The Best Resolution You Can Make For Your Health in 2022

Are you hesitating on starting a Wellness program because it will make you have to give up everything you love? This is much of the reason why New Year’s Resolutions don’t last. I don’t like rigidity either and I know it doesn’t work. My clients want to live a Cosmopolitan lifestyle (as much as they can in a “Post-Covid World”) which includes socializing, traveling, dining out, events, and working hard but not suffering the consequences. Following a program with purist principles is not realistic, nor is it an option for most people who want to enjoy the best things life has to offer. My program will teach people how to look much younger than their age, feel energetic despite working hard and playing hard, stay as sharp as possible in business, and feel sexy with a healthy libido into their more advanced years.

My programs are centered around reversing the fear of aging. You will learn how to interpret the most comprehensive diagnostics available (blood tests, medical evaluations/EKGs, genomic testing, etc.) and which ones to ask for. You will uncover information that is not mainstream regarding evaluations, diet, intermittent fasting, mental relevance, pain relief, optimizing hormones, and reversing the decline. Additionally, you will come to fully understand how to use exercise and body-work modalities for better health rather than a one size fits all approach and reduce the risk of injury.

You will know how to manage all the aspects of age decline and reduce the risks of first-world degenerative diseases ranging from mental decline, osteoporosis to diabetes.  Putting this information into practice will help you craft a lifestyle that will not only lead to feeling better, demonstrating a high state of biological autonomy but also looking significantly younger.

 

What are the steps?

  • Understanding how to be in touch with your body and knowing ways to communicate with your health care practitioners and doctors by using ‘self-optimization’ approaches, hence asking for better diagnostic testing [and not leave your health to chance] – which will determine where you are strong or weak and to slow your path towards senescence.
  • Formulate habits, very specifically and categorically that will sustain your life rather than kill you slowly.
  • Understand the basic do’s and don’ts of eating, drinking, supplementation, stress management, meditation, sleep hygiene, and flow technique.

What is different about how I practice?

You can still party and be a little indulgent as long as you follow these steps (Like I do at 70) and beyond. You will learn how to be fully self-optimized through discovering emerging science and technology.

What is it for?

To perform as you were a generation younger. Get the tools to look better, feel better and shock people when they hear your age.

Weight loss? yes

Strength? yes

Happiness? yes

Life Extension? yes

Flow? yes

If you want to shatter the current perception of aging and look and feel your absolute best into your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond, 2022 is a great time to start!

Interview With BiOptimizers – Biohacking the Anti-Aging Movement with Oz Garcia / Awesome Health Podcast

Watch Oz Garcia discuss biohacking the Anti-Aging movement with BiOptimizers by clicking the video below:

 

We all want to age gracefully and look younger naturally, but is biohacking the anti-aging movement really possible?

Absolutely, according to our guest for today’s episode of Awesome Health Podcast. Oz Garcia is recognized as a leading authority on age reversal and healthy aging for almost four decades. He’s known as the “nutritionist to the stars” working with A-Listers like Hilary Swank for her Million Dollar Baby transformation.

He has also written four best-selling books and has been featured in Vogue, W Magazine, and The New York Times, and has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Morning Show and Good Morning America.

Today Oz joins Wade and Matt to talk about his journey from photography to natural, holistic living, and what he’s learned along the way.

It started when his buddy suggested he read The Miracle of Fasting by Paul Bragg. Oz had dealt with severe migraines for years so he read the book, followed Bragg’s recommendations. Oz stayed home, locked himself in his room, drank water, rested for a few days. He came out the other side feeling clearer with no migraine. That was his epiphany! He continued studying Braggs and other healing paths including running and sports performance.

Next, we talk about what holographic nutrition means to him: Dr Garcia says it is about getting a complete picture of the person’s health. What is their sleep and their sleep environment like? He calls sleep the scaffolding on which everything else falls. Sleep is a superpower that not enough people focus on.

Oz shares with us what is next inside the physical aspects of the scaffolding: nutrition before we segue into the mental aspects of the scaffolding like meditation and daily habits. He recommends reading James Clear’s Atomic Habits and taking a deep dive into your daily habits. Do you stay up late watching the news and then turn on the TV first thing in the morning? Do you have 4 cups of coffee each day?

Most people are in the first category and Oz recommends his clients do a 10 day news detox, cut the coffee by few cuts, something that is almost impossible for the majority of them at first. But when they do detach a bit, they find a clearer way of thinking. Oz practices what he preaches. As he talks to us on this episode, he is in the middle of a 10 day water fast and reflects on how much different his thoughts are as a result, about the past and about the future specifically.

