1. Slow the shrinking of telomeres and extend your life

    Four steps to extend your life

    Ever hear of a telomere? Most people haven't -- not yet anyway. But soon, everyone will know what a telomere is, because emerging evidence shows they play a critical role in aging.

    Telomeres are the little caps that sit on the end of your DNA strands.

    Over time, they shrink. It's a normal part of aging -- but the shorter they get, the higher your risk of disease and even death.

    They've often been compared to a candlewick, slowly burning down. And when they reach the end... well... I guess you can say it's lights out.

    Clearly, you want to slow that shrink as much as you can. And today, I'm going to help you to do just that.

    I'm going to let you in on four simple steps you can take right now to slow telomere shrink and extend your life -- four steps backed by a new study of 239 post-menopausal women (but trust me, they will work for men, too).

    They're safe, and they won't cost a penny.

    That's the good news.

    The bad news? Most people won't take a single one of these four steps.

    They want to. They intend to. But these are the kind of steps folks like to put off until tomorrow.

    And you know how that usually turns out.

    Make yourself part of the few. Make these changes, because they can add years to your life.

    The first step is to get some sleep. Few people get what they need, and the study confirms that missing out will speed the shrink of your telomeres.

    There's no perfect amount of sleep that's right for everyone, but most people need 7-8 hours per night. More importantly, if you wake up feeling tired, you almost certainly didn't get enough.

    Step two is to eat better. Yes, we all know diet is important, but the new study confirms that it's actually life-or-death important -- because lousy eating habits will also burn your telomeres down.

    I recommend a healthy Mediterranean diet rich in the omega-3 fatty acids proven to actually help your telomeres to grow. (Discover more here.)

    Third, get regular exercise. Women who move more have less shrink, according to the study. And we know from other studies that regular (ideally daily) movement is critical to your overall health.

    Step four is the toughest one of all -- tougher than getting more sleep, harder than eating right and even more difficult than getting out and getting some exercise.

    It's so hard because it's the one lifestyle factor you have the least control over: Stress.

    Every major life stress speeds the shrink of your telomeres, according to the new study.

    Now, you can't stop most of these things from happening. Part of life is facing these events and coming out the other side stronger.

    But you can control your reaction to stress and help make sure it doesn't hurt you -- which is why I recommend natural techniques such as relaxation exercises, massage therapy, herbal treatments, scented essential oils and homeopathic remedies.

    And when you're facing life's biggest challenges, don't be afraid to turn to the biggest stress-beater of all: prayer.

  2. Sleep drug Ambien sends seniors to the hospital

    Ambien can send you to the ER

    Ebola is in the news every single night despite the fact that it's no threat to the United States, at least as of now (and I pray it never becomes one).

    I'm not saying we should ignore it. But maybe we should devote some of that time to a real health crisis that sends 90,000 Americans to the ER every single year, according to the latest numbers from the CDC.

    That's more than 10 people per hour, every hour, every day of the year -- all being rushed to the hospital for the same reason.

    And it's completely preventable.

    The cause is Ambien, one of the most popular sleep drugs on the market today (and if you include other sleep meds the numbers are even higher).

    There are so many risks I can't list them all here. Even the FDA's prescribing information highlights -- yes, just the "highlights" -- runs 21 page!

    And some of the biggest risks are among seniors. The risks are so vast that a fifth of all hospitalizations due to drug reactions in seniors are because of Ambien.

    If you've ever taken the drug, you know how you feel the next morning. Lousy.

    Even after a full night of sleep you can wake up impaired, both cognitively and physically.

    As a result, seniors on sleep meds such as Ambien can be unsteady and are prone to falls -- and once you're past a certain age, any fall can have tragic consequences.

    But that's not even the biggest risk. No, that's something that's not even reflected in the new numbers.

    That risk is death, and it's not included because in most cases it's not immediate or obvious.

    People don't pop the pill and drop dead.

    But sleep meds increase major long-term health risks, which is why people who take them have a 500 percent higher risk of death from all causes, according to a major study released in 2012.

    And if you suffer from heart failure, your risk of death jumps by 800 percent when you start taking sleep meds. (Get the whole scoop here.)

    The FDA admits the risks are high. They've recommended lower doses, especially for women, and other mainstream health authorities have gone even further. The University of Montreal, for example, has created a "weaning" schedule designed to get seniors off the drugs completely.

    Of course, getting yourself off the drugs is not the same as getting back to sleep -- but don't worry. There are nondrug solutions that work, and I've got more on those coming up next.

    Keep reading!

