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How to Age Less Starting Today

Updated on May 15, 2007

Is Physical Immortality Getting Closer?

Pursuing Immortality

Practical immortality may now be within our grasp thans to scientific research and amazing medical breakthroughs that are coming at such astonishing speed that we can hardly keep up.

In his new book "Chasing Life" prominent neurosurgeon and medical journalist Sanjay Gupta, MD, blends dramatic accounts of amazing discoveries from around the world with essential advice on how you can apply them for optimal health and longevity starting today.

Dr. Gupta predicts amazing scientific advances that are going to revolutionize our health including stem cell therapy, advances in gene sequencing, and nanotechnology.

Dr. Gupta is a practicing neurosurgeon at Emory University Hospital and associate chief of service at Grady Memorial Hospital. He is a columnist at TIME magazine and chief medical correspondent at CNN.

Dr. Gupta reveals the secrets to helping you live a longer healthier life for many years to come, starting right now. The following points of advice are in the book. For amplification and rational of the points the details are in the book.

Basic Points of Advice

- Remember hara hachi bu, (pushing back from the table in Japanese).

- Eat only until you are 80 percent full.

- Find water rich foods.

- Less burger and more lettuce.

- Slow down: Your brain needs a few minutes to signal you are full.

- Eat a bigger breakfast: You'll eat less the rest of the day.

- Eat less and you may live more.

- Remember the essential vitamins you need every day.

- There is no fountain of youth. Beware the product that says it will make you younger.

- Go to the source, not the supplement. There is no substitute for a diet filled with fruits and vegetables.

- Stay away from human growth hormone. The potential for harm outweighs any potential benefit.

- Depeding on your age, your race, and where you live, you might consider taking a vitamin D supplement.

- Discover the unlikely elixers. Dark chocolate, red wine, and coffee may extend life.

- Just because something is natural, it is not guaranteed to be safe.

- Surprise your body everyday. Try a new exercise.

- Push the limits. Chasing life is hard work. Challenge yourself with some strenuous exercise.

- Make sure to do upper-body training now. It may add years to your life.

- Stretch. Stretching should take as much time as the rest of your workout. Your body will thank you.

- Don't skip workouts, even when you're on the road.

- Exercise daily. Don't have time for a workout? Then take the stairs, park farther away, rake the leaves, or vacuum.

- Exercise your brain in different ways. Find problems that you have difficulty solving. The more you challenge your mind the better.

- Stay social and enjoy spirited discussions.

- Even if you're an old dog, learn a new trick--the more you learn the more you protect your mind.

- Make sure you get enough "brain food," including fish oil, vitamins E and B, and folic acid.

- Add the spice turmeric to your diet--it may ward off Alzheimer's.

- Regular screening and early detection are the best ways to never hear the word cancer.

- Don't ignore symptoms. Pick up the phone and call your doctor.

- Eat five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

- Separate fact from myth. Get the details on teflon, beef, cell phones, artificial sweeteners, and plastics. Some pros and some cons here. Moderation at least.

- Know the nine controllable cancer risk factors--you can lower your risks:


2. Alcohol

3. Obesity

4. Inactivity

5. A diet with too few fruits and vegetables

6. Unsafe sex

7. Urban air pollution

8. Indoor smoke from household fuels

9. Contaminated injections in health care-settings.

- Get rid of that apple--shaped midsection.

- Visit your doctor armed with knowledge. Know your family history and the tests you may need to detect heart disease and diabetes.

- If you cholesterol level is out of control, strongly consider switching to a healthier diet (that includes blueberries, tomatoes, okra, and eggplant) and a statin medication.

- Get plenty of sleep. It will help you lose weight.

- Eat smarter. Increase the amount of "power foods" in your diet.

1. Fruits, especially strawberries, blueberries, and bananas

2. Vegetables, including tomatoes, spinach, eggplant, and okra

3. Low-fat diary

4. Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, and lima beans

5. Fish, especially such oily fish as tuna, mackerel, and herring.

6. Poultry

7. Nuts, including almonds and walnuts

8. Whole grains

- A little weight training could provide big results--and great abs.

- Know your CRP levels--it's more important than you think. (C-reactive protein blood test that measures amount of inflamation in arteries)

- Practice optimism. It can help you have a longer life.

- Spend a few minutes everyday relaxing or meditating. A few deep breaths can do wonders.

- Allow your mind to slow down and wander several times a day.

- Avoid stress; try an attitude adjustment.

- Ask yourself how old you would be if you didn't know how old you were.

- If you are depressed, get treated. It will be good for your mind and your body.

New Technology

Dr. Gupta quotes futurist Ray Kurzweil who predicts that if he can live 10 to 15 years more, he will be able to take full advantage in the revolution in knowledge of the human body and maximum life expetancy, which is now around 100 years. This will soon start extending out for decades and decades more. Kurzweil believes that someday humans will be able to live forever.


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