healthy aging

  1. Healthy Aging

    The five habits that will keep you alive

    Turns out the secret to healthy aging isn't much of a secret at all: it is plain old clean living.

    Treat your body like the temple it is, and you'll be rewarded with good health well into your golden years. And now, new research confirms this time-tested Biblical wisdom, identifying five good habits and all the benefits you can enjoy if you stick to them -- including a lower risk of just about all the diseases seniors worry about most.

    Dementia? You can forget about it.

    Diabetes? Won't happen to you.

    Heart attack and stroke? All your friends may live in fear of the "big one," but you won't have to worry.

    Not if you stick to the five basics of clean living for healthy aging:

    • Keep a healthy weight
    • Eat right
    • Get regular exercise
    • If you smoke, quit (and if you don't, don't start)
    • Drink only in moderation (or, better yet, not at all)

    That's it.

    Like I said, pretty basic stuff -- and if you manage to keep four of these five healthy habits, your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other vascular problems will plunge by 70 percent, according to the study of 2,235 Welsh men tracked for up to 35 years.

    There's not a drug in the world that can make that kind of claim -- and that's not all clean living can do for you. These same basic healthy habits will also slash your risk of cognitive decline and dementia by 60 percent, according to the study published in PLOS One.

    Not bad for simply living the way you should, because these five clean living rules aren't controversial even in the slightest. Both by-the-book mainstream allopaths and the best natural holistic physicians will tell you we should all stick to these basics for healthy aging and living longer.

    And, when it comes down to it, they're not especially hard to follow.

    Yet very few people manage to pull it off. In the study, less than 1 percent hit all five -- and I don't think that's limited to Welshmen. I bet it would also be less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, male and female.

    That's a shame, because this is the "1 percent" anyone can join since you don't need money to have good habits (and if you quit drinking and smoking, you'll actually save some dough).

    All you need is a little willpower.

    And if a lower risk of major disease isn't enough of a reason to live clean, I've got another one coming up next.

  2. How fish oil can reverse aging

    Beat and reverse the aging in one easy step

    I don't know about you, but when my birthday rolls around I feel like hiding the calendar.

    It's not the calendar's fault we get older, of course. It's time itself -- more specifically, how time ages our bodies from the inside.

    And while most people think of aging as an unstoppable and irreversible process, I'm here to tell you that's flat-out wrong -- because there's something you can do right now to slow, stop and maybe even reverse aging inside your body.

    It's like adding pages to your calendar.

    Ready for the best part of all? If you've been following my advice, you don't have to change a thing -- because the key to this life-extending wonder is locked inside of the fish oil that I hope you're already taking.

    The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil work to protect your telomeres, which are the little DNA caps that sit on the ends of your chromosomes. As you get older and your cells reproduce, those telomeres get a little shorter.

    As they get shorter, the list of risks you face gets longer -- including all the conditions we typically associate with aging: heart problems, dementia and even the worst aging "condition" of all, death.

    In one new study, seniors were given daily supplements of either DHA or EPA -- the two main fatty acids found in fish oil -- or supplements of the omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid.

    The seniors on the omega-6 supplements saw their telomeres continue to shrink at the expected rate over the six-month study. But the seniors given either omega-3 fatty acid saw their telomere shrink rate slow to a crawl.

    That's a sign that aging itself has been slowed to a crawl, a sign of reverse aging.

    I'd say so far, so good -- but this gets even better, because the new study was on seniors already suffering from the early signs of mild cognitive impairment.

    If you start sooner, before those problems set in, you could see an even bigger benefit. In fact, if you start right now, a fish oil supplement with both DHA and EPA likely won't just slow your telomere shrink.

    It could actually reverse aging, and maybe even help your telomeres to grow longer, according to a remarkable study I told you about last year.

    I'm not done with fighting age yet -- keep reading for an easy way to beat the oxidative stress that strikes as you get older.

  3. Healthy aging begins with a sip

    If anyone knows a thing or two about healthy aging, it's the Japanese. They live longer and better than anyone else on the planet, nearly five years longer than Americans on average. So what's the secret?

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