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Healthy Longevity

March 14, 2022

The Key To A Healthy Longevity - I Am...Not I Should

"Remember that there's no longevity in "should." - Melissa Steinus

What are you doing to increase the longevity of your life? Is it all in your genes or do you play a part in how long you live?

I think they are both involved in your life expectancy. In fact, a recent study led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has shown that leading a healthy lifestyle can add up to 10 years to your life. But just as you can add years, you can also shorten your life by the everyday decisions you should have made...

  • Should you push away from the table or have that extra cookie?
  • Should you get out and go for a walk or sit down to watch some TV?
  • Should you get a good night's sleep or stay up till all hours of the night?

The decisions you make turn into habits, and if they're poor habits, they not only can shorten your life, but the life you live probably won't be the healthy, quality life you had hoped for. And as you know, "Hope is not a plan."

So, if you want to live a healthy 80, 90, or even 100 years, stop saying this is what I should be doing, and start saying...

This is what I am doing to increase my longevity.

First, from the New England Centenarian Study, we learn that much of what affects longevity is in our mind:

  1. We need to have a good attitude and be more optimistic.
  2. We need to stay mentally active.
  3. We need to be socially happy and surround ourselves with good friends.

Second, live by these non-negotiable rules for a longer life.

  1. To reveal any deficiencies or prevent disease or decline, have regular comprehensive checkups. to include:
    • physical exams
    • metabolic blood panels
    • thyroid panels
    • blood count
  2. Eat a healthy diet, and let your food be your medicine.
    • Drink more water to cleanse and hydrate.
    • Try to avoid processed foods that are full of chemical preservatives, salt, saturated fats and sugar.
    • Eat more plant foods...fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains and beans.
    • Eat more good fats that will increase heart health and increase blood flow.
  3. Move more. Just a few short minutes of exercise every day can increase your life up to 3 years. Choose however you want to move, just get that blood pumping and your lungs breathing more.
  4. Get at least 7-8 hours good sleep at night. Good sleep means:
    • in the dark
    • no electronic devices

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