My Morning Regimen (Feels Fantastic)

  • by Nils Osmar. August 30, 2023
  • This post is not intended as, and should not be taken as, medical advice. 
  • See full Medical Disclaimer

A little coffee and some Ca-AKG.

I usually start the day by drinking some black coffee along with Ca-AKG.

AKG comes in a lot of forms, including AAKG (a salt of arginine), OAKG (ornithine) and Ca-AKG (a salt of calcium). The first one I tried was AAKG, which was fine, but didn’t have much research to support anti-aging benefits.

I then tried Rejuvant’s CaAKG; I did like like it, but at $5 a day it was too pricey for me. I’m currently using‘s AKG, which I also like, and am taking 2 grams a day.) I’ll sometimes have a few olives or a bite of avocado along with the Ca-AKG to promote better absroption. Coffee’s great because it promotes longevity and reduces all cause mortality (see study). It’s also a natural anti-depressant (see study).Fortunately it’s benefits don’t depend on the caffeine. Drinking caffeinated coffee was disturbing my sleep, so I’m drinking a water-decaf brew these days: 3/4 decaf and 1/4 caffeinated coffee grounds.

A ride on the stationary bike

I take a ride on my stationary bike for 20-30 minutes (some Zone 2, some aerobic, some HIIT) (I do some more riding later in the day) (If it’s dark outside I’ll use a Verilux “happy light” or a similar light while on the bike) Having exposure to bright light, particularly natural sunlight, has been found to be beneficial to our circadian rhythms. See study. Here’s my bike with a little mood light attached to the handlebars.

A little walk outdoors

When the sun comes up, I like going out in my back yard… here’s my yard this morning. I was living in near the intersection of two busy streets in Seattle for many years; I sold my Seattle home and moved about a half hour north of the city so that I could have a bit of nature nearby. My health improved greatly when I moved out here.

Rainy days are nice too

… I might take an umbrella on a day like this.

10 minutes of humming

As odd as it may sound, breathing through the nose while humming on the exhale (at around 150 hz) has been found to lead to a 15-20 X increase in nitric oxide in the body. See study. (I sometimes combine humming with red light therapy)

NAD boosters and sirtuin gene activators

1 hour later: I take some NMN, SIRT6 activator, krill, berberine with MCT oil, TMG and a few other supplements, usually with a small amount of food to promote absorption. The food might be a few bites of yogurt, or some olives, or a few bites of avocado. The MCT oil helps the berberine get better absorbed (see study); the NMN works well together with SIRT6 Activator. See article. the NMN, SIRT6, berberine and TMG are from DoNotAge.

Re: the question of whether NMN or NR is a better NAD+ booster, as the saying goes, I have no dog in that fight; I sometimes take NR instead of NMN. Either way, I take the TMG along with it to replenish the methyl groups that are depleted by taking NAD+ boosters.

Red light therapy

I’m currently doing ten minutes of full body red light therapy… I also, more recently, bought a red light cap (not shown in the video). I bought it to help with my recovery after a recent concussion; my impression was that it did speed up my recovery quite a bit.

Then a contrast shower… ending with a NEEL massage

My contrast shower is 3 minutes hot, 2 minutes cold; 3 minutes hot; ending on 3 minutes cold. I then apply NEEL in the way I show in this video. NEEL is a copper peptide product which promotes healthy skin. I usually buy it directly from the NEEL website; you can also order it on Amazon here.

… then a 1 hour workout

On my workout days, I follow the above with a 1 hour workout. I like using the home gym I reviewed in this video.

Energizing and stimulating

When I do all of these things in this order, I find it to be wonderfully energizing. I take some other supplements later in the day.

What about breakfast?

I usually have a breakfast/lunch around noon or 1 pm.

Not medical advice

This article is not intended as, and should not be taken as, medical advice. I’m not advising that people eat any particular diet or take any particular supplement(s), just reporting on what I’m doing. Supplements, like medications and other interventions, can have side effects; I would encourage people to research both possible benefits and side effects before starting on any supplementation regimen, and consult with a medical professional about any issues which might have a medical component.  See full Medical Disclaimer

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