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7 secrets to longevity

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You may have read Mercola.com’s recently published article, “The longevity paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age.” If you’re interested in living a long life, you’re almost certainly interested on how to reach old age healthfully. The article gives you an in-depth look at the effects of your diet on longevity, in a scientific sense. Your diet does indeed play a major role in health and longevity, but it’s not the only factor to consider when setting yourself up for healthful aging. It is possible to age without letting your health deteriorate. While not a comprehensive list, these seven secrets to longevity can help guide you on the right path:

  1. Intermittent fasting

    Important strategies that can help slow down your biological clock are calorie restriction and intermittent fasting. Two of the scientifically demonstrated benefits of fasting are the suppression of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and the activation of autophagy, both of which play a role in disease prevention and longevity.

  2. Exercise

    Research has shown that high intensity interval training (HIIT) is able to minimize damage to the mitochondria from the buildup of remnants of proteins and oxidative damage, among other things known as “debris” that drive biological aging, chronic inflammation and cell deterioration.

  3. Sensible supplementation

    Vitamins that have been shown to help play a role in extending longevity include vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, C, D, E and K. Minerals that are especially important to health and longevity include calcium, chloride, chromium, cobalt, choline, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, sulfur and zinc. Anti-inflammatory animal-based omega-3 fats and astaxanthin can also play an important role in longevity.

  4. A healthy diet

    Make no mistake about it — your diet plays an extremely vital role in aging healthfully and preventing disease. One of the most basic health principles is to eat real food. Focus your diet on whole, unprocessed foods such as organic vegetables, animal-based omega-3 fats, raw dairy, grass fed meats, fruit, nuts and seeds.

  5. Stress reduction and a positive attitude

    Lowering your stress levels is often easier said than done, but stress can take a major toll on your body — mentally, physically and emotionally. Studies show that your emotional state plays a role in nearly every physical disease, and maintaining a positive, grateful attitude can work wonders for your health.

  6. Getting enough sleep

    Sleep is vital to ensure that your body is functioning at an optimal level. Studies show it also plays an important role in disease prevention and longevity. As a general rule, aim for at least eight hours of restoring, uninterrupted sleep each night.

  7. Healthy lifestyle choices

Smoking, drinking excessively, living a sedentary lifestyle, making poor food choices, using toxic household cleaners and self-care products, overusing OTC medications and prescription drugs, failing to maintain a healthy weight — these factors, among others, play an important role in determining your health and longevity. That’s why it’s so important to choose health.

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