In this world of ever increasing lies and half truths in the fields of health and medicine, more and more people are coming to see that the true answers to these issues lie not in some new drug, surgical technique or technology but in natural cures, nutrition, exercise and a positive attitude towards life.
Deep down, we all have a deeply rooted desire to live a long and high quality life.
So how do we live a longer life and also enjoy the high quality that we all wish we could capture, so we can remain as youthful as possible up until our demise? These tips are a great start.
Stress is a commonly discussed condition, but unfortunately it doesn’t get the credence that it deserves as a major cause of the ailments ruining people’s quality of life and longevity. Some estimates suggest that as much as 70% to 80% of all visits to physicians’ offices are for stress related problems.
Stress can deregulate all of the systems of the body, which leads to every age-related disease of our time. According to the National Stress Institute, research has confirmed that stress has a prominent role in disorders of the heart, gastrointestinal system, skin, neurological system, and emotions.
Happy people live healthier, longer lives
Positive moods such as joy and happiness, life satisfaction, hopefulness, optimism, and a sense of humor were associated with reduced risk of mortality and predicted longevity. Moods and emotions are associated with biological markers such as blood pressure, cortisol, and inflammation. Studies found that pessimists have higher blood pressure levels.
Anger and hostility were related not only to the development of cardiovascular disease, but also to disease progression and inflammation. So, feeling grateful for the gift of life, is a great start to give a boost and a feeling of euphoria to all your body.
Detoxify the body
Detoxification is the body’s natural way of removing toxins that is completed by several systems and organs, including the liver, kidneys, intestines, and skin. If it becomes overwhelmed, the excessive build up of these poisons can accelerate the aging process and impair the function of our immune and hormonal systems, which leaves us more vulnerable to age
The unprecedented level of chemicals in our food, water, air, and personal care products has reduced our resistance to disease. The result has negatively affected our metabolisms, leaving us with deficiencies and imbalances that facilitate an increased aging process.
Improve your diet
A recent study suggests that a healthy diet (like Mediterranean) can add as many as 14 years to your life. This mindset is largely ignored by most people. The good news is that even small changes can make a big difference, though.
Here are a few changes that are important to consider. Almost everyone is capable of making at least one of these lifestyle modifications. How easy would it be to begin to exercise regularly or to be careful about your alcohol consumption or quit smoking or make sure that you are consuming more fruits and vegetables?
The belief by most people is that the changes necessary to improve their health are too difficult. Here’s the truth:
* Eliminating trans fats will cut your heart disease rate by 50%.
* Start eating an apple every day and eat a few servings of vegetables.
* Look for ways to incorporate “super foods” in your diet.
*Have a good detoxification so the nutrients to be more easily absorbed
* Find a good multivitamin that includes Vitamin B and Selenium.
* Drink plenty of water
* Start small instead of trying a complete diet overhaul.
Boost immune function
The immune system is the primary defense against cancer and a wide variety of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. With advanced age, immune system function generally declines, which raises your vulnerability to age related diseases. Another unfortunate effect in aging is the inclination of the immune system to become overactive, which leads to heightened inflammatory response that also accelerates the aging process.
Balance the hormones
Hormones implicated in aging include testosterone, estrogen and progesterone, as well as melatonin, growth hormone, cortisol, and DHEA. When these hormone levels are imbalanced, they can cause a multitude of systemic problems that are crucial to normal life processes and are known to accelerate some aging processes. Impaired endocrine function will wreak havoc with the rest of the body’s systems, which will increase vulnerability to age related diseases.
Increasing longevity and quality of life requires a systematic and a holistic approach that is not found in single elixirs or supplements. Good quality of life is a choice that you have to make. Educate yourself, make your own research, consider all the components to a healthy life and by claiming back the responsibility for your own health you will succeed to be the ‘king on your own castle’
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