How To Never Get Sick (And Add 72,000 Hours To Your Life)

“Proscriptions. Not Prescriptions.” – Richard Nikoley (featured on Inner Gladiator Podcast Ep. 2)

Do you wish you had perfect health? That you would never get sick and would have all the energy in the world you need during the day?

I certainly do. After all, being healthy is all something we want. Having perfect health would mean that we’d have the ability to feel better, experience more things, and a live longer life.

Lucky for us, technology advances at a quick rate. Pharmacists are able to concoct drugs that solve our symptoms and reduce it into a single pill that we pop with our breakfast.

Have a headache? Pop an Advil.

Have a stomachache? Drink some Pepto-Bismol.

Have the shits? Take a beano.

What’s not to love?

But there’s a significant issue here. Even in this world filled with medications to solve every single symptom on the planet, people still get sick. Colds, coughs, stomach aches, headaches, migraines, you name it.

Why, if there are so many drugs available today, do we still get sick?

It’s because we expect drugs to solve the problem, when it fact they’re just masking the symptoms.

Don’t get me wrong – a lot of drugs have an insane amount of value and keep us alive for longer than we normally would be. But when the quality of our life decreases because we rely on drugs to save us when we feel sick, we’re already too late.

We’ve already gotten sick.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

We don’t have to rely on taking a pill that may or may not work. We have work to do and cliffs to bungee jump off of. We don’t have time to get sick.

Take it from me — I used to get sick a lot. I had prescriptions for everything: acid reflux, migraines, stomach pain, muscle spasms, and nausea. But even though I had these medications and they helped, I still felt like shit.

Getting sick prevented me from getting my work done, going to parties with my friends, and overall just enjoying life.

But let me tell you: once I incorporated these 3 nutritional changes that I’m about to show you, I completely eliminated my problems. No headaches, no migraines, no acid reflux. Instead, I started to think sharper, look better, and feel better.

The Wake-up Call: More Meds

In the summer of 2010, two days before I left for study abroad in London, I got a call from my Mom.

“Max…you have to get an endoscopy before you leave for London.”

“Yeah…well I leave in two days, and I still have a final paper to write, Mom. That isn’t gonna happen.”

“I scheduled it for tomorrow.”

Great.

I had a terrible pain in my side for a couple weeks leading up to this, and doctors couldn’t figure it out what it was.

So basically, in order for the doctor to check out why I was in pain, he wanted to stick a tube up my ass and take a look.

This couldn’t be good.

So the day before I left for London, I went to the hospital, got my veins pumped full of the “Michael Jackson drug” as my Mom would say, and got my insides checked out through my rectal cavity.

After the operation, they finally gave me the solution to my pain-in-the-side problem.

“Here are two prescriptions: one for the pain, and one for the nausea from the pain medication.”

ARE YOU F**KING KIDDING ME!?!?!!?!??!

Okay, so it didn’t go down like that. It was more like..”jsoijoaij wahaaaaat the blargen dragon ok”. I blame the drugs.

But seriously — It was at this point that I knew I didn’t want to keep taking more pills – I knew they would just keep on adding up and adding up until I had to take 20 pills a day.

Screw that.

The Transformation: The Primal Blueprint

One night after I got to London, I faintly remembered a book called The Primal Blueprint. I skimmed it back in 2009 before college, and I remembered it being a natural diet that emulates the way our Paleolithic ancestors ate.

A lot of the testimonials on the book’s website explained how it cured their chronic IBS, acid reflux, and other symptoms that I had…so I took the plunge and gave the Primal Blueprint diet a shot.

30 days later, miraculously all of my symptoms disappeared.

Holy…shit…

In only 1 month, the symptoms that doctors could only remotely reduce with bottles of medication were completely eliminated.

Never had they suggested that my health issues would be because of what I ate.

But the pain in my side, the migraines, and the stomachaches all of the sudden became a memory of my past.

My energy levels went through the roof, and I never felt better.

