The Top 5 Must-Have Health Supplements for High Performance

SupplementsHaving been inspired by the works of Tim Ferriss, I am seeking to apply the 80/20 rule to as many parts of my life as I can, in order to improve efficiency and cut down on some of my expenses. The 80/20 rule states that 20% of sources result in 80% of a given outcome. In this case, I believe that 20% of my supplementation results in 80% of the health benefits. I’m seeking to cut out any supplement that doesn’t fall into this 20% category.

Based on the hundreds of hours of research on health and wellness I’ve poured through in these past 4 years, here are the 5 supplements I believe every high-performing individual will benefit from.
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The Overwhelming Benefits of Vitamin D

I’m a firm believer that almost everybody in developed countries have similar gaps in their diet, even people who consume a variety of fresh, whole foods. These gaps are Vitamin D, omega 3s, and probiotics. Each has its own reason for why it’s so difficult to acquire in our daily diet in optimal quantities, but today’s focus will be on Vitamin D.

This excellent presentation on Vitamin D research condenses 4 hours of research and recommendations into less than an hour. Continue Reading…

Summarizing the Latest in Clinical Nutrition (2009-2010)

Being a health nut , I could sit for hours reading up on diet, nutrition, and fitness. Unfortunately for me, my time is very limited these days. Rather than try and keep up on the latest research and news for all of my interests, which would quickly deliver a debilitating dose of information overload, I find people who aggregate all of the important trends and deliver it in summary form. This is exactly what Dr. Michael Greger does in the world of clinical nutrition research. This weekend, I watched his 3 hour DVD entitled Latest in Clinical Nutrition Vol. 4, which summarizes the important studies from 2009 to the present (mid 2010).

Below are the notes I took on the  research that I felt was most applicable. My hope is that you can benefit from these notes I took. Continue Reading…

The Dangers of Fructose — Why It Can Be Considered A Toxin

Earlier today I watched an excellent presentation that details the dangers of consuming fructose in our diets. I was aware that fructose-containing ingredients, such as high fructose corn syrup, are bad for your health, but I never knew exactly how much worse fructose is than regular ol’ glucose. The presenter even goes so far as to argue that fructose is a toxin. This is a must-watch for anyone who is interested in keeping their diet free of harmful ingredients.

Note: The presentation is quite long (~90 minutes)If you are strained for time, watch the first half hour or so to get the general idea.