Fit-Bullet Friday #7

FitCorner's Friday Fit-Bullets #7.

  • Quote:
    "There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don't allow yourself to become one of them."

    – Ralph Marsto from The Daily Motivator

Every Friday I'll blog about topics related to health, fitness, wellness, self-improvement, and other miscellaneous topics I find interesting.


Lyn's ID Life Testimonial

I met Lyn through Stan (read his testimonial here) a couple of months ago. She is full of energy and passionate about ID Life.
"Over a 1 1/2 years ago in an appointment with my Dr. she shared "if you don't make some changes, I'll bet my mortgage on it that you're going to develop diabetes." I have a family history of diabetes and heart disease and have been taking medication for high BP and a statin for years. I've been off and on with exercise, recently more mindful about what I'm eating, started with IDNutrition in late July [2014] and have a meal replacement shake every morning. Fast forward to my Dr. appointment in February [2015]. She said "Whatever you've been doing to get the weight off, keep it up! Your blood pressure is fine - you do not need to be on BP medication right now. Continue exercise. Go off simvastatin and recheck in 6 months." I am so pumped up about this! I haven't had this level of energy in years. SO thankful for IDLife and IDNutrition!"
- Lyn L.
Way to go Lyn!


Fit-Bullet Friday #6

FitCorner's Friday Fit-Bullets #6.
  • Science is Fun!: Scientists create world's largest catalog of human genomic variation.

    "An international team of scientists from the 1000 Genomes Project Consortium has created the world's largest catalog of genomic differences among humans, providing researchers with powerful clues to help them establish why some people are susceptible to various diseases."

    "The catalog more than doubles the number of known variant sites in the human genome, and can now be used in a wide range of studies of human biology and medicine, providing the basis for a new understanding of how inherited differences in DNA can contribute to disease risk and drug response."

  • Gadget: Skulpt Aim

    An interesting gadget that can measure body fat percentage and muscle quality. I love the idea; the ability to scientifically know that you are gaining muscle mass from your workouts. However, the reviews are across the board, some say it's not accurate, while others swear by it. Personally, I hesitate to buy first generation products. I'll hold off until the next version is released. It's a cool idea and will likely bring a new generation of health gadgets our way!

  • Fun? Fact: 
    "About 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved," according to the American Heart Association.
    My wife and I are both CPR certified.

  • Quote:
    "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions."
    Stephen Covey

Every Friday I'll blog about topics related to health, fitness, wellness, self-improvement, and other miscellaneous topics I find interesting.


ID Life Review

There are numerous ID Life reviews out there, this review is my take on ID Life and why I decided to start taking their nutrition program and supplements.

Just to put things in perspective, I was skeptical about ID Life. A good friend that I've known since 1997 started taking their nutrition product and about how great he felt (you can read his testimonial here). I held off for about 2 months before purchasing ID Life Nutrition. I spent a considerable amount of time researching their products to make sure it wasn't a scam. I also finished up my existing supply of supplements and vitamins.

Previous Supplements

I'm not a novice to the vitamin and supplement industry. Previously I was taking Cellucor C4 Extreme (pre-workout), Osteo Bi-Flex Triple Strength, Optimum Nutrition Glutamine Powder (post-workout), Hardcore Micellar Casein, Shakeology, Nutrex Hawaiian Spirulina, Spring Valley Standardized Extract Ginkgo Biloba, Optimum Nutrition Opti-Men Vitamin, Ubervita W700 Thermogenic, Nature Made Chewable Vitamin C, Caltrate 600 + d3, Jarrow Formulas Methylcobalamin (B12), Now Foods Vitmain D-3 1000 IU Chewables, Melatonin (bed time), Coromega Omega 3, Optimum Nutrition ZMA, vizual EDGE Chewable* (still take this).

Quite a bit there! Fairly comprehensive, probably 85% of what I was taking. I've since replaced everything with products from ID Life except for my zeaxanthin suppliment (vizual EDGE Chewable) due to my low score on my MPOD eye test. 

So, why the switch? 

You only get one body, one life. You do not want to be taking something that is going to be harmful or even not beneficial. Their nutrition program is backed by double-blind studies (over 7,500). Some of what I was taking previously was "iffy". Studies completed by the respective supplement company, not from well-known published sources. Some of what I was taking is high quality, but I wasn't confident that everything was beneficial. That's what I switched to ID Life. Nothing is artificial or synthetic. Everything is personalized around you and your lifestyle. 

ID Life = Individually Designed Life

You work hard for your money.
You deserve to know that what you take will benefit your body and not harm you.

Switching to ID Life also saved me A LOT of time from having to research products, trying to get everything auto-shipped from multiple suppliers, and replace products as they are discontinued or the formula changed. 

Why ID Life Nutrition


Paul Sullivan from IDLife Corporate on Vimeo.

