Thursday, June 30, 2022


The popularity of fasting has surged in recent years, although there are myriad approaches to restricting food intake to promote good health.  One system, known as ProLon, involves mimicking the effects of fasting, by allowing small meals to be consumed during the diet.  

I have followed the progress of this fasting mimicking diet (FMD) ever since I took part in a clinical trial in 2013, to explore the regime’s feasibility and safety. In this interview Dr. William Hsu, Chief Medical Officer with L-Nutra, the company that markets diet, explains the latest science behind periodic fasting nutrition and the differences between the various protocols that are often labeled as ‘intermittent fasting.’

The Live Long and Master Aging podcast, a HealthSpan Media LLC production, shares ideas but does not offer medical advice.  If you have health concerns of any kind, or you are considering adopting a new diet or exercise regime, you should consult your doctor.

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Additional reading

  1. Early results of the 2013 fasting mimicking diet trial that Peter Bowes took part in as a volunteer.
  2. The experimental diet that mimics a rare genetic mutation – Peter Bowes has been on a new diet that claims to guard against disease and slow aging. Then he met a group with a mutation that lets them eat what they want while enjoying the same protection.
  3. The Longevity Diet by Prof. Valter Longo

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022


Could eating algae be the secret weapon many of us have been searching for in the pursuit of longevity?  The microscopic form of life is consumed as part of a balanced diet is in some parts of the world, but it is also being hailed as a superfood that could help us age better. 

Of course there is nothing new about algae, which are photosynthetic microorganisms that live in water and grow hydroponically, that is, without soil. The common image is of an icky green film on ponds or areas of stagnant water, but algae grown specifically for consumption, are a potent source of protein and other essential nutrients. 

It has detoxifying qualities and its regular consumption is linked to a range of benefits including cell health and immune support. In this episode we meet Catharine Arnston, the founder and CEO of ENERGYbits, which makes algae tablets or “bits of whole food”.  

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Saturday, June 18, 2022


Nichola Conlon, PhD., is a molecular biologist and the co-founder of the UK-based nutraceutical company Nuchido Laboratories. 

 In this episode Nichola tells us about her love of intense exercise; the power of fasting; a career that explores drugs that could slow our rate of cellular aging and her passion for explaining science so that everyone can benefit. She also shares her lifestyle hacks and secrets for a good night’s sleep. 

My Day | My Life explores the lives of people who have, in one way or another, mastered the art of aging. Whether it be through diet, exercise, mindfulness, spirituality, nutraceutical interventions, social connections, generosity or fulfilling careers, we discover the essential elements to living life with purpose, and perhaps, longevity.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022


Make sure you’re getting your daily dose of fish oil.  It is one of the basic rules of nutrition and there is no argument that omega-3 fatty acids are very important for our health. But those fishy burps are irksome. The science behind – and our understanding of omega-3 oils – has come a long way. In today’s episode we’re going to explore how nano-dispersion technology is being used to fuel our bodies with a new smoothie, EO3 (Enhanced Omega-3), without the downside of unpleasant belching. 

In collaboration with EO3, LLAMA brought together the company’s founder, Janne Karin Sande, who’s based on Oslo, Norway, and Prof. Stuart Phillips, director of the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE) at McMaster University, in Ontario, Canada, to discuss the drink, which contains Norwegian cod liver oil and protein.  

Friday, June 3, 2022


What if we could stop time and preserve the biological potential of our younger selves? It is the goal of Forever Labs, a US company that stores stem cells for possible use in later life, to combat age-related disease and, perhaps, aging itself. The company collects and cryo-preserves stem cells so they can be used in future health treatments and therapies, should medical advances allow it. 

In this interview, Steven Clausnitzer, who founded the company in 2015, explains his vision that illnesses occurring in the years to come, could be treated, or even prevented, through the use of stem cells that were put into storage during healthier times.  

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Dave Paul: Walking enthusiast and podcaster

An hour-long walk, before breakfast, is my favorite daily habit. It is a routine that I rarely miss and one which I credit for much of my current health and vitality. For all the latest diet, exercise and supplementation interventions, the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other is, for me, a hugely rewarding lifestyle trail. The benefits of walking are widely documented although the motivation needed to develop a regular practice can be elusive. Dave Paul, an American radio host currently living in the state of South Carolina, is on a mission to promote the longevity enhancing habit through his podcast and blog, Walking is Fitness. With engaging monologues, recording during his morning walk, Dave shares his daily adventures with an audience that he says are “doing a hard thing,” but hopefully reaping the physical and mental rewards of a commitment to fitness. In this LLAMA podcast interview Dave explains how his zest for life has evolved into a passion for helping others stay accountable to their daily fitness regimes.