I continue with this diet today, and at the time of writing this, I have only gotten extremely sick once. And that was after a night of heavy binge drinking and eating a crap load of pizza and fries.

I went from getting sick consistently to practically never getting sick. It seemed like a fluke, but it also happened to many, many more people.

Let me show you how I did it, and with a simple nutritional changes, you can become free of sickness as well.

How to Never Get Sick and Add 72,000 Hours to Your Life

The nastiest picture of pizza I could find to encourage you to stop eating it, duh.

1. Eliminate Gluten From Your Diet

The single most important thing you can do is to eliminate all gluten from your diet.

Gluten is a specific protein that is found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s in bread, pizza, pasta, flour, beer, and a crap load more. In essence, most food that makes up the Standard American Diet.

But check this out: a recent study from Enterolab shows that up to 35% of people that don’t have direct symptoms still has some kind of sensitivity to gluten.

That means that even though you don’t feel sick after you eat gluten, there’s a 1 in 3 chance it’s being translated into other health problems like IBS, migraines, or joint-pain.

If you have myriad health problems all over the place, it’s probable that gluten is the culprit. This was the case with me, and eliminating gluten completely resolved all my symptoms.

It is becoming increasingly clear that gluten has an adverse affect on your immune system, your gut health, your joints, and your brainpower.

In order to truly test it, you should conduct a 30-day trial where you remove all gluten from your diet. Then, eat a piece of bread, and if you feel like you want to die, you have a gluten sensitivity.

But…I can’t give up bread!

I don’t blame you — bread is fucking delicious, and it’s difficult because it’s in everything these days.

But there are so many additional benefits from letting go of it, you’d be crazy not to. Here are some of the additional benefits:

You’ll save money on your groceries.

When you eliminate gluten from your grocery list, you cut out a lot of food: pasta, bagels, cookies, you name it. You’ll only start to spend money on real food, and it’ll keep you full for longer. It’s not uncommon for people giving up gluten to only eat 2 meals a day. Less meals = less money.

It childish terms, this translates to a couple more Redbull Vodkas at the bar. Or some extra savings to go on  that trip to the Caribbean that you’ve always wanted to go on

Personally, I spend $75 per week on groceries, and that equates to 1.5 lbs of meat per day + a lb of veggies + a sweet potato or two. I eat a lot since I’m weight training, so chances are you’ll spend much, much less.

You’ll stay energized after eating — no more crash after lunch.

When you cut out gluten products, you regain tons of energy because your blood sugar won’t crash. You’ll find yourself more alert and ready to go after lunch, instead of needing another couple cups of coffee.

You’ll lose weight and trim the belly fat.

Dr. William Davis, the author of Wheat Belly, observed insane changes in his clients that took on a gluten-free diet. He was hoping that his clients would test for low blood sugar, and they did. But more surprisingly, his clients lost on average 25 to 30 lbs.

Incredible.

All reasons aside, eliminating gluten gives you a 30% chance of eliminating your health symptoms completely.

Worth it? I think so.

So give it a shot. Take gluten out of your diet for 30 days and see what happens.

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2. The Supreme Sickness Factor: The Omega-3 to Omega-6 Ratio

Eat fish –they contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acids and will improve your brain function. And no, I don’t know how I found this photo.

Simply enough, the ‘Supreme Sickness Factor’ is the ratio of omega-3 fatty-acids in your diet relative to the amount of omega-6 fatty-acids in your diet.

You’ve heard of people taking fish oil because of the omega-3 content. It’s undisputed that omega-3s are healthy fats that promote brain power and prevent inflammation in the body.

But what you don’t know is that taking fish oil will do nothing for your health if you don’t start to eliminate the omega-6 fatty acids. This is why people that take this supplement can still be in poor health.

It’s responsible for the amount of inflammation in your body, and the closer to 1:1 you get, the less inflammation you have. The less inflammation you have, the less sick you get.

Get it? Got it? Good.

But guess what the average O3:O6 ratio is in America.

1:17.

Ridiculous.

