“If you want things to stay as they are, things will have to change…”
The fountain of youth may not be a reality, but new research is pointing the way for us to live longer and stay healthier. With a few simple lifestyle changes, you can feel and look better.
Outsmart your genes
Experts say longevity is 30 % genetics and 70 % lifestyle. Behavior is important then. Exercising, eating well, not smoking, avoiding environmental toxins and maintaining a stable emotional state all impact lifespan. Understanding the benefits and risks of your own lifestyle choices can help you beat the odds.
Reduce pounds to add years:
Obesity contributes to many chronic conditions including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Anti-aging research is focusing on the link between caloric restriction and longevity. Even a modest weight gain shortens lifespan.
Exercise to stay young:
Long-term studies have shown that being active cuts the risk of premature death by about 50 %.
Aerobic exercise improves immune function and lowers blood pressure Exercise improves mental conditioning: A recent study showed that aerobic exercise increases brain function in older adults. It also triggers endorphins (the body ‘s natural opiates ), enhancing joy and counteracting depression.
Exercise improves mental conditioning:
A recent study showed that aerobic exercise increases brain function in older adults. It also triggers endorphins (the body ‘s natural opiates ), enhancing joy and counteracting depression.
Research shows that even when people 65 or over increased their physical activity, they still reaped the benefits for years afterward.
Eat for Health
An anti-aging diet is rich in foods that are “alive “, rather than packaged or processed.
Certain vitamins and nutrients can act as antioxidants to counteract age-related damage to the heart, arteries and other tissues. Broccoli, blueberries, garlic are just example of well-known anti-aging nutrients. Another powerful antioxidant, EGCG, is found in Green Tea.
Studies have suggested that foods with Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of heart attack as well as help prevent dementia. Include fish in your diet as much as possible, and reduce red meat.
A Daily Drink
Resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, has been shown to promote longer life in lab mice. Enjoy that glass of red wine daily, just like the French!
- Reduce Stress
Constant tension increases the strain on the heart and blood vessels, lower the response of the immune system, and keeps blood sugar high, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Cortisol, the adrenal hormone involved in stress responses, creates memory loss in the short run. Try relaxation techniques, meditation, or regular time-outs during which you practice deep breathing. Plan activities that are fun and make you laugh. Talk out your problems with someone you trust. Get a good night’s sleep. Regular exercise is a natural tranquilizer.
Research has shown that those who remain flexible, curious, and open to new experiences age better than those who don’t. Challenging our own assumptions-which, just like our joints, tend to stiffen with age-is good for us.
People who are connected to those around them-thru marriage, a circle of friends, a spiritual community, or other networks-tend to have longer lifespans than those without strong social ties. Stay vibrant and engaged throughout life, and you will feel younger forever!