Are you too old to be young…again?
January 12, 2015
· The single best thing you can do for your health and longevity is quit smoking. Smoking has been well know for speeding up the aging process and damaging your health along the way.
· Drink only in moderation. Alcohol infuses every cell, damaging genes and inflaming your liver. A glass of wine a day for women and maybe two for men, but no more, may be mildly beneficial.
· Get your sleep. Your body needs down time to repair cells and rest your heart. And your mind needs dreaming to stay balanced.
· Cut saturated fat, up omega-3 fats. Eat less or no red meat; lose the cake and ice cream; consume more complex carbs, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; and get plenty of fatty fish. The healthy fats in salmon, mackerel, and sardines help keep oxygen free-radical molecules from damaging your cells.
· Consider moderating your total food intake. Studies in rats show that a 30% calorie restriction means longer life. Studies in rhesus monkeys showed a gain in years from a reduction in food in take. Losing excess pounds means less strain on your system.
· Supplement, supplement, supplement. Most of us suffer from “overconsumption malnutrition” — too much of the wrong things. Take a multi vitamin and minerals every day. In addition to the effective antioxidant vitamin C, CoQ10, vitamin E, alpha lipoic acid (another antioxidant), and perhaps some of those “mental acuity” mixtures in the health-food store should be in your medicine cabinet. If you can speak to a professional who specializes in nutrition you will have a good idea of what will work best for you.
· Reprogram your vision of old age. A study at Yale recently showed that those with a positive view of growing older lived seven years longer than those who griped about it.
· Remove the guilt out of your life. Be future-minded. Guilt and regrets are part of the past. Evolving and changing is how we stay young.
· Don’t be afraid to make a big change. It’s never too late to move, change careers, get married, or get a divorce and don’t say you’re too old. Think young and be young.
· Never retire. Retirement can be a contagious, debilitating disease. Take some time off for a vacation and smell the roses, but don’t get so intoxicated by the roses that you don’t come back and do something useful that keeps you engaged and active.