That means for every gram of omega-3 fatty acids the average American is eating, they’re also eating 17 times that amount in omega-6 fatty acids.

This is a huge factor in why most people still get sick.

You don’t have to start taking fish oil, but you should aim to eat less omega-6 fatty acids in order to get your ratio in the 1:4 to 1:6 range.

Luckily for you, once you cut out gluten, you’ll automatically start to reduce the ratio by eating healthier, gluten-free and real foods.

There are some additional items that you need to look out for in order to get your ratio closer to 1:1 and prevent inflammation and sickness from occurring in your body.

Nuts.

Nuts have a high amount of omega-6, and since they are easy to eat a lot of, they can deteriorate your immune system significantly.

Think about this: 7 walnuts have over 14 grams of omega 6’s. That means that to keep your immune system strong, you’d have to eat 2 lbs of salmon.

For most people, that isn’t really feasible, or worth it.

So leave out the nuts.

Industrial Oils

Vegetable oil and canola oil are the biggest factors in contributing to your daily sicknesses.

But by replacing vegetable and canola oil with a low omega-6 healthy oil such as coconut oil, you will drastically improve your immune system.

Let me show you why:

Omega-6s in 100g Canola oil: 14grams

Omega-6s in 100g Coconut oil: 1.8grams

Insane.

So..use coconut oil to cook for better an unstoppable immune system. It tastes delicious, and has many health benefits ranging from lowering your cholesterol to giving you an insane amount of energy.

I occasionally take a teaspoon of coconut oil in the morning to wake me up – the effect on me is as if I take a shot of espresso. It’s amazing.

If you want to research this further, there is a bigger list available of the omega-6 content of certain foods and oils.

3. The Power of the Sun: Vitamin D

The final ingredient in sickness prevention is Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays an incredible role in preventing illness.

In order to remind myself how important it is to get my Vitamin D, I just remember the Sunny D commercials that talked about “The Power of the Sun”.  The drink was loaded with sugar, but that’s besides the point. It was delicious.

All nostalgia aisde, just remember that Vitamin D is a crucial vitamin for your health.

Now, let’s get all sciency:

The baseline level for Vitamin D in our systems is 25 ng/ml — but if we supplement our Vitamin D levels up to 50 ng/ml, amazing stuff happens.

You don’t need to know what this nanogram per milileter stuff is, but just know that once you kick up your Vitamin D levels, you’ll have a…

-83% less chance of getting breast cancer

-66% less chance of getting Type 1 diabetes

-54% less chance of getting Multiple Sclerosis

That’s bad-ass.

Ever since I started supplementing Vitamin D along with the balancing my o3:o6 ratio, I’ve noticed drastic improvements in my immune system.

And getting your daily dose of it is very, very easy:

Just go play in the sun.

Get outside. 1 hour of sunlight is equivalent to 10,000 IU of Vitamin D — which is enough Vitamin D to keep you healthy during the week.

But if you can’t get outside, or there isn’t a lot of sun where you live, get a supplement. You can get it in any generic drug store as well, and it isn’t expensive.

I take around 5,000 IU/day when I don’t get any sun, and this, in combination with a good o3:o6 ratio, keeps me feeling great all of the time.

The Goal of Never Getting Sick

Telling you that if you do this you’ll never get sick is an insane claim. Please don’t take that literally.

But what I am saying is that you’ll drastically reduce the amount of days that you do get sick.

For me, this came down to over 3,000 days out of my life (or 72,000 hours). Here’s out I arrived at this number:

On average, I would get sick 5 days out of a month. This includes bad headaches, stomaches, colds, and anything else health wise that prevented me from going out or doing what I wanted to do.

5 days * 24 hours/day * 12 months/year * 50 years = 72,000 hours saved from not being sick, provided I live another half-century.

Boo ya.

Your results may not be that drastic, but I can guarantee you will have an extraordinary amount of extra time where you won’t be sick anymore.

