A ‘biohacker’ who reversed his age by 13 years claims to prove you don’t need to spend a fortune to turn back the clock.
A number of tech groups have made headlines in recent years for their anti-aging efforts, including Bryan Johnson, who spends $2 million a year on pelvic floor blasts, laser therapy and a team of 30 doctors.
But New Yorker Chris Mirabile says he’s been able to “turn back the clock” just by making simple adjustments to his sleep, exercise routine and diet.
When he turned 37 years old, in the last examination of his body, he was given a biological age – the age of his cells and tissues – 23 years.
Chris Mirabil from New York was 23 years old when he turned 37. He is pictured above in his late 20s, left, when he listed his startup on NASDAQ, and in his late 30s after launching NOVOS.
Mr. Mirabile achieved his youthful body by sleeping eight hours a night, exercising six times a week and supplementing. But he also leaves room for chocolate lava cake and pizza in between
Mr Mirabile told DailyMail.com that aging should not just be seen as the pursuit of the ultra-rich.
“Unfortunately, I think the longevity field has gotten the reputation that it’s only for the rich, because there are some really rich people who are investing a lot of money to try these crazy scientific approaches to improve their lives,” he said.
‘But the truth is, the most effective ways to prolong life are completely free.’
Mr. Mirabile, who founded longevity company NOVOS, shared his top tips on this website, saying getting enough sleep is one of the most important.
US health officials recommend getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night for optimal body and brain function.
Scientists have also found that too little sleep can lead to increased inflammation, damage to skin health, and poor nutrition, all of which contribute to faster aging.
Mr. Mirabile gets eight hours of sleep every night, monitored by the Oura ring.
She goes to bed at the same time every night – usually between 10 and 11 – wearing headphones and using blackout curtains to avoid being disturbed.
“Within three weeks, it got to the point where I was waking up every morning without an alarm clock,” he said.
“Now I fall asleep within five minutes of putting my head on the pillow, whereas before I put my full attention to sleep, it would never happen.”
He also swears by exercise, doing six sessions each week lasting about 45 minutes to an hour.
They are divided into two groups, half focused on cardio, such as intense running, and the rest on weight lifting.
Studies show that cardio strengthens heart and lung function, reduces disease risk, and reverses age-related decline in the systems.
Building muscle also helps prevent muscle loss from aging, with people losing about 3 to 8 percent of their muscle every decade after age 30.
On the diet, she said she sticks to a strictly planned meal schedule 90 percent of the time — focusing on vegetables, protein and whole foods in an eight-hour window each day. Avoid processed foods if possible.
Numerous studies, including one article JAMA Internal Medicine In 2019, it showed that avoiding processed foods can help extend someone’s life and prevent age-related decline.
The science behind intermittent fasting is less clear, but some studies suggest it can extend life in animals like mice, but not necessarily in their closest relative, monkeys. Recent studies have warned of the health risks of the habit more likely to die early and a weaker immune system.
She’s shown above with David Sinclair, a longtime Harvard-based physician who encouraged her to launch an antiaging startup.
Despite the serious plan, Mr Mirable also admitted to cheating and said he always made sure to ‘live a little’, including enjoying a chocolate lava cake or the occasional pizza.
“I love Italian food, I love Japanese food and I have a sweet tooth,” she admitted to DailyMail.com.
“So I’ll cheat, usually pizza, sushi rolls, chocolate lava cake, tiramisu, things like that.”
She added: ‘Roughly speaking, I have about two cheat meals a week.
“Ninety percent of the time I eat a healthy diet, and then I live a little ten times—I think all of that together is what it takes to get the biological age results that I have.”
When it comes to coffee, he says he drinks four cups a day – and always right after waking up – but never indulges after 12 in case it disturbs his sleep.
Mr. Mirabile founded the longevity company NOVOS
He also drinks alcohol occasionally, his favorite being a Manhattan, for a party or when he has “good company” at dinner.
“Yes, I drink,” he told DailyMail.com.
‘I used to drink more in my 20s, but now I try to keep it to a minimum.
‘A nice dinner with good company or some kind of party, then I’ll drink, but I’ll try to avoid that for a typical week.’
