20: Optimizing Biological Age with Dr. Michael Lustgarten, PhD.

Welcome to episode 20 of Optimal Health For Busy Entrepreneurs.

I’m excited to bring this paradigm-changing conversation to you today. Today’s guest, Dr. Michael Lustgarten is someone who is very passionate about studying ways in which we can increase our longevity.

What initially sparked me to reach out to Michael was his attention to detail regarding his health. He’s the true embodiment of someone who lives an N of 1 lifestyle. I enjoyed this conversation and I think you will as well due to some of his personal experiments he shares.

This conversation will also inspire you to think about leveraging the power of data a little more (even if it’s not the level of Michael’s). Here’s more information about him:

Dr Michael Lustgarten, PhD, Scientist II in the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. His research currently focuses on the role of the gut microbiome and serum metabolome on muscle mass and function in older adults. In addition to his contributions to numerous scientific publications, he is the author of a book titled Microbial Burden: A Major Cause Of Aging And Age-Related Disease. Dr. Lustgarten is also known for his rigorous n-of-1 health optimization experiments and quantified-self practice


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In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • What got him into this N of 1 lifestyle
  • His definition of optimal health
  • The importance of the microbiome
  • The microbiome and its relationship to aging
  • The importance of checking your blood multiple times per year
  • The blood panels that Dr. Lustgarten makes sure to get each time
  • The power of tracking your various health data
  • How Dr. Lustgarten approaches his nutrition
  • Little know facts about fiber and how beneficial it is
  • How to approach your biome and the use of probiotics
  • And much more

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19: Freestyle Friday – The Number 1 Step to Bolster Your Immune System That People are Forgetting About

Welcome to episode 19 of Optimal Health For Busy Entrepreneurs.

The majority of the world is focused on boosting their immune system. And rightfully so.

However, they are missing a big point when it comes to their immune system.

And that’s the point of focus in this mini-episode for freestyle Friday.

Today’s episode is about taking care of one giant domino concerning optimizing your immune system.

And in this episode, I’ll also share some practical steps that you can implement immediately to help address your immune system.

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In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • 1 of the biggest areas to focus on to optimize your immune system

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18: Living Beyond 120 + How to Handle COVID-19 with Dr. Jeffrey Gladden

Welcome to episode 18 of Optimal Health For Busy Entrepreneurs.

Today’s medical system isn’t a health care system. It’s instead, a sick care system. Insurance helps when you’re sick, not if you’re aiming for optimal health and achieving maximum performance.

Today’s guest, Dr. Jeffrey Gladden is someone who is well-versed in the bureaucracy of the health care system. During his mid-fifties, things took a turn for the worse for Dr. Gladden, personally and professionally. Despite eating what he thought was a healthy diet and exercising regularly, he became very fatigued, to the point that he could hardly get out of bed. Stress and anxiety led to bouts of depression. He was getting burned out on traditional medicine, as it became more and more scripted, focused on compliance, and less about exploring creative and resourceful means of caring for patients.

Fast forward to today and Dr. Gladden has turned back the clock as he’s performing as if he’s in his early 30’s. He’s the founder of Apex which is a concierge medical practice and the co-host of Living Beyond 120. Here’s more information about Dr. Gladden:

Dr. Jeffrey Gladden graduated from Temple University School of Medicine with Honors. In 1988, Dr. Gladden went into private practice in Dallas, Texas and subsequently formed his own cardiology group in 1996, Advanced Heart Care.

Dr. Gladden has devoted his energy and attention to developing Apex HHPLO, a cutting-edge concierge medical practice. Apex is a transformative program that sources the best and most actionable emerging technologies and merges them with more widely known approaches to help answer Apex’s empowering question, “How Good Can You Be?” Utilizing this approach has enabled Dr. Gladden and Apex HHPLO participants to turn back the functional clock, optimize their health, and recapture levels of performance previously thought to be lost. It has set the stage to change the trajectory of aging by optimizing health and enabling a robust life that extends decades beyond the norm.

At the age of 65, his body performs at the level he did in his 30s. His passion is to optimize current-day performance – mentally and physically, in addition to emotionally and spiritually – and utilize that as a base for a trajectory of longevity, while utilizing new advances as they emerge.


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In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • What Dr. Gladden and his clients (and myself) are doing to address the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Normally healthy foods to avoid consuming during this time
  • How to boost your immune system during this time
  • The powerful decision Dr. Gladden is making concerning the coronavirus and why we should do something similar
  • Why doubling down on meditation and exercising could be the decision you make during the quarantine
  • The moment in Dr. Gladden’s 50’s where his paradigm was shifted
  • Why today’s healthcare system is really more of a sick care system
  • How entrepreneurs and even some athletes are aging themselves more quickly
  • How to start turning back the clock (physiologically, not chronologically)
  • How Dr. Gladden trains and why he places a focus on Vo2 max
  • Why you should do more cardio (not Orangetheory nor HIIT)
  • And much more

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