We also touch on maintaining cognitive health into your 90s, blue zones, daily glass of wine, and so much more. This is a jam-packed edition so join us to hear it all on Awesome Health Podcast with Oz Garcia!

Health Hacking Summit – Interview with Alex Azzi

Listen to Oz Garcia and Alex Azzi discuss flow states, peak performance, optimum states of being, and in large measure, you’re going to learn how to be the best you possible!

Biohacking Immortality with Celebrity Nutritionist Oz Garcia

See below to read an interview that Oz Garcia participated in the Immortalists Magazine:

Immortalists Magazine is pleased to present, Oz Garcia, a biohacking pioneer for healthy living & longevity.

Immortalists Magazine – Tell us about your recent biohacking conference for Summit in Aspen?

Oz Garcia Summit is a world wide organization catering to highly sophisticated individuals and thought leaders in the US and around the world. I was privileged to be one of the speakers at the Aspen Summit leading an ongoing series on fighting aging, age reversal, self optimization, neuro and biohacking, mindfulness and mental clarity. The experience was fully immersive. I led a multitude of different activities and approaches to eating, examples of biohacking as well as tools to improve meditation. Part of the full immersion was a range of activities including a cold plunge every morning before class in the Frying Pan River which was 40 degree fahrenheit. Students were invited to also do the opposite before dinner to participate in a heat lodge. Once in class, we did mindfulness meditation. Each day was different to demonstrate different types of health improving practices which were breathing exercises to teach people to relax, reduce anxiety, as well as increase focus and alertness. Both were the anchors to the content presented. The students left with ways to optimize day to day performance, current states of fitness, health etc.

IM – Why do celebrities, Fortune 100 CEO’s, and the super elite seek your advice for wellness & longevity?

OGMy clients are looking for the most relevant information that will amplify their performance at any level. Most people that contact me are well aware of my 40 years working in functional health and medicine. I’ve authored 4 books on the subject matter of personalized nutrition, tactics for life extension, dietary eating guidelines for children and exceptional care for women as they move through stages of their life. Given my early entry into the field of progressive health I’ve built an impeccable reputation leveraged by my 40 years of being a runner and marathoner and it gave me a direct vantage point in terms of what people needed to perform at their best. I focus on the ideal ways to reduce stress, improve immunity, and I was early in the testing methodology of comprehensive blood work and genetic testing before it gained popularity. My network includes elite doctors (from cardiologists, to endocrinologists, gynecologists, etc.) which provide our clients with a stable community and team to work with alongside me.

IM – What is your background?

OGMy background is institutional and my interest began through running at a relatively young age. I also became involved in the budding holistic health community while becoming a leader in macrobiotics, fasting, metabolic performance and an early interest in supplements and nutraceuticals for optimized performance. Very early on I worked for a very progressive naturopathic center in NY which inspired me to open my own clinic.

IM – What do you consider top practices to prevent & treat COVID?

OGGet vaccinated and maintain as good health as possible. Don’t smoke, take nutrition seriously and and behave in ways that don’t compromise health and immunity as well as not being overwhelmed by stress.

IM – What do you consider effective approaches to improve the immune system?

OGBuilding the gut microbiome through probiotics as it is said to regulate 70% or more of your immune system response. That means introducing a broad family of probiotics and fermented foods into diet, eating a highly functional diet with no processed foods at all, moderate alcohol consumption, getting 8 hours high quality sleep daily, working with supplements known to modulate the immune system, in addition to probiotics (which there are many.) Also, we do encourage IV vitamin therapy which also has terrific fortifying effects on the immune system.

IM – Tell us about your new book with Simon and Shuster on Covid Long Haul and immunity to Super Viruses

OGThis book is going be used as a manual to best protect yourself in these times. “How to recover from Covid and Long Haul Covid and prepare your biology for future viruses” It’s a deep dive into everything someone should know during the pandemic. It’s an optimistic book designed to give you hope and doable guidelines to stay well and recover.

IM – Any current news you’d like to share?

OG – After having had Covid myself, it moved me to elevate the quality of my work substantially and understand as much as possibly on how to maintain a strong body under these times and how we can fight aging successfully, how to reverse infirmities as the years go on so our bodies can be as highly function at 70 or 80 as we were 30 years earlier. I help clients stay relevant both in their public and personal lives. We are using this information to teach on how to live longer, better and enjoy a good life as the years go on.