Several studies have shown that drinking coffee increases alertness and stimulates the nervous system, helping someone get more out of exercise.
There is no science that directly proves that it prevents aging.
Drinking alcohol has no health benefits, although it does increase the risk of heart problems, liver problems, and some cancers, such as throat and mouth cancer.
The Department of Health Canada recently caused confusion when it suggested people only drink two alcoholic drinks a week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says women can have up to one drink a day and men up to two.
Mr. Mirabile is also an avid supplement taker, taking up to 10 pills each day.
Along with her NOVOS Core and NOVOS Boost supplements, she takes fish oil, a multivitamin, and vitamin D and K supplements.
He didn’t say how much he spends per month on the supplements, but together they’ll set him back in the $200 range every 30 days. The price without NOVOS add-ons is $44 per month.
Fish oil is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which can prevent aging by boosting antioxidants that remove molecules in the body that can damage cells and DNA.
Vitamin D can promote healthy aging by improving bone health and muscle function, while vitamin K can promote blood clotting and heart and brain health.
Novos Core ($109 for a monthly supply) contains ingredients including magnesium, vitamin C, and ginger, and is thought to help reduce inflammation and control senescent cells or cells that begin spewing out toxic chemicals that stop dividing and can harm their neighbors.
Novos Boost ($44 per monthly supply) contains nicotinamide mononucleotide, or NMN, which can help boost DNA repair and mitochondrial function and help reverse aging.
About 92 percent of Americans have at least one nutrient deficiency, which Mr. Mirabile says can be prevented through supplements and a healthy diet.
The entrepreneur’s simplistic hacks pale in comparison to those of Mr. Johnson, the tech CEO worth nearly half a billion dollars.
He wakes up at 5 a.m. in his frenzied daily routine and immediately does an hour-long workout with 25 exercises.
He then takes a bunch of supplements and applies seven skin creams to his face and goes for a blood test before eating a meal calibrated to exactly 1,977 calories.
In the evenings, she wears blue-light blocking glasses for two hours before bed, and some days she’ll also go for an ultrasound or a physical exam.
Mr. Johnson, 45, aims to return his body to the biological age of an 18-year-old through a rigorous lifestyle.
According to doctors, he has aged five years since 2021 and now has the heart of a 37-year-old. But that pales in comparison to Mr. Mirabil being 13 years younger.
45-year-old tech billionaire Bryan Johnson spends $2 million a year on a project to prevent aging of all his body’s organs.
It has undergone significant changes since the beginning of the project. He was photographed here in 2017
Mr. Mirabile had been living a healthy lifestyle since he was 16 and suffered from a brain tumor that left him bedridden and unable to exercise for a year.
After the experience, he decided to focus on exercise and diet to avoid being in that position again.
His passion led him to train to the extreme – at age 17, he placed seventh in the US at the Marine Corps National Championships and broke the Guinness World Record for the most pull-ups in 60 seconds.
He went to college and private equity before creating the start-up Hotlist, a social media app that shows what nearby places are busy and good to attend.
His health later took a turn for the worse when the start-up failed, and he was depressed in his 20s with almost no money to his name, Mr. Mirabil said.
Moreover, her apartment in New York City was flooded by Hurricane Sandy, and then all her valuables were stolen and ransacked.
“I was in a tough spot,” he said. “I was depressed and part of it was a failed startup venture.
“I basically had no money because I had invested it all in my business and I wasn’t paying myself very much – and when I ended up being a millionaire, I ended up with zero.”
“I was like, ‘blah,’ why am I sitting at home by myself doing nothing? I didn’t want to go out by myself to start work, nothing,” she added on the podcast.
‘This includes hanging out with friends, going out, going on a date or whatever.’
Her friends have been telling her to exercise more to start feeling better, but she says she already does and it doesn’t help.
It was then that he focused on himself and asked, “What do I want from my career?” started asking basic questions like and ‘Why did I even become an entrepreneur?’
This led him to found NOVOS, a startup that sells longevity supplements to people to increase their health or healthy years of their lives.
this week the company launched the NOVOS Core, NOVOS Boost and NOVOS Age longevity product lines.