How to live to 104

I was reading the typical ‘it’s a New Year, here are the things you should resolve to do’ article’s last night when I came across this article which oddly mentions all of the supplements that you should NOT take as they are bad for your cardiovascular health.  I found it to be quite interesting, especially considering all of the recent celebrity deaths due to heart attacks so I thought I would share the link with you.  Just click on the image below.

Yesterday I decided at the very last minute to make Chile Con Carne for dinner but then I realized that I didn’t have all of the things I needed to make it so I had to run to the Wal-Mart and while I was there I decided to go ahead and pick up some vitamins and supplements.

There was an older lady in the aisle and she was looking over all of the bottles and reading over everything and then she looked over at me and she asked me if I thought she should start taking a multi vitamin.



So, I politely told her that multi vitamins were a good thing but that really she should probably talk to her doctor about it.  I told her she should ask him if he thought it was a good idea.

She said she did mention it way back when and he did tell her it was a good idea when she was around 80 but that was about 20 years ago and she didn’t really feel like she needed them until she hit 101, and even then, only occasionally.



She didn’t look a day over 70 with a mind to match.  I kid you not.

I want whatever she’s having, times two!  She was incredible and in case you’re wondering, she just turned 104.  I asked her what her secret was and she told me that she didn’t have one.  There was no secret.  She said the only advice she could give me was to keep your stress at a minimum, drink lots of water, have lots of sex, laugh a lot, and drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every day.

Is everybody on that apple cider vinegar train?  Because I feel like it used to be big a few years ago and then it leveled off and then lately it’s been a big deal again.  Maybe I should get on board but I just don’t know if I could handle the taste.  Blech!

Have you ever tried apple cider vinegar strictly for health benefits?

What about sex, ever had sex strictly for the health benefits?

Thursday – Electrolyte Replacement, I finally nailed it! (with a little help)

In case you aren’t familiar with me or the blog I’d just like to mention that I live in Florida. That’s right, Florida, the place with beautiful yet tropical weather. The place where it’s hotter than Hades 97% of the time and I sweat y’all, a lot.

I love running in December, January, February and most of March but the rest of the year can be rough. The heat coupled with the humidity wreaks havoc on me and I’ve definitely had some issues with hydration.

You may remember a while back I posted about my experience with rhabdomyolysis and in another post where I wrote about the effects what turned out to be too much fiber coupled with too much Gatorade which resulted in an embarrassing pit stop during a half marathon.

And then there’s the migraine headaches that I tend to suffer from after long runs when I don’t hydrate properly, I could go on and on, but the point is that over the past few years I’ve tried a lot of ways to keep myself hydrated but not always without doing more harm than good.  It’s been a process of trial and error.

Gatorade and Powerade will work in a pinch but they also really do a number on my stomach and I’m not all that fond of the way they taste or the contents.  Nuun also upsets my stomach, I thinks it the fizz, but this is a problem because if you live in Florida and you run as much as I do, you need to keep your electrolytes in check.

Fortunately there are no shortages of electrolyte supplements available. The problem is finding the right one. That’s why when I was approached by Replace SR to try out their sustained released electrolyte tablet I was a bit hesitant but since nothing else had worked thus far and marathon training was fast approaching I decided to give them a try.

Replace SR

I did receive the product for free to review but my opinions about the product are all mine and I can honestly say that I love it and I truly wanted to tell you about the product. I’ve already used 3 bottles of the tablets and I am confident in telling you this is my electrolyte replacement of choice and I’ll be using it from now on.

Replace SR is a sustained released electrolyte tablet which provides a continual release of electrolytes over 4-6 hours. It’s gradual so it’s less likely to upset your stomach and it provides your body with the electrolytes it needs as you sweat.

I take a tablet in the morning before I head out to run and 2 or 3 if I plan on running longer as well as on days when I cross train. I love the fact that the product is all natural and does not contain sugar, starches, artificial flavors or sweeteners, etc. but I also love the fact that it does not upset my stomach at all.

Another bonus is that I can take the pill before I head out to run so there’s no need to take anything with me and unlike some electrolyte replacements, I don’t have to mix it with anything. It’s also been nice to be able just to drink the water my body needs without having to add all the fluid and other junk that you often find in electrolyte replacement drinks.

I know I tend to bitch a lot about the heat and running in Florida but I can’t change that, it is what it is. With Replace SR I think I’ve found a solution to my electrolyte replacement that works for me and for long runs and marathon training, that’s invaluable.

Electrolyte replacement

Again, I want to let you know that I did receive this product for free to review, however, I really do love the product and I feel that it’s a perfect solution for me, and if you are still searching for an electrolyte solution, I highly recommend that you try Replace SR.

What are you currently using for electrolyte replacement?
If you had the chance to sample Replace SR would you be interested?
What is most important to you when it comes to your electrolyte replacements?

Want to run faster and injury free? The answer may be in your blood.

Are you one of those runners who trains smart and eats right? Are you a textbook case for what you’re supposed to do but despite all those things, you still end up injured?

blood analysis to run injury free

What if the answer was inside of you, more specifically inside your blood? Some people believe that’s where the answers are and they may be right.

Welcome to the world of blood analysis.

blood testing

I’m not a professional athlete by any means but it’s very important to me to get the most out of my exercise and diet. I’m all about optimal health and taking the right steps to obtain it. Blood analysis can give you a picture of your overall health and information to evaluate how your diet and your lifestyle affects your body and your athletic performance.

Analyzing your blood can help you achieve better athletic performance by telling you what you personally need in the form of nutrition and supplements.

super runner

Many professional athletes have been using blood analysis for years but it’s now making its way into the mainstream. There are many companies that offer blood analysis and the testing ranges from basic to very advanced. Most of these companies offer packages which you can choose from depending on which biomarkers you want to get tested for. The price also varies.

Usain Bolt

Just give me Usain’s blood.

So let’s look at why you would want a blood analysis test in the first place. First of all, it’s important to note that these aren’t the type of blood test you would typically get at your doctor’s office. Doctor’s test your blood to detect illness or disease. Blood analysis quantifies your biomarker levels, including your total cholesterol, cortisol, testosterone, glucose, triglycerides, C-reactive protein, vitamin D, calcium and iron to give you a complete picture of your overall health and then provide you with science-based nutritional recommendations to improve your health. So, let’s say for instance that the test reveal you’ve got low vitamin D levels, then you’d be given diet recommendations to raise your level. For instance you may be told to consume more salmon or tuna.

Eating salmon

“Get more vitamin D”, they said….

Since your blood regenerates every 120 days, it’s suggested that you retest to see how you’re doing. Most companies suggest testing 3 times a year. By screening and doing analysis of our blood, we can find out what we need to improve and make the dietary changes necessary to achieve optimal health. That sounds like a no-brainer to me.

The only issue I’m having right now is choosing the company to do the analysis. Here are three that I’m currently researching.


Have you ever had a blood analysis done?
Are you familiar with blood analysis testing?