IM – What is your view on Immortality?

OG100 years ago the lifespan for the average well to do male and female in the United States was only in their 40’s. Right now, we’re at a point because of advancements in science hygiene and less environmental threats, we can now have a lifespan that can range up to 120 years of age. There are centenarian communities in the world, also referred to as Blue Zones regions (including Okinawa, Sardinia, Nicoya and Icaria) which reflect our capability to have a healthy human lifespan of 120.

When I think about mortality, I consider my ability to first live a quality life so long as I’m alive. I think about reversing infirmities as I get older so that I can enjoy my current state of being whatever my current life span.

I’m not interested in immortality if there is suffering. If I can maintain a good, long, happy, healthy life and I am on the horse trail riding in Central Park and that’s when I go, I will consider that Immortality.

Interview with Uptime.App

Watch this interview with Oz Garcia and Uptime App to learn about why probiotics are a miracle for your gut health.

 

Osteostrong Interview With Oz Garcia

Watch Oz Garcia’s appearance on Osteostrong’s UnbreakableMe Wellness Podcast:

Dr. Oz Garcia is recognized as a leading authority on age reversal and healthy aging. As “nutritionist to the stars” Oz is the go-to nutritionist for A-List celebrities and Fortune 100 CEOs. His unique and customized approach to nutrition and anti-aging coupled with more than 40-years of experience has made Oz one of the most recognizable names in the industry. He has lectured all over the world and has been a pioneer in the study of nutrition and anti-aging.

Oz is the bestselling author of four booksThe Food Cure for KidsThe BalanceLook and Feel Fabulous Forever, and Redesigning 50: The No-Plastic-Surgery Guide to 21st-Century Age Defiance (HarperCollins). He has been voted best nutritionist by New York Magazine and is frequently called upon by some of the most respected names in medicine and news media for his up-to-the-minute views on nutrition and its role in aging and longevity.

Three Things… Daily Practices For a Long Life

Watch this interview with Dr. Oz to learn what to practice to change the quality of your life and health.

 

What You Eat and Supplement with Matters. Especially now…

For most of the population that is cooped up at home, people are becoming lazy about what they are eating. Convenience eating, Netflix binge eating and general overeating (especially the wrong foods) are becoming especially problematic. We all know that using vitamins and supplements build the immune system. I can’t stress enough the importance of the right nutrients and supplements during a time when the world is at risk of becoming sick, but what about food?

As it turns out, there is a very strong relationship between the food you eat and your ability to fend off colds, flu’s and viruses. You have to be very careful with the consumption of processed foods and foods high in sugar since they are known to cause inflammation (which can trigger an immune response). Opt for foods that are high in vegetable and fruit chemicals. At the moment, supermarkets are still open and you can have access to fruits and vegetables both fresh and frozen.

Proteins: Be choosy when it comes to proteins. Lean quality proteins should include wild seafood, organic poultry and high quality GMO free beef, and lamb. Since there’s a shortage in a lot of stores, do the best you can to get the healthiest selections you have access too.

Starches: Watch out for gluten and wheat since they take up room in your immune system. If you can’t resist pastas, look for ones that are rice or bean based. Alternatively, Zoodles made from zucchini make a good swap. The best rice choices are temple style, wild, Jasmine and basmati. Quinoa, yams, squash and steel cut oatmeal are also good to have on hand.

If you are curious about recipes, Google Mediterranean Diet, Asian Diet or Mediterrasian Diet which all contain the foods mentioned.

What about vitamins and supplements? Some of my top immune building supplements are not just the ones we all know about such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc and Echinacea. There are plenty of supplements that have healing properties that don’t get nearly enough recognition.

Beta Glucans are naturally occurring polysaccharides. We see it in foods like oatmeal and that’s part of the reason it reduces cholesterol. Beta Glucans increase host immune defense by enhancing macrophages and natural killer cell function.

Probiotics aid tremendously in immune function since we know that 70- 80% of our immune system lives in the gut. Currently there is new science coming out every day on the gut microbiome and its relationship to our overall health. Probiotics should not only be used as a foundational supplement, but really strengthen the ability to fend off illnesses. We can introduce a wide variety of probiotics through yogurts from dairy and also coconut or almond milk based. Probiotic nasal spray is also beneficial and can be used on daily basis.

