate things – beauty care taking in things like Botox, facelifts, fillers, facial treatments, designer skincare etc. And healthcare looking at such things as diet, exercise, medicines, health supplements and so on. This was the first time I had been presented with the truth that actually they are inextricably linked, and even brought in a third dimension – how to live a life that is not only longer but healthier throughout the span of your life. Health, beauty and longevity all in one go!

It covers a lot of background science in an easy to read, accessible way, so you can understand the principles of staying looking good and feeling young for longer. Covering such topics as hormones, toxins, stress, nutrition and exercise, it also covers beauty treatments that are actually good for you, and my favourite bit, a list of supplements that are easy to take and can help erase the signs of aging, leaving you feeling and looking younger, fresher, brighter. And in my case, more energised!

It applies equally to men and women, with special chapters for each, so anyone can read it and benefit.

I started following the advice, and taking the recommended supplements right away, and boy, did I feel and look better quickly! It’s still a journey I’m on of course, but this was a massive paradigm shift for me and paid dividends immediately. I’m continuing to follow the knowledge and advice I gleaned from this book, and I bless the man that wrote it. I re-read it every now and again just to make sure I didn’t forget anything, as there is so much to take it you really can’t absorb it all in one go.

Personally recommended with a BIG 5 stars!

For a link to the UK Amazon source, click here….

And for a link to the US Amazon source click here……

I hope you enjoy, and please do give me your feedback when you’ve read it!

Anti Aging and your Weight

 

A touchy subject for many people- your weight. I’ve heard it said that in the Western world, 60% of people are overweight, and 40% are clinically obese. When I first heard this I was amazed, and I just didn’t believe it. I thought the numbers were highly exaggerated and couldn’t possibly be true. So I downed tools and went out for a walk around my local town centre. Usually I would just go with my usual habit of looking in all the shop windows and maybe going inside some stores, trying things on – you know how it goes! This time I changed what I was doing and just looked at the people rather than the shops. And I was staggered – what I had heard was right! It was actually a huge shock. I hadn’t realised so many people had a problem.

And excess weight is a problem for anti aging. But oddly enough, so is being too thin. For different reasons! Ideally for anti aging, you want to be slim, fit and healthy. If you are too thin, you can look scrawny, and believe me that is not a good look! It can actually make you look older than you are, with thin skin, wrinkles, sunken cheeks, bony elbows and so on. You may be physically well health wise, but you may look much older, and that’s what we don’t want, right?

Too much weight – well that’s obvious. I don’t want to labour the point.

But for anti aging, you have two aims. One is to have a nicely balanced weight, that fits your height and suits your bone structure.

And the other – and this may surprise you – is to get there slowly and steadily.

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You see, one of the most important thing to keep you young is in maintaining a steady weight. Health wise, you do a considerable amount of damage to your system by constantly yo-yo dieting – shrinking down rapidly with stringent dieting, then letting loose and ballooning up again to a much bigger weight over a short period of time. The body suffers.

It’s not just your health it adversely affects, it’s your whole anti aging lifestyle. As you balloon up, you stretch out your skin and may gain stretch marks. (this happened to me as a teenager). As you shrink rapidly down, you lose the fat (and possibly muscle), and to begin with the skin may shrink at a reasonable rate and catch up with your smaller body size, maintaining it’s smoothness. But each time you do this, the skin loses some elasticity, and eventually as you are in the shrink phase, you can be left with wrinkly skin on your face and neck, and sagging loose skin all over your body. With some people this effect is so pronounced the skin can never catch up with the new slimmer figure underneath, and they opt to have the excess hanging skin removed surgically.

So for both health and anti aging, the aim is to lose or gain weight to a happy size in a comfortable controlled way and then maintain that weight steadily over time. This way, the skin doesn’t get over stretched or left sagging and wrinkly.

If you have a healthcare professional helping you, fantastic! Especially if you have an eating disorder or a related health problem, you need this and don’t ever neglect it. But if for you it’s just a case of regular yo-yo dieting, then you can start to take charge in a much better way.

For me and my figure, it was a multi-disciplinary approach. I used hypnosis to reformulate my whole relationship with food. I read books on nutrition till I understood the principles much better. I joined a gym and took up weight training. I started walking a lot. I was lucky enough to find an excellent coach who encouraged and trained me. I improved my wardrobe so I wanted to show off my nice new clothes with a pretty new figure. I got a new hairstyle so I liked better what I saw in the mirror and that encouraged me. I did some personal development to get a happier outlook on life so I wasn’t eating through misery. Looking back, it was all a huge shift, but done one step at a time, in a slow and steady way, with a few sudden “aha!” moments along the way.

Later, with anti aging, it became skincare, facial and body treatments, haircare, different exercises, fun facial anti aging gadgets to try, supplements, and so on. Again, making one change at a time, letting it settle in, then moving on to the next one to try. Discarding what didn’t work, and keeping what did.

