Friday, July 20, 2007

Staying Young

Prevention cites twenty-five ways to retard the aging process. They are enumerated below in condensed form, but take a look yourself. The article claims that only 30% of factors influencing life expectancy are genetic so it's worth taking care of yourself.

  • Stay the weight you were at 18, if that was a healthy weight.
  • Supplement daily with 800 mg of alpha-lipoic acid and 2,000 mg of acetyl-L-carnitine. These "chemicals boost the energy output of mitochondria, which power our cells."
  • Reduce caloric intake. (They suggest skipping a meal.)
  • Get a pet to reduce blood pressure and ward off depression.
  • If you experience pain, seek a doctor's assistance.
  • Walk 1/2 an hour a day.
  • Fight nice.
  • Have plants.
  • Weight lift.
  • Do good deeds. (Be kind to others.)
  • Eat lots of fruits and veggies.
  • Eat fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines, and lake trout.
  • Enjoy music.
  • Drink tea, especially green tea.
  • Watch your waistline.
  • Supplement with Vitamin D.
  • Eat curry (or more specifically tumeric which has curcumin, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substance).
  • Watch your iron intake, or donate blood.
  • Take care of your eyes. (Supplement or eat foods with omega-3s, lutein, and zeaxanthin.)
  • Take extract of the South American fern Polypodium leucotomos for healthy skin.
  • Practice deep breathing to reduce stress.
  • Avoid regular exposure to loud noise.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Avoid high glycemic foods like potatoes.
  • Maintain a positive attitude.

        Again, read the whole article with explanations. If we have to get older, at least we can take responsiblity for maintaining our health and well-being as much as possible.

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