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  1. I think next time I go for groceries, I'm going to get some tart cherry juice (and beetroot juice, which I've been meaning to add to my diet) and see if the effects on sleep can be replicated from the juice -- I kinda doubt it though.
  2. Interesting re:Boron -- thanks. I'm researching glucosamine/MSM products, but wasn't sure if people here have a go-to for that which is most cost-effective or optimal for whatever reason. I think Kimbo has taken or still takes something like this for joint health, but don't know if he's still around on here these days. Unrelated comments/additions that I meant to include above: - I tried a 'PM recovery' supplement that was offered to me for free containing tart cherry extract, boswellia extract, and safflower extract; I had one of the best nights of sleep I can remember having in the past few years, and I've since replicated this finding over several random nights (taking it right before bed). I assume it's the tart cherry doing most of the work along those lines but not sure. Just thought I'd mention it since tart cherry extract seems to have some other interesting and potentially beneficial effects. I'm not using regularly though. - No idea if this is going to make much of a difference, but I've also started doing a set or two of 10-rep free squats, jumping jacks, sit-ups, and pushups about 15-30 min after every non-workout meal, mainly to subtly improve my general conditioning and perhaps for a positive nutrient portioning effect. Does anyone else do something like this? As lame as it sounds, I'm really trying to get my general 'fitness' back after being out of the gym for so long, and short of doing regular HIIT which isn't a good option right now, I've resorted this approach.
  3. Updated regimen with mostly removals of certain supplements and a few comments/questions at the bottom: Upon waking/first meal (removed vitamin C; fish oil; MCT oil; ginger root -- all taken only sporadically now): - Green tea extract (400 mg) - Vitamin D3 (800 IU) - Calcium (500 mg) - Cayenne pepper (500 mg) With second meal: < nothing so that I don't have to bring anything with me if eating out > Around workout (on training days; removed taurine­čś× - Beta-alanine (2 g, pre-workout) - Alpha lipoic acid (300 mg, post-workout) With third meal: - Cayenne pepper (500 mg) - Apple cider vinegar (1-2 oz) - Vitamin K2 (MK7 100 mcg) With fourth meal: < nothing, except sporadic use of MCT oil and/or cacao powder in protein shake > Bedtime: - Metamucil (1 tbsp) - Melatonin (2.5-3.0 mg) - Magnesium (200-400 mg from mag.citrate) Comments: 1) I removed several supplements/doses for simplicity, cost, and because I don't think they were that necessary or beneficial. 2) Training has been much more enjoyable after switching from the HST and UD2 routines to my personal 'hybrid' training split 3) Diet is moderately hypo caloric (~400-600 kcal deficit/day) and will continue that way for another two weeks -- decided to do this because I want to lose a bit more fat. 4) For the first time in my life, I've experienced joint pain and snap/crackle/pop sounds while lifting, which is probably just from age and inactivity for ~10 years.. sigh. Questions: Any recommendations for a combination joint health supplement product (e.g., Osteobiflex-like) that actually makes a difference? I'm woefully ignorant in this area. Should I be taking high and/or more frequent doses of beta-alanine (for exercise performance)? e.g., on non-workout days, 2g x2 or x3 day, etc.? What's the best practice?
  4. Thanks. At the time I wasn't supplementing with any K2, so maybe that was part of the issue. Btw, I've seen MK-4 and/or MK-7 forms of K2 recommended -- which is preferred? Or should we be taking both?
  5. Old thread but I'm bumping because your posts sparked my interest in potentially adding low dose aspirin to my regimen (as I approach 40 years of age.. sigh). My likely erroneous fears about aspirin have historically been: 1) stomach issues/bleeding risk, 2) impairment of muscle hypertrophy/gains, and 3) lack of rapid blood clotting when cut. I'm guessing the evidence for concern 2) is weak or nonexistent, and if vitamin C co-administration covers concern 1), that leaves me with 3) -- so I'm wondering how long it takes to 'adapt' to baby aspirin from the standpoint of bleeding after minor cuts? I went on it for a week several years ago and cut my finger during that time, and I don't think I can handle the decrease in blood clotting longterm if there's no adaptation to it that reduces this effect over time.. Thoughts?
