I just did a five-minute audio recording for a good friend of mine, Teresa Maron, as part of her program, Spiritual Adventures for Today’s Wise Woman. She asked if I could give her audience a few tips on how to live longer and healthier. By the way, her website is http://www.teresamaron.com. Add the forward slash (/healthy-aging) to get to my short audio.
The first tip for longevity and healthy aging is to eat fewer calories per day. Nutritionists tell us to eat 15 calories/pound to maintain body weight. It is healthier to eat around 10 calories/pound. These calories must be balanced nutritionally. This means that all the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes – the nutrients your body needs daily – must be included in the total of the foods you eat each day.
Yes, you can add supplements – in fact, vitamins E and K2 are difficult to get from our dietary choices. I supplement with these vitamins daily. Ensure your vitamin E contains all eight tocopherols and tocotrienols – natural, not synthetic. Balanced nutrition is an absolute must for overall health. It is super critical to maintaining that good health in your later years.
The next tip is to eat fewer times a day. Some nutritionists will tell you to eat four, five or six small meals a day. Your body will never get a chance to fully recover. Your blood sugar levels will continually be high. It is not great advice if you want to live a long time. Intermittent fasting – at least twelve hours between meals – is a requirement to age with a reduced risk of age-related diseases.
I fast eighteen hours daily. I do longer fasts periodically. I did a 42-hour fast last week. Fasting increases your body’s human growth hormone to youthful levels. The older you are, the less your body makes. Allowing your body the opportunity to make more of this hormone daily gives you an edge up on living a longer, healthier life.
The last tip is to reduce stress almost hourly. Do something throughout the day to rid your body of stress. It can be as simple as a smile. Laughter, even forced laughter, is great. Exercise is a wonderful way to reduce stress. Yoga and meditation are wonderful options also.
Thanks for explaining to me that it is important to do something throughout the day that can help me get rid of stress. I don’t have a family of my own, so I think I need to take extra care of myself now that I’m older. It might also be a good idea to listen to speakers of active aging so I can make healthier choices for my body.