The free assessment, as mentioned in the video above, takes into consideration your allergies, dietary habits, lifestyle habits, stress levels, hereditary issues, medical conditions, prescriptions, and goals. That information is processed through a database and makes recommendations based on your answers. You can update the assessment as your diet and lifestyle change. It fills your nutritional gaps. This has never been done before in the health and wellness space!

The Science 


The science behind their system is from 5200 journals that are reviewed per month. New studies are looked at every week!

ID Life is putting together these programs based on scientific research for your specific needs. They are all in class A facilities and follow FDA regulations. This is incredibly important. I spent considerable amount of time researching Spirulina to find a quality source before I switched to ID Life. Having vitamins made in facilities or countries that do not follow FDA guidelines can introduce containments into your supplements. Or they appear a different color from one month to the next!

The assessment draws upon scientific data from over 7,500 clinical studies and peer-reviewed medical journal articles to create a personalized and targeted nutritional recommendation for each individual. This offers over 1.3 million possible combinations.

The vitamins are derived from pharmaceutical grade nutrients and feature an exclusive "AM and PM pack" approach to ensure that the right nutrients are delivered when the body needs them most, called chronobiology. The ingredients, ingredient levels, the time of the day given are all incredibly important.

This is when I really started researching how nutrition can affect our bodies (if you love science, read more on your DNA, genes, and nutrition here).

The Products 


ID Life has many products outside of their nutrition program. For more information, click on the links below or read my reviews.



There are real set backs in life, real problems. What you do today at 30, 40, 50 years of age will impact your health greatly when you are 60, 70, 80. You need to find real solutions. Also, keep in mind, one size does not fit all... especially when it comes to your nutrition needs! Your multi-vitamin is a good first step, but your health is critical. Find something that is customized for YOU. When you feel great, look great, life just works better.

Take control of your health and your future.

>> Click here to take your free assessment. <<

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover."
–Mark Twain


Fit-Bullet Friday #5

FitCorner's Friday Fit-Bullets #5.
  • Study: A recent study looks into obesity and how it can lead to specific alteration of genes.

    "Essentially, the researchers found that the level of DNA methylation was related to level of body mass index (BMI), a marker of obesity."

    Demerath says, “The work is exciting because it might be possible to design pharmaceutical or dietary or other behavioral interventions that specifically target these epigenetic signatures to avert diabetes and coronary heart disease.”

    Read more on methylation and oxidants.

  • Fun Factoid: "Yoga and meditation can ward off stress and disease."

    This quote is related to my earlier post on nutrition and epigentics. You can read more about where the quote came from here: Harvard Yoga Scientists Find Proof of Meditation Benefit. It's an interesting read.

  • Quote:
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover."
    –Mark Twain
  • Music:  Dada Life - Techno - Swedish DJ duo

 Every Friday I'll blog about topics related to health, fitness, wellness, self-improvement, and other miscellaneous topics I find interesting.


Kids Nutrition and Vitamins IDLife Review

Should you give your children vitamins? If they have a healthy balanced diet, they are likely getting all of their needed vitamins. Primarily milk, fresh fruits, leafy greens, vegetables, protein from chicken, fish, or eggs, and whole grains.

However... how many busy parents provide this every day? Do your kids eat a lot of processed foods or fast foods? Do they drink sodas (which has been shown to pull out minerals and vitamins from their bodies). Or are your kids finicky/picky eaters? Do they refuse to eat what you put in front of them? Are they athletic? Are they playing physically demanding sports?

It can be difficult to determine if they are getting their required essential nutrients. It's more difficult to find a high quality product that doesn't contain artificial ingredients (colors, preservatives, additive, sweeteners).

Natural | Non-GMO | Casein Free | Soy Free | Gluten Free

Keep in mind, if you are feeding your kids a healthy balanced diet they may not have a nutritional deficiency.  Many foods, such as milk and cereal, are fortified with vitamins. Do not give your child more vitamins than necessary as megadoses can be toxic. If you want to supplement but do not want to give a full dose, try cutting vitamins in half. 

IDLife's Kids Vitamins have been designed to fill the nutritional gaps in their diets.

IDLife Kids Vitamins

Keep vitamins out of the way, do not let your kids treat them like candy. Also vitamins should typically be taken with meals as it increases your body's ability to absorb many nutrients




What are free radicals or oxidants?

Cell Oxidation
To understand free radicals (oxidants) you'll need a basic understanding of how your genetic expression is changed through methyl tags (I cover the basics on epigenetics in a previous post). In simplistic terms, in DNA methylation, proteins attach tags to your DNA in specific places. These tags are known as methyl groups. DNA methylation can supress your genes (turn them off). There is another part to this called histone acetylation, which basically, comes down to activating genes (turning them on).

