5 habits for healthy aging
Do you believe that if you don't have your health, you can't really appreciate the other things in your life? Our life expectancy has drastically changed. CDC statistics for 2009 reveal that the average man in America lives to be 75.7 years of age, and the woman 80.6. That has been an increase of 2-5 years since the 1980's figures. However, let's not just think about life span, but rather youth span. What difference does it make if you've lived until 80, but the last 10-20 years of your life you have lived in debilitating health that has taken you away from the people and things you love in your life?
You have the power in to take your health in to your own hands and change your life so that not only will you have longevity of life but have the vitality in your mind, body, and spirit to get the most of the years in your life. The 2 top things that kill the most Americans each year are heart disease and cancer; both of which diet and lifestyle have a heavy influence on. One of my favorite sayings now is, “genetics may load the gun, but diet and lifestyle pull the trigger.” I hope that gives you a new perspective that you really can change your DNA destiny!
Here are 5 habits for a happy and healthy life:
- Restrict Calories: There has been lots of research in this arena showing that caloric restriction leads to a longer life. I take this as eating enough, but not in excess, for example perhaps those large sugary drinks that are packed with calories are useless, and should be avoided.
- Increase Antioxidants: Many metabolic processes in your body give off free radicals as a by product and in our daily living we are exposed to regularly. There is a check and balance system here, and the damage that the free radicals create needs to be combated with antioxidants to protect and prevent inflammation amongst other negative side effects that can contribute to disease.
- Keep Cortisol in Check: This “stress” hormone secreted by your adrenal glands is like your energy bank account. It gives you the power to get out of bed and get the day going, helps regulate blood sugar, has effects on the immune system, amongst several others in the body. Having health cortisol levels in your body has far reaching benefits. You are able to test cortisol levels via saliva, for more information go your natural health care provider.
- Pave the Road: There is a saying, the “road to good health is paved with good intestines.” What this means is your digestion is imperative to your health. If your food that is supposed to be your fuel is not getting absorbed properly or not eliminating regularly, you will feel the effects.
- Find Purpose: What is the point of living longer, if you don't have your heart in it? Do you want to be a great grandparent, have a long love life, or leave a legacy? Find what makes your heart beat with happiness, and do that often!
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