The saying “this changed my life” is drastically over-used in the personal-development industry, but by eliminating grains, watching my omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, and supplementing Vitamin D, I truly have improved the quality of my life. Significantly. And with some dedication and hard work, you can drastically improve yours too.

Do you know anyone who complains about having headaches/stomachaches all of the time? Please share this article with them because you could turn their life around and stop hearing them complain today ;)

Featured photo by: martinak15

  • http://www.innergladiator.com/ Max Nachamkin

    It’s crazy how much eliminating gluten and doing these couple other things really changed the quality of my life. Do you have a similar story? Do you have any things that you do to prevent yourself from getting sick?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.peterson2 Jack Peterson

    Dude. Incredible article. LOVE IT. The only thing I’m not following on this post is taking out nuts. I eat a lot of nuts to get a lot of my daily fat. Another thing to note, though, is I rarely ever get sick. Should I still take out nuts (or at least lower the daily intake)? What could I substitute for it bro?

    • http://www.innergladiator.com/ Max Nachamkin

      Thanks, Jack. If you aren’t getting sick, then there’s no need to eliminate them to completely — I’d just lower the amount. The more you eat, the higher chance you do have of becoming sick.

      I eat nuts in moderation as well and I’m fine. Don’t fix what isn’t broken.

      Keep them podcasts coming!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.peterson2 Jack Peterson

    Also, coconut oil is the shit. Just started eating it a few weeks ago and it is AMAZING. Gives me energy and great focus. Really good for the brain. I actually mix it in with my coffee in the morning, with almond butter and various fruits—Delicious

    • http://www.innergladiator.com/ Max Nachamkin

      You put almond butter in your coffee?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jack.peterson2 Jack Peterson

        Nope. Separate

        • http://www.innergladiator.com/ Max Nachamkin

          ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.drolet Phil Drolet

    Great post Max!! I love how you focused on the 80/20 of improving health… those 3 are probably the 3 highest-leverage moves one can make…

    Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, which is the same compound found in women’s breast milk to prevent kids from getting sick… and even for us grown-ups it’s super immune-system promoting.

    The next level is to drink reishi mushroom tea, but that’s a little bit more advanced/Jedi-status :)

    • http://www.innergladiator.com/ Max Nachamkin

      Thanks Phil.

      Never heard of Resihi Mushroom tea. Sounds…interesting, I’ll look into it.
      Do you still drink that Yerba Mate/Ginko mix? I just started drinking mate a couple months ago and it’s phenomenal for a little kick at night.

  • http://twitter.com/deepexistence Stephen Guise

    Fantastic post, Max.

    So with your gluten free diet, do you also avoid trace amounts that are found in nearly everything? If you’re only eating meat and vegetables you would avoid it naturally, but I imagine that would be exceedingly difficult to do.

    • http://www.innergladiator.com/ Max Nachamkin

      I avoid gluten in trace amounts 95% of the time, but when I eat out it doesn’t always happen. More restaurants have gluten-free menus these days, but cross-contamination occasionally still causes gluten to show up in some meals.

      I just count it off and move on — I’d rather not go socialize and eat out because of some gluten. That being said..I won’t go out and consciously choose to eat pizza, for instance.

  • Reality

    Maybe you have celiac disease if eliminating gluten (actually) improved your health, because there is no such thing as “gluten sensitivity”. Also, if you were sick one work week per month, I hope you visited a doctor and didn’t just try random crap off some internet site ran by someone with no real qualifications making grandiose claims such as this one.

    • http://www.innergladiator.com/ Max Nachamkin

      Nope. I was tested multiple times while I was still eating gluten to test for it. I even had an endoscopy to check – no celiacs. Gluten sensitivity exists, and I am living proof of it.

      • Reality

        I’d suggest getting in touch with Prof. Peter Gibson of Monash University so that he can study you further. His latest research indicates non-celiac gluten sensitivity is due to the nocebo effect, rather than something real as his original study suggested. As an expert in the field, I’m sure he’d love to learn more about the first legitimately non-celiac gluten sensitive individual!