Posted by: godswaytohealth | May 22, 2012

THE ANTI-AGING LIFESTYLE

THE ANTI-AGING LIFESTYLE

Of all the healthy lifestyle strategies that can have a significant impact on your longevity, normalizing your insulin and leptin levels is probably the most important. There is no question that this is an absolute necessity if you want to slow down your aging process, and that means modifying your diet to avoid excessive amounts of fructose, grains, and other pro-inflammatory ingredients like trans fats.

Longevity therefore, is the result of an overall healthy lifestyle, so in addition to curbing your carbohydrate intake and exercising. Here are additional strategies that can further help you stay young and vibrant, longer:

  • Learn how to effectively cope with stress

Stress has a direct impact on inflammation, which in turn underlies many of the chronic diseases that kill people prematurely every day, so developing effective coping mechanisms is a major longevity-promoting factor.

Prayer, physical activity, exercise and a good night’s sleep are all viable options that can help you maintain emotional and mental equilibrium.

  •  Good night’s sleep

This is vital to your health. You should be getting at least six to eight hours of sleep, some people require more.  

  • Eat a healthy diet

Based on natural whole foods. This is your first step toward increasing your chances of living a longer, healthier life.

  •  Optimize your Vitamin D levels

Get at least 20 minutes of sunshine a day while you exercise or work in your yard.

  • Optimize your Omega-3 Fats

Good source includes flax seed or oil, chia seed, fish oil from a good source (free of mercury) or krill oil, while decreasing your intake of Trans fats.

  • Get your antioxidants from foods

Good sources include blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, beans, and artichokes.

  • Get your resveratrol naturally

Because resveratrol appears to be so effective at warding off many diseases associated with aging, it is often referred to as a “fountain of youth” that can extend lifespan. Good sources of naturally-occurring resveratrol include whole grape skins and seeds, raspberries and mulberries.

  • Use coconut oil

Another excellent anti-aging food is coconut oil, known to reduce your risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease, and lower your cholesterol, among other things.

  • Avoid as many chemicals, toxins, and pollutants as possible

This includes tossing out your toxic household cleaners, soaps, personal hygiene products, air fresheners, bug sprays, lawn pesticides, and insecticides, just to name a few, and replacing them with non-toxic alternatives.

  • Avoid pharmaceutical drugs 

As the pharmaceutical TV ads tell us themselves, drugs have many side effects and kill thousands of people prematurely every year. Therefore, if you adhere to a healthy lifestyle, you most likely will never need any of them in the first place.

THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISING

Studies repeatedly show that regular, moderate-to-vigorous exercise can help prevent or delay your onset of hypertension, obesity and heart disease, just to name a few of the diseases that significantly contribute to premature death.

Incorporating these healthy lifestyle guidelines will help set you squarely on the path to optimal health and give you the best shot at living a much longer life.

SOURCES:

http://mercola.com

http://naturalnews.com

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