Apple cider vinegar for middle aged bloating

As I have repeatedly written in my blog, I have always been healthy eater eating a mostly vegetarian diet, plenty of fruits everyday, minimal alcohol, and plenty of sleep, but right around I hit 50, I started to notice a lot of bloating.  While I like to think that I live a relatively low-stress life, I have occasionally wondered if the challenges that I have faced in my business around the same time have produced latent stress that I have failed to recognize.  It may not be debilitating but it maybe hurting me.

As I have documented on this blog, I have tried many things to get rid of bloating: even healthier eating, more aggressive exercise, less running, and finally, going dairy free.  I must admit that I have experienced relief from all of them, but I still do not have that tiny, soft belly that I used to have in the past.

As you all know, I am obsessed with research, and became aware of apple cider vinegar, a product that has a cult following among the health nuts.  There are people who swear by it claiming that it has changed their lives.  When I first tried it, I did not like the taste and did not include it in my daily routine.  However, as months passed by and I kept reading blogs and forums, I noticed that almost everyone talked about the benefits of drinking ACV, as they call it.  Finally, one fine day, after reading even more about repopulating my gut bacteria (remember that after going dairy free, I no longer consume standard yogurt, and while I do consume Greek yogurt in very small amounts occasionally, I am getting practically no probiotics), I decided to give ACV a shot.

The gold standard for ACV is Bragg organic, raw apple cider vinegar, and I pour a tablespoonful in a glass of water and drink it just before lunch and dinner.  Almost immediately, I rinse my mouth with water several times (it is a highly acidic product and can damage your enamel).  It has been life changing for me and I agree with all those folks who sing its praises.  It has further reduced my bloating and I have absolutely no problem in the toilet each morning.  I would say that it is only about 20% of the time that I feel some bloating (mostly after exercise).  I have also added organic raw sauerkraut to give myself additional probiotics.

The question that I still have for myself is that how could such a healthy eater like me have digestive problems and how could my gut bacteria deteriorate so much.  Or is it that as we get older the digestive enzymes are not secreted so well!  It seems that ACV helps with balancing of the acidity in the stomach and aids with digestion and lowers heartburn.  I also think that this is a natural product and is more or less harmless.

Recommending zinc supplement without multivitamins

As you all know by now, zinc supplement has been life-changing for me by helping me raise my Testosterone.  However, when I first experienced low-T and erectile dysfunction and realized I needed to increase my zinc intake, I noticed an immediate improvement.  But then, in my efforts to further improve my health and more importantly to make sure that I was getting enough copper and manganese, both of which get depleted when you take zinc, I started popping one of those One-a-Day 50 Plus multivitamin pills, but I also noticed that the improvement that I had noticed early on started to disappear.  I attributed that to simply reaching a plateau and could not figure out what was going on.

Well, in my life, I have figured out many things by chance, and so about a few weeks ago, I took a one-week vacation.  During my packing, somehow I forgot my multivitamin pill bottle and during that trip I took only zinc supplements.  I got the old feeling of solid erections back and while I am no doctor and cannot figure this out, it looks as if popping too many other vitamins and minerals is lowering the impact of zinc supplements.  So, my suggestion would be to try to eat nutrient rich food so that you can get most of your vitamins and minerals from your diet (and that is why I also encourage you to eat foods rich in zinc like oysters, beef, lamb, sesame/pumpkin seeds, cashews, lentils, garbanzo, turkey, wheat germ, and shrimp) and you do not have to take a multi-vitamin tablet, but more importantly just to make sure that you get enough zinc, take your zinc supplement that contains both manganese and copper.

Fairlife Milk for the middle aged male

As I wrote previously, once I figured out that middle age onset of lactose intolerance was causing me bloating and making my waist bigger than it should be for my weight, I have gone sort-of dairy free.  Because as a (mostly) vegetarian, I find it challenging to get enough protein (particularly because of my aggressive workout regimen that includes weightlifting, running, and martial arts), I found Fairlife milk, a Coca-Cola Company product.  This is basically premiumization of milk.  The reason I tried it is because it is lactose-free and has extra protein.  What else would I want?  While it has more protein and calcium as well, but that was not an issue for me.  The other thing that is interesting about this milk is that the company has taken out the natural sugars so it has a lot less calories.  I must say that for someone like me who hardly consumes any sugar, the fact that this milk lacks its natural sweetness was something I noticed, but I consume most of my milk in oatmeal so not a major issue.  Other than that, this really does the job for me and I would strongly recommend that if you are a vegetarian and workout regularly, Fair Life Milk is an option.

Dairy-free diet experience

As I wrote previously, I was able to trace my larger tummy to bloating due to lactose intolerance (though, I am convinced that drop in Testosterone with age is a factor, and I have been learning recently that when you exercise a lot and do not eat enough -- resulting in what is known as calorie deficit -- something that I might be doing, the body tends to accumulate fat around the abdomen because it does not understand what you are up to and instead concluded that starvation is about to happen) and have since gone dairy-free.  I am told that even the most intolerant folks can tolerate some amount of lactose, but I am on a 90-day plan to avoid any lactose, and I must say that it feels great.  I used to think of the dairy-free types as cultish but I now have a new appreciation for them because I am experiencing the good things of giving up milk and products like yogurt and cheese. 

I must confess that I am not sure how to get enough protein in my diet (just to remind you, I eat mostly vegetables, and while I have increased my consumption of nuts and beans, I am afraid I am not getting enough) and am hoping that after I end my 90-day program of 100% dairy free diet, I might be able to add small amounts of Greek yogurt, which has very little lactose and lots of protein.

Alcohol is literally killing middle aged men

I have always believed that a hardworking man deserves to have his drink of choice at the end of the day.  Research that shows that red wine has other health benefits in addition to reducing excretion of Testosterone by the body, motivated me to pour myself a glass at dinner time, but if you are a middle aged man struggling with low-T alcohol is your enemy.  Spending a decade or two of middle age without alcohol sounds like a huge sacrifice, but I have come up with a compromise: drink small quantity only during the weekend (I make rare exceptions for special occasions during the week but then adjust the weekend consumption accordingly).  Unfortunately, some middle aged men are over-drinking and dying, according to CDC, which has found that as many as six middle-aged Americans die everyday from alcohol poisoning.  Guys, I know life is hard, but for me it became easier without alcohol.