longevity

  1. Are you aging too fast? (Answer these 4 questions)

    Let me ask you something pretty personal – do you look and feel older than you are?

    Believe it or not, most people can’t answer this question.

    We all know someone who is 80 but looks 60 – and we all know folks who look MUCH older than they are.

    But we don’t always spend a lot of time thinking about how we’re aging.

    And that’s a big problem. Because even small symptoms of premature aging can be BIG warning signs of future health problems.

    Let me give you four questions that will give you a pretty good idea of how quickly you’re aging.

    Then I’ll show you how easy it can be to practically slow your aging process to a crawl.

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    There are many tell-tale signs that you are aging too fast. Start by answering these four questions:

    Question #1: Do you have problems with your hair?

    Your hair actually tells you a lot about your health. Premature graying, for example, can be a sign that you are missing essential nutrients. Hair loss is another cardinal sign of early aging, but not just the hair on your head – if your body hair is thinning and falling out, you may be aging too fast.

    Question #2: Are you quickly losing your strength?

    Most 80-year-olds can’t lift as much or run as fast as they did when they were 18. But that doesn’t mean that an 80-year-old can’t lift anything at all.

    Loss of muscle mass is one of the key signs of early aging. In fact, the amount of muscle mass you have on your body is a good predictor of your longevity.

    Question #3: How fast do you heal?

    If it takes you a long time to heal from cuts or bruises – or other injuries – that can be a sign that you are aging too quickly. Your body’s repair mechanisms are beginning to fail, which can put you at risk for degenerative diseases.

    Question #4: How many wrinkles do you have?

    We all get wrinkles – I know I have my share. But if you look in the mirror and can count more wrinkles than other folks your age, then you are aging too fast. Our skin is the outward projection of our health and is very sensitive to poor nutrition or unhealthy lifestyles (drinking, smoking, lack of nutrients, etc.).

    Now, we’ve always been told that aging is a matter of genetics.

    But the fact is, many signs of early aging are preventable or arise from a lack of nutrients your body needs to function or repair itself. Your best bet for slowing the aging process is to:

    • Take a daily multi-vitamin to address any nutritional shortfalls.
    • Add antioxidant supplements to your regimen to protect yourself from oxidative stress.
    • Build muscle mass with a regular exercise routine. It doesn’t have to be crazy – just something you can do every day.
    • Keep your blood sugar under control. The Paleo diet that I recommend is great for supporting healthy blood sugar levels – and you should consider supplements like berberine if you need more help.
  2. Could living like a monk help you live forever?

    When I was studying Ayurvedic medicine, I was always fascinated by one group of people.

    Ascetic monks.

    By the measurements of Western medicine, they should have been in awful shape. They had meager rations – sometimes just a cup of rice a day (or fasting for weeks!). They often slept in poor conditions, wearing little more than rags. They were exposed to the elements all the time.

    And yet, these were some of the healthiest people I’d ever seen.

    Indeed, some were reputed to live to extraordinary ages – and while some of that may have been due to their spiritual practice, that can’t be the whole story.

    Now, a new study on mice gives us a clue that could reveal their secret.

    And it might work just as well for you.

    Researchers from Pondicherry University in India found that to slow aging to a crawl, you’ve got to take a closer look – a LOT closer, all the way down to the cellular level.

    When you look at cells in the body, they show tell-tale signs of aging. Specifically, cells grow more and more damaged – often through oxidation – and eventually stop performing their respective functions.

    When enough cells are badly damaged, you’ve reached the end of your road.

    But it turns out there are two things you can do put the brakes on this cellular damage – and the first one is to restrict your calorie intake.

    You see, whenever you eat food, the digestive process will lead to cellular byproducts like free radicals. Those free radicals eventually oxidize the cells in your body, causing damage – which is the equivalent of aging.

    Reduce the number of calories you take in, and you’ll reduce that damage.

    I’m pretty sure that ascetic monks in India were on the right track by eating so little – and thus, doing very little damage to their cells!

    No wonder they lived so long.

    But according to the latest science, there’s something else they could have done: supplement with quercetin.

    Taking quercetin – a natural compound found in many fruits and vegetables, like kale – provides a mechanism to clean up those free radicals.

    And doing BOTH those things together worked better than either action on its own.

    Now, severely restricting your calories isn’t for everyone. And I don’t expect you to go on some crazy hunger strike or take some sacred vow of silence or celibacy. (I would never!)

    But you can get a similar age-defying effect by limiting your caloric intake… and cleaning up a lot of the remaining free radicals with a quercetin supplement.

    The combination gives you the benefits of a severely restricted diet -- without any of the hunger pangs.

    Avoid overeating… put your own clean-up crew to work… and you may discover your own fountain of youth.

    It won’t cause you to live forever – but, of course, nothing will.

    It can, however, help you live much LONGER – and live a healthier life the whole time, as well.

  3. Spicy peppers promote longevity

    You don’t have to eat bland food in order to stick to a healthy diet. According to the latest research, eating spicy chili peppers may reduce your risk of an early death. So, break out the cayenne this Super Bowl Sunday, and spice up your game day grub without sacrificing your health. No matter which team comes out on top, you’ll win when it comes to longevity.
  4. Eat simply for better longevity

    The "world's healthiest people" – those who live the longest and have the lowest chronic disease rate – have one major thing in common. And it's not so much about what they eat... but what they DON'T eat.
  5. Sex can keep you alive

    Sex can help fight the diseases of aging and help keep you alive longer -- at least according to a study on fruit flies.
  6. A handful of nuts could save your life

    Eat nuts every day, and you could ward off heart attack, stroke and an early death, according to a nutty new study.
  7. Fish oil can beat dementia and extend lives

    A little fish oil can help fight off cognitive decline and even extend your life, according to new research.
  8. Fry up some bacon for a longer life

    Bacon contains a critical nutrient that can add years to your life, according to a new study.
  9. Body fat can hurt -- even if you're thin

    Excess body fat can be deadly, even if you're not overweight.
  10. Sex makes you look younger

    Seniors who have regular sex look up to seven years younger than those who don't.

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