  3. Sun exposure critical to good sleep

    See the light to sleep at night

    How well you sleep at night depends in large part on how you spend your day -- and it's not just your eating and drinking habits you need to be aware of.

    Those are both essential to good sleep, of course. But sun exposure is almost as important, and I don't mean spreading yourself out on the beach.

    You just need to make sure your body knows when the sun's out there and when it's not.

    This isn't just psychological. Your body uses sunlight and sunset to stop and start the production of melatonin, the so-called "sleep hormone." Continue reading

  4. Do You Suffer from These 5 Effects of Poor Sleep?

    The 5 Most Common Effects of Poor Sleep (and How You Can Avoid Them!)

    Health Effects of Poor SleepMaybe you don’t worry about a single sleepless night, or two. But when that night or two turns into not sleeping well on a regular basis, you should probably start thinking about the effects of poor sleep – because it can be more damaging than you realize.

    While the “magic number” of hours of sleep per night for optimal health is still under debate, sleep experts agree that it’s probably somewhere between 7 and 9 hours, depending on an individual’s needs. So what happens if you’re just not sleeping well enough to get that regularly? The effects of poor sleep start to kick in – Continue reading

  5. Why Can’t I Sleep? The 4 Common Causes and How to Solve Them

    When you can’t sleep one night, you may ask yourself “why can’t I sleep?” But, honestly, a night or two here and there won’t really damage your health. Once you start asking yourself “why can’t I sleep” night after night, then it becomes a problem. And once lack of becomes a problem, it’s easy to feel like you’ll never fall asleep again, let alone actually find a solution that works. But there is hope…

    These are the top 4 reasons why you can’t fall asleep, and how to solve them… Continue reading

  6. Reclaim Your Nights with These 3 Natural Sleep Remedies

    Sleep Dissolves Natural Sleep SupplementAt 2:00 in the morning, you want to be asleep.

    When you’re not, it can be frustrating to say the least, leading you to want nothing more than a natural sleep remedy that will finally help you drift off.

    And when a night of sleeplessness turns into several nights of tossing and turning, frustrating doesn't even begin to describe it.

    But you really want all the benefits that come with finding natural solutions.

    Which is why we have assembled these 3 natural sleep remedies just for you… Continue reading

  7. Sleep Dissolves Ingredients – Your Key to a Restful Night’s Sleep

    Sleep Dissolves sleep supplementMissing a night of sleep is more than just annoying –it can become a real problem. Luckily, it’s not a problem you have to face alone any longer, thanks to Dr. Mark Stengler’s cutting edge natural sleep remedy, Sleep Dissolves.

    Combining 4 of nature’s ultimate “sleep enhancers” the Sleep Dissolves ingredient formula is specially designed to help give you the best night’s sleep you’ve ever experienced. So, what makes Sleep Dissolves’ ingredients so effective? We’ll tell you... Continue reading

  8. Sleep Dissolves Reviews – Real People, Real Results, Real Rest

    Sleep Dissolves supplement customer reviews If you are tired of tossing and turning… If you dread falling asleep because you know you’re just going to wake up again in a few hours… If you can’t quiet your racing thoughts enough to get some rest… then it’s time to talk about Sleep Dissolves, BestHealth Nutritionals breakthrough, natural sleep remedy from Dr. Mark Stengler.

    As these Sleep Dissolves reviews will show, Dr. Stengler very well may have found the equation to helping people get to sleep, stay asleep, and wake refreshed and ready to get through your day.

    If that sounds like nothing more than a dream, read on, and hear what these satisfied – and well rested – people have to say about Sleep DissolvesContinue reading

  9. 5 Natural Sleep Remedies to Help You Catch Some Z’s

    Sleep Dissolves natural sleep supplementTossing and turning at 2 in the morning – it’s one of the worst places to be, especially if you’re there night after night. Still, you don’t want to take a traditional sleep aid and deal with the groggy, foggy feeling that comes with it. That’s why these 5 natural sleep remedies, including Dr. Mark Stengler’s Sleep Dissolves, may be exactly what you’re looking for to finally get a good night’s rest. Continue reading

  10. [Video] Fall Asleep Fast: The 20 Minute Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep

    Remember when you were a kid and could fall asleep fast … the minute your head hit the pillow... and sleep like a rock all through the night?

    Remember when you could wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your day... instead of feeling like you're walking in a fog and can't wait to take a nap? Continue reading

  11. Poor sleep can decrease insulin sensitivity

    Lack of sleep can increase insulin sensitivity by a third in fat cells, putting you at risk for diabetes and other serious health problems.

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