5 Rules to Living Longer
Living Longer is Not Magic
For those who might not have gotten the notice, there is no fountain of youth. There is no magic pill or elixir to be taken to find your way back to being young again. However, there are a few things you can do to slow down the inevitable aging process. Try these five steps and you should start seeing great results:
1. Keep Yourself Actively Focused
One of the harder things that happens to us as we age is that we do not stay in the moment any longer. We have a much more difficult time multitasking the things in our lives. One of the bigger issues in aging is our memory loss. However, there are tools you can use to strengthen their brain. Crossword puzzles, quizzes, social interaction, and physical exercise all contribute to support your memory.
Physical activity is essential to maintaining good health and longevity. More than any single diet, vitamin, mineral, herb, or drug, exercise offers the best health benefits. A regular exercise program has shown to fight arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular troubles, depression, obesity, and osteoporosis. With a vigorous workout, one can also help retune the amino acid and insulin sensitivity of muscle tissue that tends to be issues when one gets older.
2. Be Wise in Your Food Choices
In the age of processed foods, we need to get back to basics. Learn to start choosing a wide variety of foods and concentrate on those that your ancestors may have enjoyed long ago. Look for fatty fish such as herring, mackerel, and salmon. Try to find the wild varieties of these fish if possible. These essential fats can protect you against inflammation that is linked to cancer, dementia, and heart disease. It should go without saying; you should be eating lots of fruits, berries, melons, and any vegetables you can get your hands on. Many of the fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, and grapes will provide you with antioxidant nutrients that protect tissues from oxidative damages that are part of aging.
Also high on our list is making sure you get plenty of vitamin D in your system. Vitamin D is considered the sunshine vitamin, and not having the right amount in your system will affect your cognitive performance. This is especially true of men over the age of 60.
3. Mellow Out
As is the term of a much younger generation, you need to “chill out” if you want to live longer. Mild stress can help you live longer, however too much will speed up the aging process. It will also increase the risk of illness as you start to age. There are many herbs that you can take to help support your immune system against stress. Try astragalus, ashwagandha, coedyceps, ginseng, holy basil, and rhodiola extract. All of these have been found to reduce your stress fatigue and improve your mental state of mind.
4. Get Your Sleep
Sleep deprivation will undermine your health and can contribute to weight gain. Make sure you get enough sleep. Those having troubles sleeping can even be more susceptible to developing high blood pressure.
Try some deep breathing relaxation techniques to find a better sleep if needed. If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you might try kava or valerian, both of which can be found at your local vitamin store.
5. Don’t Forget Your Water and Fats
To keep that youthful looking appearance your skin needs two things, water, and fats. Plenty of water and green tea should be consumed daily, along with essential fatty acids. A protein rich diet has been found to help the body build new skin as well as vitamin C rich foods that keep that skin looking new. Find a supplement that contains hydrolysed collagen, to improve your skins hydration and reduce those wrinkles. Look for natural beauty products rather than synthetic cosmetics. You will find that they are milder, biodegradable, and low in toxins.
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