Scientists who study longevity have long wondered about the secret of living longer. They have learned that there is not one secret to a long life. Instead they have zeroed in on nine contributing factors to longevity. They are: keeping physically active, taking time to relax, not overeating, following a plant-based diet, drinking wine moderately, maintaining a sense of purpose, belonging to a faith-based community, having close family ties and staying social.
How many of these are included in your lifestyle?
Scientists have also found that many of these factors will also have a protective effect on your mind.
Did you know that trillions of bacteria, yeasts and fungi live in your gut and trillions more live on your skin. The organisms in our guts live in a symbiotic relationship with us. We give them shelter and food to eat and they assist in digestion and help us to access nutrients required for the function of our brains and other organs. They also help to inhibit the growth of disease causing pathogens.
We need to support these inner helpers by feeding them the nutrients that they need. Walk into any supermarket and you will find supplements that are probiotics designed to nourish these organisms. However, the latest medical research indicates that it is not necessary to buy these costly products. Your can do as well by eating a varied diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fiber and whole grains
To find more healthy eating tips look at our book "TriEnergetics".
In a mature adult eating protein without exercising will not add to muscle mass. This has been proven. Now there are new concerns about protein.
A large observational study showed that a high intake of protein from meat including processed meat and poultry is associated with an increased risk of dying prematurely of cardiovascular disease.’’In contrast a high intake of protein from grains, beans and vegetables was not associated with changes in mortality rates.
The bottom line is this. Eat a variety of foods. The days when it was OK to eat only meat and potatoes have faded into history.
There are many concerns about Keto Diets. The primary one is that these diets eliminate too many healthful foods to be advisable for the general population. This diet may help you lose weight but as with any diet, the weight will come back when you return to your old way of eating. If you are diabetic or are so obese that you need to lose a large amount of weight, you should begin a ketogenic diet only under medical supervision.
The extreme carb restriction with the keto diets make it difficult for most people to stay on them. There are also common side effects including fatigue, dizziness, constipation and sleep problems. For these and many other reasons we strongly recommend that instead of choosing a Keto Diet choose a healthy long term diet solution such as the Mediterranean Diet or learn more about eating healthy in our book "Live Longer Live Healthier".
Did you know that the amount of antibiotics sold in the U.S. for use in livestock is four times higher that the amount sold for use in people?
Did you know that this overuse of antibiotics in farm animal has contributed greatly to the dramatic increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria?
For many years warnings from veterinarians that this overuse would promote antibiotic resistant bacteria were ignored. Now it is recognized that humans have created a major health risk.
You can do your part to stop this over use in farm animals by joining the antibiotic-free movement. Only buy meat and poultry raised without antibiotics and support restaurants that are going antibiotic free.
The number of heart attacks in the United States has flatten sharply and patients a much more likely to survive them. A recent study found that the rate of hospitalization for heart attacks dropped by 38 percent for people 65 and older. The death rate within 30 days of a heart attack also fell by about a third.
The authors of the study attributed this good news to the increased use of cholesterol-lowering medications and coronary angioplasty. Lifestyle changes also were instrumental. To learn more about living a healthy lifestyle refer to our book "Live Longer Live Healthier."
Generic drugs are money savers. In fact the government has found that utilizing generic drugs would have translated into $265 billion worth of consumer savings in 2017. The question is why aren’t there more generic drugs available.
First of all the manufacturer of a generic must show that’s drug is bio equivalent to the brand name. This is a long and tedious process, and frequently the generic manufacturer can not get samples of the brand name drug to analyze and conduct tests with.
In other instances brand name manufacturers have offered financial inducements to generic manufacturers to wait to introduce their products. At least 142 brand name drugs were involved in these deals from 2005 to 2013 according to the Federal Trade Commission. The government has since investigated these deals and the Supreme Court has ruled that they are an antitrust violation.
The final reason for the relative scarcity of generic drugs is that tight profits margins have reduced the numbers of manufacturers in the generic industry.
A crucial factor in maintaining a healthy brain is controlling your blood pressure. Large studies have shown that cardiovascular events and mortality rates were reduced by 25% in people who were intensively treated to keep their systolic blood pressure at less than 120. In other words you should attempt to keep your blood pressure as close to normal, 120/80, as possible. We realize that this may be extremely difficult for many to do.
Nevertheless when it comes to blood pressure the lower the better. Within reason!
If you do not keep moving during the day you increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.. This has been reported before and was confirmed again in a federally funded study of over 5,000 older women. the researchers reported that the total amount of daily sedentary time was associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke.
This risk was lower when sedentary time was interrupted by physical activity. If you have been following our blogs you will remember that even a little bit of exercise goes a long way, It even helps to go for a little walk every day. Keep moving your body.
The final word is not out on this question, but we know for certain that American restaurants supersize meals. Eat out frequently and you will be swimming in calories. What about other countries? We found this to be very interesting.
Researchers measured the calories in frequently ordered meals at randomly selected restaurants in Brazil, Finland, Ghana, India and China. Compared to U.S. data the average calorie count was similar (about 1,100 calories per meal). It was lower only in China.
My mother used to tell us not to leave any food on our plate. Maybe that was true then. Certainly not now.