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The Science of Living Longer: Diet, Supplements, & Sleep | Bryan Johnson

Wed Jul 10 2024
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Description

This episode explores Brian Johnson's N of 1 experiment to reverse his biological age and potentially avoid death. Johnson's journey to health and longevity is discussed, along with the concept of N of one data and the Blueprint protocol. The importance of tracking biomarkers, optimizing diet and supplements, and improving mental health through lifestyle changes is highlighted. The episode also covers sleep routines, supplement regimens, exercise routines, and the balance between social connections and lifestyle choices. Diagnostic testing, advancements in technology, and contemplation on mortality are explored as well.

Insights

Brian Johnson's N of 1 Experiment

Brian Johnson is conducting an N of 1 experiment on himself to reverse his biological age and potentially avoid death.

N of One Data and the Blueprint Protocol

The podcast discusses the concept of N of one data, where individuals can measure their health outcomes through various data points like imaging, blood, stool, saliva, and urine data.

Functional Medicine and Tracking Biomarkers

Functional medicine focuses on optimizing health by restoring balance in the body.

Tracking Aging and Therapies

Biological aging can be tracked using clocks like the Dunedin pace of aging, with the goal of slowing down the rate of aging compared to chronological age.

Exploring DNA Methylation Clocks and Health Metrics

DNA methylation clocks and OMIC clocks are being explored for health improvements on an organ by organ basis.

Mastering the Basics of Healthy Aging

Mastering the basics of sleep, diet, exercise, weight is crucial for healthy aging.

Optimizing Diet and Supplements for Health

Maintaining a lower protein intake helped in managing kidney function.

Improving Mental Health through Lifestyle Changes

Poor sleep and unhealthy diet can contribute to mental health issues.

Sleep Routine and Supplement Regimen

The speaker emphasizes the importance of sleep in maintaining good health and shares their personal sleep routine.

Supplements and Exercise Routine

The speaker used to take 111 pills a day but has reduced it to around 42 by creating their own pill stack.

Chapters

  1. Brian Johnson's N of 1 Experiment
  2. Brian Johnson's Journey to Health and Longevity
  3. N of One Data and the Blueprint Protocol
  4. Functional Medicine and Tracking Biomarkers
  5. Tracking Aging and Therapies
  6. Exploring DNA Methylation Clocks and Health Metrics
  7. Mastering the Basics of Healthy Aging
  8. Optimizing Diet and Supplements for Health
  9. Improving Mental Health through Lifestyle Changes
  10. Sleep Routine and Supplement Regimen
  11. Supplements and Exercise Routine
  12. Balancing Social Connections and Lifestyle Choices
  13. Diagnostic Testing and Personal Health Data
  14. Advancements in Technology and Contemplation on Mortality
Summary
Transcript

Brian Johnson's N of 1 Experiment

00:00 - 06:53

  • Brian Johnson is conducting an N of 1 experiment on himself to reverse his biological age and potentially avoid death.
  • He has achieved remarkable results in slowing down his aging process through Project Blueprint.
  • Project Blueprint is based on over 1,000 peer-reviewed publications and includes 200 science-backed protocols.
  • Johnson freely shares his protocols and data publicly for others to use.
  • In 2023, Brian launched the Rejuvenation Olympics to assess one's speed of aging using DNA methylation.

Brian Johnson's Journey to Health and Longevity

06:34 - 13:37

  • Brian Johnson is undertaking a project to optimize his health and potentially extend his lifespan through self-experimentation, which could provide insights for others.
  • Johnson's decision to focus on health and longevity stemmed from a desire to make a meaningful impact on humanity after experiencing extreme poverty in Ecuador.
  • Despite achieving financial success, Johnson faced personal struggles and emerged from a period of darkness with a renewed focus on making a difference for the human race.
  • Johnson challenges the conventional belief that death is inevitable by exploring the concept of longevity escape velocity and researching ways to outpace aging through science and technology.
  • Johnson's approach involves developing a regimen to test hypotheses on reversing biological age and slowing aging, using N of one data as evidence.

N of One Data and the Blueprint Protocol

13:20 - 20:32

  • The podcast discusses the concept of N of one data, where individuals can measure their health outcomes through various data points like imaging, blood, stool, saliva, and urine data.
  • The focus is on deviating from optimal levels of health rather than just treating diseases, aiming to achieve health similar to that of an 18-year-old.
  • The host created a model called the Blueprint based on a thought experiment about tackling death and exploring new possibilities in health and aging.
  • The Blueprint protocol involves measuring the biological age of every organ in the body, ranking scientific literature according to power laws, and applying scientific discoveries to optimize health.
  • The approach emphasizes data-driven insights and open science for others to follow along and learn from successes and mistakes.

Functional Medicine and Tracking Biomarkers

20:05 - 26:33

  • Functional medicine focuses on optimizing health by restoring balance in the body.
  • Metrics like biological age of organs can be used to track health and fitness levels.
  • Challenging the idea of normal aging, aiming for optimal health at any age.
  • Measuring biomarkers to compare biological characteristics with different age groups.
  • Rethinking traditional medical approaches that rely on binary test results.

Tracking Aging and Therapies

26:16 - 32:55

  • Blood pressure risk increases linearly from optimal levels, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a balance.
  • The speaker discovered age-related health issues like hearing loss and intracranial pressure due to narrow internal jugular veins and poor posture.
  • White matter hyperintensities in the brain were reduced by correcting posture and other therapies, showing improvements in brain health.
  • Biological aging can be tracked using clocks like the Dunedin pace of aging, with the goal of slowing down the rate of aging compared to chronological age.
  • DNA methylation clocks are valuable tools for monitoring changes in speed of aging and can be affected by various therapies.