Glutathione: is referred to as The Master Antioxidant. It plays a major role in detoxification and building immunity. Glutathione levels decline with age, when we are not well, and even after taking over the counter pain killers. We can improve our glutathione levels by supplementing with glutathione orally, although the best absorption is intravenously.

N- Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) helps to make the antioxidant glutathione. In addition to its ability to detoxify, it is powerful in protecting the lungs and clears out the blood and different pathogens.

Fat (the good kind) is crucial and can help power immunity. High quality fats like avocado, avocado oil , olive oil, high quality butter etc. can be useful to put you into ketosis. Exogenous ketones taken in supplement form can also help you get there. When the body goes into ketosis it enters a protective state  against viruses and improves lung function. Studies have shown that a ketogenic diet can work against flu related inflammation and improves the body’s immune response.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in learning more, we are still available for appoints, so schedule today. Please schedule below or contact us by email: info@ozgarcia.com or phone: 917-924-5176.

Quick Fix: 10 Meals To Make For the Non Practicing Cook

We get it — you don’t always have the time to cook, and you definitely don’t always have the time to learn how to cook properly. This is one of the great dilemmas for the modern mover (aka…you). But have no fear, Sakara Life is here. With a little help from a healthy fridge stocked with your favorite whole food essentials, you too can turn any seemingly complicated meal into quick + simple nourishment, no previous cooking-knowledge required. See below for some of our favorite on the go ideas (all without a serving of quinoa in sight!):

1. Toast with Toppers*
What We Made: We topped our slices of crusty, organic and locally made whole wheat bread with a layer of mashed chickpeas, green peas, sliced radish, chopped mint and arugula sprouts with the finishing touches of salt + pepper + extra virgin olive oil to taste.

2. Smoothie
Blend two cups of mango, 2-3 tbsp of lime juice, 2 cups of unsweetened coconut water, and a pinch of cayenne until smooth and you’ve got yoursel a beauty smoothie! You’re welcome.

3. Salad with Egg and Avocado
What We Made: Massaged kale, topped with avocado and a fried egg. Feel free to make your egg poached, scrambled, hard boiled or however you like it best. There’s no wrong answer here. Season with salt + pepper and top with hemp hearts. Add a little fire with a pinch of red pepper flakes or a drizzle of sriracha!

4. Yogurt with Fruit and Granola
Having individual cups of your favorite organic yogurt in the fridge for a grab and go snack is key. Add antioxidant beauty fruits like raspberries, blackberries and/or blueberries topped the best granola in the world ( ) and you’ve got a simple yet solid breakfast on your hands.

5. Loaded Sweet Potato*
What We Made: A baked sweet potato with coconut oil (45 min at 350 degrees or 4-5 minutes in the trusty microwave) loaded with organic black beans, steamed broccolini, coconut bacon and chives. Drizzle with more melted coconut oil on top and make sure to season well.

6. Lettuce Wraps
Lay out a few lettuce leaves such as Boston lettuce and fill with you’re favorite crunchy veggies i.e. matchstick carrots, sliced zucchini, bean spouts, bell peppers, red cabbage and avocado for some creaminess and garnish with basil leaves and mint. Top them off with toasted sesame oil, grated ginger and chopped peanuts for a little Vietnamese flare.

7. Sliced Veggies with Hummus and Sea Salt
Choose vegetables you wouldn’t normally go for to mix things up! We love jicama, yellow squash, watermelon radishes, sugar snap peas, asparagus, cucumbers, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli and then the obvious carrot and celery stick combo. Another tip is to prep veggies on a Sunday for the week ahead.

8. Fruit + Nut Butters
What We Made: Slices of our favorite fruits: pears, apples, and bananas with a heaping tablespoon of almond butter. We also love cashew, macadamia and peanut butters and those adorable little squeeze packs that they come in as well.

9. Mediteranean Salad
What We Made: A mix of sliced heirloom cherry tomatoes, seedless cucumber, red onion, with lots and lots of parsley + cilantro and of course extra virgin olive oil and salt + (extra) pepper.

10. Tofu Burgers
You may have to pull out your frying pan for this one but it’ll be worth it. Cut extra firm tofu into 1 inch thick patties and sauté in coconut oil for 1-2 minutes per side. Top tofu burger with spicy vegan mayo, arugula and thinly sliced radishes. Serve on lightly toasted nut bread and enjoy.

 

Article Courtsey of Sakara Life. Photography by Lianna Tarantin.

