Do you believe that it is possible to choose to live longer? There are certain things we know, proven by science, that give us the ability to build our own good health and to live a longer, healthier life.
Most of us are not on a quest to simply live longer. More important is the quality of life. I recently heard it explained this way: it is not just the years in your life that matter, it is the life in those years.
There are scientific, proven ways that support both health and longevity. In addition to that important fact, the top four killer diseases are diseases of aging, and are largely preventable. It is sad that many folks are not interested in living longer because they are not healthy and the quality of their present life is not good.
Let’s take a look at some proactive ways we can control aging. In fact, there are specific lifestyle choices that can either slow down or speed up disease and aging. Smoking, excessive sun exposure, poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, and being overweight or obese are all proven to play a role in aging. Even though our genes contribute to the length of our lives, many diseases are still preventable, and that is key.
Sixty million people in the United States alone live with hypertension, and 200 million people in this country are overweight or obese. Many millions have increased risk of diabetes. All of these are precursors to serious disease and affect our quality of life.
What we put into our bodies truly determines how we feel on a daily basis, and will impact whether we maintain good health. Nutrition powers our body functions, and most of us do not get optimal nutrition from our daily diets. Convenience foods, fast foods, and lack of quality fresh food do not provide us with the nutrition our bodies need to function optimally.
Eating diets high in fat are associated with chronic diseases of aging. Most of us don’t get the recommended five to nine servings of fruit and vegetables, or enough fiber each day. Research has shown that omega 3 fatty acids are essential for heart health, joint health, brain function, and healthy skin, eyes, nails, and hair; and yet most people still do not choose to get enough fish oil through two servings of fish in their diet each week.
Choosing healthier foods is important. A healthy, balanced diet impacts our everyday health and our future health. How long we live and the quality of that life is largely in our own hands. Choosing nutrients from healthy proteins, fats and carbohydrates on a consistent basis makes a difference. Supplementing with natural vitamins and minerals (food-based), to insure optimal nutrients are consumed each day, builds better health.
We have many proactive choices. Healthy lifestyles, healthy diets, and targeted natural supplements can help us control our health and the aging process. Resveratrol, a phytonutrient found in the skins of grapes, offers powerful, cellular anti-aging and health benefits. These are choices that we have to not only live longer but to feel better now and throughout our lives.
A quote from Hippocrates may be an old one but it certainly has substance: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Food, and ingredients found in food, can be your medicine for longevity.