Living Well For Longer

Living Well For Longer

For many, the aging process is difficult. The body which was once reliable and relatively problem-free begins to disappoint. Changes include common ‘signs of aging’ such as wrinkles, memory loss, excess weight, and declining health.

Is there was a way to be  healthier and look younger for longer?  No gimmicks or medicines?

The answer is ‘yes’.

Recent research has shown that a common factor in aging issues is ‘inflammation’.

Inflammation is part of the body’s response to microbes. When we get a wound, for example, the activities of the immune system produce the familiar ‘inflammation’ symptoms – pain, swelling, redness, and heat.

However, there is a second type of inflammation, sub-clinical inflammation or ‘silent inflammation’. Virtually undetectable, silent inflammation can continue for years, damaging organs and other body tissues. Studies show that there is a clear and strong link between lifestyle and silent inflammation.

These 6 steps can reduce silent inflammation and increase good health.

Step 1: Carbs from fruit and vegetables only
Fruit and vegetables are ‘low energy density’ foods. A 1 ounce portion of a low energy density food has fewer calories and helps you feel full longer than 1 ounce of a high energy density food.  In addition, fruits and vegetables are full of phytochemicals and antioxidants used to fight inflammation.  Stay away from all refined carbs!

Step 2: Eight hours of sleep every night
Actually, the latest advice is 7-9 for adults. Choose the amount that makes you feel rested without feeling overtired or sluggish.  The bulk of healing is done by your body during sleep.  Inflammatory cytokines are produced at a much higher rate in those who suffer from insomnia.

Step 3: Add supplements
Find high quality supplements and take at minimum a multi-vitamin.  I also suggest taking Omega 3s which are essential fatty acids that contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties, Magnesium, an anti-oxidant, and vitamin D.

Step 4: Hydrate with water
Every body system depends on water to help it maintain good health, even hair, skin, and nails. Body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate are linked to water levels. So is fatigue (tiredness) and cognitive (brain) function.  Try adding some lemon to your water for alkalizing.

Step 5: Exercise for strength and flexibility
Exercising doesn’t have to be expensive or require a special place. There are regular TV programs with stretching, aerobic or strengthening workouts. Heavy gardening, rapid walking, and biking are all considered aerobic activities. Sit ups, push ups, and stretches can be done on the living room carpet.  Regular exercise lowers inflammation, maintains your strength and flexibility.

Step 6: Lower Stress
Stress activates your adrenal glands which then excrete the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline and non adrenaline into you system.  This can cause a lot of tissue damage and inflammation.

Implementing these ideas will help keep pep in your step and a smile on your face no matter what your chronological age.

What’s step will you take today?

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