 

 

 

The Best Resolution You Can Make For Your Health in 2022

Are you hesitating on starting a Wellness program because it will make you have to give up everything you love? This is much of the reason why New Year’s Resolutions don’t last. I don’t like rigidity either and I know it doesn’t work. My clients want to live a Cosmopolitan lifestyle (as much as they can in a “Post-Covid World”) which includes socializing, traveling, dining out, events, and working hard but not suffering the consequences. Following a program with purist principles is not realistic, nor is it an option for most people who want to enjoy the best things life has to offer. My program will teach people how to look much younger than their age, feel energetic despite working hard and playing hard, stay as sharp as possible in business, and feel sexy with a healthy libido into their more advanced years.

My programs are centered around reversing the fear of aging. You will learn how to interpret the most comprehensive diagnostics available (blood tests, medical evaluations/EKGs, genomic testing, etc.) and which ones to ask for. You will uncover information that is not mainstream regarding evaluations, diet, intermittent fasting, mental relevance, pain relief, optimizing hormones, and reversing the decline. Additionally, you will come to fully understand how to use exercise and body-work modalities for better health rather than a one size fits all approach and reduce the risk of injury.

You will know how to manage all the aspects of age decline and reduce the risks of first-world degenerative diseases ranging from mental decline, osteoporosis to diabetes.  Putting this information into practice will help you craft a lifestyle that will not only lead to feeling better, demonstrating a high state of biological autonomy but also looking significantly younger.

 

What are the steps?

  • Understanding how to be in touch with your body and knowing ways to communicate with your health care practitioners and doctors by using ‘self-optimization’ approaches, hence asking for better diagnostic testing [and not leave your health to chance] – which will determine where you are strong or weak and to slow your path towards senescence.
  • Formulate habits, very specifically and categorically that will sustain your life rather than kill you slowly.
  • Understand the basic do’s and don’ts of eating, drinking, supplementation, stress management, meditation, sleep hygiene, and flow technique.

What is different about how I practice?

You can still party and be a little indulgent as long as you follow these steps (Like I do at 70) and beyond. You will learn how to be fully self-optimized through discovering emerging science and technology.

What is it for?

To perform as you were a generation younger. Get the tools to look better, feel better and shock people when they hear your age.

Weight loss? yes

Strength? yes

Happiness? yes

Life Extension? yes

Flow? yes

If you want to shatter the current perception of aging and look and feel your absolute best into your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond, 2022 is a great time to start!

Interview With BiOptimizers – Biohacking the Anti-Aging Movement with Oz Garcia / Awesome Health Podcast

Watch Oz Garcia discuss biohacking the Anti-Aging movement with BiOptimizers by clicking the video below:

 

We all want to age gracefully and look younger naturally, but is biohacking the anti-aging movement really possible?

Absolutely, according to our guest for today’s episode of Awesome Health Podcast. Oz Garcia is recognized as a leading authority on age reversal and healthy aging for almost four decades. He’s known as the “nutritionist to the stars” working with A-Listers like Hilary Swank for her Million Dollar Baby transformation.

He has also written four best-selling books and has been featured in Vogue, W Magazine, and The New York Times, and has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Morning Show and Good Morning America.

Today Oz joins Wade and Matt to talk about his journey from photography to natural, holistic living, and what he’s learned along the way.

It started when his buddy suggested he read The Miracle of Fasting by Paul Bragg. Oz had dealt with severe migraines for years so he read the book, followed Bragg’s recommendations. Oz stayed home, locked himself in his room, drank water, rested for a few days. He came out the other side feeling clearer with no migraine. That was his epiphany! He continued studying Braggs and other healing paths including running and sports performance.

Next, we talk about what holographic nutrition means to him: Dr Garcia says it is about getting a complete picture of the person’s health. What is their sleep and their sleep environment like? He calls sleep the scaffolding on which everything else falls. Sleep is a superpower that not enough people focus on.

Oz shares with us what is next inside the physical aspects of the scaffolding: nutrition before we segue into the mental aspects of the scaffolding like meditation and daily habits. He recommends reading James Clear’s Atomic Habits and taking a deep dive into your daily habits. Do you stay up late watching the news and then turn on the TV first thing in the morning? Do you have 4 cups of coffee each day?

Most people are in the first category and Oz recommends his clients do a 10 day news detox, cut the coffee by few cuts, something that is almost impossible for the majority of them at first. But when they do detach a bit, they find a clearer way of thinking. Oz practices what he preaches. As he talks to us on this episode, he is in the middle of a 10 day water fast and reflects on how much different his thoughts are as a result, about the past and about the future specifically.