Exploring DNA Methylation Clocks and Health Metrics

32:29 - 39:07

  • DNA methylation clocks and OMIC clocks are being explored for health improvements on an organ by organ basis.
  • Eating well is crucial for health goals, and Thrive Market offers organic grocery items with convenient delivery options.
  • Symbiotica's liposomal vitamin C is highlighted as a clean supplement option for immune system support.
  • AquaTrue water purifier is promoted for removing contaminants from drinking water.
  • Taking charge of personal health by tracking key metrics and implementing lifestyle changes is emphasized over traditional medical approaches.

Mastering the Basics of Healthy Aging

38:49 - 45:53

  • Mastering the basics of sleep, diet, exercise, weight is crucial for healthy aging.
  • Perfect sleep is achievable by structuring life around it.
  • Adopting a diet where every calorie serves a specific function in the body can optimize health.
  • Veganism was chosen as part of an experiment to design a perfect diet with specific goals in mind.
  • Maintaining muscle mass is essential for healthy aging and requires adequate protein intake and exercise.
  • Balancing mTOR activation on a vegan diet to synthesize muscle while promoting autophagy is crucial.
  • Combining veganism with caloric restriction has enabled achieving top percentiles in various health metrics like muscle mass, fat percentage, cardiovascular capacity, and bone mineral density.

Optimizing Diet and Supplements for Health

45:24 - 52:38

  • Maintaining a lower protein intake helped in managing kidney function.
  • The individual consumes pea protein, hemp, lentils, and vegetables with minimal grains and no dairy in their diet.
  • Supplements like creatine and calcium alpha ketoglutarate are used to support muscle growth.
  • The importance of joy, laughter, and pleasure in life is highlighted.
  • Many people fail to recognize the impact of food on their overall well-being including mental health.

Improving Mental Health through Lifestyle Changes

52:20 - 59:02

  • Poor sleep and unhealthy diet can contribute to mental health issues.
  • Breaking the cycle of unhealthy living and eating habits is crucial for improving mental health.
  • Changing mindset and separating oneself from destructive behaviors can lead to positive changes.
  • Creating boundaries and rules around eating habits can help in breaking self-destructive patterns.
  • Taking control of one's thoughts and being mindful of inner dialogue is essential for mental well-being.

Sleep Routine and Supplement Regimen

58:34 - 1:05:07

  • The speaker emphasizes the importance of sleep in maintaining good health and shares their personal sleep routine.
  • They highlight the significance of structuring one's approach to health to avoid overwhelming complexity, especially for individuals with busy lives.
  • The speaker discusses their dietary habits, emphasizing the timing and composition of meals for optimal sleep quality.
  • EMF protection is mentioned as part of the speaker's efforts to improve sleep quality, including wearing EMF-protected clothing.
  • The importance of a measured and clean supplement regimen is emphasized, with a focus on monitoring kidney and liver health.

Supplements and Exercise Routine

1:04:42 - 1:11:15

  • The speaker used to take 111 pills a day but has reduced it to around 42 by creating their own pill stack.
  • They take various supplements like Fisetin, Lutolien, Calcium, Alpha-Ketoglutarate, turmeric, green tea, NR, NMN.
  • The speaker also takes drugs like metformin, Acarbose, rapamycin, Dastanib for various health benefits.
  • Metformin is being studied for its effects on insulin resistance and blood sugar regulation but has contradictory data on its overall impact.
  • Rapamycin is taken episodically in specific doses to avoid suppressing immunity.
  • The speaker follows a daily exercise routine that includes stretching every muscle of the body with low weights and reasonable reps.

Balancing Social Connections and Lifestyle Choices

1:10:53 - 1:17:19

  • The speaker follows a low-weight, reasonable rep workout routine with cardio and stretching.
  • The cost of following the Blueprint program is around $1,000 to $1,500 per month, including groceries.
  • A basic supplement regimen includes multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D, and magnesium.
  • Balancing social connections and structured lifestyle choices for longevity is discussed.
  • Attending social events while maintaining dietary preferences is important to fit in without drawing attention.
  • The speaker occasionally attends late-night events but ensures overall health balance.

Diagnostic Testing and Personal Health Data

1:16:50 - 1:23:40

  • Living a healthy life requires taking actions and making choices that align with our goals.
  • The Blueprint program emphasizes the importance of diagnostic testing to understand one's biology comprehensively.
  • Health begins with measurement, and having access to detailed biomarker data can provide actionable insights for improving health and aging.
  • Traditional healthcare often lacks in-depth diagnostic testing and holistic approaches to health assessment.
  • Access to personal health data empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their well-being and track improvements over time.

Advancements in Technology and Contemplation on Mortality

1:23:18 - 1:30:41

  • Algorithms are seen as more efficient in assessing individual health needs and providing therapies.
  • The future holds the possibility of creating near-perfect health for everyone through closed loop systems.
  • Advancements in technology have made accessing personal bio data more affordable, leading to personalized health optimization.
  • Contemplation on mortality influences decision-making and appreciation for life's moments.
  • The concept of 'don't die' is proposed as a fundamental framework to navigate existential risks and ensure survival as a species.
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