The tools I used may not be ones that appeal to you. But good health, figure control, and anti aging, are lifestyle things, not just something you do for 5 minutes at a time when you happen to think about it and you’ve got nothing better to do. So what I would say is, start somewhere. Work on your diet, your weight, size or shape, your attitudes, find what exercise and activities work for you, what advice helps you, what books to read, which coaches can help you. Don’t do it all at once, it’s too much. Do one thing, let it settle in to your lifestyle till it’s easy, then introduce the next change, and so on. Remember – slow and steady!

You’ll look in the mirror one day and be stunned by what you see! I showed one of my patients a picture of me I’d had on my hypnotherapy website years ago. She commented on how different I look today, and I laughed and said “that was ten years ago, I was a lot older then!”

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Please do let me know what works for you, and what doesn’t! It’s a journey for us all, and we can all help and advise each other. Let’s get young together!

Anti Aging Books – Knowledge is Power!

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Photo by Charles on Unsplash

 

In a perfect world, we’d each have a personal coach to lead us through what best to do for ourselves to be young, healthy and beautiful – but until that perfect world exists, we have to find out for ourselves! And for most of us, we have to do that on a budget.

Youth / Health / Beauty – The A Team!

We automatically say “young and healthy”, “youth and beauty”, “beautifully healthy” and so on. It’s almost impossible to think of one without the other two going hand-in-hand. We expect health and beauty to belong to the young, just as we expect illness and wrinkles to belong to the aging, But does it really have to be this way? You can separate them a little bit. You can be beautiful, but not healthy. You can be healthy but not beautiful, and you can be young without being either. But – if you work on becoming physiologically younger, then you will naturally find yourself looking and feeling better too. Working towards anti aging automatically enhances your looks and vitality as wrinkles fade and energy grows.

Who to follow? So many to choose from!

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The choice can be bewildering. So many “experts” on the internet, Youtube, etc, targeting you to buy their latest book, whose advice can you trust? Who do you follow? And without sepdning a fortune? Here on best anti aging on a budget , we are recommending books that we have read and whose advice we have tried, and so we can recommend wholeheartedly because we’ve got results.

The Books listed here – Tried and Tested

We each have our own personal concerns, issues and goals. No one book is going to do it all for us, but here we list the best we’ve tried. Each book may give you just one piece of information that turns out to be a nuggest of pure gold, or it may give you a whole regime that really suits you. Only you can say, because we are all unique. The more you can read, the more kowledgeable you become, and the more powerful you become. You literally become your own expert!

Not Sponsored, genuine opinions!

The books listed on this website have not been sponsored – they were paid for in the normal way, read thoroughly, the suggestions tried out, and only listed here if we genuinely liked them and found the content great.

Remember

We are all individuals, with our own needs and goals. I’m not a medical professional, and I can’t prescribe for you. So please, do your research, ask your medical professional where appropriate, do what works for you, and discard what doesn’t! Remember, you are becoming your own exper

Anti Aging fails – for me, Botox

Botox has been around for years, first medicinally to help those with muscles that have gone into spasm and can’t be released, and then for those who want to weaken muscles that cause wrinkles in the face through repetitive experessions. Like laughter lines, crows feet, 11’s (those vertical lines between the eyebrows) and forehead lines (the corrugator muscle).

And it works! Of course it does! But Botox has decided drawbacks, and for me, an outright fail.


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Years ago, I needed an operation to break and reset my jaw, because of a TMJ problem. The Temperomandibular Joints are what allow the jaw to swing freely and lets you eat for food. Mine were damaged through faulty orthodontic work as a teenager, and never fully recovered even though I’d had several bouts of corrective treatment. So I went for elective surgery and had the jaw broken and reset. So far, so good.

But the dramatic shift in the position of my jaw meant that some of the muscles in my face were stretched, some compressed, and because the surgical changes were permament, I was unable to relax any of the muscles and get some respite. As a result, some of the muscles went into spasm, causing great pain and distorting the face, some pulling so tightly it looked as through someone had dug a groove in my face from under the right eye all the way down and across my cheek to the angle of my jaw. It looked, and felt, terrible. Nothing helped.


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Except Botox.  It relaxed the spasming muscles ok.  But here is where it failed. Some people, and I’m one of them, get flu-like symptoms when they are injected with Botox, and again when it wears off. I’m one of these. And the “flu” lasted about a week. The Botox itself lasted around 3 months. So every 3 months, I had to endure 2 weeks of flu, and all the misery that followed.

It also failed when one of the injections went wrong. I needed 3 units of Botox in my right cheek to relax the spasming muscle. This dropped my face a bit. To match up my face, I needed 1 unit in the left side to marry it up. But on one occasion the skin on my left “blew” leaving me with a permanent blister-like deformity that I have still, years later.

As soon as I could, I stopped the Botox injections. I still get my right cheek muscle going into spasm sometimes, but it’s nowhere near as bad as it used to be. On balance, it’s not the right treatment for me. We are all individuals.

So Botox was my anti-aging fail. I’m not saying it will be for you, it might work brilliantly for you! But please do be aware of the potential pitfalls of any treatment you have and weight up carefully whether it’s the right thing for you. If you’d like to comment below, either on Botox or any anti-aging fails you’ve experienced yourself, please do !


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All the best, and Happy Anti-Aging!        Kay.