We also touch on maintaining cognitive health into your 90s, blue zones, daily glass of wine, and so much more. This is a jam-packed edition so join us to hear it all on Awesome Health Podcast with Oz Garcia!

Health Hacking Summit – Interview with Alex Azzi

Listen to Oz Garcia and Alex Azzi discuss flow states, peak performance, optimum states of being, and in large measure, you’re going to learn how to be the best you possible!

Biohacking Immortality with Celebrity Nutritionist Oz Garcia

See below to read an interview that Oz Garcia participated in the Immortalists Magazine:

Immortalists Magazine is pleased to present, Oz Garcia, a biohacking pioneer for healthy living & longevity.

Immortalists Magazine – Tell us about your recent biohacking conference for Summit in Aspen?

Oz Garcia Summit is a world wide organization catering to highly sophisticated individuals and thought leaders in the US and around the world. I was privileged to be one of the speakers at the Aspen Summit leading an ongoing series on fighting aging, age reversal, self optimization, neuro and biohacking, mindfulness and mental clarity. The experience was fully immersive. I led a multitude of different activities and approaches to eating, examples of biohacking as well as tools to improve meditation. Part of the full immersion was a range of activities including a cold plunge every morning before class in the Frying Pan River which was 40 degree fahrenheit. Students were invited to also do the opposite before dinner to participate in a heat lodge. Once in class, we did mindfulness meditation. Each day was different to demonstrate different types of health improving practices which were breathing exercises to teach people to relax, reduce anxiety, as well as increase focus and alertness. Both were the anchors to the content presented. The students left with ways to optimize day to day performance, current states of fitness, health etc.

IM – Why do celebrities, Fortune 100 CEO’s, and the super elite seek your advice for wellness & longevity?

OGMy clients are looking for the most relevant information that will amplify their performance at any level. Most people that contact me are well aware of my 40 years working in functional health and medicine. I’ve authored 4 books on the subject matter of personalized nutrition, tactics for life extension, dietary eating guidelines for children and exceptional care for women as they move through stages of their life. Given my early entry into the field of progressive health I’ve built an impeccable reputation leveraged by my 40 years of being a runner and marathoner and it gave me a direct vantage point in terms of what people needed to perform at their best. I focus on the ideal ways to reduce stress, improve immunity, and I was early in the testing methodology of comprehensive blood work and genetic testing before it gained popularity. My network includes elite doctors (from cardiologists, to endocrinologists, gynecologists, etc.) which provide our clients with a stable community and team to work with alongside me.

IM – What is your background?

OGMy background is institutional and my interest began through running at a relatively young age. I also became involved in the budding holistic health community while becoming a leader in macrobiotics, fasting, metabolic performance and an early interest in supplements and nutraceuticals for optimized performance. Very early on I worked for a very progressive naturopathic center in NY which inspired me to open my own clinic.

IM – What do you consider top practices to prevent & treat COVID?

OGGet vaccinated and maintain as good health as possible. Don’t smoke, take nutrition seriously and and behave in ways that don’t compromise health and immunity as well as not being overwhelmed by stress.

IM – What do you consider effective approaches to improve the immune system?

OGBuilding the gut microbiome through probiotics as it is said to regulate 70% or more of your immune system response. That means introducing a broad family of probiotics and fermented foods into diet, eating a highly functional diet with no processed foods at all, moderate alcohol consumption, getting 8 hours high quality sleep daily, working with supplements known to modulate the immune system, in addition to probiotics (which there are many.) Also, we do encourage IV vitamin therapy which also has terrific fortifying effects on the immune system.

IM – Tell us about your new book with Simon and Shuster on Covid Long Haul and immunity to Super Viruses

OGThis book is going be used as a manual to best protect yourself in these times. “How to recover from Covid and Long Haul Covid and prepare your biology for future viruses” It’s a deep dive into everything someone should know during the pandemic. It’s an optimistic book designed to give you hope and doable guidelines to stay well and recover.

IM – Any current news you’d like to share?

OG – After having had Covid myself, it moved me to elevate the quality of my work substantially and understand as much as possibly on how to maintain a strong body under these times and how we can fight aging successfully, how to reverse infirmities as the years go on so our bodies can be as highly function at 70 or 80 as we were 30 years earlier. I help clients stay relevant both in their public and personal lives. We are using this information to teach on how to live longer, better and enjoy a good life as the years go on.