  6. Bumping this old thread/post because I'm still interested in topical fat loss solutions (despite the endless discussions and arguments about it over the past few decades), and I saw this same study referenced in a separate thread here. Here's a link to the free FT (if it works) of another relevant older paper from one of the same authors: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/j.1550-8528.1995.tb00228.x I'm not necessarily arguing for or against potential merits of topical aminophylline, but in the past I've always been more or less a 'believer' (at least conceptually) in topical fat loss agents in the context of hypocaloric diets, assuming any positive effects would immediately reverse upon return to a maintenance or hypercaloric state. Have there been any advances in this area over the past few years? Any new products/ingredients that actually have solid supporting evidence for their efficacy? I doubt it, but wanted to spark discussion anyway if anyone else is interested in this area.
  7. Random observation: ON's Hydrolyzed Whey Chocolate Mint (30g) with dextrose powder (30g) in 16 oz. of water is absolutely delicious.
  8. Lots of good posts/discussion here. I'd just like to add that from using melatonin nightly for almost two decades straight, I've found the following: - taking on an empty stomach ~0.5-1 hr before trying to fall asleep (differentiating from 'before going to bed') is ideal -- no idea if the empty stomach benefit is an effect on absorption rate and/or extent though. - dependence builds quickly, so it's good to slowly titrate the dose up over time (I started at 0.3 mg, now I'm at 2.5-3 mg to achieve the same degree of effect) - for whatever reason, there appears to be wildly variable differences in potency/efficacy across different brands and formulations (on a dose-normalized basis) - magnesium (200-400 mg) is a nice addition to low dose melatonin that for me results in deeper/more-restorative sleep without much of an effect on duration - staring outside at bright natural light for a few mins soon after waking in the morning helps somewhat with the melatonin 'hangover/grogginess' issue
  9. I assumed it was along those lines, maybe from all the dairy/protein in my diet... but I've never really bought into the whole pH balance thing (despite the extensive arguments about it back in the day on M&M forum). I also took in a fair amount of calcium citrate at the time, so I kinda doubt it was as simple as being in a state of chronic acidosis, but I guess it's possible.
  10. Do you know what causes the metallic taste, in general? When I was in peak physical shape years ago, training/eating/living as optimally as I have ever been able to, I often had a metallic taste in my mouth and my close friends/family would comment that I "smelled like metal" -- never knew what caused that but after I quit training and living healthy, it went away..
  11. FWIW, I've experienced a large reduction in back pain from a few minutes 3-4x week on a cheap inversion table (60 degrees).
  12. Kimbo, I can certainly believe that... there seems to be a real benefit to it from what I've experienced. Update to this thread: I had very busy second half of 2019 -- stuck to my new diet/training/supp regimen as long as I could but fell off the wagon again sometime in the Fall. Started back at it in Jan this year and surprisingly still had most of the conditioning that I had painfully re-gained earlier last year. After a sloppy 1 month hypocaloric HST routine followed by a sloppy 1 month UD2 routine, I'm finally back to a state that I consider ready for more serious training, so I'll be joining a gym in March and moving to a maintenance/neutral caloric hybrid training routine that I built over a decade ago. I'm hoping to post more regular updates. Hope everyone is doing well.
  13. Yes, I saw that and a number of individual use cases with impressive effects. I'm planning to take long term now.
  14. I finally got around to reading/researching K2 in more depth, and that seems to be a good analogy indeed. I've upped the intake to 200 mcg/day (split into two 100 mcg doses; one in morning, one with dinner). Also, I don't know if it's the cayenne or the GTE or perhaps some of both, but I've lost 5-6 pounds of what appears to be mainly fat since starting this regimen with no other real changes to diet/lifestyle. I read various reviews from people taking cayenne 2-3x day and immediately losing fat, which I suspected to be erroneous, but maybe not now given my experience. Speaking of cayenne, taking it on an empty stomach with as little as 4 oz. of water seems to prevent any discomfort but lets you 'feel it' in terms of a mild warming/stimulating sensation that I actually really like for some reason. I didn't know what to expect along those lines, and at first I had to take it with food after trying a test consumption on an empty stomach with no water (bad idea). Anyway, really interesting supplement.
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