Updated: Apr 28
Immortalists Magazine is pleased to present, Oz Garcia, a biohacking pioneer
for healthy living & longevity.
IM - Tell us about your recent biohacking conference for Summit in Aspen?
Oz Garcia - Summit is a world wide organization catering to highly sophisticated individuals and thought leaders in the US and around the world. I was privileged to be one of the speakers at the Aspen Summit leading an ongoing series on fighting aging, age reversal, self optimization, neuro and biohacking, mindfulness and mental clarity. The experience was fully immersive. I led a multitude of different activities and approaches to eating, examples of biohacking as well as tools to improve meditation. Part of the full immersion was a range of activities including a cold plunge every morning before class in the Frying Pan River which was 40 degree fahrenheit. Students were invited to also do the opposite before dinner to participate in a heat lodge. Once in class, we did mindfulness meditation. Each day was different to demonstrate different types of health improving practices which were breathing exercises to teach people to relax, reduce anxiety, as well as increase focus and alertness. Both were the anchors to the content presented. The students left with ways to optimize day to day performance, current states of fitness, health, etc.
IM - Why do celebrities, Fortune 100 CEO's, and the super elite seek your advice for wellness & longevity?
OG - My clients are looking for the most relevant information that will amplify their performance at any level. Most people that contact me are well aware of my 40 years working in functional health and medicine. I've authored 4 books on the subject matter of personalized nutrition, tactics for life extension, dietary eating guidelines for children and exceptional care for women as they move through stages of their life. Given my early entry into the field of progressive health I've built an impeccable reputation leveraged by my 40 years of being a runner and marathoner and it gave me a direct vantage point in terms of what people needed to perform at their best. I focus on the ideal ways to reduce stress, improve immunity, and I was early in the testing methodology of comprehensive blood work and genetic testing before it gained popularity. My network includes elite doctors (from cardiologists, to endocrinologists, gynecologists, etc.) which provide our clients with a stable community and team to work with alongside me.
IM - What is your background?
OG - My background is institutional and my interest began through running at a relatively young age. I also became involved in the budding holistic health community while becoming a leader in macrobiotics, fasting, metabolic performance and an early interest in supplements and nutraceuticals for optimized performance. Very early on I worked for a very progressive naturopathic center in NY which inspired me to open my own clinic.
IM - What do you consider top practices to prevent & treat COVID?
OG - Get vaccinated and maintain as good health as possible. Don't smoke, take nutrition seriously and and behave in ways that don't compromise health and immunity as well as not being overwhelmed by stress.
IM - What do you consider effective approaches to improve the immune system?
OG - Building the gut microbiome through probiotics as it is said to regulate 70% or more of your immune system response. That means introducing a broad family of probiotics and fermented foods into diet, eating a highly functional diet with no processed foods at all, moderate alcohol consumption, getting 8 hours high quality sleep daily, working with supplements known to modulate the immune system, in addition to probiotics (which there are many.) Also, we do encourage IV vitamin therapy which also has terrific fortifying effects on the immune system.
IM - Tell us about your new book with Simon and Shuster on Covid Long Haul and immunity to Super Viruses
OG - This book is going be used as a manual to best protect yourself in these times. "How to recover from Covid and Long Haul Covid and prepare your biology for future viruses" It's a deep dive into everything someone should know during the pandemic. It's an optimistic book designed to give you hope and doable guidelines to stay well and recover.
IM - Any current news you'd like to share?
OG - After having had Covid myself, it moved me to elevate the quality of my work substantially and understand as much as possibly on how to maintain a strong body under these times and how we can fight aging successfully, how to reverse infirmities as the years go on so our bodies can be as highly function at 70 or 80 as we were 30 years earlier. I help clients stay relevant both in their public and personal lives. We are using this information to teach on how to live longer, better and enjoy a good life as the years go on.
IM - What is your view on Immortality?
OG - 100 years ago the lifespan for the average well to do male and female in the United States was only in their 40's. Right now, we're at a point because of advancements in science hygiene and less environmental threats, we can now have a lifespan that can range up to 120 years of age. There are centenarian communities in the world, also referred to as Blue Zones regions (including Okinawa, Sardinia, Nicoya and Icaria) which reflect our capability to have a healthy human lifespan of 120.
When I think about mortality, I consider my ability to first live a quality life so long as I’m alive. I think about reversing infirmities as I get older so that I can enjoy my current state of being whatever my current life span.
I'm not interested in immortality if there is suffering. If I can maintain a good, long, happy, healthy life and I am on the horse trail riding in Central Park and that's when I go, I will consider that Immortality.
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About the Author
Oz Garcia is recognized as a leading authority on age reversal and healthy aging. As “nutritionist to the stars” Oz is the go-to nutritionist for A-List celebrities and Fortune 100 CEOs. His unique and customized approach to nutrition and anti-aging coupled with more than 30-years of experience has made Oz one of the most recognizable names in the industry. He has lectured all over the world and has been a pioneer in the study of nutrition and anti-aging.
Oz is the bestselling author of four books: The Food Cure for Kids, The Balance, Look and Feel Fabulous Forever, and Redesigning 50: The No-Plastic-Surgery Guide to 21st-Century Age Defiance (HarperCollins). He has been voted best nutritionist by New York Magazine and is frequently called upon by some of the most respected names in medicine and news media for his up-to-the-minute views on nutrition and its role in aging and longevity. Oz has been featured in prestigious publications like Vogue, Elle, Travel and Leisure, W Magazine, and The New York Times. He has also made numerous network and cable television appearances including NBC’s The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America on ABC, 20/20, 48 Hours, The View, The Doctors, Access Hollywood and Fox News.
Oz has served as the head of health and nutritional services for Equinox Fitness Clubs worldwide, consultant to the East Coast Alliance of Trainers (where he has trained and worked with more than 10,000 trainers over the past 10 years), Nutrophy Inc., and the world-renowned Life Extension Foundation.
Oz has been involved in the research and development of some of the most powerful product formulations on the market. His partnership with AriZona Beverage Company has brought AM Awake and PM Relax FastShot to the market. The OZ GARCIA brand is also responsible for OZ Longevity Pak, OZ Brain Enhancement Sticks and OZ Pure Arctic Oils.
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