IM – What is your view on Immortality?

OG100 years ago the lifespan for the average well to do male and female in the United States was only in their 40’s. Right now, we’re at a point because of advancements in science hygiene and less environmental threats, we can now have a lifespan that can range up to 120 years of age. There are centenarian communities in the world, also referred to as Blue Zones regions (including Okinawa, Sardinia, Nicoya and Icaria) which reflect our capability to have a healthy human lifespan of 120.

When I think about mortality, I consider my ability to first live a quality life so long as I’m alive. I think about reversing infirmities as I get older so that I can enjoy my current state of being whatever my current life span.

I’m not interested in immortality if there is suffering. If I can maintain a good, long, happy, healthy life and I am on the horse trail riding in Central Park and that’s when I go, I will consider that Immortality.

Interview with Uptime.App

Watch this interview with Oz Garcia and Uptime App to learn about why probiotics are a miracle for your gut health.

 

Osteostrong Interview With Oz Garcia

Watch Oz Garcia’s appearance on Osteostrong’s UnbreakableMe Wellness Podcast:

Dr. Oz Garcia is recognized as a leading authority on age reversal and healthy aging. As “nutritionist to the stars” Oz is the go-to nutritionist for A-List celebrities and Fortune 100 CEOs. His unique and customized approach to nutrition and anti-aging coupled with more than 40-years of experience has made Oz one of the most recognizable names in the industry. He has lectured all over the world and has been a pioneer in the study of nutrition and anti-aging.

Oz is the bestselling author of four booksThe Food Cure for KidsThe BalanceLook and Feel Fabulous Forever, and Redesigning 50: The No-Plastic-Surgery Guide to 21st-Century Age Defiance (HarperCollins). He has been voted best nutritionist by New York Magazine and is frequently called upon by some of the most respected names in medicine and news media for his up-to-the-minute views on nutrition and its role in aging and longevity.

Three Things… Daily Practices For a Long Life

Watch this interview with Dr. Oz to learn what to practice to change the quality of your life and health.

 

What You Eat and Supplement with Matters. Especially now…

For most of the population that is cooped up at home, people are becoming lazy about what they are eating. Convenience eating, Netflix binge eating and general overeating (especially the wrong foods) are becoming especially problematic. We all know that using vitamins and supplements build the immune system. I can’t stress enough the importance of the right nutrients and supplements during a time when the world is at risk of becoming sick, but what about food?

As it turns out, there is a very strong relationship between the food you eat and your ability to fend off colds, flu’s and viruses. You have to be very careful with the consumption of processed foods and foods high in sugar since they are known to cause inflammation (which can trigger an immune response). Opt for foods that are high in vegetable and fruit chemicals. At the moment, supermarkets are still open and you can have access to fruits and vegetables both fresh and frozen.

Proteins: Be choosy when it comes to proteins. Lean quality proteins should include wild seafood, organic poultry and high quality GMO free beef, and lamb. Since there’s a shortage in a lot of stores, do the best you can to get the healthiest selections you have access too.

Starches: Watch out for gluten and wheat since they take up room in your immune system. If you can’t resist pastas, look for ones that are rice or bean based. Alternatively, Zoodles made from zucchini make a good swap. The best rice choices are temple style, wild, Jasmine and basmati. Quinoa, yams, squash and steel cut oatmeal are also good to have on hand.

If you are curious about recipes, Google Mediterranean Diet, Asian Diet or Mediterrasian Diet which all contain the foods mentioned.

What about vitamins and supplements? Some of my top immune building supplements are not just the ones we all know about such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc and Echinacea. There are plenty of supplements that have healing properties that don’t get nearly enough recognition.

Beta Glucans are naturally occurring polysaccharides. We see it in foods like oatmeal and that’s part of the reason it reduces cholesterol. Beta Glucans increase host immune defense by enhancing macrophages and natural killer cell function.

Probiotics aid tremendously in immune function since we know that 70- 80% of our immune system lives in the gut. Currently there is new science coming out every day on the gut microbiome and its relationship to our overall health. Probiotics should not only be used as a foundational supplement, but really strengthen the ability to fend off illnesses. We can introduce a wide variety of probiotics through yogurts from dairy and also coconut or almond milk based. Probiotic nasal spray is also beneficial and can be used on daily basis.