Free Radicals (or oxidants) can come from our environment or be created in our bodies. Some environmental sources for free radials are: sunlight, fried food, poor diet, pollution, cigarette smoke, drugs, illness, stress. Smoking, diet, disease can change the chemical responses in your body and thereby lead changes to your epigenome. Your body can produce free radicals as well, such as burning fat. That fat molecule can be converted into energy which also creates free electrons.
"A free radical is a molecule with an unpaired electron. The molecule is reactive and seeks another electron to pair. Free radicals are involved in the mechanisms of damage associated with disease development"- wikipedia
So that free radical that is floating around doesn't have anything to attach to... That's where antioxidants come into play. They'll attach to that free radical and neutralize them. Otherwise, it could try to attach to other molecules, like DNA. These free radicals can be damaging and cause faulty methylation.This can form cancer cells, cause DNA mutations, and all sorts of bad mojo.

What does this mean for the cells in your body?
 “About a trillion molecules of oxygen go through each cell every day, inflicting about 100,000 free radicals hits or wounds on your cells genes or DNA, estimate geneticist, Bruce Aimes, of the University of California at Berkley.’’

According to Dr. Aimes, by the time we are old, each cell will have "a few million oxygen lesions"! For example, cancer, can be caused by changed in the epigenome.
"Cancers are caused by changes in the genome, the epigenome, or both. Changes in the epigenome can switch on or off genes involved in cell growth or the immune response. These changes can lead to uncontrolled growth, a hallmark of cancer, or to a failure of the immune system to destroy tumors." - Genome.gov

How can I prevent free radials?

Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals. These antioxidants can come from us (our bodies can create them) or from external; nutritional foods like vegetables, and supplements like vitamin C and spirulina. Spirulina has been found to have high concentrations of antioxidants. The issue is quality control, so make sure you have a high quality product.
"Quality control in the growth and process of Spirulina to avoid contamination is mandatory to guarantee the safety of Spirulina products." - cbi.nlm.nih.gov

The need for antioxidants in our daily life is becoming more critical with increased exposure to free radicals.

Before you jump on the bandwagon for antioxidants and overdose on Vitamin A, C or E, be aware that antioxidants can be harmful if not taken in moderation. Getting what you need, or knowing the amount needed, is something that is being debated by the health industry. There is a lack of evidence on how much they help (at least in human studies), but more research and studies are coming out frequently.

What can you do?

  • First steps, check your diet. Diets rich in vegetables (antioxidants) have been shown to be 'good for you'. But, are you getting enough? If you are on a restrictive diet (Atkins or Low-Carb) you may not be getting the proper nutrition. Or for medical reasons, such as Gastroparesis (inability to empty your stomach), thereby limiting foods you can eat. This could possibly lead to getting a nutritional deficiency.
  • Next, limit toxic environmental factors (such as exposure to smoking, stress, pollution, sunlight, etc). Stress is a huge one... work, family, lack of sleep, relationships, finding time to do just about anything.. you need to balance your life. It's not easy.
  • Exercise daily. Note that exercising can increase free radicals! However, regular exercise can also protect against free radical damage by enhancing your antioxidant defense system. But, if you only exercise excessively once or twice a week... it can generate more free radicals. So for you "weekend-warriors", it may be doing more harm than good due to the increased oxygen utilization. 30 minutes a day keeps the fee radicals at bay (I just made that up).
  • Limit over supplementation. Figure out what your body needs based on your lifestyle habits, allergies, dietary habits, medical conditions, prescriptions, and goals. You can do so through the free assessment link located at the bottom of this page.


Free Radicals can lead to epigenome changes that can lead to human disease, such as cancer. How do you prevent them? Eat right (fruits and veggies), limit toxins (smoking, pollution, fried food, STRESS), daily exercise regime, supplement if you can't eat right, and limit over supplementation (figure out what you need using the health assessment below). You are unique; your environment, diet, DNA, everything. Your nutrition should be too.




Fit-Bullet Friday #4

FitCorner's Friday Fit-Bullets #4.
  • Study: A recent study looks into teenager sleep-wake patterns and associated study times.

    "The study looked at internal body clocks of different age groups and found that our ability to work effectively during traditional working hours changes dramatically at different ages."

    “We’ve joined together different types of scientists to study this and found that just one week with less than six hours of sleep [a night] leads to over 700 changes in how genes work in your body but with a full night’s sleep there were no changes.
  • Fun Factoid:

    “About a trillion molecules of oxygen go through each cell every day, inflicting about 100,000 free radicals hits or wounds on your cells genes or DNA, estimate geneticist, Bruce Aimes, of the University of California at Berkley.’’

    So what does that quote mean? Accpording to Dr. Aimes (geneticist, Bruce Aimes, of the University of California at Berkley), by the time we are old, each cell will have "a few million oxygen lesions"!

    This cell damage can cause all kinds of human disease. That's why antioxidants are important to help neutralize oxidants (aka free radicals). I'll post more on this topic next week.

  • Quote:
    "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." - Mahatma Gandhi

  • Music I'm listening to:

    1. Whispers in The Dark by Skillet - Rock
    2. Nothing Left to Say  by Imagine Dragons - Rockish

Every Friday I'll blog about topics related to health, fitness, wellness, self-improvement, and other miscellaneous topics I find interesting.

References: http://thenationonlineng.net/anti-aging-tips-for-buhari-in-change-era-3/