Glutathione: is referred to as The Master Antioxidant. It plays a major role in detoxification and building immunity. Glutathione levels decline with age, when we are not well, and even after taking over the counter pain killers. We can improve our glutathione levels by supplementing with glutathione orally, although the best absorption is intravenously.

N- Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) helps to make the antioxidant glutathione. In addition to its ability to detoxify, it is powerful in protecting the lungs and clears out the blood and different pathogens.

Fat (the good kind) is crucial and can help power immunity. High quality fats like avocado, avocado oil , olive oil, high quality butter etc. can be useful to put you into ketosis. Exogenous ketones taken in supplement form can also help you get there. When the body goes into ketosis it enters a protective state  against viruses and improves lung function. Studies have shown that a ketogenic diet can work against flu related inflammation and improves the body’s immune response.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in learning more, we are still available for appoints, so schedule today. Please schedule below or contact us by email: info@ozgarcia.com or phone: 917-924-5176.

Quick Fix: 10 Meals To Make For the Non Practicing Cook

We get it — you don’t always have the time to cook, and you definitely don’t always have the time to learn how to cook properly. This is one of the great dilemmas for the modern mover (aka…you). But have no fear, Sakara Life is here. With a little help from a healthy fridge stocked with your favorite whole food essentials, you too can turn any seemingly complicated meal into quick + simple nourishment, no previous cooking-knowledge required. See below for some of our favorite on the go ideas (all without a serving of quinoa in sight!):

1. Toast with Toppers*
What We Made: We topped our slices of crusty, organic and locally made whole wheat bread with a layer of mashed chickpeas, green peas, sliced radish, chopped mint and arugula sprouts with the finishing touches of salt + pepper + extra virgin olive oil to taste.

2. Smoothie
Blend two cups of mango, 2-3 tbsp of lime juice, 2 cups of unsweetened coconut water, and a pinch of cayenne until smooth and you’ve got yoursel a beauty smoothie! You’re welcome.

3. Salad with Egg and Avocado
What We Made: Massaged kale, topped with avocado and a fried egg. Feel free to make your egg poached, scrambled, hard boiled or however you like it best. There’s no wrong answer here. Season with salt + pepper and top with hemp hearts. Add a little fire with a pinch of red pepper flakes or a drizzle of sriracha!

4. Yogurt with Fruit and Granola
Having individual cups of your favorite organic yogurt in the fridge for a grab and go snack is key. Add antioxidant beauty fruits like raspberries, blackberries and/or blueberries topped the best granola in the world ( ) and you’ve got a simple yet solid breakfast on your hands.

5. Loaded Sweet Potato*
What We Made: A baked sweet potato with coconut oil (45 min at 350 degrees or 4-5 minutes in the trusty microwave) loaded with organic black beans, steamed broccolini, coconut bacon and chives. Drizzle with more melted coconut oil on top and make sure to season well.

6. Lettuce Wraps
Lay out a few lettuce leaves such as Boston lettuce and fill with you’re favorite crunchy veggies i.e. matchstick carrots, sliced zucchini, bean spouts, bell peppers, red cabbage and avocado for some creaminess and garnish with basil leaves and mint. Top them off with toasted sesame oil, grated ginger and chopped peanuts for a little Vietnamese flare.

7. Sliced Veggies with Hummus and Sea Salt
Choose vegetables you wouldn’t normally go for to mix things up! We love jicama, yellow squash, watermelon radishes, sugar snap peas, asparagus, cucumbers, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli and then the obvious carrot and celery stick combo. Another tip is to prep veggies on a Sunday for the week ahead.

8. Fruit + Nut Butters
What We Made: Slices of our favorite fruits: pears, apples, and bananas with a heaping tablespoon of almond butter. We also love cashew, macadamia and peanut butters and those adorable little squeeze packs that they come in as well.

9. Mediteranean Salad
What We Made: A mix of sliced heirloom cherry tomatoes, seedless cucumber, red onion, with lots and lots of parsley + cilantro and of course extra virgin olive oil and salt + (extra) pepper.

10. Tofu Burgers
You may have to pull out your frying pan for this one but it’ll be worth it. Cut extra firm tofu into 1 inch thick patties and sauté in coconut oil for 1-2 minutes per side. Top tofu burger with spicy vegan mayo, arugula and thinly sliced radishes. Serve on lightly toasted nut bread and enjoy.

 

Article Courtsey of Sakara Life. Photography by Lianna Tarantin.